Marketplace AM for December 5, 2005

Episode Description 

Celluloid smoking

A new report out today says smoking in movies inspires nearly 400,000 teens to take up the habit each year. As Ashley Milne-Tyte reports, the film industry is leery of legislative proposals to curb lighting up on-screen.

Upscale holiday

The super rich are expected to spend more this holiday season than last. Can one household really spend $29,000 on shoes and handbags? Andrea Gardner finds out.

Voting machines

The clock is ticking for states wanting to put electronic voting machines in place. Local officials must make sure their machines meet national reliability standards by the end of this year. As Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, there are security concerns.

Telecom convergence

The UK's largest TV cable company has made a takeover bid for Virgin Mobile, the country's 5th biggest cell phone operator. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

NOLA mortgages

The Federal Housing Administration announced today that it will pay the mortgages of hurricane victims for a year... at least, those with a federally insured loan. From WLRN in Miami, Dan Grech reports.

Terrorism preparations

The US remains unprepared for another 9/11 scale terrorist attack, according to the heads of the September 11th Commission. But this week, they say lawmakers have a chance to rectify the situation, as Ethan Lindsey reports.

Berkshire Hathaway

Newsweek's Wall Street Editor Allan Sloan looks at the market for shares of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway stock with host Scott Jagow.
Posted In: Wall Street

Brand loyalty

Host Tess Vigeland talks to author Bill McEwen about his current book "Married to the Brand: Why Consumers Bond with Some Brands for Life."

Breast cancer device

Researchers are working to lower breast cancer rates by giving women a low-cost, at-home diagnostic tool to help them locate tumors. Aries Keck reports.
Posted In: Health

The state of bird flu

President Bush invites state officials to the White House today to discuss bird flu preparedness. As Gretchen Cook reports, what states really want to talk about is money.
Posted In: Health

Unfinished business

The House returns to work this week to finalize bills to cut taxes and spending before the current legislative session ends. Hillary Wicai reports.