Marketplace AM for October 31, 2005

Episode Description 

Key West Open for Business

Florida's most famous key reopens Monday to tourists after weathering the onslaught from Wilma. Tess Vigeland looks at the toll the storm took on the region's key industry.

Halloween in New Orleans

Even after Katrina and Rita drove the tourists away, New Orleans's Haunted History Tour is doing decent business, largely thanks to military and government workers in town for hurricane recovery. Eve Troeh reports.

Food Insecurity

The House wants to drop 300,000 people from the Food Stamp rolls. Yet the government's own statistics show the number of people who need food assistance has grown. Hillary Wicai reports.

Generic Drugs

The American health care system could save up to $20 billion if patients were prescribed generic rather than brand-name drugs. But as Helen Palmer reports, Big Pharma says not all drugs are equal.
Posted In: Health

Who's afraid of the big bad Fed?

Newsweek Wall Street editor Allan Sloan tells Scott Jagow that the Federal Reserve really isn't as powerful as people think it is.
Posted In: Wall Street

Chouinard at his peak at Patagonia

Patagonia CEO Yvon Chouinard talks to guest host Cheryl Glaser about the hard choices he's had to make to keep his company both profitable and socially responsible.

Will Halloween be a little less sweet?

Halloween is one of the busiest retail holidays, after Christmas, but will higher energy and food costs this year scare the spending spirit out of American consumers? Brian Watt takes a look.

Maybe if we had Halloween more often...

Commentator Jeff Steinbrink argues that what the American economy needs is more Halloweens.

U.S. Air Carriers

U.S. airlines are eyeing fast-growing India as a possible cash cow to offset turbulence in the U.S. domestic market. Miranda Kennedy reports.

Japan Considers Lifting U.S. Beef Ban

Japanese trade officials meet Monday to decide whether to lift a two-year ban on U.S. beef triggered by the Mad Cow scare. As Alisa Roth reports, the U.S. beef industry has a lot at "steak."

NIH Disclosure

Monday is the deadline for employees and researchers at the National Institutes of Health to disclose all stock holdings to prevent potential conflicts of interest. Rachel Dornhelm reports.
Posted In: Health