Marketplace PM for February 2, 2005

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Private accounts

On the eve of the State of the Union address, commentator Susan Lee gives her take on privatizing Social Security.

Medical bankruptcy

Record levels of personal debt in this country is tied up by medical bills. Now medical costs are even driving some into bankruptcy. From the Health Desk at WGBH in Boston, Helen Palmer reports.

Brazil and recovery games

When Brazil's president declared a "war on hunger," foreign investors ran for the exits -- taking more than ten percent of the country's annual income. But just a couple years later, the country is successfully rebuilding from the inside, as Dan Grech discovered in this sister story to his recent report on Argentina.

Neither fire nor crowds of commuters...

A fire in the New York subway last week was supposed to hamper the train and its commuters for months or years. Now it's running again. What the heck happened? Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports.

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