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Fabricating a future in Swaziland

Aug 22, 2005
China and the US may sign a big textile agreement next month. Other countries have textile industries at risk, too — and it's all they can do to keep investors from pulling up stakes and leaving. Megan Williams has our story.

Short stories, teeny price

Aug 22, 2005
Today a gallon of gas or fancy cup of coffee costs about three bucks. But you can get a short story from Amazon.com for just 49 cents. Marketplace's Hillary Wicai eyes the cheap download offer.

Seeing gold in the golden years

Aug 22, 2005
Senior citizens have become a consumer force to be reckoned with — but no one likes to be told a certain product is perfect for them just 'cause they're older. Blaine Branchik tells host Kai Ryssdal that selling to seniors has always been tricky.

Puggle, Malt-a-Poo, Labradoodle

Aug 22, 2005
Breeders are coming up with endless variations of designer hybrid dogs. Most of us just call 'em mutts — but these pups come with a pedigree-style pricetag. Mhari Saito reports.

Reading the Big Mac index

Aug 22, 2005
How much does the famous McDonald's hamburger cost in countries around the world? The Big Mac Index shows Latin America is a cheaper place to live than the US. But Claudio Loser with the Inter American Dialogue looked at it another way: how long does it take to earn enough to buy a Big Mac?

Computer science: calling all women

Aug 22, 2005
It's back to the school today at many universities, where young men and women will be filling classrooms. Except maybe in the computer science department — where there just aren't that many women. Sam Eaton reports.

How one big investor thinks

Aug 22, 2005
Yale University's chief investment advisor David Swensen has made the school $8 billion in twenty-plus years, with an average annual return of 16 percent. Lisa Napoli asks him: What's your secret?

Movin' on up ... in Costa Rica

Aug 19, 2005
So how do you stretch the dollars you've got? You could skip the latte and pack your own lunch. Or you could head south — way south. From the Americas Desk at WLRN, Dan Grech traveled to Costa Rica.

Merck loses Vioxx trial

Aug 19, 2005
Kai Ryssdal talks to Helen Palmer about the future for Merck; today a Texas jury found the company liable for the death of a patient who took its painkiller Vioxx. The patient's widow was awarded an initial $253 million.

To Russia with love

Aug 19, 2005
Morgan Stanley has been given a license by the central bank in Moscow to trade Russian stocks and bonds. Host Kai Ryssdal gets the story from David Wells, who covers Wall Street for the <em>Financial Times</em>.

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