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It's the economy again, stupid

John Dimsdale | Jan 8, 2008
An old election adage about the economy might be making a comeback in the current campaign. John Dimsdale gets the word from voters in New Hampshire about the economic platform they're hoping to support.
Posted In: Economy

How Safe Are Money Market Funds?

Chris Farrell | Jan 8, 2008
Question: In the past few years of following the financial news and your program, I've come to see the Money Market fund as a stable place for...
Posted In: banking, Investing

January champions music's underdogs

Andrea Gardner | Jan 8, 2008
The music charts indicate that January is a time for new musical discovery. Less mainstream bands are selling, while typical chart-toppers like Hannah Montana are slumping. Andrea Gardner reports.
Posted In: Entertainment

Bush acknowledges economic 'anxiety'

Nancy Marshall-Genzer | Jan 7, 2008
President Bush said in a speech today Americans are becoming anxious over economic indicators that are "increasingly mixed." Nancy Marshall Genzer talks with Kai Ryssdal about the president's more sober tone and the proposed credit bailouts percolating on Capitol Hill.
Posted In: Economy

Cars, electronics making sweet music

Bob Moon | Jan 7, 2008
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, there's a special emphasis this year on cars and all the fun electronics being built for the road. But Marketplace's Bob Moon found out that plenty of electronic gadgets-on-wheels are already here.
Posted In: Retail, Science

Should colleges sell an athlete's image?

Ethan Lindsey | Jan 7, 2008
The National Collegiate Athletic Association has strict rules banning a school from profiting off a student-athlete's name or image. But those rules could change under a proposal currently being discussed by the organization. Ethan Lindsey reports.

What, exactly, is the middle class?

Kai Ryssdal | Jan 7, 2008
In recent weeks, presidential candidates have shifted their emphasis toward traditional middle-class issues such as health care and the economy. Kai Ryssdal talks with Jim Kessler, founder of the think tank Third Way, about who makes up the middle class today.
Posted In: Economy

Rush-hour pricing? Let's just do it

| Jan 7, 2008
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed charging motorists a fee to drive in Manhattan's central business district at peak hours. Commentator Tyler Cowen says such "congestion pricing" on the roads could solve a lot of other problems, too.

A new wave of after-Christmas sales

Jeremy Hobson | Jan 7, 2008
Rather than returning their unwanted Christmas gifts to stores, more Americans are heading to the Internet to sell them. Experts say today could be the biggest day of the year for online reselling. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Retail

Lenders get tougher with businesses

Jill Barshay | Jan 7, 2008
Many companies took out big loans before the economic downturn and are running into trouble on their payments. Now, as they're crawling back to their lenders asking for help, the lenders are playing tough. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Economy