Marketplace AM for September 30, 2005

Episode Description 

<a href="">On Poverty</a>

This week, Marketplace commentators look at these questions: Does poverty serve anyone's interests? If so, whose?

Reopening the silk road

Nowadays, most folks travel China's silk road as a history lesson. But a caravan of trucks now on its way from China to Europe is on a trial run to reopen the route to commerce. Jocelyn Ford reports.

Get on the bus

To conserve gas, President Bush has suggested we should all drive less, or at least only when we have to. Commentator Mike Revzin says he'd be glad to take public transportation in his home city of Atlanta &mdash; if he could.

The big cheese at the Mouse house

After today, Michael Eisner will no longer be top dog at Disney. His successor, Bob Iger, gets the keys to a pretty healthy kingdom. Stacey Vanek Smith reports.

It takes two to tango

Young couples are, in general, they're on a more equal footing than ever before. And some marketers have decided they're well worth targeting as one unit. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Earnings down? Katrina did it.

As the third quarter draws to a close today, and some companies are getting ready to play the blame game. Sam Eaton looks at which companies took a real Katrina hit, and which are just blowing hot air.

Got a C-note? Get a computer.

MIT has just unveiled the design for a $100 dollar laptop. It's intended to help students in developing countries have access to technology. Jane Lindholm reports.

The Job Files: Got milkman?

Judith Miller spends some time with a Bostonite named David Brown. He's followed in his grandfather's footsteps and become a milkman.

Our neighbors get together

Today, Canada's prime minister Paul Martin meets with Mexico's leader Vicente Fox. On their agenda: a Canadian guestworker program for Mexicans. Rachel Dornhelm reports.

Natural gas, the liquified way

Natural gas supply disruptions caused by Katrina and Rita have buoyed the idea of building more liquefied natural gas facilities to handle increased foreign imports. KUOW's Tom Banse reports on the fight over one proposed site in the Lower Columbia River Basin.

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