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Is 2005 the year of the phone?

Jan 25, 2005
2004 was the year of Google. The company's high-profile IPO captivated the business world and media for months. But this year, those eyes may focus on the smaller screen. Companies selling programs and entertainment for mobile phones could be the headline grabbers in 2005, as Marketplace's Stacey Vanek Smith reports.

Those musical markets

Jan 25, 2005
On this program, we use musical cues to let you know how stocks are doing - happy music for good days, more somber music when stocks are down. A small New Hampshire company is taking that concept to a whole new level. As Dan Gorenstein reports, the company has developed software that converts market data into musical sounds.

More media consolidations ...

Jan 24, 2005
The last few years we've been hearing the debate over something called media consolidation. Typically, this is shorthand for one company's ownership of several radio or TV stations in a single market. But newspapers? Stop the presses. Marketplace's Bob Moon reports federal antitrust regulators are looking into the ambitions of two big newspaper empires.

Reconstruction, and regulation

Jan 24, 2005
This from the UN today. Tens of thousands of Indonesians have left refugee camps over the last few days to stay with relatives. It's another sign the tsunami story is beginning a new chapter, from relief to reconstruction. But as we saw in the relief phase, there are controversies about money. In Sri Lanka, the government has pledged $3.5 billion to rebuild the coastline. As Miranda Kennedy reports from the coastal city of Galle, the government wants to restrict reconstruction: no closer than 300 yards from the ocean.

Too much of a great thing?

Jan 24, 2005
If you don't like crowds, this week you may want to avoid a little town in Utah called "Park City". The Sundance film festival is underway there. And though it isn't quite all limosines and red carpets, the annual celebration of independent film is experiencing growing pains. Founding father Robert Redford has been quoted as pondering the 'too muchness' of the festival. Marketplace's Jeff Tyler is at Sundance this week, taking in the 'too muchness' of it all.

Bulls**t - in the advertising world

Jan 24, 2005
In the business world, there is vast grey area between what is truth and what is not. Take for instance an advertisement that reads, 'World's Best Car.' David Brown talks to Princeton philosopher Harry Frankfurt, who has written about the topic. LANGUAGE NOTE: The interview contains controversial language, and although it is censored out, most listeners will be able to understand the meaning of the word.

A new take on relief

Jan 24, 2005
The tsunami relief camps in Southeast Asia are mostly makeshift communities - run by charities or individuals. But in Sri Lanka, some victims are being cared for in corporate relief camps. As Miranda Kennedy reports, the company running the camps is a good fit - it already makes the things tsunami survivors need.

Sloan Sessions - GM in trouble?

Jan 24, 2005
General Motors is having some trouble keeping its corporate engine running. In this edition of The Sloan Sessions, Newsweek's Wall Street editor Allan Sloan joins host Kai Ryssdal to take a look under the hood.

Is anybody listening?

Jan 21, 2005
When the Enron story first surfaced, it wasn't clear whether it was just a lone case. Then a wave of corporate scandals left Washington feeling no choice but to step in to prevent more Enrons. A law called Sarbanes-Oxley imposed tougher audits, more accountability, independent oversight. So shaken was confidence in corporate America, that even many in the business community applauded the reforms. Well, a lot of that applause has subsided. In fact, one can now hear catcalls from corporate America. Marketplace's John Dimsdale reports.

The Week that was, on Wall Street

Jan 21, 2005
Friday means our host in Los Angeles David Brown talks to our man in Dallas, David Johnson - stockbroker and analyst.

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