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The psychology behind taxes

Apr 9, 2010
Bill Congdon of the Brookings Institution has studied the behavioral patterns behind taxes. He talks to Tess Vigeland.
Posted In: Taxes
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I need an iPad and I need it now

Mar 26, 2010
Consultant Geoffrey Moore explores with Tess Vigeland why some folks need to get their hands on new products like the iPad as soon as they're available.
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Underwater? Let's make a deal!

Mar 12, 2010
A New Jersey company says it's come up with a way to keep people from defaulting on their underwater mortgages. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Housing
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The new YouTube sensation: Hauls

Feb 26, 2010
There's a new kind of video everyone is watching: Hauls. Tess Vigeland explains.
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Warehouse clubs scream 'bargain!'

Feb 12, 2010
Reporter Rachel Dornhelm investigates how warehouse stores lure you in and get you to stock up big.
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A world-class movie experience

Jan 29, 2010
Why would anyone pay $29 to see a movie? Tess Vigeland and a few of her friends visit a new theater in Pasadena, Calif. -- Gold Class Cinemas -- to find out.

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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.

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When the coal layoffs trickle down

My great grandfather started in the coal mines of Southwestern Virginia in 1936 during a time when logging companies such as W.M. Ritter were...

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The loaded meaning behind 'What do you do?'

A great passage from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil:

“If you go to Atlanta, the first question people ask you is, "What'...

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When being cheap isn't worth it

Every time I try to fix my bike, I make the problem worse and have to go to the bike shop anyway. It doesn't matter how many books and...

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The secret life of a food stamp

Your article makes a lot of sense. Without the help of food stamps these people that are spending money at Walmart would be on the streets,...