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Mailbag for Friday, June 1, 2007

| Jun 1, 2007
Chris Farrell covers buying a home with monetary gifts from your family, what to do when a company wants to buy your stocks and how to cash in a whole mess of old treasury bonds.

Learning the gift of gab

| Jun 1, 2007
Some people are born talkers. Others without a knack for it can learn to yap at business school. Alex Goldmark demonstrates the benefits of Persuasion 101.

Job growth improves — but why?

Kai Ryssdal | Jun 1, 2007
The government says there were 157,000 new jobs created in May — quite a bounce back from the previous couple of months. Where did all the new jobs come from all of a sudden?
Posted In: Economy, Jobs

OMB: Let's hear it on earmarks

Hilary Wicai | Jun 1, 2007
A memo from the Office of Management and Budget is ordering agency heads to pass along the specifics of congressional earmarks — those pet projects slipped into spending bills. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Washington

Massachusetts goes after mortgage predators

Steve Tripoli | Jun 1, 2007
The Bay State's attorney general is cracking down on scam artists who promise to rescue homeowners from foreclosure but are actually out to steal their homes. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Crime, Housing

Bankruptcy comes to China . . . and that's good

Scott Tong | Jun 1, 2007
Investors and executives are paying special attention to a new corporate bankruptcy law that took effect in China today. It's the country's latest stop on the road to a free-market economy. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Canada

Week on Wall Street

Kai Ryssdal | Jun 1, 2007
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Kai Ryssdal what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Study: DVRs no big threat to advertising

Janet Babin | Jun 1, 2007
A study says TV viewers with DVRs don't fast-forward through commercials as much as advertisers feared, but they still skip them more than half the time. And, viewing of prime-time shows has increased. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Entertainment

Protests continue over TV-station closing

Dan Grech | Jun 1, 2007
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's closure of a popular TV station has prompted continuing protests. In response, he's pledged to create 24 public universities. How are those two things related? Dan Grech explains.

Getting new books into young hands

| Jun 1, 2007
A nonprofit group has found a new market of readers that the publishing industry usually has trouble reaching — children from low-income families. Alex Goldmark reports.

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