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The business of the Pilgrimage

Dec 23, 2004
Marketing, marketing, marketing. Traveling to Mecca and Jerusalem is a yearly ritual for millions. Pilgrimages, like vacations, can mean big business... as Jen Banbury reports.

The Best Gift Ever - Wafari Mbugua

Dec 23, 2004
Loyal Marketplace listener Wafari Mbugua tells a story of her best gift ever. A wonderful story, from East Africa.

Those one-month classics ...

Dec 23, 2004
The new trend in radio is the oldies station that plays only holiday music for the entire month of December. How valuable is a song that gets airplay for a month but is shelved the rest of the year? Marketplace's Nate DiMeo looks into it.

Inflation trends

Dec 23, 2004
Yesterday's GDP numbers have some financial experts sweating that inflation is headed our way. Host Cheryl Glaser talks to Marketplace's money guru Chris Farrell for his reading of the economic tealeaves.

Tropical Christmas ...

Dec 23, 2004
Folks in Puerto Rico like the smell and the beauty of a freshly-cut Christmas tree just as much as anyone else. But try finding a green Canadian fir in the steamy tropics. It was virtually impossible, until two brothers came up with a nifty idea. From Connecticut Public Radio, Av Harris has their story.

Searching for that perfect wine

Dec 23, 2004
Trying to find that perfect bottle of wine for the holidays? Host Lisa Napoli talks to Los Angeles wine store owner Randy Clement about how to pop the cork without blowing your budget.

The Best Gift Ever - John Sayles

Dec 23, 2004
In this edition of The Best Gift Ever, we hear from writer and film director John Sayles.

Yuschenko economy

Dec 22, 2004
Russian companies may begin to pull out of the Ukraine if the two countries' ties are weakened under a new president. From Kiev, Alex Kleimenov investigates the background of the polarizing presidential candidate, Victor Yuschenko.

Christmas workers

Dec 22, 2004
Even while you're having Christmas dinner or opening presents, a lot of people are on the clock -- and not just a couple of elves and a jolly old man named Nick. From KCRW in Santa Monica, Matt Holzman reports.

The Best Gift Ever - Terry McDonell

Dec 22, 2004
Another installment of The Best Gift Ever! Terry McDonell, Managing Editor of Sports Illustrated, shares his story of a poster. Visit <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/gift2004/index.html">The Best Gift Ever Index Page</a>.

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