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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.
Posted In: Canada

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.

Fast, FAST pizza... Did we mention fast?

Mar 22, 2005
Be proud America, your team took home the gold from the 2005 World Pizza Championship. Brian Edler of Findlay, Ohio, didn't just dominate his competition in Italy this week. He set a world record. 37 seconds to make a pizza pie. Of course to most of us, fast pizza means something more like 'thirty minutes or less'. But in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, an entrepreneur is trying to speed that up. From WUWM in Milwaukee, Christina Shockley reports.

Marketplace Letters!

Mar 22, 2005
Drum roll please... we're opening the one and only Marketplace mailbag.

India's digital divide may be shrinking

Mar 22, 2005
Dell computer says it'll hire another 1300 customer service reps for a call center in India. India's recent advancement in I-T seems a little out of sync with the fact that only 14 of every thousand people own a computer.As Miranda Kennedy reports from New Delhi, bridging the digital divide is a top priority. Also, commentator Tom Standage says the Digital Solidarity Fund is another top-down strategy that likely won't work.
Posted In: Canada

Greenspan has plenty of critics in Europe

Mar 22, 2005
The Fed's Open Market Committee meets today to make a decision about interest rates. Given the global dominance of the U.S. dollar, the world will be watching. But not everyone will be cheering Alan Greenspan for his stewardship of the American currency. Although he is widely admired, there is a small but growing band of foreign skeptics who are deeply critical of the Fed Chairman, as Stephen Beard reports from London.
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