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Remembering Bhopal

Dec 2, 2004
It is already December 3rd in in Bhopal, India. As the sun rises, thousands of people are gathering in the streets for what will be a major demonstration. It is to remember what happened there on this day 20 years ago. Some 40 tons of poisonous gas leaked out of a pesticide factory owned by Union Carbide Company. Officials say nearly 15,000 people died that night and in the following months. Hundreds of thousands of survivors still suffer. Many are still waiting for full compensation. But as Miranda Kennedy reports from Bhopal, some survivors took what they could get from the company and set about trying to begin again.
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Who is the manufacturer?

Dec 2, 2004
A feel-good number for factories: orders up half a percent in October. That beat Wall Street forecasts. And the Bush Administration maintains its tax cuts could help manufacturers further still. If you're asking, 'hey, didn't manufacturers get tax cuts already?' Commentator and analyst Larry Haas says 'sure - but now who gets to call themselves a manufacturer?'

The business of steroids, and those who test for them

Dec 2, 2004
Today, news broke that Yankees star Jason Giambi told a federal grand jury that he used steroids. Host David Brown speaks to Business of Sports analyst Diana Nyad about what effect this will have on the testing industry. And those other superstars suspected of using steroids ...

Shopping, shopping, shopping

Dec 2, 2004
There seems to be some conflicting signs about retail sales this holiday season. Personal finance expert Chris Farrell helps us sort it out.

Is the BCS in football a failure?

Dec 2, 2004
As the college bowl season approaches, sports business consultant David Carter talks about why the BCS is such a failure and whether a playoff system will ever be implemented in college football.

Sound flaky to me ...

Dec 2, 2004
It's been a big week for cereal. First Kellogg CEO Carlos Gutierrez was tapped to be U.S. Commerce Secretary. And now, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops, and yes, even Bran Buds have their own sit-down restaurant. But will people really leave home for a bowl of cornflakes? From WHYY in Philadelphia, Aries Keck reports.

China, and the U.S. airline industry

Dec 1, 2004
Today, China put on a public display of commitment to eradicate ignorance about AIDS. This, amid projections that suggest that by the end of the decade, the disease could be so widespread in China, it might actually pinch economic growth. China's growth rate has been slowing a bit, but it is still about 9 percent for the year - a remarkable performance by any measure. To capitalize on this, the U.S. Department of Transportation soon will open two new air routes to China. And as Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports, that's started a commercial dogfight in the troubled U.S. airline industry.
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Are we in a moral backslide?

Dec 1, 2004
Everyone's talking about Tom Brokaw's final evening in the anchor chair at NBC tonight. In recent months, his impending retirement seemed to have made the Nightly News-man more outspoken. At public appearances, Brokaw's been quoted saying "The first amendment was never intended as a blunt instrument to punish contrary points of view." Some read that as a criticism of recent FCC efforts to clamp down on indecency. While surveys do suggest many Americans are upset about a 'moral backslide', Marketplace commentator Robert Reich wonders if they've got the right culprit...

Saturn's Roadster

Dec 1, 2004
What sensible shoes are to footwear, Saturn is to the automobile. Unpretentious transportation with plastic doors that don't ding. So it came as a surprise this week to see the pictures of the new Saturn. Not only does it have metal bodywork, it's a convertible. Built around the underpinnings of a sexy new sibling from Pontiac called the Solstice. We called up Dan Neil, auto critic at the LA Times to ask 'what are we looking at here...a roadster revival?'

Rating prescription drugs?

Dec 1, 2004
If you've gone car shopping, you've probably peeked at a copy of Consumer Reports. It's famous for its evaluations on everything from Vacuums to VCR's. But prescription medicine? Not until now. Next week Consumer's Union launches a free website - "CR-BEST-BUY-DRUGS-dot-org". From the Marketplace Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports.

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