Marketplace PM for April 19, 2006

Episode Description 

Organized crime steering the piracy ship

Making and selling counterfeit goods is no longer a cottage industry. And with huge profits on the table, organized criminal gangs from around the globe have moved in. Stephen Beard reports.

Sweet'N Low story is a bitter one

The sugar substitute Sweet'N Low made one Brooklyn family very wealthy -- but the riches also split the family and some members even wound up in trouble with the feds. Author Rich Cohen tells Kai Ryssdal the sorry tale.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Business world steps up fight against child porn

Credit card companies, banks and other financial institutions are hoping to make it harder for people to say "charge it" when it comes to child pornography. Cheryl Glaser reports.

Business and pleasure before politics

Chinese President Hu Jintao has been having a good old time in Seattle, even bought billions of dollars worth of American products. But the rest of his trip might not be quite as much fun. Scott Tong reports.

Sarbanes-Oxley relief for small businesses?

SEC regulators want to let small companies take a pass on some of the toughest rules of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, one of the big legacies of the Enron scandal. Alisa Roth reports.

Free drug programs can continue

Drug manufacturers have received word that they can continue giving free medicine to poor people, even those enrolled in the new Medicare drug benefit. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

Questioning the rules of corporate PR

Commentator Robert Reich describes a recent encounter with a public relations firm representing General Motors.