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Marketplace PM for August 31, 2005

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Destruction that's hard to imagine

Towns and cities along the Gulf Coast look like one giant junkyard on this Wednesday: Homes ripped from their foundations, cars upended, roads swamped. Cheryl Glaser looks at the big picture.

A New Orleans homeowner leaves, reluctantly

Anywhere from 50,000-100,000 people are still in New Orleans — but with too much water and not enough supplies, they're being encouraged to leave. Cheryl Glaser talked to carpenter Philip Niddrie today.

All hands on deck

Today President Bush said the response to the hurricane requires all hands on deck. Marketplace's Hillary Wicai joins us now to talk about how DC is mobilizing.

After New Orleans ... what next?

Hundreds of thousands of hurricane refugees have spread out across the South. Relief agencies and private charities are scrambling to take them in, but, as Tanya Ott reports from Birmingham, Alabama, shelter is just the first of their problems.

At New Orleans' ground zero

As the city becomes increasingly chaotic, AFP correspondent Mira Oberman is in the center of New Orleans. Surrounded by water, she found a flooded payphone on Canal Street and talk to host Cheryl Glaser.

Katrina takes a bite out of Gulf oil

Hurricane Katrina may be shaping up as the worst disaster to ever strike the US energy business. This storm has highlighted just how vulnerable the energy industry is. Sam Eaton reports.

The fragile balance of global trade

Whether it's a hurricane or 9-11, a major disaster can make us re-examine our infrastructure. Like fancy systems we've devised for just-in-time inventories and job outsourcing. Writer and commentator Barry Lynn takes a look.

For some, Katrina isn't all bad

It may seem early to be talking about it. But business — from shipping to construction — has to go on. Marketplace's Alisa Roth looks at what could be Katrina's silver lining.

The news from Wall Street

The US economy wasn't moving quite as fast last quarter as we first thought. The GDP grew 3.3 percent between April and June. Amy Scott looks at that and other financial news.

Too poor to go

When authorities ordered people along the coasts of the Gulf states to evacuate, many folks couldn't afford to leave. Dan Grech caught up with some of them at the Orange Grove Housing Project, just off Mobile Bay.