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Fixing Social Security

Dec 16, 2004
Not everyone believes, as does the president, that Social Security is so broken that it needs painful and expensive reforms. Some Democrats and a host of interest groups are mobilizing to protect the traditional retirement system. Commentator and economist Susan Lee says there's a way to fix things ... without much pain.

Tragic setback in Iraq

Dec 16, 2004
Think how many times on an average construction project you'd need to make a phone call. And then think about trying to make those calls in Iraq. The Director General of Iraq's Communications ministry was assassinated today. Kassim Mihawi had been working on getting both land lines and cell phones working again. Borzou Daragahi reports.

Turkey, and the European Union

Dec 16, 2004
Protesters in Denmark covered up that country's best known tourist attraction today. The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen harbour was clothed from head to tail in a burka. one of the traditional coverings worn by devout Muslim women. It was apparently meant to question Turkey's bid to join the European Union. EU leaders meeting in Brussels today gave the Muslim country a date for the start of accession talks. October 3, 2005. Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports from the European Desk in London.

Will Washington strike-out?

Dec 16, 2004
Washington's 30-year flirtation with a baseball team seems to be off again. The City Council is balking at the half billion dollars it'll take to build a new ballpark. They want private investors to step up to the plate and finance more of the construction. Major league baseball says it'll start shopping elsewhere if Washington doesn't live up to its original commitment for 100-percent public financing by December 31st. Marketplace's John Dimsdale reports the District's business community has a lot at stake as the negotiations head into the final innings.

The Best Gift Ever - John Loring

Dec 16, 2004
In this installment of The Best Gift Ever ... John Loring now dreams up gifts to go into little blue boxes as Design Director of Tiffany and Company. Visit <A href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/gift2004/index.html">The Best Gift Ever Index Page.</A>

Grandma's place

Dec 16, 2004
Realtors will tell you that homebuyers who can afford it overwhelmingly choose to live in neighborhoods zoned "single-family." That means one family in one house on one lot. These days, though, granny may be living in a little cottage in the backyard as well. As Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner reports, so-called "granny flats" are making a comeback in a pricey housing market.

The Best Gift Ever - Paul Barker

Dec 16, 2004
Time for another installment in our holiday series--The Best Gift Ever! Visit <A href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/gift2004/index.html">The Best Gift Ever Index Page.</A>

Cool gift!

Dec 16, 2004
High tech gizmos make popular holiday gifts. But how sure are you that groovy electronic stocking stuffer isn't stuffed into a drawer in a few months with other obsolete gadgets? Host Tess Vigeland talks about holiday high tech giving with CNET.com editor Brian Cooley.

The Lakers lose a little something ...

Dec 16, 2004
With the loss of several key players, the Los Angeles Lakers isn't the dynasty basketball team it once was. And as Marketplace Business of Sports commentator David Carter tells host Cheryl Glaser, the team's fading image has also had an impact on the NBA overall.

Mending a broken image

Dec 15, 2004
Billy Tauzin spent almost 26 years in Congress, the last couple of them as the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committee. Among his oversight responsibilities? The nation's pharmaceutical companies. Today Mr. Tauzin has a new job. He'll be running the drug industry's lobbying group ... PhRMA. As Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH, Tauzin's plan is to mend the industry's tarnished image.

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