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Commentary: The Demographic Bulge

Feb 9, 2005
Commentator Robert Reich tells us why he thinks the President is lying about the crisis in Social Security.

Possible Fiat-GM merger

Feb 9, 2005
Host David Brown talks to New York Times transportation reporter Micheline Maynard about some interesting merger news in the automotive industry.

Chinese Idol

Feb 9, 2005
Reality TV may be cooling off in this country. But in China, the cultural phenomenon of American Idol is just starting to heat up. Jocelyn Ford reports from Beijing.

Israeli stock market

Feb 9, 2005
Political events often shape what happens in the stock market, even more so in Israel. Nancy Updike reports on how political violence influences the ups and downs of Israel's stock exchange.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

Tsunami travel

Feb 9, 2005
Thousands of people are without homes in coastal towns destroyed by Asia's tsunami. So why are big, internationally run hotels the first in line to be rebuilt? Andrea Gardner reports. Then, Marketplace's travel expert Rudy Maxa explains why he still plans to visit the struggling region in the aftermath of the disaster.

Deficit hawk

Feb 8, 2005
Commentator and former Bush advisor Glenn Hubbard critiques the President's Social Security plan.

Class Action Bill

Feb 8, 2005
Days after it was unveiled, the President's budget is getting parsed and dissected. But as the budget battle heats up, so does the legislative fight over class action lawsuits. Marketplace's Scott Tong lays out the battle lines of this year's first piece of tort reform.

Wisconsin Quarter

Feb 8, 2005
Coin collectors have found a second version of the Wisconsin quarter. The Treasury insists it's a mistake, but as Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports, errors like this actually add to the popularity of the new coins.

Splenda vs. sugar

Feb 8, 2005
The makers of the sweetener Splenda took the sugar industry to court today. The makers of Splenda say their product has been the target of false and misleading claims. Marketplace's Bob Moon reports.

Private Iraqi Banking

Feb 8, 2005
Iraq's central bank can now open a deposit with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. U.S. Treasury Under Secretary John Taylor made the announcement this morning, giving the new government even further legitimacy on the international stage. From Baghdad, Marketplace's Borzou Daragahi reports on the growth of the country's banking system.

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