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This Week: Bargain Shoppers
This Week
December 19, 2003

This week on NOW:

Wal-Mart has become the world's largest retailer in part because of a simple idea: "always low prices." But critics of the retailing giant say that in many communities taxpayers are picking up the costs that keep Wal-Mart's prices low and their profits high. NOW goes to Las Vegas and to California, where Wal-Mart has plans to open 40 new "supercenters" in the next four years, and examines the real costs of Wal-Mart to taxpayers and communities. The investigation looks at allegations that Wal-Mart guides its low-paid workers to public assistance and at what happened in one community that spent millions in subsidies to Wal-Mart in hopes of economic benefit.

As questions arise as to the fate of Saddam Hussein, David Brancaccio talks to Samantha Power, who was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for her non-fiction book, A PROBLEM FROM HELL: AMERICA AND THE AGE OF GENOCIDE and founded the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. Power will discuss the matter of meting out justice to former tyrannical leaders like Saddam Hussein, the International Criminal Court at The Hague, and about her conversation with General Wesley Clark, who just returned from testifying at the trial of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic.

David Brancaccio interviews former Governor of Maine Angus King, who left office this past January after serving eight years as one of only two Independent governors in the United States. Governor King shares his views on everything from the economy to homeland security to building casinos for state revenue, and tells Brancaccio why he thinks bipartisan politics isn't accurately representing what the public really wants.

In Depth

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Bargain Shopping
Producer: Dan Klein
Correspondent: Sylvia Chase
Editor: Vincent Liota

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