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Marketplace Money for Friday, Dec. 2, 2011

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Military servicemembers are returning stateside to a tough job market. Two veterans share their job-hunting experiences. Time's a-tickin' to get those gifts. If you're short on money, learn some tips on how to make presents that won't end up gathering dust. If you're swiping away, Yale researchers are studying how monkeys make financial decisions to gain insight into how humans spend. Plus, it's Paddy Hirsch's first show as the new senior producer of Marketplace Money. We read your suggestions for him and the future of the show.  

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Letters: Dear Paddy...

We've got a new senior producer, so we asked Paddy Hirsch to weigh in on your comments and suggestions -- for him and the show.

Military veterans and the current job market

Servicemembers return stateside to one of the worst job markets in history. Two veterans share their job-hunting stories: One who is still searching for a job and another who found work quickly after he retired from the military.
Posted In: military, Jobs

This week: American Airlines restructuring, job numbers

We talk with Washington reporter Nancy Marshall-Genzer about the top stories from this week.
Posted In: Barney Frank, dodd-frank, Jobs, American Airlines, bankrutpcy, Unemployment

Piggy Bank Award: For making it work

This week's winner learned some valuable lessons on money-making and management while her husband was unemployed for eight months -- and came out of it credit card debt free.

Monkeys love discounts too

Researchers at Yale are wondering if spending behavior has something to do with genetics. We learn how monkeys and humans are similar -- and different -- when it comes to plunking down cash.
Posted In: spending, Personal Finance, psychology, genetics

Getting Personal: Marital finances, saving for children

Tess Vigeland and Liz Pulliam Weston of MSN answer listeners' personal finance questions.

Making gifts people will like

Crafting gifts is easier on the wallet, but often low on satisfaction. We talk to Meg Favreau of Wisebread.com about how to make presents that won't end up in the back of a closet.
Posted In: holidays, gift giving, Personal Finance

'Tis the season to give

Holiday giving is your last shot to slide in extra tax deductions for the year, but Marketplace's economics editor Chris Farrell says there are deeper motivations behind end-of-the-year donations.
Posted In: Charitable giving, donations, holidays, Taxes, Personal Finance

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Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick [Explicit]
Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Oink, Oink Mambo (Digitally Remastered 95)
Chuy Reyes