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How do you know what you need?

Aug 11, 2005
There was a line in Pfizer's press release this morning that bears mentioning. The president of Pfizer US Pharmaceuticals Pat Kelly said, in part: We want consumers to be aware of serious medical conditions. Host Kai Ryssdal asks Trudy Lieberman about how this awareness/demand cycle works — she's written about it in the August issue of the Columbia Journalism Review.

All eyes on Hugo Chavez

Aug 11, 2005
Venezuela's president says foreign oil firms have stiffed his country for about $3 billion in taxes. Marketplace's Americas correspondent Dan Grech reports the tighter controls reflect shifts in Venezuela's foreign policy that have oil companies — and Washington — paying attention.

A job that's a treasure?

Aug 11, 2005
On the face of it, it sounds like a pretty good job: Wine and dine with big-time collectors, travel the world, pull down a salary in the low- to mid-six figures. Plus see great art every day at the office. So why is it that so many prestigious art museums having a hard time filling their top jobs? Joel Rose from WHYY reports.

Chris Farrell on interest rates

Aug 11, 2005
This week, for the 10th time in a row, the Federal Reserve bumped up its benchmark interest rate a quarter point. That rate now sits at 3 and a half percent and seems headed higher than experts had predicted. Scott Jagow asks Chris Farrell what's going on.

The business with steroids and baseball

Aug 11, 2005
Rafael Palmeiro is heading back to work after serving a 10-day suspension for using steroids. Business of sports analyst David Carter talks to Cheryl Glaser about steroids and baseball.

How bad are things at Fannie Mae?

Aug 10, 2005
Fannie Mae is in some deep financial trouble — although it is one of our underwriters — but it doesn't know exactly how much. After the bell Tuesday the company said it won't finish its earnings restatement until late next year. Dawn Kopecki from Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal talks to host Kai Rysdall about what happend with a call with Fannie Mae's CEO this morning.

Sri Lanka: Rebuilding, but in debt

Aug 10, 2005
The island country of Sri Lanka suffered heavy damages in last December's tsunami. Aid pledges for the region came to about $2 billion. But politics and bureaucracy have kept that money from those most in need. Miranda Kennedy reports.
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When is ice cream not ice cream?

Aug 10, 2005
When the Food and Drug Administration says it isn't. But what the FDA says may change soon, thanks to a proposal that will make it easier to relax food standards. Gretchen Cook has more.

Take a ride in the fast lane

Aug 10, 2005
Want to ride in the carpool lane, but don't have a companion? Buy a hybrid car — it's a provision that's in the new highway bill the President will sign today. Marketplace's Scott Tong reports.

A break for artists?

Aug 10, 2005
Right now, when art collectors donate works to museums, they can claim a charitable deduction — but an artist cannot. Congress is thinking about giving them such a break. From Iowa Public Radio, Joyce Russell reports.

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