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Marketplace Money for October 8, 2010

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Marketplace Money for October 8, 2010

Getting Personal: Married finances, your parents and their finances

Marketplace Money host Tess Vigeland and MSN's Kathy Kristof answer listener questions. On tap this week: An unmarried couple splitting the finances, renting a condo to your children and helping a parent deal with his spotty finances.

Freakonomics: A thirsty economist walks into an A&W Root Beer joint...

What would you do if you walked into an A&W Root Beer -- and they said they were out of root beer? Or, if you stopped by a KFC that was out of chicken? Well, we know one economist who recently experienced both. Host Tess Vigeland talks to Freakonomics correspondent Stephen Dubner about the economic theory behind bad customer service.
Posted In: Food

Letters: Defending the lottery, concert etiquette

Tess Vigeland and Marketplace Money's senior producer Deborah Clark go through the mailbox, inbox, voicemail and Facebook page for listener responses to recent stories.

The housing crisis: Looking at the big picture

The housing crisis just hit another obstacle with the halt of foreclosures in nearly of the nation. Tess Vigeland talks to Nic Retsinas, director of Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, about details of what's happened in the housing economy and what's to come.
Posted In: Housing

Troubled homeowners head to convention for help

Although some banks have just announced they're temporarily halting foreclosures, many homeowners are still in trouble and in need of answers. A non-profit group in L.A. tries to help.
Posted In: Housing, Personal Finance

Don't give in to those hidden fees

Fees -- many of them hidden -- are everywhere these days. But that doesn't mean we have to give in to them. It pays to be a fee hawk, says commentator Chris Farrell, and it's time the government helps us out too.
Posted In: Credit Cards, Personal Finance

The changing attitude about prepaid debit cards

As trust in banks falters and Americans try to budget their costs, many are turning to prepaid debit cards, where they can put up the money upfront and watch what they spend. But are they really a better alternative to credit cards?
Posted In: Credit Cards, Personal Finance

Where would we be if we hadn't had a housing bubble?

It's no question that the housing bubble has created a huge effect on the housing economy today. But what would have happened to home prices if that bubble never happened? Robert Shiller of the S&P Case-Shiller index offers some insight.
Posted In: Housing

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A Forest
The Cure
Wildcat
Ratatat
Somebody's Watching Me
Rockwell
Get Ur Freak On [Explicit]
Missy Elliott