Marketplace Money for Weekend of Sept. 26-27, 2009

Episode Description 

Second City's a big stage in their lives

Finding work in show biz is tough, especially in this economy. A current member and an alumnus of Chicago's famous Second City theater talk with host Tess Vigeland about the comedy and tragedy of being a performer.
Posted In: Entertainment

Loan-modification firms wreak havoc

Steve Henn reports on how loan-modification firms are preying on already desperate people who are facing foreclosure. This story is part of a joint investigation by Marketplace and ProPublica.

Getting Personal

Host Tess Vigeland and Chris Farrell answer listener questions about personal finance.

The former lives of steelworkers

Pittsburgh, site of the G-20 conference this past week, was once home to thousands of steelworkers. Rico Gagliano talks to two of them about how they moved on after their industry collapsed.
Posted In: Jobs

Avoid being a freelance pushover

If you're relying on freelance work to pay the bills, how do you make sure you're getting paid what you deserve for those now-and-again gigs? Host Tess Vigeland gets answers from Tory Johnson, CEO of Women for Hire.

Can't find work? Try looking for cash.

A lot of people are still searching for work and collecting unemployment. But that isn't stopping them from hunting for cash in unusual ways. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

We demand plain vanilla products

Finance charges, compound interest ... the dizzying amount of financial terms can be confusing. That's why commentator Chris Farrell says financial institutions need to offer customers simple products they can understand.

Banks draft changes to overdraft fees

If you ever spent more with your debit card than was in your account, your bank may have paid the amount but then slammed you with a big overdraft fee. Banks impose such policies as "protection plans." But now, as Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, you'll have a choice of whether you want one.
Posted In: Savings

Painless spending can hurt pocketbooks

Using a credit card is easy. Writing a check is more time consuming. Host Tess Vigeland talks with personal finance columnist Jason Zweig about how different ways of paying can affect how much we spend.

Music from this show

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Instrumental
Galaxie 500
Buzzkill
The Hard to Get
Stay Out Of Trouble
Kings Of Convenience
Airplaneshadows
Kiln
Chicago Bound
Jimmy Rogers