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More media consolidations ...

Jan 24, 2005
The last few years we've been hearing the debate over something called media consolidation. Typically, this is shorthand for one company's ownership of several radio or TV stations in a single market. But newspapers? Stop the presses. Marketplace's Bob Moon reports federal antitrust regulators are looking into the ambitions of two big newspaper empires.

Reconstruction, and regulation

Jan 24, 2005
This from the UN today. Tens of thousands of Indonesians have left refugee camps over the last few days to stay with relatives. It's another sign the tsunami story is beginning a new chapter, from relief to reconstruction. But as we saw in the relief phase, there are controversies about money. In Sri Lanka, the government has pledged $3.5 billion to rebuild the coastline. As Miranda Kennedy reports from the coastal city of Galle, the government wants to restrict reconstruction: no closer than 300 yards from the ocean.

Too much of a great thing?

Jan 24, 2005
If you don't like crowds, this week you may want to avoid a little town in Utah called "Park City". The Sundance film festival is underway there. And though it isn't quite all limosines and red carpets, the annual celebration of independent film is experiencing growing pains. Founding father Robert Redford has been quoted as pondering the 'too muchness' of the festival. Marketplace's Jeff Tyler is at Sundance this week, taking in the 'too muchness' of it all.

Bulls**t - in the advertising world

Jan 24, 2005
In the business world, there is vast grey area between what is truth and what is not. Take for instance an advertisement that reads, 'World's Best Car.' David Brown talks to Princeton philosopher Harry Frankfurt, who has written about the topic. LANGUAGE NOTE: The interview contains controversial language, and although it is censored out, most listeners will be able to understand the meaning of the word.

A new take on relief

Jan 24, 2005
The tsunami relief camps in Southeast Asia are mostly makeshift communities - run by charities or individuals. But in Sri Lanka, some victims are being cared for in corporate relief camps. As Miranda Kennedy reports, the company running the camps is a good fit - it already makes the things tsunami survivors need.

Sloan Sessions - GM in trouble?

Jan 24, 2005
General Motors is having some trouble keeping its corporate engine running. In this edition of The Sloan Sessions, Newsweek's Wall Street editor Allan Sloan joins host Kai Ryssdal to take a look under the hood.

The Week that was, on Wall Street

Jan 21, 2005
Friday means our host in Los Angeles David Brown talks to our man in Dallas, David Johnson - stockbroker and analyst.

Promoting Osama?

Jan 21, 2005
Some news from the publishing world is drumming up controversy this week. A division of Random House plans to publish the writings of Osama bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders. The idea? According to a spokesperson, to help Americans know "the mind of the enemy". Some wonder whether a publisher should profit from printing what many view as hate speech. Apparently, even the publisher itself is asking that question. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.

In Iraq, just show me the money!

Jan 21, 2005
This is the homestretch. A week from Sunday: elections in Iraq. There are more than a hundred political parties on the ballot - all in need of campaign funds. Iraq is not a wealthy country at the moment, and yet there's a lot of campaign money floating around. This raises an obvious question: where's it coming from? In Baghdad, Marketplace's Borzou Daragahi has been finding some of the answers.

Defining relief

Jan 21, 2005
It's been almost a month since the killer waves in South Asia. According to the UN's special envoy assigned to the tsunami disaster attention now has to turn from emergency assistance to reconstruction. With this new chapter, commentator Stuart Hart of Cornell's School of Management wonders if the time has come for a reconsideration of what it means to provide relief...

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