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Remembering Y2K - The impact today

Jan 4, 2005
Remember Y2K? Chances are, you're not thinking of the year 2000. You're thinking of the predictions of doom for New Year's Day, 2000. The worry was a cascade of computer malfunctions caused by software that wasn't programmed to recognize the turn of the century. It didn't happen. In the run-up to New Years Day, 2000, governments and businesses spent more than $100 billion doing fixes and inspections. Well 5 years later, it's apparent the economic impact of Y2K was much more than that. In the conclusion of our special series from American RadioWorks, Chris Farrell reports.

Marketplace letters

Jan 4, 2005
What's that you say? Letters? OK - here's the famous Marketplace Letters segment ...

Putting a plan into action

Jan 4, 2005
United Nations teams have fanned out across the island nation of Sri Lanka to evaluate the damage and the needs of survivors. The UN will use these assessments to come up with a funding appeal for the victims by the end of the week. Miranda Kennedy traveled with a UN team leader on the southern coast of Sri Lanka.

The Year of ... Microcredit?

Jan 4, 2005
The United Nations has proclaimed 2005 the Year of Microcredit. What is microcredit, you ask? Marketplace's Alisa Roth tells us. Also, will the Year of Microcredit could be another flash-in-the-pan theme for the UN - like the Year of Eco-Tourism or the Year for Mountains? Commentator Matthew Bishop says Microcredit is a different story. He says it's an idea whose time has come.

The surprising legacy of Y2K

Jan 3, 2005
On this first business day of the New Year, Marketplace takes a look back at New Years five years ago, when many businesses were worried the Y2K bug would shut them down. Catherine Winter of American RadioWorks reports.

Tsunami assessment

Jan 3, 2005
Before asking donor countries for money, the UN must size up the extent of the need. From Sri Lanka, Miranda Kennedy joins a damage assessment team that's calculating what villagers need to rebuild.

Distribution disturbed

Jan 3, 2005
By most accounts, it's not just a matter of generating generating enough money to support relief efforts. As Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford discovered in one of Indonesia's hardest hit areas, there is a more immediate problem: Making sure the needy get the aid in the first place.

The Surprising Legacy of Y2K

Jan 3, 2005
Today, many of us rely on the Internet as much as we do the telephone. But should we? Turns out, the Web is more delicate than we first thought. The first evidence we had of that was when we had to deal with the Y2K Bug. As part of a Marketplace special report with American Radio Works, reporter Catherine Winter examines why we may not be able to fix all of the Internet's quirks.

Whence Came Jet Blue

Jan 3, 2005
In its short lifetime, Jet Blue's way of doing business has had a profound impact on the airline industry. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Barbara Peterson, author of "Blue Streak" about what it took to get the airline off the ground.

Textile quotas at an end?

Dec 31, 2004
The decades-old system of imposing quotas on textiles and clothing imported from China is due to expire tomorrow. U.S. retailers are looking forward to the relaxed rules because it will make it cheaper for them to import their clothing. However, domestic textile manufacturers fear cheaper Chinese products will flood the market. Marketplace's Scott Tong explains.

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