Marketplace for Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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Marketplace for Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A friendlier, more personal payday lender

Marketplace's Alisa Roth visits a new kind of payday lender that is part of an FDIC pilot program. The program gives payday loans -- but it gives borrowers get personalized financial advice and more time to repay the loans.

Letters: Lowering the deficit, Facebook's "Like" button

Kai Ryssdal reads your letters about our stories on New York's proposed soda ban for food stamp users, David Leonhardt's ideas on how to lower the deficit, Kai's thoughts on texting and driving and Facebook's "Like" button.

iPad and Kindle users can't borrow from e-book libraries

Some libraries have e-libraries, so you can browse and borrow any time you'd like. But the top e-readers -- Amazon's Kindle and Apple's iPad -- won't let you read borrowed e-books, and it doesn't seem like they're going to be more library-friendly any time soon.

How electric is the Chevy Volt?

"It's more car than electric" is the catchphrase that Chevrolet's been using for their new electric car, the Volt. And to some critics, the Volt really is more just a car than an electric one.
Posted In: Auto

Prescription abandonment is on the rise

More and more people are leaving prescriptions for medication at the counter, because they can't afford the co-payment. But the money saved now may result in more health problems later.
Posted In: Health

Sloppy foreclosure processing may prolong housing crisis

Kai Ryssdal talks to Nic Retsinas, who teaches real estate at the Harvard Business School, about how a foreclosure moratorium would affect the housing market and the overall economic recovery.
Posted In: Housing

Could there be a national foreclosure moratorium?

Findings of faulty paperwork and questionable approval practices across the nation motivated some banks to halt foreclosure proceedings in several states. State attorneys general may band together to take collective action against mortgage servicers.
Posted In: Housing

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