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Marketplace for Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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David Gura and Sarah Gardner kick off Marketplace's election coverage, The Real Economy, with reports on the economies of Nebraska and Nevada. With new apps like Square, political campaigns find a new way to bring in small contributions. Home prices in 20 major cities fell 3.7 percent in November. Commentator Teresa Amabile explores what makes a company a good place to work. And Kai Ryssdal talks to actor and author Fred Stoller about his book "My Seinfeld Year."

Are 'The Best Places to Work' really the best?

Perks are nice, but they're not what really motivates employees to do their best.
Posted In: employee benefits

Nevada’s boom and bust economy

Nevadans have been risk-takers, and sometimes losers, since the days of the Comstock Lode.
Posted In: Wealth and Poverty, Las Vegas, Nevada

What matters to Nebraska and Nevada in the election

The two states are vastly different in their economies. What they are concerned about, and what they're looking for in this upcoming election.
Posted In: 2012 election, Nebraska, Nevada

Steady and conservative: The Nebraska Way

Risk-averse Nebraskans avoided the housing bust and -- thanks to high crop prices -- many are thriving.
Posted In: Nebraska

Fred Stoller's 'Seinfeld' year

Writer and comedian Fred Stoller's new book chronicles how writing on one of the world's biggest sitcoms didn't turn out as well as he might have liked.
Posted In: Seinfeld, sitcom

It’s not just your income, it’s your assets

More than 40 percent of Americans are too "asset poor" to weather a job loss for three months.
Posted In: liquidity, assets, poverty

Stephen Colbert's super PAC raises $1 million

The "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow" super PAC filed with the Federal Election Commission today.
Posted In: super PAC, Stephen Colbert

U.S. home prices decline more than expected

S&P’s Case-Shiller index showed home prices fell 3.7 percent annually in November. Washington and down-beaten Detroit were the only big city gainers.
Posted In: Housing

Campaign contributions go mobile

Armed with a smartphone and a special app from Square, fundraisers can collect credit card donations on the spot.
Posted In: smartphone, app, Square, campaign contributions

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Covered In Grace
French Wives
Big In Japan (Original)
Alphaville
A Blade Won't Cut Another Blade
The Funk Ark
Ice Cream (Instrumental)
Battles