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University -- Incorporated!

Feb 28, 2005
Host David Brown talks to author Jennifer Washburn about concerns in academia over the growing influence of corporate dollars.
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The view from the court!

Feb 28, 2005
An unprecedented action by a huge corporate defendant. The words of a judge who today okayed a settlement between DuPont and people living near a West Virginia Teflon plant. Dupont does not admit a chemical used at the plant caused any illness. But the company has agreed to spend $107 million on tests of local water supplies. DuPont may have to spend another $235 million to monitor the health of nearby residents. Also today, word on three cases involving money coming soon to the U.S. Supreme Court. Marketplace's Scott Tong reports.
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In Beirut - blues and celebrations

Feb 28, 2005
In Lebanon today, thousands of angry protestors demonstrated outside the parliament. They were demanding that the pro-Syrian prime minister and his cabinet resign. And then surprisingly - the government did just that. The shakeup comes two weeks after the assassination of a former Prime Minister. Rafiq Hariri was an opponent of Syria's occupation of Lebanon. But he was also a self-made billionaire. And he helped rebuild his country after a 15-year civil war. From Beirut, Kate Seeley reports on new fears of an economic meltdown.
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Immigration days

Feb 28, 2005
The United States is going through the biggest wave of immigration in its history. As in previous generations, most new arrivals eventually learn to speak English. But since many of the most recent newcomers are from Latin America, immigrants from other parts of the world have found it helps to not only learn English - but some Spanish as well. As Alisa Roth reports from New York, knowing that third language can give business people an edge.
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Little big plant...

Feb 28, 2005
It's a little plant that's played a big hand in America's economic history: Cotton. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Stephen Yafa, author of "Big Cotton" about cotton's influence and impact in our society.
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Medicaid meddling

Feb 25, 2005
The nation's governors are holding a conference in Washington over the next few days. Many of them are upset with one of their alums. A Former Texas Governor wants to cut federal funds for a program that's already a budget buster for the states. And now that he's president, he just might have the power to do it. Marketplace's Scott Tong reports on concerns about Medicaid.
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Bankruptcy reform.

Feb 25, 2005
There's a credit card company that asks "what's in your wallet?" If you say "my wallet's empty", creditors start to panic. Last year, more than a million and a half Americans said bye-bye to their debts by filing for bankruptcy. For many years now, creditors have been begging Congress to make it harder for consumers to walk away. This may be the year they get what they've been asking for. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports that on Monday, the Senate takes up bankruptcy reform.
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Location, location, location

Feb 25, 2005
Sales of existing homes ticked down a tenth of a percent in January. It's still the seventh highest pace on record. That from the National Association of Realtors. Plenty of factors go into picking a new place to live. And its obviously not just the price. Take Santa Clara County in Northern California. The median home price there is now $615,000. They're willing to pay that kind of money, in part, because of the schools. But shopping around for the right school has become more of a numbers game than you might imagine. Marketplace Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner reports.
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The week that was ... on Wall Street

Feb 25, 2005
It's Friday. And you know what that means. The time to check the week on Wall Street, with stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson in Dallas.
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Oscar fashions ...

Feb 25, 2005
Gambling on the outcome of Sunday's Academy Awards is illegal here in the U.S. And that includes Nevada. If you could, though... The oddsmakers seem to think it's the Aviator that'll take best picture. Here's something you can bet on: A seriously lavish fashion show. Commentator and attorney Conrad Teitell wonders who'll be paying for it.

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