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Toy Fair

Feb 18, 2005
The American International Toy Fair opens in New York this weekend. It's a chance for toymakers to hawk their wares for next winter's holiday buying spree. If you're shopping for the seven to twelve year old set...the toybox looks a little thin on dolls and slinkys. Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports.

Birnbaum: secrecy

Feb 18, 2005
President Bush signed landmark legislation today to curb multi-million dollar class action lawsuits. Next up: proposals to revamp Social Security, restrict medical malpractice lawsuits, and overhaul taxes. Plan to follow who's proposing what and why? Commentator Jeffrey Birnbaum wishes you the best of luck.

Ski condition

Feb 18, 2005
This the biggest ski weekend of the year. Thank all those heavy storms that got the season off to a good start. But a few ski resort operators are bracing themselves for the worst. Sarah Efron reports on predictions of a lot less snow to go around.

In search of the next Ginsu

Feb 18, 2005
Think of it as QVC's version of "American Idol": This week the TV shopping network held open auditions for new products to be offered on-air, coast-to-coast. Reporter Robin Urevich attended one of the audition events earlier this week in Los Angeles.

Latin American boom cycle: Brazil

Feb 18, 2005
Latin America is seeing its best economic growth in 20 years. Brazil's economy grew by 5 percent last year... its best rate in a decade. Marketplace Americas Desk reporter Dan Grech takes us to Sao Paulo to find out what's giving the country's economy its kick.

Class action business

Feb 17, 2005
Before the weekend, a tort reform bill is expected to get President Bush's signature. It's considered a victory for the White House and for business interests. That's because the new law would shift most complex class action lawsuits to federal court and away from state courts, which are considered to be more friendly to plaintiffs. Some are more friendly than others. For instance, take Alabama. From WBHM in Birmingham, Tanya Ott reports.

Scott Sullivan testimony

Feb 17, 2005
It's not easy being a bean counter. Not even if you're a superstar bean counter. That's the point Scott Sullivan's trying to make on the witness stand. Sullivan is former chief financial officer of WorldCom. He's testifying in the trial of his former boss. Bernie Ebbers is accused of orchestrating an $11 billion dollar accounting fraud which led to Worldcom's collapse. Sullivan says there was intense pressure to meet Wall Street's projections. And he says Ebbers told him to make the numbers live up to those expectations. Commentator and writer David Callahan says the testimony raises as many questions as it answers.

Argentina jobs

Feb 17, 2005
Argentina's economy may not be as bad as it was three years ago. But even so, many people there work two, or even three, jobs just to stay afloat. Marketplace's Americas correspondent Dan Grech reports.

Play (Fantasy) Ball!

Feb 17, 2005
Major League Baseball has declared today fantasy opening day...the start of the season for those countless fans who manage their own imaginary teams. Marketplace "business of sports" analyst Ed Derse explains.

Who will replace Greenspan?

Feb 17, 2005
Fed Chief Alan Greenspan provides more economic testimony to lawmakers on Capitol Hill today. But who will be doing the talking next year when he retires? Marketplace's money guru Chris Farrell talks to host Kai Ryssdal about a couple of likely candidates and what they could offer as head of the Federal Reserve.

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