Marketplace PM for September 30, 2005

Episode Description 

On poverty: it serves no one

In a special series of commentaries this week we've been asking these two questions: Does poverty serve anyone's interests? And if so, whose? Today, John Steele Gordon says poverty has no stakeholders.

The week on Wall Street

Analyst David Johnson rounds up the week on Wall Street with host Kai Ryssdal and gives him some travel advice.

See you real soon, Michael Eisner

Today is Michael Eisner's last day running the Walt Disney company &mdash; he's stepping down after more than two decades. His tenure is chronicled in James B. Stewart's upcoming book <em>DisneyWar</em>.

A sunny harvest

Despite the troubles farmers have had in the midwest this summer, one group of family farmers is sitting pretty. Carl Marziali explains.

<a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/povertycomment/">On Poverty</a>

This week, Marketplace commentators look at these questions: Does poverty serve anyone's interests? If so, whose? <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/povertycomment/">Catch all the commentaries online, and tell us what you think.</a>

Feeling economically surly? You're not alone.

We got our first real set of post-Katrina economic numbers today, and it ain't a pretty picture. We're earning less, spending less, and saving less. Marketplace's Scott Tong reports.

Online sales tax plan

When you do your retail shopping online, you don't have to pay sales tax, right? Well, some states have decided that's wrong. Marketplace's Brian Watt has the story.

Finding the right people for the job

The House starts debate on a new energy bill next week. Lawmakers are trying to find ways to increase oil and natural gas production and bump up refining capacity. But capacity isn't the only problem; Sam Eaton reports.

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