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Brussels Clout - Calling the shots

Jan 18, 2005
We told you yesterday it would happen. Today, at a ceremony in Toulouse, France, the European Airbus consortium unveiled the the A380. It will be the world's biggest passenger jet. The leaders of France, Spain, the UK and Germany were there, the latter noting "Good old Europe has made this possible". A barb for the U.S.? We are noting how Europeans are taking charge commercially, in our series Brussels Clout. Today, in a collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting, Marketplace's Alisa Roth shows how Europe intends to call the shots for some American companies through a sweeping regulation of the chemical industry.

When money means trouble ...

Jan 18, 2005
Today the United Nations lifted a travel ban on workers distributing aid in Indonesia's Aceh province. The area was closed off after reports of fighting between separatist rebels and the government. Now that aid workers are flowing back in, so is the cash the agencies spend to buy supplies and set up shop. You'd think that would be good for a devastated economy, but as Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford reports, the sudden influx of money can make matters worse.

The man can sing

Jan 18, 2005
Chances are you know the voice. Michael McDonald made it big in the 70's and 80's as a lead singer with Doobie Brothers, and as a solo artist. He also played with Steely Dan. Now he's back with two albums of Motown hits. The first has gone platinum, the second is on its way. We asked him why Motown still sells in this era of rap and hip hop...

Doing it yourself in Indonesia

Jan 18, 2005
The tsunamis in Southeast Asia leveled thousands of homes on the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The people who lived in those homes aren't waiting for the government or aid agencies to rebuild them. They're taking the do-it-yourself approach. Marketplace's Joceyln Ford visited one such hard-hit city.

Corporate trials and retrials

Jan 17, 2005
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury -- it's corporate trial time. This week Bernard Ebbers heads to court for jury selection in his trial as the former head of WorldCom - where an $11 billion accounting fraud led to a huge bankruptcy. And Dennis Kozlowski's back. The former CEO of Tyco and his right-hand CFO Mark Swartz (pictured) return to face grand larceny charges after the first trial last year ended in a mistrial. Joining us now to re-live those good old days is Eric Talley. He teaches corporate law at the University of southern California.

Special Report: Judges for Sale?

Jan 17, 2005
The Tyco case is in Manhattan's state supreme court. New York is among 38 states where judges get elected. We've heard a lot about all the money spent on political races last year... turns out big money is being poured into judicial races as well. If money can corrupt the political process what can it do to the independence of the courts? One of last year's nastiest judicial campaigns took place in West Virginia. Today the winner is participating in an inaugural ceremony. William Kistner of American Radio Works followed the campaign and reports on what it portends for the future of the American Judiciary.

Break-up shopping, aisle three ...

Jan 17, 2005
So far the holiday celebrating the remarkable contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has, thankfully, avoided the fate of becoming an excuse for retailers to roll out low-low prices. But today, like any Holiday, will be used by many of you to run a few errands. If you happen to swing by one of those big suburban blue and yellow IKEA stores that seem to be popping up all over the place, Reporter Matt Holzman wants you to keep an eye out for a particular type of shopper. Here's a hint...they may be a little teary-eyed.

Special Report: Judges for Sale

Jan 17, 2005
The cost of President Bush's inauguration ceremony this thursday will run in the tens of millions of dollars. That price tag might seem appropriate as the culmination for history's most expensive campaign. Americans are used to big money in presidential and congressional elections. But as William Kistner tells us in this report from American Radio works, there's another area of American politics where money is changing the game.

Sloan Sessions -- Comcast

Jan 17, 2005
Cable giant Comcast says it's going to start offering residential phone service over its cable lines. Can it succeed? Newsweek's Wall Street analyst Allan Sloan joins host Cheryl Glaser to look at the track record for moving phone service to the 'net.

Blink, and a snap decision ...

Jan 14, 2005
Today a division of Macy's in New York said it will pay the state $600,000 and crack down on racial profiling of suspected shoplifters. It's to settle an investigation of complaints from black and hispanic shoppers. They said they'd been questioned, detained and handcuffed more frequently than white shoppers. As a law enforcement tool, racial profiling has been discredited not just as morally repugnant, but as inefficient, as well. And yet there is no denying that every day in stores, in the workplace, people make snap decisions based on impressions. These choices should not be ignored. So argues Malcolm Gladwell in his new book, "blink".

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