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Germany's beer industry in trouble

Mar 25, 2005
Mention Germany, and you're likely to think of beer. While Germany is still a beer-loving country, the industry there is facing tough times. Breweries are shutting their doors and selling off vats because more Germans, especially younger ones, are turning away from the national drink. Kyle James reports from Berlin.
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Baseball and steroids: How much damage was done?

Mar 25, 2005
Will the steroid scandal be a major strike against Major League Baseball? Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Marketplace's Business of Sports commentator Michael Knisley about what's at stake.

George Soros loses in court ...

Mar 24, 2005
He's a billionaire investor, a philanthropist, an outspoken opponent of George W. Bush... And a self-styled champion of government openness. He's also still guilty of insider trading. Today George Soros lost a French court appeal. In 2002, Soros was convicted and fined 2.2 million euros.What does that mean for a multi-billionaire like Soros? Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports.
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Syrian civilians paying the price in Lebanon

Mar 24, 2005
Today, Washington repeated its demand for Syria to complete a withdrawal from Lebanon. Yes, there's a large Syrian military presence. But there are hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians working there. And it's not a happy place to be. But as Kate Seelye reports from Beirut, the option of going home isn't much happier.
Posted In: Canada

Major League Soccer - a success story

Mar 24, 2005
Major League Soccer kicks off its 10th season in a week. Two new teams will be playing this year, and MLS has a $150 million contract with Adidas. New soccer-only stadiums are being built. Commentator David Carter points out this was a league all but written off when it started.

Chile and United States - are smaller trade deals the ticket?

Mar 23, 2005
The presidents of the U.S., Mexico and Canada met today in Texas. They'll tighten up border security. They'll ease up trade barriers to better compete with Asia. And they also agreed to disagree on a few things. Like the U.S. ban on Canadian beef. And U.S. competition with Mexican sugar farmers. These trade disputes persist - even though the three are linked by the massive North American Free Trade Agreement. When it comes to trade deals, might smaller be better? From the Americas Desk at WLRN in Miami, Dan Gretch reports on what you might think of as a case study. Call it the Chilean connection.
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IBM jumps into the spam battle

Mar 22, 2005
Junk email accounts for between 50 and 75 percent of all email. Depends of whose numbers you believe. Any way you slice it, it's still a lot of spam. And it keeps on coming, despite all those spam-blocking programs. Today a pioneer of the personal computer made a mighty big promise. One to send a plague of the PC era back from whence it came. One unwanted message at a time. Marketplace's Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Airfare wars: Prices up, prices down, prices up, again

Mar 22, 2005
Next up in our things we love to hate segment: fare wars. Last week, Continental added 5 bucks to its prices. Most of the major carriers followed suit. Then on Monday, most everyone backed down. Today they were back up five bucks. Confused? We were.But not Micheline Maynard. She covers the airlines for the New York Times.

Water Day, and now ... a Water Decade

Mar 22, 2005
Raise a glass, everyone. It's World Water Day. Do anything special to mark the occasion? The United Nations did. It launched what it calls a "Water for Life" Decade. Basically it's a goal. To cut in half the number of people who don't have access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. More than a billion people fall into that category. And we're not just talking about people living in rural, undeveloped areas. Just ask Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford, our bureau chief in China.

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