Marketplace AM for May 3, 2006

Episode Description 

Bird flu threatens Africa's chicken economy

While avian flu is still a big "if" here, other parts of the world are already battling outbreaks in their bird populations. In Africa, chickens are not only food, but an insurance policy against hard times. Suzanne Marmion reports.
Posted In: Canada, Health

How's your Mandarin?

Hotel chains are pouring millions into new construction in China. But commentator Rudy Maxa says much of the investment seems to run counter to that nation's official Communist philosophy.
Posted In: Canada

Sorry kids, soda is out

Diet soda, water and low-fat milk are in. Anti-obesity advocates and the soft drink giants have a big announcement today: They're yanking most soda-pop from this country's public schools. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Health

Bolivian dilemma

The initial shock of Bolivia's move to nationalize its natural gas reserves has passed. But as Dan Grech reports, the real work is just beginning for foreign energy companies trying to figure out a response.
Posted In: Canada

Intel primes the pump

Looking to seed demand from future computer users in the developing world, Intel announced Tuesday it plans to spend $1 billion over five years to teach computer skills to children in emerging economies. Rachel Dornhelm reports.
Posted In: Canada, Science

Dylan and XM

Bob Dylan becomes the latest big name today to get a show on satellite radio, but are the celebrity DJs worth it? Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Science

Burger King IPO

The fast-food chain makes preparation for its upcoming IPO, hoping to generate a market capitalization of more than $2 billion. Tess Vigeland reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Tagliabue's legacy

Outgoing NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue wants to secure a team in Los Angeles before leaving his post in July. Cheryl Glaser looks at why it's been so hard for the nation's second largest market to land a franchise.
Posted In: Sports

Ameriquest bows out

The nation's largest provider of sub-prime loans is laying off a third of its staff and closing more than 200 branch locations. Stacey Vanek-Smith looks at why.
Posted In: Economy

Exploring gas hydrates

Today US scientists are setting sail off the coast of India to drill for a new kind of gas reserve still in the exploratory stages. From New Delhi, Miranda Kennedy reports.
Posted In: Canada

China's dirty little banking secret

Getting a loan from a Chinese bank is a bad deal — for the bank. A new report says China's banks may have $900 billion worth of loans that'll never be repaid. Jocelyn Ford reports from Beijing.
Posted In: Investing