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Marketplace letters for May 17, 2005

May 17, 2005
Host David Brown dips into the Marketplace mailbag. What are listeners responding to?

Global misfits

May 17, 2005
In China, multinational companies are scrambling to hire Chinese nationals who've studied overseas or worked in foreign offices. Beijing Bureau Chief Jocelyn Ford reports globalization is forcing foreign companies to adopt both the good -- and bad -- of American business practices.
Posted In: Canada

Phoenix forest

May 17, 2005
When the Mt. St. Helen's volcano erupted 25 years ago tomorrow, one of Washington State's most valuable timber properties became a pile of dust. Now, the tree harvesting business there is not only rising from the ashes, it's coming back stronger than ever. Tom Banse reports.

Standing out in India

May 17, 2005
This week in our contribution to the public radio series "Think Global," we're looking at how countries around the world are adopting America's business practices. In this morning's installment, we look at a company in India that's going way beyond the American way of doing business.
Posted In: Canada

Khodorkovsky guilty

May 16, 2005
Once upon a time, Mikhail Khodorkovsky was Russia's wealthiest entrepreneur. Now the oil tycoon could face up to ten years in jail after being found guilty of fraud today. Khodorkovsky was the poster boy for Russia's "oligarchs"--businesspeople who made millions by snapping up former state-run companies on the cheap. Reporter Simon Marks looks at the impact today's conviction could have on Russia's business climate:
Posted In: Canada

Inventors Hall of Fame

May 16, 2005
What do Valium, the steam locomotive, and frozen food all have in common? Answer--their inventors were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio this past weekend. The Hall of Fame was created more than 30 years ago. It's the brainchild of the U-S Patent & Trademark Office and the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Association. Fred Allen is head of the Hall of Fame's selection committee. We asked him what it takes to make the grade and get inducted:

Think Global: Bio-prospecting

May 16, 2005
You're gonna hear a lot about the G-word this week, thanks to a public radio series called "Think Global"--looking at globalization and its effects. Here at Marketplace, we're focusing on one particular trend--how America tries to export its way of doing business. Many U-S firms want international companies to follow their lead, in everything from corporate ethics to office culture. But the transfer of ideas isn't always easy, even where there's lots of money at stake. For example--an ambitious effort by U-S biotech companies in Mexico didn't take into account how people there think about medicine--and money. Reporter Mary Stucky explains:
Posted In: Canada

Multinational indoctrination

May 16, 2005
Today we begin a series, "Think Global", on how American business practices are being adopted around the world. In our first installment, Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford looks at what practices U.S. companies want to teach their workers in China.
Posted In: Canada

Nanotech investments

May 16, 2005
The Bush Administration is putting big bucks into the emerging field of nanotechnology. Should you? Marketplace's Lisa Napoli talks to Marketplace's investment guru Gabe Wisdom about the payoffs we may see from nanotech... and when.

Saving the tiger

May 13, 2005
We hear a lot these days about China and India driving the world economy -- everything from steel and oil prices to call centers and emerging technology. That's why economists will often describe China as "the dragon economy" and India as "the largest of the Asian tigers". But the striped cat behind India's symbol of growth is disappearing from its jungles. Now in an unusual joint venture corporate India is teaming with environmentalists to save the Bengal tiger. Miranda Kennedy has more.
Posted In: Canada

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