Marketplace PM for December 22, 2006

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Rethinking the gift basket

At Marketplace we get a lot of boxes and baskets this time of year full of chocolates, popcorn, candy and the like. We can't complain, but we started to wonder how much it all costs.

Newscorp dishes it out, Liberty gives right back

Two media giants are swapping valuable properties. Newscorp's turning over DirecTV and other goodies to Liberty Media, while Liberty's giving up its 20 percent of Newscorp voting stock. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Wall Street

Driving to become the Big One

Toyota announced it's planning to build 9.42 million cars in 2007, enough to make it the biggest automaker in the world. So we turn to the question: Is bigger really better? Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Auto, Canada

Mesa, Shenzhen make a deal for the short haul

U.S. hub-and-spoke specialist Mesa Airlines is cashing in on the business world's Holy Grail — China — in a deal with Shenzhen Airlines. Steve Tripoli explains why both sides want this to work.
Posted In: Canada, Entrepreneurship, Travel

Banda Aceh still trying to turn the tide

One of the regions hit hardest by the 2004 tsunami was the Sumatran territory of Aceh. The economy now depends on reconstruction. But people are starting to think about what to do as that effort ends. Jocelyn Ford reports.
Posted In: Canada, Travel

Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Tess Vigeland what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Read my lips: No expanded payroll tax

President Bush says he's willing to consider Democrats' proposals for saving Social Security — including tax increases. Commentator Steve Moore thinks that if that idea becomes reality, the party's over.
Posted In: Taxes

Music's been key to the scale of radio's growth

Reporter Nate DiMeo takes us back to the early 1920s when radio first found a mass audience, and a few powerful corporate players used music to take control of a brand new American industry. Part of an American RadioWorks documentary.
Posted In: Entertainment

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