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Fallujah voters

Jan 26, 2005
U.S. and Iraqi authorities know that for Iraq's upcoming elections to work, they must get Iraq's Sunni Arab minority to take part. But recent attempts by the U.S. to root out militants in Fallujah may actually keep Sunnis from going to the polls. From Baghdad, Borzou Daragahi explains.

Fitness trends

Jan 26, 2005
Businesses are finding value in keeping their customers happy, and healthy. Andrea Gardner has details of a new Best Buy test store aimed at selling appliances and healthier living. Then, Marketplace's travel expert Rudy Maxa contemplates how successful hotels will be with their new fitness ideas for guests.

Bee mites

Jan 25, 2005
This is an important week for beekeepers. The hibernation season is ending, and keepers are pulling back the covers of hives, making sure their workforce is in good shape. But this year, some in the industry are worried that they may have fewer bees than expected. From Sacramento station KXJZ, Bob Hensley reports on the problem with the pollinators for hire.

A world of squatters?

Jan 25, 2005
An all time high of 6,680,000 used homes found new owners last year. But America's housing boom obscures an international trend running the other direction. In the new book "Shadow Cities", investigative journalist Robert Neuwirth writes that within a generation, more than half the people living in the world's cities will be squatters.

Letters!

Jan 25, 2005
Yes! It's that time again, to open our mailbox and grab some letters. Your host - our own David Brown.

Argentina and debt games

Jan 25, 2005
Name the two largest economies in South America? Gold star if you guessed Argentina and Brazil. Careful though. This is a tale of two countries with two left-leaning leaders taking different tacks to get fiscally fit. Look at Argentina. Four years ago, the government declared bankruptcy. Since then, Argentina's pretty much thumbed its nose at international pressure for free-market reforms. Just today, the president told investors he's sticking with a controversial plan to pay only part of the country's debt. From Buenos Aires, Marketplace's Americas Desk correspondent Dan Grech reports.

Is 2005 the year of the phone?

Jan 25, 2005
2004 was the year of Google. The company's high-profile IPO captivated the business world and media for months. But this year, those eyes may focus on the smaller screen. Companies selling programs and entertainment for mobile phones could be the headline grabbers in 2005, as Marketplace's Stacey Vanek Smith reports.

Those musical markets

Jan 25, 2005
On this program, we use musical cues to let you know how stocks are doing - happy music for good days, more somber music when stocks are down. A small New Hampshire company is taking that concept to a whole new level. As Dan Gorenstein reports, the company has developed software that converts market data into musical sounds.

More media consolidations ...

Jan 24, 2005
The last few years we've been hearing the debate over something called media consolidation. Typically, this is shorthand for one company's ownership of several radio or TV stations in a single market. But newspapers? Stop the presses. Marketplace's Bob Moon reports federal antitrust regulators are looking into the ambitions of two big newspaper empires.

Reconstruction, and regulation

Jan 24, 2005
This from the UN today. Tens of thousands of Indonesians have left refugee camps over the last few days to stay with relatives. It's another sign the tsunami story is beginning a new chapter, from relief to reconstruction. But as we saw in the relief phase, there are controversies about money. In Sri Lanka, the government has pledged $3.5 billion to rebuild the coastline. As Miranda Kennedy reports from the coastal city of Galle, the government wants to restrict reconstruction: no closer than 300 yards from the ocean.

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