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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.

Doggie spa

Dec 24, 2004
What do you give your pampered pooch this holiday season? Folks in Hollywood are opting to take Fido to the spa. Contributor Cash Peters has more.

Christmas and Sabado Gigante

Dec 24, 2004
Millions of people in North and South America will combine two traditions Saturday: Christmas and Sabado Gigante, the wildly popular Latin American TV program. Marketplace's Dan Grech takes us behind the scenes of this year's Christmas extravaganza to see why sponsors clamor to be part of the weekly variety show.

The Best Gift Ever - Gene Duncan

Dec 24, 2004
Meet Gene Duncan, President of Godiva Chocolates, and his Best Gift Ever!

The Yukos identity

Dec 23, 2004
So just which way is Russia headed? Let the markets run free, or a call for more government controls. Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended a state-owned company's purchase of the largest Russian oil exporter. Marketplace's Amy Scott looks at whether the fall of the Russian oligarchs will send foreign investors running.

Turmoil and Ukraine

Dec 23, 2004
Ukraine's top security service has denied that it had any involvement with the dioxin poisoning of opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko, the leading candidate in Sunday's rerun of the presidential election. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Tufts professor Bruce Hitchner about the business fallout from the Ukrainian political turmoil.

The business of the Pilgrimage

Dec 23, 2004
Marketing, marketing, marketing. Traveling to Mecca and Jerusalem is a yearly ritual for millions. Pilgrimages, like vacations, can mean big business... as Jen Banbury reports.

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