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That charitable season

Nov 23, 2004
This is a busy time for non-profits. From collecting and delivering Turkey dinners to organizing Christmas toy drives, there's lots of work for volunteers to do. And plenty of people who wanna help. But as Emily Donahue reports from KUT in Austin, Texas, finding intelligent and creative ways to use those volunteers can be serious work.

Keeping the peace?

Nov 23, 2004
The insurgents in Fallujah are all but crushed. But can the U.S. hold onto the city with the help of Iraqi forces? In April, the Iraqis faltered badly, joining with insurgents or deserting their posts. The same thing's happening in Mosul. But the Iraqis say they'll perform better this time, in part because they scrapped liberal hiring practices. Borzou Daragahi reports.

Flip that coin

Nov 23, 2004
Greed. Corruption. Scandal. The story of America's rare double-eagle coin has all the makings of an adventure novel. Why is it so highly prized and what will people go though to get it? Host Kai Ryssdal gets some answers from David Tripp, author of "Gold, Greed and the Mystery of the Lost 1933 Double Eagle"...

Enter the Blockbuster!

Nov 23, 2004
In the mid-1970s, the movie industry experienced the beginning of a new phenomenon: the blockbuster. Host Tess Vigeland talks to Tom Shone, author of "Blockbuster: How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Summer" about how this new kind of film changed the way business was done in Hollywood.

Marketplace remembers Vic Sussman

Nov 22, 2004
Marketplace lost a longtime friend and collaborator over the weekend. Vic Sussman had been connected with this program for a dozen years - first as a commentator and more recently as a senior editor...

Play ball! Again!

Nov 22, 2004
Washington DC's new baseball team got baptized today. The team formerly know as the Montreal Expos is now officially the Washington Nationals. City and Major League Baseball officials also unveiled the team's colors: red, white, blue and gold. But does the team have someplace to play? Gretchen Cook has more on that score...

Best Buy beefs up for the Holidays

Nov 22, 2004
A new survey from the Consumer Federation of America finds 17 percent of people questioned plan to shell out more this holiday season than last year.But a third say they're cutting back. No surprise that many retailers aren't adding more jobs than they did last season. But one big-box chain is bucking the trend. Kim Green looks at why Best Buy is feeling confident.

In India, anyone can afford a ticket on this airline

Nov 22, 2004
American Airlines announced today it's delaying the delivery of 54 Boeing jets 'til the end of the decade. American and other carriers have been struggling to cut costs in a battle of survival amid rising oil prices and cutthroat competition. But in India, that country's first-ever low-cost carrier has just taken off. And at $10 a ticket - just about anybody can fly. Miranda Kennedy reports.
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Can't we all just get along?

Nov 22, 2004
It's that time of year -- for good cheer, good food, and good company. So commentator and humorist Sandra Tsing Loh says in the wake of a bruising presidential election, now would be a great time for elites from both sides of the aisle to go on cruise control.

The Sears - Kmart marriage

Nov 22, 2004
The blockbuster merger between Kmart Holding Corp. and Sears Roebuck and Co. will create the United States' third-largest retailer, with assets of $55 billion. What's behind this mega-merger of two retail losers? Newsweek's Allan Sloan joins host Kai Ryssdal for some answers.

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