Marketplace Money for Friday, December 17, 2010

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Marketplace Money for Friday, December 17, 2010

Why that charity is sending you money

This is the biggest charity-giving time of the year, and you can probably tell by the amount of mail you've been receiving from non-profits recently. But does this sort of junk mailing work? Jeff Tyler reports.
Posted In: Charity

Letters: Retirement and RSVPs

Tess Vigeland and senior producer Deborah Clark go over listener responses for past shows. This week: on RSVPing, going child-less and a reflection on the tough economic world out there.

Middle America, 10 years later

Ten years ago, David Brancaccio visited a small town in Missouri named Cuba, then considered by one census to be the statistical "middle America." As part of his series Economy 4.0, Brancaccio took a visit back recently to check on how things have changed.

Are extended warranties... warranted?

If you've ever bought a high-tech gizmo, chances are you've also been offered the opportunity to buy an extended warranty. But do you really need it? Nancy Marshall Genzer finds out.

Getting Personal: Retirement for the risk averse, game show money

Tess Vigeland and David Lazarus, personal finance columnist for the Los Angeles Times, answer your questions about saving for retirement when you're risk averse, what to do with your game show winnings and can your bank change the terms of your accounts whenever it wants?

Incorporating savings rates into personal credit scores?

The retirement company TIAA-CREF recently held a competition for ideas that would prompt people to save more. Jonathan Chan won. His idea? Incorporate savings rates into the credit scoring system. Tess Vigeland talks with the recent college graduate about how his idea would work.
Posted In: Savings

Tips on planning your year-end donations

Melissa Berman, president and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, talks with Tess Vigeland about the motivation behind giving, how much homework people should do before donating, and the trust deficit created by the recession.
Posted In: Charity

Searching for a green holiday gift

Thinking of going green this holiday season? Sustainability reporter Adriene Hill takes us on her journey as she goes hunting for eco-friendly gifts.

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Year of the Ox
Sufjan Stevens
Christmas Waltz
Atlantic Five Jazz Band
Positive (Instrumental)
Sly And The Family Stone
A Staff Of Strength In The Hands Of The Righteous
The Sway Machinery
I Ain't Jivin', I'm Jammin'
Jr. Leon Huff
Nashville West (Album Version)
The Byrds