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CEO's and mergers ...

Dec 14, 2004
Businesses are making the biggest year-end push for mergers and acquisitions since 1999. Marketplace's Scott Jagow examines why. Then, the Economist's Tim Hindle examines the state of executive compensation and explains why there needs to be more disclosure of what they make.

The Best Gift Ever - Craig Newmark

Dec 14, 2004
Time for today's installment in our holiday series -- The Best Gift Ever. What gift really jazzed you? Drop us a line, letters@marketplace.org.

Movin' on up

Dec 13, 2004
A half century of legal wrangling around one of the world's best art collections may be finished. The Barnes Foundation Collection in suburban Philadelphia includes works by Picasso, Cezanne and Matisse. A Pennsylvania judge ruled today the Foundation can break its trust and move to a new location in the heart of Philly's museum district. As Alisa Roth reports, the Barnes Battle has always been caught up in money.

The Best Gift Ever - Jeff Bezos

Dec 13, 2004
And now, another installment of The Best Gift Ever. Jeff Bezos is the founder and CEO of Amazon.com.What gift really jazzed you? Drop us a line, letters@marketplace.org.

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.

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