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Straight Story: Goals met in 2008

Chris Farrell and Tess Vigeland | Dec 26, 2008
The year is just about over. How did Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell do on the New Year's resolutions they made in January? They check in and grade themselves on financial accomplishments.

Getting Personal

Chris Farrell and Tess Vigeland | Dec 26, 2008
This week, Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell answer questions about what happens to an IRA when the bank it's with fails, and whether it's a good idea to buy shares in Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae right now.

'Buy American' could be in stimulus

Jeremy Hobson | Jan 2, 2009
The slumping U.S. steel industry is likely to be a major beneficiary of Barack Obama's stimulus plan, which focuses on improving infrastructure. Some in the industry even want a "buy American" clause in the bill. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs

Happy New Year

Chris Farrell | Jan 1, 2009

Florida family lives the simple life

| Dec 22, 2008
Beth and Scott Greenlee were living the middle-class life in Connecticut. But after Scott was laid off, the family was forced to change their lifestyle. Katie Ball reports on how it's the simple things that matter for the Greenlees now.

Many workers see minimum-wage hike

Jeff Tyler | Jan 1, 2009
Many of America's least-paid workers got a raise today as the minimum wage went up in about a dozen states. But some observers say the changes will hurt more than they will help. Jeff Tyler reports.
Posted In: Jobs

2008's big buzzword in giving: Micro

| Dec 9, 2008
Philanthropy consultant Lucy Bernholz tells Kai Ryssdal that the trend this year in giving is taking big ideas and making them small.
Posted In: Charity

A teen toy story for troubled times

| Nov 10, 2008
In this gloomy time for business, maybe all we need is a little youthful optimism. Fifteen-year-old Josh Heinzl wasn't afraid to open his toy store in a mall in Nashua, N.H. last month. Avishay Artsy has the story.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Viacom, Time Warner at battle stations

Sam Eaton | Dec 31, 2008
Viacom is threatening to pull its 19 stations from Time Warner Cable tonight -- including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV -- if the cable company doesn't pay more for the programming. Sam Eaton reports
Posted In: Entertainment

Update: Recovering from foreclosure

Tess Vigeland | Jan 1, 2009
Tess Vigeland checks in with John and Vicki Glicken of Ohio, who talked with Marketplace in 2008 as they were struggling with an adjustable-rate mortgage that had led them into bankruptcy.
Posted In: Economy, Housing



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