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Hmmm, tastes a bit like chicken ...

Nov 25, 2004
You can't blame vegetarians if they dread Thanksgiving. While everyone else is munching on turkey, vegetarians can only pile their plates with side dishes. Unless they buy a "tofurkey."Reporter Mitchell Hartman visited the town of Hood River, Oregon, to hunt down the tofu alternative for Thanksgiving.

A valley fights back and wins

Nov 24, 2004
Last spring, the Shenandoah Valley took an economic hit. Poultry giant Pilgrim's Pride announced it was closing its turkey processing plant in Hinton, Virginia. Hundreds of people lost their jobs and about 150 turkey farmers were left with no one to buy their birds. But instead of simply accepting the situation, a group of farmers said "not in our Valley". And they formed the Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative. Seven months later, the Hinton plant is poised to reopen... as Martha Woodroof reports.

The changing family

Nov 24, 2004
Hectic work lives and demanding careers are stretching families further and further apart. Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays when we try to go home again and recreate a kind of Norman Rockwell picture. In Italy, people also cling to the notion of a tightknit family - complete with children, parents, and grandparents. But the reality is that life is changing there, too. And as Megan Williams reports, some family members are getting left out.

Holiday weddings

Nov 24, 2004
When most Americans sit down to their Thanksgiving meal, many recent Chinese immigrants will be enjoying dinner at a wedding. Alisa Roth reports Thanksgiving is one of the few days many Chinese immigrants have off, making it a great day for weddings and the wedding industry.

Watch your spending

Nov 24, 2004
This weekend starts the month-long spending spree known as the holiday shopping season. But as Marketplace commentator Robert Reich tells us in this edition of The Public's Business, you might want to think twice before taking on any more debt.

Labor Unions -- the China way

Nov 23, 2004
News out of Asia has it that Walmart is allowing it's Chinese workers to unionize. Will this have any affect here in the U.S., where no Walmart employees are labor union members? Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford explains the differences between American and Chinese unions.
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A raw deal?

Nov 23, 2004
Congress says it will now let U.S. employers hire 20,000 more high tech workers from overseas. American companies say they can't compete globally without dipping deeper into the pool of foreign talent. But as Marketplace's Hillary Wicai reports, some critics think American workers may be on the losing end of this deal...

Letters!!

Nov 23, 2004
Marketplace host Cheryl Glaser dips into a sampling of the mail we recieve. And we get a lot of mail ...

That charitable season

Nov 23, 2004
This is a busy time for non-profits. From collecting and delivering Turkey dinners to organizing Christmas toy drives, there's lots of work for volunteers to do. And plenty of people who wanna help. But as Emily Donahue reports from KUT in Austin, Texas, finding intelligent and creative ways to use those volunteers can be serious work.

Flip that coin

Nov 23, 2004
Greed. Corruption. Scandal. The story of America's rare double-eagle coin has all the makings of an adventure novel. Why is it so highly prized and what will people go though to get it? Host Kai Ryssdal gets some answers from David Tripp, author of "Gold, Greed and the Mystery of the Lost 1933 Double Eagle"...

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