Marketplace for Thursday, December 31, 2009

Episode Description 

Dinner Party Download: Small Talk

Rico Gagliano, Brendan Francis Newnam and other Marketplace staffers look back on 2009 -- not the big stories but the some of the more fun stuff.

Big BCS payouts go only to a select few

College football's Bowl Championship Series kicks off New Year's Day. The week-long series of games brings in a lot of money for the invited schools and their conferences -- and complaints from schools not included. Nancy Farghalli reports.
Posted In: Sports

What happened to financial reform?

The push to overhaul regulations for America's financial system didn't get very far in 2009. Marketplace's Washington Bureau Chief John Dimsdale reviews the propects for change with host Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Wall Street

The decade in a Marketplace Minute

Bill Radke, host of the Marketplace Morning Report, reviews in a 60-second poem what went wrong in the economy this past decade.
Posted In: Economy

The Weekly Wrap

2009 has been a heck of a year, and 2010 may turn out to be trickier than we think. Kay Ryssdal talks with Felix Salmon from Reuters and Clusterstock's John Carney to get their views.
Posted In: Wall Street

It's 'use it or lose it' time for your FSA

At this time of year a lot of people end up with a balance in their flexible spending account -- that company benefit that lets you sock away money tax-free for health care. Marketplace's Amy Scott is one. She reports on the business of the FSA rush.
Posted In: Health

Cheap borrowing may not last in 2010

The U.S. sold about $2 trillion worth of notes and bonds this year as the federal government sold more IOUs to pay for its ballooning deficit. Borrowing was cheap this year. But next year may be a different story. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Was it the lost decade? Not entirely.

Compared to 10 years ago the average American is earning about $5 an hour more, but unemployment has tripled, single-family home sales are 34% lower, and stocks are down 8%. Yet, some see signs we're doing better economically. Bob Moon reports.

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Silver Plated
Dexter Gordon Quintet
Ah Ha (Album Version)
Mongo Santamaria
What Are You doing New Year's Eve
Trio West