Marketplace PM for December 8, 2005

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Santa salon

How DOES Santa get that beautiful hair and beard? Is it real? Is it expensive? Only Santa's hairdresser knows for sure. Philip Graitcer from Georgia Public Broadcasting visited one local beauty shop to find out.

Tax cuts; where will they come from?

The House is set to pass another round of tax cuts today, but spending cuts will only make up half of the budget shortfall. Kai Ryssdal spoke to Washington bureau chief John Dimsdale about the cuts.

Dollars to doughnuts

A bidding war has broken out for Dunkin' Donuts. A number of wealthy private equity firms want to take the doughnut chain private. Janet Babin finds out why the money's in doughnuts these days. Mmmm, doughnuts...

Labor on the move

Saturday marks International Human Rights Day with a special focus this year on workers' rights. The AFL-CIO is using the event to launch the biggest drive in 15 years to organize in the workplace. Gretchen Cook reports.

Hedging your bets

Until recently, investors in hedge funds were thought to be sophisticated people who could afford the risk. So the funds have escaped a lot of oversight. But all that's about to change, as Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Broadband is good for your health

If we were more wired, we could save billions of healthcare dollars, says a report released today. It looks specifically at how the bill for seniors and the disabled could be slashed if speedy broadband access were more widespread. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health, Science

How to do Health Savings Accounts the right way

Commentator Henry Aaron looks at the debate over new high-deductible health insurance plans called Health Savings Accounts.
Posted In: Health