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Family planning battles

Dec 13, 2004
Family planning groups went to court today to stop a new law. It's something called the 'Conscience Protection' clause that was buried deep in the big spending bill the President signed last week. In theory it prevents discrimination against health care facilities that don't provide abortions. But Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH, womens' rights groups call it a backdoor try at overturning Roe v Wade. And they say it could cost states billions of dollars.

You best stay healthy this month!

Dec 13, 2004
Good luck getting a doctor's appointment this month. Many patients are flocking to doctor's offices trying to beat the clock. They've already met their deductibles for this year and and they want to make sure their insurance company foots the bill before the new year, and a new deductible. Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports, it's a system that's frustrating for both patients and providers.

Pigeon doping on the rise?

Dec 13, 2004
The humble asterisk is plaguing baseball fans these days. Do the records of Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi deserve to be singled out of illegal steroid use. There is doping in a lot of other sports. Like pigeon racing. Here's how it works. The birds are taken hundreds of miles from home and then released. The pigeon that flies back the fastest wins. So far so good. But some pigeon fanciers...as they're called...have been tempted to give their birds chemical assistance. Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports from the western England town of Cheltenham.

Battling identity theft

Dec 13, 2004
Identity theft is growing faster than any other white-collar crime in the US. So what can we do about it? Host Tess Vigeland talks to Bob Sullivan, author of the identity theft book, Your Evil Twin, about some of the techniques and challenges involved in fighting this highly profitable crime.

The Best Gift Ever - Wolfgang Puck

Dec 13, 2004
Today, the first installment in our holiday series--The Best Gift Ever!

But will a bank take it?

Dec 13, 2004
Tired of worrying about the falling dollar? Maybe it's time to invest in another kind of money: NONEY! Robin Amer reports on a popular alternative currency created by an American artist that continues to grow in value.

The mystery ... of oil prices

Dec 10, 2004
OPEC members met in Cairo today - and agreed to cut oil production by a million barrels a day. A reduction that big is supposed to drive oil prices up. That's not what happened. The price of light crude fell two dollars, closing at $40.50 a barrel. We asked our Stephen Beard to help explain what's going on...
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Go north, go north

Dec 10, 2004
Hundreds of despondent Kerry voters in Seattle, San Francisco and LA came this week to explore "The Canadian Option." That's the name of a seminar put on by a Vancouver BC immigration law firm that's capitalizing on the rush by some Americans fed up with the Bushadministration. From KPLU public radio in Seattle, Bellamy Pailthorp reports.

Miss Manners goes to Germany

Dec 10, 2004
In Germany, unemployment is stuck at 10 percent. The country's pension and health systems are in trouble. High wage costs are sending jobs abroad. But, what's really weighing of the minds of many Germans are things like which fork one uses for the salad? Or how does one excuse oneself to go to the bathroom during a meeting? Teaching etiquette has become one of the few growth industries in Germany. Kyle James reports from Berlin.

From rap ... to the boardroom

Dec 9, 2004
Hip Hop musician Jay-Z is officially retired as a rapper. But he's making a comeback, of sorts, as the new CEO and president of Def Jam Records. Will a recording artist be able to succeed as the chief of a big-time label? Host David Brown and Variety's Phil Gallo discuss why Jay-Z got the job.

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