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Special Report: Judges for Sale?

Jan 17, 2005
The Tyco case is in Manhattan's state supreme court. New York is among 38 states where judges get elected. We've heard a lot about all the money spent on political races last year... turns out big money is being poured into judicial races as well. If money can corrupt the political process what can it do to the independence of the courts? One of last year's nastiest judicial campaigns took place in West Virginia. Today the winner is participating in an inaugural ceremony. William Kistner of American Radio Works followed the campaign and reports on what it portends for the future of the American Judiciary.

Break-up shopping, aisle three ...

Jan 17, 2005
So far the holiday celebrating the remarkable contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has, thankfully, avoided the fate of becoming an excuse for retailers to roll out low-low prices. But today, like any Holiday, will be used by many of you to run a few errands. If you happen to swing by one of those big suburban blue and yellow IKEA stores that seem to be popping up all over the place, Reporter Matt Holzman wants you to keep an eye out for a particular type of shopper. Here's a hint...they may be a little teary-eyed.

Special Report: Judges for Sale

Jan 17, 2005
The cost of President Bush's inauguration ceremony this thursday will run in the tens of millions of dollars. That price tag might seem appropriate as the culmination for history's most expensive campaign. Americans are used to big money in presidential and congressional elections. But as William Kistner tells us in this report from American Radio works, there's another area of American politics where money is changing the game.

Sloan Sessions -- Comcast

Jan 17, 2005
Cable giant Comcast says it's going to start offering residential phone service over its cable lines. Can it succeed? Newsweek's Wall Street analyst Allan Sloan joins host Cheryl Glaser to look at the track record for moving phone service to the 'net.

Blink, and a snap decision ...

Jan 14, 2005
Today a division of Macy's in New York said it will pay the state $600,000 and crack down on racial profiling of suspected shoplifters. It's to settle an investigation of complaints from black and hispanic shoppers. They said they'd been questioned, detained and handcuffed more frequently than white shoppers. As a law enforcement tool, racial profiling has been discredited not just as morally repugnant, but as inefficient, as well. And yet there is no denying that every day in stores, in the workplace, people make snap decisions based on impressions. These choices should not be ignored. So argues Malcolm Gladwell in his new book, "blink".

The week on Wall Street

Jan 14, 2005
Friday. And you know what that means! Time to check the week on Wall Street with stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson in Dallas.

It's a movie, AND a wine commercial

Jan 14, 2005
Let the awards season begin. And no, People's Choice doesn't count. This Sunday in Hollywood the Foreign Press Association hands out its Golden Globes. Up for seven of the trophies: Sideways. It's a film about a bachelor party road trip, or maybe it's a film about wine. Actually a little of both. Marketplace's Lisa Napoli reports...

To be a screenwriter

Jan 14, 2005
The main character in Sideways is a frustrated novelist - not an encouraging role model for aspiring screenwriters. But Marketplace's Jeff Tyler will not be discouraged.

Leadership and the European Union

Jan 14, 2005
The U.S. has generally set the rules and standards for businesses worldwide. But that may be changing. Next week, the European Parliament begins hearings on new safety measures for chemical companies. The companies would be required to safety-test products they've been making for years.... if they want to sell them in Europe. Marketplace's European bureau chief Stephen Beard reports.

The Mind ... at Work

Jan 14, 2005
In our culture, we often find ourselves conditioned to think that blue collar work doesn't require as much brain power as white collar jobs. But author Michael Rose's new book takes those stereotypes to task. He tells host Kai Ryssdal how he came to look at intelligence in a much broader sense.

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