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What fueled the "Go-Go '90s"?

Feb 17, 2005
Politicians often take credit when the economy prospers under their watch. But how deserved is it? In the case of the 1990s economic boom, Economist and author Paul London argues it wasn't the government's monetary policies that made the difference. He joins host Matthew Algeo to discuss what really fueled the "Go-Go '90s."

International smog trading begins

Feb 16, 2005
One of the unique features of the Kyoto deal is that countries and companies will now be able to trade greenhouse gas "credits." Host David Brown asks Economist energy reporter Vijay Vaitheeswaran how someone will go about trading on this new market.

Rehab hurts

Feb 16, 2005
Most American cities are encouraging mass migration into the urban core. In Providence, R.I., city leaders are hoping that a hip cultural hotbed will emerge from the city's aging commercial center. Robin Amer reports.

Commentary: Class-action legislation

Feb 16, 2005
Commentator and erstwhile presidential candidate Ralph Nader gives his view on Congress' debate over class action lawsuits.

Rape and AIDS in South Africa

Feb 16, 2005
In South Africa today thousands of AIDS activists marched on parliament demanding free anti-retroviral drugs that help fight the disease. An estimate 5 million South Africans have HIV or AIDS. Combine that with the fact that the country's rate of sexual assault is among the highest in the world -- and you get a pretty dire picture. Rape victims, along with everyone else who gets exposed to the disease, lack access to the treatment they need, as Gretchen Wilson reports from Johannesburg.

U.S. takes pass on Kyoto

Feb 16, 2005
The Kyoto Protocol goes into effect today. It's the most expansive action yet against the threat of global warming, even though the world's largest greenhouse gas producer -- the U.S. -- is staying out. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.

Commentary: Sarbanes-Oxley compliance

Feb 16, 2005
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act requires CEOs to sign off on their companies' books, stating that they're correct. But does the law have any teeth? As Marketplace commentator Robert Reich tells us in this edition of The Public's Business, a key court case is about to give us the answer.

Internet Gambling in the UK

Feb 16, 2005
Britain is the first country working to be a major player in online gambling. Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports on what's at stake.

Americans don't mind shoddy goods

Feb 15, 2005
How long have you had your DVD player? Perhaps you've replaced it with one that has a few more bells and whistles. Or maybe the original started playing up and buying another seemed easier than getting it fixed. Many products today are a lot slicker than they used to be; they do a lot more. But the flip side is, they don't seem to stand the test of time too well. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Commentary: Kyoto preview

Feb 15, 2005
The U.S. says it's spending $6 billion on strategies to address climate change. But it isn't participating in the Kyoto Protocol. The protocol, signed by 141 nations, goes into effect tomorrow. It aims to limit carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases blamed for a rise in global temperatures. Commentator and writer Mark Hertsgaard says the world has waited too long to act.

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