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Marketplace Money for March 27-29, 2009

Episode Description 

Memoir of a Socialist's son

Tess Vigeland talks to author Said Sayrafiezadeh about his new memoir, "When Skateboards Will Be Free," about his experience growing up in a Socialist household in America.

Tax woes for gay couples

Tax season is a headache for most people, but for gay couples, it can be even more complicated and expensive. Reporter Mina Kim visited a gay couple in San Francisco caught in tax season stress.
Posted In: Taxes

Day In The Work Life: Crop duster

On today's Day In The Work Life, we hear from Ray Dyson, 58, a professional aerial applicator, otherwise known as a "crop duster."

Negotiating lower rent

In a soft market, landlords are more open to adjusting rent prices for the right tenant. Attorney Janet Portman explains the best ways to negotiate rent with your landlord.
Posted In: Housing

Getting Personal

Tess Vigeland and Economics editor Chris Farrell answer pressing questions from listeners about borrowing from a 401K, how to buy life insurance, and how life insurance companies are regulated by the state.

529 college funds dropping fast

Assets in 529 funds dropped 21% in the fourth quarter last year. Tess Vigeland talks with financial planner Bill Parish about what's happening to existing 529s and whether they are still a good way to save for college.
Posted In: Education, Savings

Sallie Mae changes payment rules

Sallie Mae announced that it's changing rules about when student loans need to start being paid back. Tess Vigeland talks to Mark Kantrowitz of about what it means for students entering and graduating from college.
Posted In: Education

Straight Story

Tess Vigeland and Economics editor Chris Farrell discuss how consumers can sort through conflicting financial advice about investing in the current market.

Quick fix credit scams

Scams offering to lower property taxes or save people from foreclosure are everywhere. But what about ads promising to get rid of bad credit? Sally Herships finds out why people are believing the ads and what happens when they do.

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Partie Traumatic
Black Kids
Orchestra Baobab
Dirt Track Date
Southern Culture On The Skids
Magnificent City Instrumentals