Marketplace for Friday, December 4, 2009

Episode Description 

Small Talk

Marketplace staffers share the stories that you may not have noticed in the headlines this week -- from virtual marriage to North Korean designer jeans. (And yes, Brendan, there were sidewalk Santas.)

A human resource for HR workers

How do you cope when part of your job is telling other people they've lost theirs? Dozens of human resource workers are turning to a Minnesota company that allows them to commiserate. Sean Cole reports.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs

L.A. Auto Show gets more compact

Nissan and luxury car makers are no-shows at this year's L.A. Auto Show, but the Los Angeles Times' Dan Neil tells Kai Ryssdal there's still plenty of innovation to behold.

Weekly Wrap

Kai Ryssdal sizes up the week's events on Wall Street and beyond with Leigh Gallagher from Fortune magazine and The Atlantic's Megan McArdle.
Posted In: Wall Street

Dems consider tax on big stock trades

What do you do if you're a lawmaker and you need to raise money? Congressional Democrats have an answer in mind -- a new tax on trades on Wall Street. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports on how it might work.
Posted In: Taxes, Wall Street

Supreme Court to decide on reform act

Capitol Hill lawmakers considering new regulations for the financial industry will be watching the Supreme Court on Monday as it hears arguments in a case about the last, big financial reform law known as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Crime, Wall Street

Long-term joblessness is on the rise

November's unemployment figures overall were positive, with the jobless rate dropping two percentage points to 10%. However, the number of people who have been looking for work for more than six months is increasing. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs