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The week that was on Wall Street

Dec 17, 2004
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to investment banker David Johnson about whats happening on Wall Street.

Santa Claus ... banned from coming to town?

Dec 17, 2004
The image of that chubby-cheeked guy in the red coat was actually the invention of a 19th Century German immigrant to this country. Santa really took off in the 1930's when Coca-Cola popularized him in its ads. But this year, Germans and Austrians are campaigning to ditch Santa Claus. They say his worldwide popularity is commercialism run amok. They want to return to a less flamboyant Nikolaus - the 4th century saint that Santa is based on. Kyle James reports from Berlin.

The Best Gift Ever - Brad Bird

Dec 17, 2004
Another installment of The Best Gift Ever! Visit <A href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/gift2004/index.html">The Best Gift Ever Index Page.</A>

Coca Cola wars

Dec 17, 2004
Coca Cola's had a rough year. The company dealt with a difficult shakeup in management. Soft drink sales have dropped off. And Coke is facing stiffer competition than ever. The last thing the beverage giant needs is an investor who wants to kick the company when it's down. That's where stock "activist" Max Keiser comes in. He wants to punish the company for its policies around the world. Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports from New York.

More hi-tech gift tips

Dec 17, 2004
Planning a high-tech gift for someone on your holiday shopping list? CNET.com Editor Brian Cooley joins host Tess Vigeland with more advice on giving to gadget lovers.

Why the Golden Globes go independent

Dec 17, 2004
A lot of this year's Golden Globe nominees are being recognized for films they've done with independent film studios. Daily Variety's senior editor Stuart Levine joins host Cheryl Glaser to explore some of the reasons why.

The Best Gift Ever - Scott Adams

Dec 17, 2004
Another installment of The Best Gift Ever! Visit <A href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/gift2004/index.html">The Best Gift Ever Index Page.</A>

Turkey, and the European Union

Dec 16, 2004
Protesters in Denmark covered up that country's best known tourist attraction today. The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen harbour was clothed from head to tail in a burka. one of the traditional coverings worn by devout Muslim women. It was apparently meant to question Turkey's bid to join the European Union. EU leaders meeting in Brussels today gave the Muslim country a date for the start of accession talks. October 3, 2005. Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports from the European Desk in London.

Will Washington strike-out?

Dec 16, 2004
Washington's 30-year flirtation with a baseball team seems to be off again. The City Council is balking at the half billion dollars it'll take to build a new ballpark. They want private investors to step up to the plate and finance more of the construction. Major league baseball says it'll start shopping elsewhere if Washington doesn't live up to its original commitment for 100-percent public financing by December 31st. Marketplace's John Dimsdale reports the District's business community has a lot at stake as the negotiations head into the final innings.

The Best Gift Ever - John Loring

Dec 16, 2004
In this installment of The Best Gift Ever ... John Loring now dreams up gifts to go into little blue boxes as Design Director of Tiffany and Company. Visit <A href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/gift2004/index.html">The Best Gift Ever Index Page.</A>

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