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Reviewing the federal budget

Feb 10, 2005
Personal finance expert Chris Farrell takes a closer look at the President's $2.5 trillion budget proposal.

National ID cards standards

Feb 9, 2005
The House begins debating national identification card rules. But Marketplace's Scott Tong reports that state lawmakers say it's just another unfunded mandate.

Is public campaign financing worth keeping?

Feb 9, 2005
The Federal Elections Commission wants Congress to adjust the rules to encourage candidates to accept public financing. But won't that just mean more money? Marketplace's John Dimsdale reports.

Starbucks expands menu

Feb 9, 2005
You stop into your local Starbucks to pick up a coffee -- and maybe a muffin. But soon, when you walk into the chain outlet you'll find a whole host of retail options: music CD's, salads, and fresh-made sandwiches. Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports.

Commentary: The Demographic Bulge

Feb 9, 2005
Commentator Robert Reich tells us why he thinks the President is lying about the crisis in Social Security.

Possible Fiat-GM merger

Feb 9, 2005
Host David Brown talks to New York Times transportation reporter Micheline Maynard about some interesting merger news in the automotive industry.

Chinese Idol

Feb 9, 2005
Reality TV may be cooling off in this country. But in China, the cultural phenomenon of American Idol is just starting to heat up. Jocelyn Ford reports from Beijing.

Tsunami travel

Feb 9, 2005
Thousands of people are without homes in coastal towns destroyed by Asia's tsunami. So why are big, internationally run hotels the first in line to be rebuilt? Andrea Gardner reports. Then, Marketplace's travel expert Rudy Maxa explains why he still plans to visit the struggling region in the aftermath of the disaster.

Israeli stock market

Feb 9, 2005
Political events often shape what happens in the stock market, even more so in Israel. Nancy Updike reports on how political violence influences the ups and downs of Israel's stock exchange.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

Letters

Feb 8, 2005
David Brown dips into the mailbag and listeners read their thoughts on the air.

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