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Rebuilding Indonesia

Jan 6, 2005
In Jakarta today, a world conference to plan for the reconstruction of countries devastated by the tsunamis. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued a plea for nearly $1 billion in cash for emergency humanitarian aid - and that's just for the next six months. But many aren't waiting for the reconstruction money. They're already trying to put their lives back together... as Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford discovered in one of the worst hit-areas: Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

What flu epidemic?

Jan 6, 2005
Remember the near panic about flu shots not being available this year? Today the company that makes a flu nasal spray vaccine says it's selling only about a third of what it expected to this winter. Flu-mist had ramped up its production to meet a potential flu crisis - one that hasn't materialized so far. There's a new tool that might have helped the folks at Flu-mist. Some researchers at the University of Iowa College of Business are trying to improve our ability to predict flu outbreaks - by using a model some of you might be familiar with. From WOI in Ames, Iowa, Joyce Russell reports.

Olympic debates

Jan 6, 2005
The International Olympic Committee is nearing a decision on what city will host the 2012 Olympics. But after years of scandals about cities bribing IOC board members to steer the games their way, the IOC has decided to make a change. Host David Brown talks to Business of Sports analyst Diana Nyad about the upcoming televised debate between cities to determine who gets the host the Olympics.

Crisis? What crisis?

Jan 6, 2005
The Bush Administration has made solving the social security "crisis" a top priority. But personal finance expert Chris Farrell says while there is a funding problem, it's not a crisis.

Corporate and global risk

Jan 6, 2005
Uncertainty seems to be the new dynamic in the global marketplace. In a new book, author Paul Laudicina looks at how companies can navigate the new risks of the corporate world to their advantage.

Playing with playlists

Jan 6, 2005
With so much more music becoming available on-line each year, how can music fans sort through it all and discover the music they want? One answer may lie in the personal playlist, that simple compilation that digital music enthusiasts use to keep track of their favorite tunes. From New York, Marketplace's Gideon D'Arcangelo reports.

Spending the aid ...

Jan 5, 2005
Governments around the world have pledged more than $3 billion to help the victims of the Asian tsunami. How to spend that money? That's on the table tomorrow - at an international summit in Jakarta. Also on the agenda is a British plan for debt relief. From London, Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports.

Dealing with dirty bombs

Jan 5, 2005
Tomorrow the Department of Homeland Security will announce a National Response Plan -- guidelines for the wake of nuclear or biological attack. The Department is also working out a response to a dirty bomb. If a terrorist got some radiological material - cobalt 60 is in thousands of hospitals-- it wouldn't take much know-how to make a device that could spread radioactive particles for miles. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports what at issue is how much cleanup a dirty bomb would require -- and what that would cost.

What's in a name? Cash

Jan 5, 2005
Companies spend lots of time and money trying to build brand name recognition. Now that Bank of America has acquired Fleet Bank, you'd think that maybe B-of-A would like to turn Boston's sports arena - the Fleet Center - into the Bank of America center? Not a chance. Marketplace Business Editor Cheryl Glaser explains why.

Microsoft and Sirius

Jan 5, 2005
In satellite radio, two players dominate. XM is the big boy, with more than 3 million customers. But Sirius Satellite Radio is coming up from behind. It's latest move: a team-up with Microsoft to offer radio... with pictures. Marketplace's Jeff Tyler explains.

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