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| Jun 30, 2006
Don't miss these missives from our listeners.

Straight Story: The Buffett effect

Chris Farrell | Jun 30, 2006
It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the Straight Story. This week, Warren Buffett gifted $30 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Chris says even Americans of humble means can learn a lot about charitable giving from the Wizard of Omaha.
Posted In: Charity

Buzzword: Zombie debt

| Jun 30, 2006
Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Marketplace Money brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance, zombie debt. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Savings

Mailbag for Friday, June 30, 2006

| Jun 30, 2006
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on how best to pay for your child's college tuition, whether or not to pay off a mortgage and how to deal with a fee-heavy annuity.
Posted In: Savings

Health insurance on the cheap

| Jun 30, 2006
As we speak, recent college grads are getting acquainted with "the real world." You know, the world where health insurance is costly and getting costlier. Tess talks with Georgetown University's Karen Pollitz about health care options for grads -- and the tradeoffs involved.

Day in the Work Life: Rocket man

| Jun 30, 2006
On this week's A Day in the Work Life, our look at how folks trade their time for money, we look forward to the Fourth of July holiday -- and pledge allegiance to a fireworks operator.

Just say no -- to your boss

Tess Vigeland | Jun 30, 2006
It's one of the smallest words in the English language and probably the toughest to say to the boss. Dr. Dory Hollander is the founder of WiseWorkplaces. She tells Tess how to say no -- without losing your job.
Posted In: Jobs

A virtual file cabinet

Tess Vigeland | Jun 30, 2006
A company called Yodlee promises you'll soon be able to consolidate all your financial information on its single, easy-to-access Web site. The catch? You have to supply passwords to all your financial accounts. Tess Vigeland asks MSNBC technical reporter Bob Sullivan if the convenience is worth the risk of identity theft.

Wedding rings: 'Til debt do us part

| Jun 30, 2006
Cake... dress... tux... catering... after dropping thousands of dollars on a wedding, there's still one important expense left: the rings. How much do couples typically spend -- and can they get away with less? Sean Cole prices out the wedding ring market.

Kerkorian pushes 3-way automaker deal

Tess Vigeland | Jun 30, 2006
Today, billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian urged troubled carmaker General Motors to consider partnering with Nissan and Renault. Host Tess Vigeland speaks to the New York Times' Micheline Maynard about the story.

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