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Award shows and power trips

Feb 24, 2005
Ready for the big awards show? Tonight from Miami, its the Latin music awards on Univision. Ok, so it's not the Oscars... but there is plenty of drama.When tonight's show gets underway, 23 scheduled celebrities will be missing. We're talking about some of the biggest celebrities in Spanish language TV. Soap stars. They've been told by Mexico's Televisa TV network to stay away. Televisa owns a minority stake in Univision. And it is hungry for more control. Univision's board is not going for it. From WLRN in Miami, Marketplace Americas correspondent Dan Grech reports.

Improving on perfection?

Feb 24, 2005
Today we learned fourth quarter profit grew 19 percent at Staples. The nation's largest retailer of office products is named after... those famous little metal things. Those little wire machines that fasten paper. Not much about the staple or the stapler has changed since the 1700's. Well... there was the electric stapler in 1956, but since then it's been a little quiet on the stapler front. And that's been a problem for a company whose name you probably grew up with. From Chicago, Sandy Hausman reports on how the company plans to come back swinging.

Biotech keeps rising

Feb 24, 2005
While many traditional manufacturing jobs have migrated overseas, some industries are expanding their manufacturing in the U.S. Namely, the biopharmaceutical industry. Reporter Alison St. John visited a new $380 million biotech plant outside of San Diego that makes things you can't even see.

The spring training business model

Feb 24, 2005
That age-old ritual, Spring Training, is underway in Florida and Arizona. As early as 1870, the Cincinnati Red Stockings and the Chicago White Stockings held training camps in New Orleans. But things have changed. Sports commentator David Carter says spring training has become a big part of baseball's business model.

The bond curve

Feb 24, 2005
Short-term interest rates are rising. But long-term rates are holding steady. What's happening? Host Kai Ryssdal gets an explanation from Marketplace's money guru, Chris Farrell.

Coming home

Feb 23, 2005
What do you think of when you imagine troops arriving back home from tours of duty in Iraq? Judging from pictures of some of them returning this week... there's lots fanfare... balloons... big hugs and lots of kisses. That's all well and good but there's something else a lot of the returnees are facing... a financial ambush. Alison Saint John reports from the Camp Pendleton Marine Corp base outside of San Diego.

That was quick!

Feb 23, 2005
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia released its fourth-quarter earnings report today -- not a good thing. Martha Stewart, convicted felon, is scheduled to be released from prison next week -- a good thing, at least for her. Now... Martha the company is having trouble with the recipe for financial success. Wall Street seems convinced that having Martha, the person, back in the kitchen will fix everything. Marketplace's Bob Moon reports some analysts would rather order takeout.

More bad news for Disney?

Feb 23, 2005
The biggest split since Brad and Jen is about to hit Hollywood. From all reports Miramax studio chiefs Harvey and Bob Weinstein are breaking off from the Walt Disney company. Disney bought Miramax 12 years ago. The separation may be official by the end of this week, just in time for the Academy Awards. Ian Mohr covers Miramax for the industry bible Variety...

What's in a name? Perhaps a kiss

Feb 23, 2005
We spent some time scratching our heads today over the latest news from Hershey's. It seems candyland wants to change its name. From Hershey's Food Corp -- to, ok, are you ready for this -- Hershey Co. Marketplace's Lisa Napoli takes a bite.

That sinking dollar ...

Feb 23, 2005
President Bush continued to wend his way through Europe today. At Weisbaden Army Airfield in Germany he told U.S. troops who'd served in Iraq that America stands with them. He's on what many see as a fence-mending trip to ease tensions over the Iraq war. But Marketplace commentator Robert Reich argues the real action is taking place in another part of the globe entirely.

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