March 31, 2006 We reflect on some of the show's more memorable moments.
March 31, 2006 Twenty-one years ago, musician and humanitarian Bob Geldof organized Live Aid, a series of concerts aimed at fighting famine in Africa. Last year, Geldof helped organized Live 8, a concert series focused on debt relief for developing nations. David Gardner reflects on our previous conversation with the Live Aid and Live 8 organizer.
March 31, 2006 Delphi, the nation's largest auto-parts supplier, asks a federal bankruptcy judge to void its labor contract with the United Auto Workers Union. The UAW has warned that its members may strike if the judge approves Delphi's request. Delphi is General Motors' biggest supplier and a strike could cripple the struggling auto giant.
March 31, 2006 Facing mounting losses, General Motors has offered buyouts to its union employees in the United States. Now GM workers must decide whether to take company buyouts or stay on, betting that the automaker can recover and avoid bankruptcy.
March 31, 2006 Auto parts maker Delphi Corp. proposes a broad reorganization of its business that would include cancelling its U.S. labor contracts. Tess Vigeland of Marketplace tells Alex Chadwick that the move could have an impact on General Motors, which relies heavily on Delphi parts.
March 31, 2006 Only two countries -- the United States and New Zealand -- allow prescription drug ads on television. Thanks to these ads, we've all heard of the little purple pill and can probably name two sources of cholesterol. But is a little knowledge a dangerous thing? Ira Flatow leads a discussion on the pros and cons of allowing drug ads on TV.
March 31, 2006 One major challenge facing cities hoping to bring residents back to their downtowns is the lack of a grocery store. One Syracuse developer, and former Walt Disney executive, just opened an upscale urban grocery. He thinks that he has the solution for making money in an unproven market. Matt Hackworth of member station WAER reports.
March 31, 2006 Wall Street Journal columnist June Fletcher talks with Steve Inskeep about how the cooling housing market will affect home buyers and sellers. The combination of over-valued houses and rising interest rates means that houses are staying on the marker longer.
March 31, 2006 President Bush is in Cancun wrapping up a summit with the leaders of Mexico and Canada. Immigration with Mexico and trade with Canada were the two issues that took up most of the president's time. Steve Inskeep talks with David Greene.
March 31, 2006 Auto parts maker Delphi wants to cancel existing labor contracts. The United Auto Workers union is calling the idea an insult. The former General Motors subsidiary is expected to ask a federal judge for permission to cancel the labor agreements. Delphi is in bankruptcy, and says it needs to cut its wages and benefits to survive.
March 30, 2006 President Bush meets with Mexican President Vicente Fox and new Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Cancun, Mexico, for talks. Immigration and border security -- and the balance between the two -- are expected to dominate the two days of meetings.
March 30, 2006 Supporters of a crackdown argue that illegal immigrants depress U.S. wages. Critics of this approach say the loss of illegal immigrants would stall the U.S. economy. NPR business correspondent Adam Davidson explores the issue.
March 30, 2006 Google announced plans to sell more than $5 billion in shares -- a move intended to satisfy regulators ahead of Google joining the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index at the end of March. Alex Chadwick discusses the stock sale with Tess Vigeland of Marketplace.
March 30, 2006 Harvard professor Lawrence Katz is co-author of a 2005 study, "The Evolution of the Mexican Workforce in the United States." He explores the impact of illegal immigration on wages for domestic-born, low-income workers with Farai Chideya.
March 30, 2006 The state of Louisiana is creating a new agency to market its music to the world. Some think it's a great way to get musicians back on their feet after Hurricane Katrina. Others say that many of those same musicians have no home to come back to, and that these basic needs should be the state's first priority. Reporter Eve Troeh reports.