Marketplace for Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008

Episode Description 

2008's big buzzword in giving: Micro

Philanthropy consultant Lucy Bernholz tells Kai Ryssdal that the trend this year in giving is taking big ideas and making them small.
Posted In: Charity

Letters: Cars, health care and Santa

Listeners respond to the proposed bailout of the auto industry, one of our guests' comments on health care, and whether Santa Claus is real.

Saving homes through mass appeal

At Mary Immaculate Parish in Pacoima, Calif., dozens of parishioners are at risk of losing their homes. Father John Lasseigne's been trying to help them by organizing them to negotiate with their banks. He talks with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

Credit unions getting federal help too

Federal regulators will make billions in new loans available to help so-called "corporate" credit unions, which pool money from retail credit unions and invest it. Now those investments aren't looking so good. Mitchell Hartman reports.

Personal bankruptcies seen mounting

It seems like every day brings news of more layoffs. Which got us wondering -- when will personal bankruptcies start catching up with the commercial ones? Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Economy

Charities face slow season of giving

Charitable organizations depending on the generosity of others may find themselves with less handouts this year. With so many Americans struggling to make ends meet, there's less money to give. Organizations are preparing for the worst. Jaime Bedrin reports.
Posted In: Charity

Fuel efficiency enters bailout debate

Haggling over a $15 billion government rescue of the American automobile industry continues in Washington. One of the issues still being debated is how much fuel efficiency should be imposed on carmakers. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Auto, Washington

Illinois governor arrested for corruption

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on charges of fraud and bribery. He allegedly conspired to sell President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat for kickbacks. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Crime

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Hammerstrike
Casually Smashed to Pieces
Big Bamboozle
Best Reason to Buy the Sun
The Benevento Russo Duo