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Wanted: coal miners

Dec 30, 2004
Today, we get an idea of employers' hiring needs with the monthly release of the Help Wanted Index. Reporter Mark Nootbaar takes us to one place in the U.S. where there are a lot of high paying jobs available right now...but there's a downside.

2004 - A big years in sports

Dec 30, 2004
What do the Boston Red Sox, the NHL and steroids have in common? They all had a big impact on the sports industry during 2004. Marketplace business of sports commentator David Carter joins host Tess Vigeland for a review of the biggest sports business stories of the year.

Merger mania

Dec 30, 2004
It's been the busiest quarter for mergers in four years. Marketplace's money guru Chris Farrell joins host Matthew Algeo to explain what's spurring all of these new corporate deals.

China and the quota system

Dec 29, 2004
A big change in trade takes place this week. Marketplace host David Brown talks to Harvard professor David Weil about the impending expiration of major textile quotas. Will China dominate in the coming years?

Look who is selling to China?

Dec 29, 2004
The U.S. is unhappy with new deals between the European Union and China. Because of renewed weapons deals between the EU and China, the U.S. is concerned about American troops protecting Taiwan, as Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports.

2004 - The year in health

Dec 29, 2004
David Brown talks to Health correspondent Helen Palmer about the year that was in the health care industry, paying special attention to the troubles in the drug business. A lot of bad news ...

Where have all the miners gone?

Dec 29, 2004
Coal mining is having a hard time finding new people to work in the industry. And current employees are getting older. From Pittsburgh, Mark Nootbaar reports on recruiting efforts to get Generation X in the mineshaft.

Airline aggravation!

Dec 29, 2004
Have the piles of baggage and canceled flights at airports during the holidays doomed US Air? Marketplace's Bob Moon investigates. Then, Marketplace's travel expert Rudy Maxa discusses airline obligations and passenger rights when flights are canceled.

The hottest real estate market ...

Dec 29, 2004
Today's existing home sales report is likely to show some U.S. housing markets are still very hot. But perhaps not as hot as some neighborhoods in war-torn Afghanistan. As Jason Paur reports the motto there isn't "location, location, location." It's "security, security, security."

Ouch - an industry in serious trouble

Dec 28, 2004
U.S. airlines will face a government review of customer-service commitments made five years ago in wake of a Christmas weekend that saw thousands of travelers' holiday plans snarled, the Transportation Department's top auditor said Monday. Host David Brown talks to airline industry expert Richard Gritta about the tailspin in the airline industry.

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