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Grinch or giving?

Dec 20, 2004
Retail giant Target made itself into a modern Scrooge earlier this month when it banned the Salvation Army and those red Christmas kettles from outside its stores. But yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus -- the company does have other gifts to give. Todd Melby reports on Target's holiday presents to Minnesota police.

Pushing buttons in the DVD wars

Dec 20, 2004
We all know who won the 1980s home video war between Sony's Beta format and VHS. Well, it's deja vu all over again in the battle over super clear high definition DVDs. Once again, the future of the video technology we use at home will be greatly influenced by shadowy forces outside mainstream Hollywood -- namely, the porn industry. Claude Brodesser has the story.

The plan for Social Security

Dec 20, 2004
President Bush last week renewed his call to let workers invest some of their Social Security dollars in private accounts. But Newsweek's Wall Street editor Allan Sloan wonders just how serious the President is about fixing the program. He joins host Cheryl Glaser to explain why in this edition of The Sloan Sessions.

If you can make it in Tinseltown...

Dec 20, 2004
Just how hard is it to find work in Hollywood? At KPCC in Los Angeles, Rachel Myrow takes a look at new data about work in the movie business.

The Best Gift Ever - Nigella Lawson

Dec 20, 2004
Time for another installment in our holiday series--The Best Gift Ever! Visit <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/gift2004/index.html">The Best Gift Ever Index Page.</a>

Who will run the World Bank?

Dec 17, 2004
The World Bank is in the market for some human capital. Come next May, Jim Wolfensohn will end his term as president. And as you might imagine ... the Washington rumor mill is running wild with talk of who'll get the job. But no matter who it is, commentator and writer Sebastian Mallaby says it's time for some command and control at the World Bank.

The week that was on Wall Street

Dec 17, 2004
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to investment banker David Johnson about whats happening on Wall Street.

Santa Claus ... banned from coming to town?

Dec 17, 2004
The image of that chubby-cheeked guy in the red coat was actually the invention of a 19th Century German immigrant to this country. Santa really took off in the 1930's when Coca-Cola popularized him in its ads. But this year, Germans and Austrians are campaigning to ditch Santa Claus. They say his worldwide popularity is commercialism run amok. They want to return to a less flamboyant Nikolaus - the 4th century saint that Santa is based on. Kyle James reports from Berlin.

The Best Gift Ever - Brad Bird

Dec 17, 2004
Another installment of The Best Gift Ever! Visit <A href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/gift2004/index.html">The Best Gift Ever Index Page.</A>

For Sale: Huge Russian oil company

Dec 17, 2004
There's going to be a big auction in Russia this weekend. The price will be near $13 billion. That's about half of what the Russian government says the oil giant Yukos owes in back taxes. Moscow today brushed off an injunction from a U.S. bankruptcy judge blocking the sale of Yukos's production units. Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports.

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