Marketplace Money for January 9-10, 2010

Episode Description 
Each week on Marketplace Money, host Tess Vigeland looks at the week's major national and international stories that will impact the average listener's wallet.

Money lessons from The Simpsons

Chris Turner, author of "Planet Simpson," talks with Tess Vigeland about money lessons learned from America's favorite animated family.

Accident inspires budgeting strategy

Alicia Wood talks with Tess Vigeland about how an accident taught her to think about money in a new way.

Will Dodd act with time left in office?

Although Sen. Christopher Dodd has announced he will not seek reelection, Tess Vigeland reports that as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee he still has time to push for credit card reform.

Getting Personal

Tess Vigeland and Nic Retsinas, director of Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, answer listeners' housing questions.

How to be sharp in video job interviews

More employers are using Skype, iChat and other video conferencing technologies to screen job applicants. Mitchell Hartman talks to experts about how to make the best of a video interview.
Posted In: Jobs, Science

2010 money goals from our listeners

Three Marketplace Money listeners share their goals for the new year: Learning their credit score, teaching the kids about family finances, and improving their budgeting.

Escaping the mortgage battlefront

How can homeowners stop the carnage associated with mortgage loan modifications? Harriet Brackey, a columnist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, offers some advice.
Posted In: Housing

GFEs help clarify mortgage terms

A new form released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development -- the Good Faith Estimate -- is intended to make mortgage terms a little easier to understand.'s Holden Lewis explains.

IRS gets tough on tax preparers

Soon "unenrolled" tax preparers will be subject to higher standards. Rico Gagliano reports on the federal guidelines rolling out in the next two to three years, which are intended to help keep taxpayers safe.
Posted In: Taxes

Music from this show

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Stay On The Phone
The New Amsterdams
Welcome To My World
Giant Sand
The Dreaming Mind (Part 1)
Quantic feat. Combo Bárbaro
Flim (Album Version)
The Bad Plus
Blips, Drips And Strips
Running In Pairs
The Dylan Group