January 31, 2006 When Ben Bernanke takes the reins of the Federal Reserve from Alan Greenspan, he will instantly become one of the most influential people in the world. Bernanke knows the Fed inside out, but that's very different from being the sheriff of the global economy.
November 23, 2005 Seeking to restore profitability, General Motors recently announced it's cutting 30,000 factory jobs and closing nine plants in North America. But as NPR's business editor Uri Berliner notes, what GM needs isn't a surgeon but a miracle worker.
October 11, 2005 Just as tens of thousands of people lost everything to Katrina, so, too, some will make a quick fortune off its aftermath. But there are also stirrings of the honest enterprise that will be so necessary to bring New Orleans back to life.
April 19, 2005 Some fans don't wait until opening day for baseball season. They indulge their sports fantasies year-round. Many play video games with splashy graphics. But the most enduring baseball diversion is a humble board game called Strat-O-Matic with an influential and devoted following.
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April 4, 2005 Illinois and North Carolina face off Monday night in St. Louis for the NCAA championship. Along with all the excitement of arriving at the pinnacle at college basketball, many players are coping with school deadlines as well.
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July 21, 2004 Microsoft unveils plans to return much of its massive cash reserves to investors. This year, the software giant will issue a special one-time dividend of $3 a share, a step worth about $32 billion. All told, the plan will pay shareholders some $75 billion over the next four years. Hear NPR's Renee Montagne and NPR's Uri Berliner.
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April 23, 2004 U.S. officials report that Pat Tillman, a National Football League player who quit the sport to join the U.S. Army Rangers, has been killed in action in Afghanistan. Tillman, a safety for the Arizona Cardinals, turned down a three-year, $3.6 million deal from the team to enlist in the Army two years ago. Hear NPR's Bob Edwards and NPR's Uri Berliner.
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