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But - who goes to the party?

Jan 19, 2005
Security and today's snowstorm may have shut much of Washington down. But that doesn't mean there's nothing going on. Corporate and private donations have paid for $40 million worth of festivities this week. More than 50 companies made contributions of $250,000 each. People who gave $100,000 get to see the president take the oath of office in person. The rest of the money comes mainly from the tickets bought by parade watchers and ball-goers. But South Dakota Public Radio's Curt Nickisch discovered not all Republican Party loyalists can afford to go to the big dance.

When is a lawsuit, a lawsuit?

Jan 19, 2005
If a shareholder lawsuit was filed but no one collected the money, would it still be a case? A Texas law firm is suing more that 40 mutual fund managers over just that. The plaintiffs say the funds failed to collect some $2 billion on behalf of their investors. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.

Special Report: No place to hide

Jan 19, 2005
Even as the Bush Administration went hunting for terrorists overseas after September 11th, the government was also looking for them here. One industry was more than ready to help. Data management companies had spent the decade before September 11th collecting billions of records about almost every American adult. In his new book, No Place to Hide, Robert O'Harrow looked into the data industry in this country and its new relationships with intelligence and law enforcement agencies. He worked with John Biewen from American RadioWorks on a companion documentary. In this report for Marketplace Beewin traces the transformation of a man named Hank Asher (pictured) from run-of-the-mill tech millionaire, to a player in the war on terror.

Suburban sprawl and safety

Jan 19, 2005
Today we get some numbers on housing starts - of course higher numbers are good for the economy. But they might also indicate suburban sprawl. We know over-building can strain schools and roads. Now one county in the Washington DC area is worrying about what happens when people dial 9-1-1. Marketplace's Scott Tong reports.

The Krispy Kreme blues

Jan 18, 2005
Krispy Kreme is facing an accounting investigation and shareholder lawsuits, and a possible default on a $150 million credit line. What to do? Today CEO Scott Livengood got dunked. In steps replacement Stephen Cooper. Mr. Cooper is no ordinary executive: he is what's know as a turnaround specialist. Norm Bartzak teaches at Columbia's Business and Law Schools, and he's been following the dough at Krispy Kreme...

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.

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