Marketplace for Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008

Episode Description 

Have a peaceful, prosperous new year

It's an understatement to point out that this has been a year for the history books -- politically and, of course, economically. And for commentator Robert Reich, personally.
Posted In: Economy

Looking for change -- the loose kind

In August we reported on a New York family that's built a sizable savings from money found on the ground. Kai Ryssdal checked in with Scott Humphrey and his 5-year-old daughter to find out where their nest egg stands now.
Posted In: Economy

What are over-the-counter stocks?

We've told you how credit default swaps caused trouble for the economy, which are tricky instruments traded in the over-the-counter, or OTC, market. In this Marketplace Decoder, Rico Gagliano explains.
Posted In: Wall Street

Europe hit by globalization of crisis

A lot of European countries have been hit especially hard by the financial crisis. Stephen Beard, Marketplace's man in London, takes a look at how those countries are faring and how they plan to react.
Posted In: Economy

Is that bottle of alcohol nutritious?

Consumer advocates are asking Treasury secretary nominee Timothy Geithner to require nutrition labels on alcoholic beverages. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Retail

Viacom, Time Warner at battle stations

Viacom is threatening to pull its 19 stations from Time Warner Cable tonight -- including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV -- if the cable company doesn't pay more for the programming. Sam Eaton reports
Posted In: Entertainment

Economy's down but certainly not out

You're probably tired of hearing that the economy's taken its biggest hits since the Great Depression. And that's true. But our Senior Business Correspondent Bob Moon reminds us that we were in pretty good shape coming into this whole thing.
Posted In: Wall Street

How about a stimulus plan for Pluto?

None of the experts are doing a particularly good job of predicting how the economy is going to turn out next year. So we sent Mitchell Hartman to check out what astrology has to say about our economic fate.
Posted In: Economy

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Songs for Sixty Five Roses
Carried to Dust
Hallelujah Sirens
Time Capsule - Songs for a Future G
Sleeping on Roads
Neil Halstead

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