Marketplace AM for February 28, 2005

Episode Description 

Immigration days

The United States is going through the biggest wave of immigration in its history. As in previous generations, most new arrivals eventually learn to speak English. But since many of the most recent newcomers are from Latin America, immigrants from other parts of the world have found it helps to not only learn English - but some Spanish as well. As Alisa Roth reports from New York, knowing that third language can give business people an edge.

Little big plant...

It's a little plant that's played a big hand in America's economic history: Cotton. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Stephen Yafa, author of "Big Cotton" about cotton's influence and impact in our society.