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"The Public's Business": The bond market

Feb 2, 2005
When President Bush delivers his State of the Union tonight, he's expected to lay out the economic agenda for his second term, including the controversial goals of privatizing Social Security and making permanent his tax cuts. One of the more intriguing questions is, who's going to determine whether he succeeds or not? In this edition of "The Public's Business", Marketplace commentator Robert Reich describes an unlikely constituency.

Public relations goes blogging

Feb 2, 2005
Blogs aren't just for individuals anymore. The web log, or blog, is being seen by many in the corporate world as a good internet marketing tool. Public relations experts, CEOs and customers are starting to realize the benefits of web diaries.

President Bush and the choice word ...

Feb 1, 2005
President Bush gives his State of the Union address tomorrow night. Commentator and consumer advocate Jamie Court says he's sure the President is going bring up the theme of an "ownership society" and the idea of giving Americans more economic choices.

Ports of Alaska eager for business

Feb 1, 2005
Dozens of cargo ships from China have been sitting off the coast of Southern California, waiting to unload their cargo at the congested ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Gabriel Spitzer reports that port officials in Anchorage, Alaska, think they see a business opening.

Telecommuting, at the federal level

Feb 1, 2005
A majority of government workers would like to work from home, according to a survey out today, and now some government agencies will face a $5 million hit if they don't make it happen. From the Work and Family Desk, Marketplace's Hillary Wicai reports.

The consulting ban at NIH

Feb 1, 2005
The National Institutes of Health adopted major ethics reforms today and will no longer allow its scientists to accept consulting fees from drug companies. Nor can they own pharmaceutical stocks. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports that some say conflicts at the agency had spun out of control.

NASA and the 21st century

Feb 1, 2005
The space shuttle Columbia exploded two years ago today, killing all seven of its crewmembers. Following the disaster, the shuttle program was grounded and NASA conducted a major review of the country's space investments. But author Greg Klerkx says some of the biggest changes to the shuttle will be technical.

The logistics of relief

Feb 1, 2005
More than a month after Asia's deadly Tsunami, relief workers in Indonesia are still trying to manage the chaos. Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford profiles one unsung hero who has made a big difference.

Downside of blogging?

Feb 1, 2005
Is "dissing" your boss publicly on the Internet the same thing as complaining to a friend over drinks? Where do your rights to say bad things about your employer end? The growing popularity of Internet blogs is raising that question. Ashley Milne-Tyte looks into the issue.

Iraqi election

Jan 31, 2005
The Iraqi elections are over and there is a muted optimism within the country over the political success. Will that translate to a brighter economic future for the country? Marketplace's Borzou Daragahi reports.

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