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RIP Blockbuster

Mar 17, 2010
In the real world, where companies are allowed to fail, a big one is about to go down. Not surprisingly, Blockbuster is pretty much toast. It's...

Carrying too much baggage

Mar 17, 2010
The airlines' checked bag fees have done exactly what you'd expect them to do: Generate revenue and create problems. As we reported this morning,...

Morning Reading

Mar 17, 2010
Top of the mornin' to ya. In honor of St. Patty's Day, I think we should start with Marketplace's own resident Irishman and his latest Whiteboard...

It's okay, you can still gripe

Mar 16, 2010
It's become almost taboo to complain about your job, since you know, you're lucky to have one. That doesn't mean people who were unhappy at work...

TARP fraud exposed

Mar 16, 2010
The TARP watchdog, Neil Barofsky, warned us a year ago that the $700 billion program was ripe for fraud: "History teaches us that an outlay of so...

Cosmic rays and little green men

Mar 16, 2010
The Toyota acceleration fiasco is starting to remind me of alien abduction stories. Like tales of failing car parts, spaceship stories seem to...

Morning Reading

Mar 16, 2010
Good morning. Where were regulators while Lehman was doing its accounting tricks? They were staring right at it. Plus, economists debate the...

Finally, a bill

Mar 15, 2010
It took a long while, but Congress has a completed financial regulation bill on the table. It falls short of a few of the original proposals, but...

Your economy, in brief

Mar 15, 2010
Can you sum up your experience with the recession in about 10 words or less? Give it a try. It's a good mental exercise....

Happy Birthday.com

Mar 15, 2010
What did the year 1985 give us? Let's see -- the Miami Vice theme, New Coke and the marriage of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley. So perhaps it's...

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You hear it a lot: For the economy to get better, we all have to spend more. Consumer confidence, consumer spending, consumer interest, consumer debt.... it's the consumer economy. But didn't spending too much get us in trouble a few years ago? Can we afford the consumer economy? Marketplace explores how we consume, what we get from it, what it costs, and whether we can keep it up.