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Yahoo! birthday

Mar 1, 2005
Yahoo celebrates its 10th birthday tomorrow. And although Google has gotten all the buzz recently, Yahoo is still the market leader. Host David Brown talks to Wired reporter Michael Malone about the search engine wars.

Bulls pay ... to play

Mar 1, 2005
Have you ever dreamed of sitting courtside, next to the sports journalists? How about working as a ball boy at a professional basketball game? Well, the Chicago Bulls are using those everyman dreams to generate additional revenue. Sandy Hausman reports from Chicago.

The view from the court!

Feb 28, 2005
An unprecedented action by a huge corporate defendant. The words of a judge who today okayed a settlement between DuPont and people living near a West Virginia Teflon plant. Dupont does not admit a chemical used at the plant caused any illness. But the company has agreed to spend $107 million on tests of local water supplies. DuPont may have to spend another $235 million to monitor the health of nearby residents. Also today, word on three cases involving money coming soon to the U.S. Supreme Court. Marketplace's Scott Tong reports.

In Beirut - blues and celebrations

Feb 28, 2005
In Lebanon today, thousands of angry protestors demonstrated outside the parliament. They were demanding that the pro-Syrian prime minister and his cabinet resign. And then surprisingly - the government did just that. The shakeup comes two weeks after the assassination of a former Prime Minister. Rafiq Hariri was an opponent of Syria's occupation of Lebanon. But he was also a self-made billionaire. And he helped rebuild his country after a 15-year civil war. From Beirut, Kate Seeley reports on new fears of an economic meltdown.

With a little help from my friends ...

Feb 28, 2005
U.S. consumers spent as much in January as they did the month before. That according to the Commerce Department today. But the savings rate fell 3.6 percent. That translates to a penny saved for every dollar earned. Can Americans do better? Perhaps with a little help from some friends in Washington. That's what Commentator Zanny Minton Beddoes claims.

Money for Palestine

Feb 28, 2005
Tomorrow in London, what originally looked like a major summit. One of the first international conferences on Palestinian reform in the post-Arafat era. With the IMF and the World Bank planning to take part, there were hopes for big pledges of financial support. But neither the Israelis nor any major investors are planning to attend. A suicide bombing in Tel Aviv over the weekend did not help the summit's prospects. But as Stephen Beard reports from London, those prospects were already looking a little shaky.

University -- Incorporated!

Feb 28, 2005
Host David Brown talks to author Jennifer Washburn about concerns in academia over the growing influence of corporate dollars.

Immigration days

Feb 28, 2005
The United States is going through the biggest wave of immigration in its history. As in previous generations, most new arrivals eventually learn to speak English. But since many of the most recent newcomers are from Latin America, immigrants from other parts of the world have found it helps to not only learn English - but some Spanish as well. As Alisa Roth reports from New York, knowing that third language can give business people an edge.

Little big plant...

Feb 28, 2005
It's a little plant that's played a big hand in America's economic history: Cotton. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Stephen Yafa, author of "Big Cotton" about cotton's influence and impact in our society.

Getting serious - about work

Feb 25, 2005
This week, French President Chirac seemed to be serious about mending fences with President Bush. What's next: an American-style workweek? Maybe... Next week, the French Senate is expected to confirm a measure that could doom the 35 hour workweek. The Government in Paris says 'in a global economy, France must get more competitive'. From our European Desk, Steven Beard reports.

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