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Prepping for the new SAT's

Mar 4, 2005
We have reports of widespread nail-biting right now. One week from tomorrow, 300,000 high schoolers sit for the new version of the SAT. There's a new advanced math section. And a 25 minute essay portion with questions like... 'Are people more motivated by money and fame or by personal satisfaction?' Answering "yes" will lower your score. That's our tip.If you're looking for some real test-taking advice, it'll cost you. Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner reports.

Seven habits of a highly effective business writer

Mar 4, 2005
Hey, did you get into business school? Some may know their status even though admission letters haven't gone out. Someone posted directions on the web on how to hack admissions records at some prestigious biz schools.Harvard, Stanford, Duke and Dartmouth among them. Today Harvard said the school views this as electronic breaking and entering. The school also said it knows the identities of the roughly 100 people who tried to crack the database. No word yet on whether Harvard's rethinking its list of those admitted to business school. What we do know is that someone who used to teach there is feeling rather ripped off. Commentator and management consultant Martin Kihn tells us that story. <p>Consultant Martin Kihn is author of a book about marketing - called "House of Lies".

Crime, and the IRA

Mar 4, 2005
The Irish political party, Sinn Fein holds its annual conference in Dublin today. The party is under severe pressure. The British and Irish governments claim Sinn Fein - and its terrorist wing the IRA - were involved in the biggest bank robbery in European history. As Stephen Beard reports from London, the allegations have focused attention on the IRA as a money-making machine.

Selling the Mount Airy Lodge

Mar 4, 2005
In the market for a dozen crystal chandeliers? How about a bright red bathtub? Those are just some of the fairly schlocky items for sale this weekend in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. As Aries Keck reports from WHYY in Philadelphia, the auction is to sell off the bits and pieces of the once-grand Mount Airy Lodge.

An after school alliance

Mar 3, 2005
Today lawmakers in the House and Senate launched a new, bi-partisan caucus. The purpose: to promote more afterschool programs in the U.S. And push for more federal dollars. As Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner reports, there'll be a lot of pushing uphill.

League for sale, National Hockey League for sale!

Mar 3, 2005
The 2004-2005 hockey season is officially off. But a private investment firm and a sports advisory company have reportedly made a joint proposal to buy all 30 National Hockey League teams for as much as $3.5 billion to bring the league back next year in a different form. Host David Brown talks to business of sports commentator Diana Nyad about what the bid would mean for the league.

Flu worries

Mar 3, 2005
For the last two days they've been planning for a disaster. Public health officials from all over Europe have been meeting in Luxembourg. The scenario they've been studying is one the World Health Organization warns is on its way. A flu pandemic. Of special concern: a bird flu which has re-emerged in Vietnam. Experts worry it could mutate into a highly dangerous human variety. That could cost millions of lives ... and billions of dollars. From the European Desk in London Stephen Beard reports.

Who you gonna call? Despanches!

Mar 3, 2005
You've been working very hard it seems. Today new productivity numbers. Up 2.1 percent in the last quarter of 2004. In the global productivity game, American business has a distinct advantage. For instance? On average, it's takes about three and a half hours to register a small business. In Peru, the same process would take almost 290 days. And in nearby Brazil, the red tape is so onerous, it's spawned a new profession. Meet the despachante! Marketplace's Dan Grech reports.

Meetings, and wasting time ...

Mar 3, 2005
Did I mention that new productivity number? Yeah, looks like I did. But I left out something. With the strong showing we heard about today, Americans set a new record. It's the strongest three years of productivity growth in more than a half century of record keeping. But people, we can do better. Yeah, let's do it!All-staff meeting in the big conference room! Our guest speaker is marketing expert Adam Hanft.

Meet the "moto-boys"

Mar 3, 2005
If you think traffic's bad where you are, you probably haven't been to Sao Paolo, Brazil. The city is a vast unplanned mess of 18 million people. It has some of the worst traffic congestion in the world. And it's more than just a headache for drivers. In Sao Paolo, traffic tie-ups account for an estimated $80 billion a year in lost productivity. Simply put - time is money. But as Americas desk correspondent Dan Grech reports, a small army of daredevils have emerged to keep the Brazilian economy chugging.

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