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Revised numbers for the uninsured

Apr 26, 2005
The Census Bureau revised its arithmetic and more Americans might have health insurance than we thought. Not because of a sudden economic upswing, but because of how numbers are counted. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports.

On the job training for new farmers

Apr 26, 2005
As fewer young Americans grow up on farms, older farmers want to keep their farms intact. Twenty states have begun addressing the issue by creating programs that match older farmers with younger farmers who are looking for land and perhaps a mentor. South Dakota Public Radio's Curt Nickisch reports on one such relationship.

Commentary: Social Security

Apr 26, 2005
Despite weakening popular support for President Bush's social security plan, the administration is still plugging away. Commentator David Kennedy weighs in.

Wine nation

Apr 26, 2005
Americans are sipping more Shiraz and pouring down more pinot than ever before. You can chalk it up to a few things...the movie "Sideways", marketing making wine more approachable, and a glut of grapes that's made the stuff cheaper in some cases than bottled water. U.S. wine consumption has nearly doubled in the last 10 years. And as more of us come to the table, some wine connoisseurs and merchants are worried that a lot of what IS on the table is starting to taste the same. Marketplace's Brian Watt reports.

Marijuana in S.F.

Apr 26, 2005
The city of San Francisco launched public hearings yesterday on how to regulate the medical marijuana trade. Meanwhile, the US Supreme Court is about to rule on a case involving the growing of medical marijuana. As the city waits for the ruling, Nancy Mullane reports San Francisco officials are worried the pot problem may be out of control.

Valero buys Premcor

Apr 25, 2005
The biggest crude oil refiner in the U.S. is Exxon-Mobil. At least for a few more weeks. Then the baton will pass to another company. Today Valero Energy said it's buying a rival company called Premcor, a $A seven billion dollar deal. That may be a bargain. In the words of one analyst--quoting here--this will be a cash-making machine for the foreseeable future. Any guesses what that means for the rest of us? Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports.
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GM recall

Apr 25, 2005
General Motors announced the recall of more than two million vehicles today. The recall comes at a bad time for GM. Marketplace's Matthew Algeo explains.

Dealing with Iran

Apr 25, 2005
This week, new talks over Iran's nuclear ambitions. France, Germany and the UK have kept the diplomatic pipeline open. The Europeans are offering economic incentives. Washington's taking a different approach with Iran, economic sanctions. Despite the split approach...or perhaps because of it...we are starting to see some clear winners. They're the ones making money. From Teheran, Borzou Daragahi reports.
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United Airlines bankruptcy

Apr 25, 2005
Tomorrow, United Airlines is expected to enter another filing in bankruptcy court. The fine print's going be interesting. From what we're hearing, United will try to walk away from its 4 defined benefit pension plans. The government's Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation would step in. The PBGC would take over $6.5 billion worth of pension liabilities. In return, Uncle Sam would get a $1.5 billion dollar equity interest in the airline.

The Sloan Sessions: NFL TV

Apr 25, 2005
The NFL has struck two new TV deals that will move Monday games to ESPN and Sunday night football to NBC. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with Newsweek's Wall Street editor Allan Sloan about how the NFL is making out like a bandit.

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