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Private accounts

Feb 2, 2005
On the eve of the State of the Union address, commentator Susan Lee gives her take on privatizing Social Security.

Medical bankruptcy

Feb 2, 2005
Record levels of personal debt in this country is tied up by medical bills. Now medical costs are even driving some into bankruptcy. From the Health Desk at WGBH in Boston, Helen Palmer reports.

Brazil and recovery games

Feb 2, 2005
When Brazil's president declared a "war on hunger," foreign investors ran for the exits -- taking more than ten percent of the country's annual income. But just a couple years later, the country is successfully rebuilding from the inside, as Dan Grech discovered in this sister story to his recent report on Argentina.

Neither fire nor crowds of commuters...

Feb 2, 2005
A fire in the New York subway last week was supposed to hamper the train and its commuters for months or years. Now it's running again. What the heck happened? Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports.

"The Public's Business": The bond market

Feb 2, 2005
When President Bush delivers his State of the Union tonight, he's expected to lay out the economic agenda for his second term, including the controversial goals of privatizing Social Security and making permanent his tax cuts. One of the more intriguing questions is, who's going to determine whether he succeeds or not? In this edition of "The Public's Business", Marketplace commentator Robert Reich describes an unlikely constituency.

Public relations goes blogging

Feb 2, 2005
Blogs aren't just for individuals anymore. The web log, or blog, is being seen by many in the corporate world as a good internet marketing tool. Public relations experts, CEOs and customers are starting to realize the benefits of web diaries.

President Bush and the choice word ...

Feb 1, 2005
President Bush gives his State of the Union address tomorrow night. Commentator and consumer advocate Jamie Court says he's sure the President is going bring up the theme of an "ownership society" and the idea of giving Americans more economic choices.

Ports of Alaska eager for business

Feb 1, 2005
Dozens of cargo ships from China have been sitting off the coast of Southern California, waiting to unload their cargo at the congested ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Gabriel Spitzer reports that port officials in Anchorage, Alaska, think they see a business opening.

Telecommuting, at the federal level

Feb 1, 2005
A majority of government workers would like to work from home, according to a survey out today, and now some government agencies will face a $5 million hit if they don't make it happen. From the Work and Family Desk, Marketplace's Hillary Wicai reports.

The consulting ban at NIH

Feb 1, 2005
The National Institutes of Health adopted major ethics reforms today and will no longer allow its scientists to accept consulting fees from drug companies. Nor can they own pharmaceutical stocks. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports that some say conflicts at the agency had spun out of control.

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