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Sports drunks

Jan 27, 2005
With lawsuits brewing over beer served at pro sporting events, will sports franchises soon make their last call for alcohol? Host Cheryl Glaser talks to Marketplace's Business of Sports commentator David Carter about how the issue of overdrinking at games may come to a head.

Rock the wealthy vote in Iraq

Jan 27, 2005
Despite the current troubles of Iraqi citizens, many are richer than they were under the regime of Saddam Hussein. Will the upcoming elections do anything to further boost the country's business climate? Borzou Daragahi takes a look.

Deficit

Jan 26, 2005
More than meets the eye? Marketplace commentator Robert Reich says the national deficit, which is growing once more this year to a record $427 billion, doesn't take into account war expenditures, permanent tax cuts, and paying interest on federal borrowing, let alone the privatization of Social Security. So how much is it?

Tsunami: One month later

Jan 26, 2005
One month ago, an 8.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Indian Ocean, creating a tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands and devastated southeast Asia. Marketplace looks back at the disaster, the relief effort and the lasting impact of that enormous wave.

Junk food lobby

Jan 26, 2005
The average American kid sees or hears about 5,000 food and restaurant commercials each year, which worries many parental and community activists, but food makers disagree, pointing to what they believe is a history of success at self-regulation. In fact, several food makers are now working together to protect advertising junk food to kids from federal regulation.

RNC & DNC abroad

Jan 26, 2005
If the U.S. succeeds in selling democracy... who profits then? National political parties band together in working abroad. Marketplace's John Dimsdale reports.

Out with the new, in with the old

Jan 26, 2005
Just when it seemed the traditional company pension was on its way out, one telecommunications giant is bringing it back. For years, companies have been dropping their defined benefit plans in favor of less expensive employee-funded plans. But this week SBC Communications changed course, saying it wanted to reward long-time managers. As Marketplace's Amy Scott reports, there may be other reasons as well.

Fallujah voters

Jan 26, 2005
U.S. and Iraqi authorities know that for Iraq's upcoming elections to work, they must get Iraq's Sunni Arab minority to take part. But recent attempts by the U.S. to root out militants in Fallujah may actually keep Sunnis from going to the polls. From Baghdad, Borzou Daragahi explains.

Fitness trends

Jan 26, 2005
Businesses are finding value in keeping their customers happy, and healthy. Andrea Gardner has details of a new Best Buy test store aimed at selling appliances and healthier living. Then, Marketplace's travel expert Rudy Maxa contemplates how successful hotels will be with their new fitness ideas for guests.

Bee mites

Jan 25, 2005
This is an important week for beekeepers. The hibernation season is ending, and keepers are pulling back the covers of hives, making sure their workforce is in good shape. But this year, some in the industry are worried that they may have fewer bees than expected. From Sacramento station KXJZ, Bob Hensley reports on the problem with the pollinators for hire.

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