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China and Wal-Mart

Nov 16, 2004
Wal-Mart announces third quarter earnings today. You can bet the profit figure will be astronomical. It's hard to overstate Wal-Mart's influence on the world economy. At least $15 billion of Chinese imports went to the retail giant last year. China has found an unexpected ally in the company. In an investigation for the PBS program Frontline, Hedrick Smith reports.
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Pension problems

Nov 15, 2004
Today the head of the federal agency that rescues failed U.S. pension funds was on Capitol Hill. He urged lawmakers to put his agency on sounder financial footing - and fast. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation says its deficit doubled this fiscal year. To more than $23.3 billion. The problem: underfunded pension plans. As Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports, a eerily similar scenario is playing out in the United Kingdom.
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Double duties

Nov 15, 2004
More mixed reports from Iraq. It appears U.S. forces have won a military victory in retaking Falluja. But bombs are still falling on hard-core rebel areas. And fierce fighting is still reported in Mosul to the north, and Baquba, closer to Baghdad. There are concerns so-called insurgents will take the fight to other cities. For families of American servicemen and women, this is troubling news. But for some of those families, it's doubly troubling. Marketplace Work and Family Desk correspondent Hillary Wicai met one such family based at Fort Lewis, near Seattle.
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The Ovitz trial

Nov 15, 2004
Disney's case against Michael Ovitz is getting a lot of attention. But why should you care? Newsweek's Wall Street editor Allan Sloan joins host Kai Ryssdal to explain the significance of the case in this edition of The Sloan Sessions.
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Oregon's public health problems

Nov 15, 2004
In the Pacific Northwest, Hispanic migrant workers and native Oregonians are finding common ground. Unfortunately, it's in the waiting rooms of public health clinics. An increasing number of Anglo families are using the federally subsidized clinic for local farmworkers. Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner reports from Hood River, Oregon.
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Life - after Arafat

Nov 12, 2004
As the Palestinian people mourn the loss of leader Yasser Arafat, Palestinian politicians jockey for power. And without Arafat, some say new money will start flowing into West Bank businesses. Eric Niiler reports.
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The Job Files!

Nov 12, 2004
In this edition of The Job Files, meet the haircutter. Produced by Ada Lee Halofsky.
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Germany goes pop

Nov 12, 2004
Germany has a rich musical heritage, boasting such homegrown talent as Beethoven and Mozart. But when it comes to contemporary pop music, most Germans would rather listen to American artists like Britney Spears or Janet Jackson. Now, Germany's music industry is putting pressure on the country's radio stations to do something about it. From Berlin, Kyle James reports.
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Have I got a deal for you!

Nov 12, 2004
If you want to be your own boss, chances are there is a franchise opportunity out there with your name on it. Marketplace contributor Cash Peters visited a recent West Coast franchise expo to find out about what kind of business he'd like to run.
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Russia's oil play

Nov 11, 2004
Foreign shareholders of Russian oil giant Yukos are considering a lawsuit against the Russian government, for the loss in share value in the company. From the European Desk in London, Marketplace's Stephen Beard looks at how the government's tax grab is hurting foreign investment in the country.
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