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Teens still watching many hours of TV a day

Mar 9, 2012
We might have overestimated the extent to which the use of iPhones, iPads, Netflix and Facebook are taking over the lives of teens.
Posted In: television, teenagers

PODCAST: Waiting on Greece, Mickey D's grows

Mar 8, 2012
It's deadline day -- again -- in Greece, but if all goes well, we'll get past this hurdle in the European Debt Crisis and probably move on to another one. For the first time in 15 years, Peyton Manning is no longer an Indianapolis Colt. In China, the maker of the iPad's lawyers are fighting a Chinese court decision that ruled Apple doesn't own the trademark for the name iPad in China. And the city of Chattanooga, Tenn. wants to join a growing list of U.S. cities with its own typeface, to be used in everything from stationary to street signs.

'SimCity' to return next year, in 3D

Mar 8, 2012
The first "SimCity" came out 23 years ago. But a new version will debut next year. How will it fare in the competitive gaming market?
Posted In: games, computers, sim city

Steven Van Zandt extended interview: Available online only

Mar 7, 2012
Listen to more of our interview with the actor/musician, now starring in the Netflix original series, "Lilyhammer."
Posted In: television, Music, Netflx, Steven Van Zandt

PODCAST: Super Tuesday wrap-up, Netflix reverses roles

Mar 7, 2012
Super Tuesday wrapped up last night, and the economy once again emerged as the leading issue of that election day. In Washington state, emergency rooms are struggling with Medicaid payment plans. A federal jury in Texas has convicted Allen Stanford of defrauding investors to the tune of $7 billion in a Ponzi scheme. And actor Steven Van Zandt tells about about the current state of television.

PODCAST: The Oreo's centennial, gas prices (slightly) lower

Mar 6, 2012
Super Tuesday is upon us, but even candidates who are cash-rich thanks to super PACs weren't able to get on the ballot in some states. NFL investigators met yesterday with a former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, who has apologized for running a bounty scheme that rewarded players for injuring opponents. China's announcement that its economy will have slower days ahead set global markets into a tizzy yesterday; investors are now worried dark days are ahead for everyone else, too.

The value of learning a foreign language

Mar 6, 2012
New data shows that Europeans are rushing to learn German as the country remains the strongest in the European Union. Do language trends always follow the money?
Posted In: Education, German, foreign language

PODCAST: China's predicted growth, BP's big settlement

Mar 5, 2012
President Obama has proposed giving the IRS an 8 percent budget boost in the hopes of bringing in more revenue to the government. We're just a day away from Super Tuesday, when voters in 10 states will choose who they want the Republican presidential nominee to be. The city of St. Louis is trying to get control of its police department back from the state of Missouri. And today, the L.A. Times will follow in the footsteps of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal by starting to charge to access some of the paper online.

The American road trip's modern appeal

Mar 5, 2012
25 percent of men and 33 percent of women want to drive across the country at least once in their lifetime.
Posted In: Travel, car, travel costs

Dollar coins vs. dollar bills: The debate

Mar 2, 2012
All morning long we've been asking for your opinion on coins vs. bills following our interview with Senator Tom Harkin on the subject.
Posted In: coins, dollar

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What Were You Thinking - It's the Marketplace Money series that looks at why we do what we do with our money. Why we make all kinds of money decisions that seem to go against our best interest. Whether it's paying more for a product because you assume a higher price makes it better or letting a gift card linger in your wallet because you don't want to waste it.