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From rap ... to the boardroom

Dec 9, 2004
Hip Hop musician Jay-Z is officially retired as a rapper. But he's making a comeback, of sorts, as the new CEO and president of Def Jam Records. Will a recording artist be able to succeed as the chief of a big-time label? Host David Brown and Variety's Phil Gallo discuss why Jay-Z got the job.

China and the WTO

Dec 9, 2004
Tomorrow is the deadline for China to meet a promise to the World Trade Organization. It's supposed to open markets to outside investment. The Chinese would seem to be on target, if American investment is any measure: it doubled over the past year. But direct sales? That's still a work in progress. Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford explains why doing business a la Amway, Avon and Mary Kay is considered controversial.
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There's gold in them hills

Dec 9, 2004
Gold is starting to look attractive to a lot of folks concerned with the falling dollar. But is the investment it's cracked up to be? Host Kai Ryssdal gets some advice from Marketplace's money expert Chris Farrell.

The future of work

Dec 9, 2004
Are we headed for a revolution in the workplace? Thomas Malone, author of "The Future of Work" claims it's already started. He tells host Tess Vigeland about some of the changes we'll start to see in the workplace during the next several years.

Another way to pay for health care

Dec 9, 2004
As health care costs escalate, U.S. Firms are finding it hard to provide competitive benefits without breaking the bank. Some businesses are trying a new approach with a simple, but controversial premise: The more money you make, the more you pay for health care. From WFAE in Charlotte, Jaime Bedrin reports on one company's experience.

Mia hangs up her cleats

Dec 8, 2004
One of this country's most famous female athletes is retiring. Soccer player Mia Hamm will hang up her spikes after tonight's game between the U.S. and Mexico in Carson, California. Hamm rose to fame during the 1999 World Cup, and as Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports, she became a marketing icon.

Crossing the Chamber line?

Dec 8, 2004
This week, the Washington Post reported on a unique new newspaper in Southern Illinois. The Madison County Record was launched in September as a kind of local legal journal. Recent front pages have carried a variety of stories about lawsuits against businesses. What readers probably don't know is that the Record is a creation of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Post story called the Madison County Record a weapon in the Chamber's multimillion-dollar campaign for 'tort reform'. The expose was written by Post reporter Jeff Birnbaum, who argues the Chamber is wielding a lot more power right now than many may suspect.

A Palestinian business boom ...

Dec 8, 2004
At a conference in Oslo today, the Bush administration announced that it was giving $20 million to the Palestinian Authority to help it through a financial crisis. The Palestinians say in the short term, money's needed to support elections set for January to pick a successor to Yasser Arafat. Many Palestinians say the relatively smooth political transition so far has created a sense of optimism - and as Marketplace's Adam Davidson discovered in the West Bank, that has started to spur a bit of business...
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Toledo, Ohio... Really

Dec 8, 2004
At a hotel in Washington tomorrow, several mayors from around the country plan to meet with business leaders to release an economic forecast for America's cities. But there's another item on the table: how cities can attract private investment. There's a growing sense that something's gotta give--because cities are giving away far too much to woo corporations. In the new edition of the New Yorker magazine, Economics writer James Surowiecki explains why Toledo, Ohio could be a turning point.

You just can't find good help these days

Dec 8, 2004
The number of new applications for home loans rose last week. In its report today, the Mortgage Bankers Association credited lower interest rates - a '30 year fixed is now an average 5.68 percent. Many folks would prefer to patch up the place they already have. You many have a tough time finding qualified carpenters, electricians, plumbers and others to help out. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says it's going to keep getting worse - more than a million of these skilled jobs are going unfilled every year. We sent Marketplace's Lisa Napoli to find out what some are trying to do to fill a growing blue collar gap.

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