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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.

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.

Promoting Osama?

Jan 21, 2005
Some news from the publishing world is drumming up controversy this week. A division of Random House plans to publish the writings of Osama bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders. The idea? According to a spokesperson, to help Americans know "the mind of the enemy". Some wonder whether a publisher should profit from printing what many view as hate speech. Apparently, even the publisher itself is asking that question. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.

In Iraq, just show me the money!

Jan 21, 2005
This is the homestretch. A week from Sunday: elections in Iraq. There are more than a hundred political parties on the ballot - all in need of campaign funds. Iraq is not a wealthy country at the moment, and yet there's a lot of campaign money floating around. This raises an obvious question: where's it coming from? In Baghdad, Marketplace's Borzou Daragahi has been finding some of the answers.

Defining relief

Jan 21, 2005
It's been almost a month since the killer waves in South Asia. According to the UN's special envoy assigned to the tsunami disaster attention now has to turn from emergency assistance to reconstruction. With this new chapter, commentator Stuart Hart of Cornell's School of Management wonders if the time has come for a reconsideration of what it means to provide relief...

Screenwriter support systems

Jan 21, 2005
Everyone knows writers can potentially make big money in the movie industry. But that financial incentive doesn't make it easier to write a good script. Let alone sell one. Now, a cottage industry has developed to support the struggling screenwriter. Marketplace's own Jeff Tyler put some of those services to use, as he tries to break into the business.

Doing Business - under fire

Jan 21, 2005
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon holds his cabinet meeting this Sunday in the small southern city of Sderot. That's significant because Sderot is right next to Gaza, which has been attacked repeatedly by the militant Islamic group hamas. In four years, rockets have caused millions of dollars in damage and occasionally, have killed people. Nancy Updike reports from Sderot on the difficulties of doing business, and living, under fire.

The Job Files: Weatherman

Jan 21, 2005
And now for the latest installment of the Job Files: this week, a man for all seasons. This installment was produced by Ashley Milne-Tyte.

Better Homes, Chinese style

Jan 20, 2005
Quick: think of a magazine devoted to domesticity with a mainstream, middle-America sense of style. Better Homes and Gardens, perhaps? For more than one hundred years it's been published in Iowa. Apparently they've decided to expand their reach just a little bit. From WOI radio in Des Moines, Joyce Russell reports.

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