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Making peace ... after disaster

Jan 28, 2005
The tsunami drew attention to a corner of the world many people had never heard of. Aceh, a province in northern Indonesia. A place already suffering from three decades of civil war. Today, there's progress toward settling that conflict. Indonesia's President has offered separatist rebels amnesty, and greater autonomy. In exchange, he wants a ceasefire. The olive branch comes on the eve of peace talks this weekend. We've heard reports in the past month about rebels and the government cooperating in relief efforts. But as Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford reports, fighting continues for control of the area's natural resources and wealth.

The week that was... on Wall Street

Jan 28, 2005
Friday means that Marketplace host David Brown catches up with Dallas stockbroker and analyst David Johnson about the week on Wall Street, and what you might expect to see next week.

Building a resume at Sundance

Jan 28, 2005
This weekend, the Sundance film festival wraps up in Park City, Utah. The festival is famous for its risk takers - those independent filmmakers who finance a movie on credit cards, then hope to find a distributor. But some filmmakers aren't even really trying to get their films onto the market. They direct short films. It's more like a resume reel than anything else. Marketplace's Jeff Tyler followed two rising directors over the course of the festival.

Those Super Bowl ads ...

Jan 28, 2005
Just like the Patriots and Eagles, advertisers are busy getting their game plans together for the Super Bowl. Marketplace's business of sports commentator Michael Knisley joins host Kai Ryssdal for a preview of how Madison Avenue plans to score on Super Bowl Sunday.

Award Shows

Jan 28, 2005
It's that time of year when we're inundated with awards shows on TV. And apparently, viewers aren't finding them all that entertaining. Ratings have been falling for many of these celebrity love fests. Host Tess Vigeland talks to Variety's Michael Speier to find out what's going on.

Brave pollster

Jan 27, 2005
Iraqi insurgents are saying they will attack anyone who votes in Sunday's election. But some brave Iraqis are not only voting, they are working the polls on Election Day. Marketplace's Borzou Daragahi found one pollster as he prepared for Sunday.

NYSE to open early

Jan 27, 2005
Big Board chief John Thain made headlines at the World Economic Forum in Davos today when he said the New York Stock Exchange was thinking about opening two hours earlier. Marketplace's Amy Scott, on Wall Street, asks the actual traders what they think about getting up two hours earlier.

Lukoil rebranding

Jan 27, 2005
Pretty soon there will be no more Mobil or Getty Oil stations in the U.S. Russian parent company has decided to rebrand all its American stations under the corporate moniker -- Lukoil. Marketplace's Alisa Roth asks whether the effort will help or hurt the company's brand identity.

Advergaming

Jan 27, 2005
Commentator and Harvard psychologist Susan Linn says she thinks the decision by junk food companies not to market to kids is because they've found an ever better channel to children's stomachs -- video games.

Spy hard

Jan 27, 2005
It's now a month into the New Year. So, how's your resolution working? Cash Peters finds some L.A. gym owners who have an idea that may keep you on the treadmill for more than just January.

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