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Americans don't mind shoddy goods

Feb 15, 2005
How long have you had your DVD player? Perhaps you've replaced it with one that has a few more bells and whistles. Or maybe the original started playing up and buying another seemed easier than getting it fixed. Many products today are a lot slicker than they used to be; they do a lot more. But the flip side is, they don't seem to stand the test of time too well. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Commentary: Kyoto preview

Feb 15, 2005
The U.S. says it's spending $6 billion on strategies to address climate change. But it isn't participating in the Kyoto Protocol. The protocol, signed by 141 nations, goes into effect tomorrow. It aims to limit carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases blamed for a rise in global temperatures. Commentator and writer Mark Hertsgaard says the world has waited too long to act.

The Ohio Patriot Plan

Feb 15, 2005
Today, another state joined a growing list of states trying to rescue soldiers from financial ruin. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Settlement / Outpost distinction

Feb 15, 2005
As the Israeli government plans to shut down settlements in Gaza, new ones are being established in the West Bank. Nancy Updike reports from Israel.

Saving Star Trek

Feb 15, 2005
The television network UPN cancelled the latest installment of the Star Trek franchise -- Enterprise. But the show's legion of famous fans have started a fundraising drive to keep it running. Host David Brown talks to Roger Nygard, director of the documentary Trekkies.

Regional trade deals

Feb 15, 2005
Venezuela yesterday reached a trade agreement with Brazil's state-run oil company. It's one of many such deals Venezuela may forge with other state oil businesses as a way to distance itself from the U-S. Marketplace Americas Desk correspondent Dan Grech reports. And commentator Michael Lind says don't expect a true global market any time soon.

Celebrity ads

Feb 15, 2005
You've probably seen the new Heineken ad featuring Brad Pitt being chased by a mob of paparazzi as he tries to buy a six-pack. Pitt's not the only A-list celebrity endorsing products these days. Reporter Apryl Lundsten finds out why celebrities seem to be okay with what was once seen as selling out.

More defense spending

Feb 14, 2005
The White House today asked Congress for $82 billion dollars in emergency spending. Most of that money would go to the Pentagon, for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. But it appears the Defense Department slipped a few non-emergency items into the rainy day request. Marketplace's Scott Tong reports.

Ground Round

Feb 14, 2005
If your idea of a good burger is one that weighs as much as your plate you might have the folks at Ground Round to thank. But one year ago this week the Ground Round went down for the count. Franchise operators were not expecting it. And no-one expected what would happen next. Amy Mayer reports.

Mergers and heartbreaks

Feb 14, 2005
A lot is happening in the telecom industry. Quest communications wants to buy MCI ... then along came Verizon with a deal worth a half billion dollars less. Some argue the consolidation in telecom is inevitable, given the scale of these businesses.But Harvard Professor Rakesh Khurana thinks the recent wave of corporate mergers is sure to break some hearts.Harvard business school professor Rakesh Khurana is a contributor to the book "Restoring Trust in American Business."

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