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The diamond game

Dec 28, 2004
Diamonds may be a terrorist's best friend. They're small, valuable and hard to trace. Now, the federal government wants diamond sellers to help it crack down on money-laundering terrorists. Eric Niiler reports.

Ukraine, and more election squabbles

Dec 27, 2004
Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko has said Ukraine will finally be free after declaring himself the winner of the rerun of fraud-filled presidential elections. Host David Brown talks to Alex Kleimenov in Kiev, Ukraine about the just-finished election, and possible legal challenges in the works there.

The television trail ...

Dec 27, 2004
So you got that new HD flat screen TV for Christmas? But what to do about that old one... Marketplace's Alisa Roth follows the garbage trail of the American TV set.

2004 in review: Oil

Dec 27, 2004
Oil prices shot up above $55.00 a barrel in the second half of 2004. They are back down to the mid-$40's now. Marketplace's Bob Moon looks back at why the price surge happened and if we'll get there again.

Shopping revolutions

Dec 27, 2004
Big Box stores like Home Depot and Borders will be bustling even more than usual today as people scout for post-Christmas bargains. For better or worse, Robert Spector, author of "Category Killers" says these kinds of stores have come to dominate America's retail landscape. He joins host Matthew Algeo about some of the challenges they face as they continue to grow.

Taking control!

Dec 27, 2004
When Ely, Nevada's 4,000 residents heard their only department store was going to close, they went out of their way to attract Wal-Mart and other merchants. Faced with 200 mile-trips to purchase life's necessities, the town's leaders opened their own department store. Robin Urevich reports.

The business of the Holidays

Dec 24, 2004
Christmas accounts for something like 40% of retail sales - but other holidays mean big business too. There's Stepparents' Day, Sweetest Day - and all those other ones such as Thanksgiving and Halloween. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks to Maud Lavin, editor of the recent book, The Business of Holidays, about commerce and celebration.

Michelle's Christmas...

Dec 24, 2004
Overindulgence could be the catchword for the holiday season. Spending too much on gifts is a given. But what about those extra perks you pick up for yourself? Does it pay off for the rest of the year? Marketplace commentator and actress Michelle Philippe can't stay out of the petite boutique.

Christmas in Baghdad

Dec 24, 2004
In Iraq today...the 140,000 or U.S. servicemen and women serving in Iraq do their best to celebrate the holiday season American style. It isn't always easy - being so far from home. From Baghdad, Borzou Daragahi takes a look at how they try and handle it.

The week that was ...

Dec 24, 2004
Host Kai Ryssdal and Dallas-based stock broker and analyst David Johnson look at the week that was, and the week that will be, on Wall Street.

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