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Choo-choo troubles

Dec 21, 2004
The most famous maker of model trains is trying to keep from derailing. 104-year-old Lionel got $60 million in loans this month to stay on track as it reorganizes in bankruptcy. But this holiday season, the industry has more to face before it reaches the end of the tunnel. Marketplace's Scott Jagow reports.

Cyber Santas

Dec 21, 2004
Today's kids figure there's got to be a better way to talk to Santa than through snail mail or waiting in long lines at the mall. Marketplace's Brian Watt reports on Santas in Cyberspace.

The tragedy of digital

Dec 21, 2004
Families have been buying more digital cameras than traditional ones this year in order to preserve the season's memories. But as commentator Beth Teitell discovered, reminiscing digitally can be a heavy burden.

The Best Gift Ever - Pete Carroll

Dec 21, 2004
Another installment of The Best Gift Ever! Visit <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/gift2004/index.html">The Best Gift Ever Index Page</a>.

Who owns Russia's oil?

Dec 20, 2004
Baikal Finance Group appeared out of nowhere over the weekend to become the winning bidder in the closely-watched auction for Yukos, Russia's biggest oil producer. The sale price was about $9.5 billion. Analyst Alex Brideau says it's not quite accurate to say we don't really know who owns all that oil right now. Not quite, but close.

Charity giveth and taketh

Dec 20, 2004
We're in the home stretch for charities collecting toys and money for the less fortunate. But big corporations are also reaching out. In this edition of the Low-Down, commentator Sandra Tsing Loh says her most recent encounter occurred at the drive-through window.

Grinch or giving?

Dec 20, 2004
Retail giant Target made itself into a modern Scrooge earlier this month when it banned the Salvation Army and those red Christmas kettles from outside its stores. But yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus -- the company does have other gifts to give. Todd Melby reports on Target's holiday presents to Minnesota police.

The Best Gift Ever - Cathy Guisewite

Dec 20, 2004
Another installment of The Best Gift Ever! Visit <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/gift2004/index.html">The Best Gift Ever Index Page</a>.<BR><BR>

Pushing buttons in the DVD wars

Dec 20, 2004
We all know who won the 1980s home video war between Sony's Beta format and VHS. Well, it's deja vu all over again in the battle over super clear high definition DVDs. Once again, the future of the video technology we use at home will be greatly influenced by shadowy forces outside mainstream Hollywood -- namely, the porn industry. Claude Brodesser has the story.

The plan for Social Security

Dec 20, 2004
President Bush last week renewed his call to let workers invest some of their Social Security dollars in private accounts. But Newsweek's Wall Street editor Allan Sloan wonders just how serious the President is about fixing the program. He joins host Cheryl Glaser to explain why in this edition of The Sloan Sessions.

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