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Marketplace for Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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A meeting on guns and violence has kicked off in Washington today. The Internal Revenue Service has announced that they will start processing tax returns for the majority of filers on Jan. 30 -- a bit later than normal, thanks to the fiscal cliff. Scott Tong speaks to those who have been affected by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner talks about why Nobel laureates, Oscar winners and baseball Hall of Famers seem to live longer than their peers. Dieters are taking to social networking, fitness-tracking devices and health apps on smartphones to try and stay the course. And commentator Robert Reich explains why he thinks it's time to break up the big banks.

Robert Reich: Why we should break up the banks

Commentator Robert Reich offers his suggestion for this year's biggest bipartisan economic initiative: Breaking up Wall Street's biggest banks.
Posted In: Banks, too big to fail

Getting thin with a little help from friends

Dieters are taking fitness-tracking devices to a new level. They are creating virtual support groups by posting their "body data" on social media networks.
Posted In: fitness, weight loss, technology, social network, Facebook

Fiscal cliff rewrites the calendar for the IRS

Taxpayers will have to wait eight extra days to file returns to give the IRS time to absorb tax changes in the fiscal cliff deal.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, tax returns, IRS

End of Hugo Chavez era in Venezuela appears near

Taking power in 1999, Hugo Chavez almost single-handedly transformed Venezuelan society, wielding the country's oil wealth as a weapon. Can a strongman economy continue after his death?
Posted In: hugo chavez, venezuela

Invitation to a gun talk draws mixed reactions

Vice President Joe Biden invited all sorts of industries involved with guns to a summit meeting on gun violence. Does accepting the invite amount to accepting responsibility?
Posted In: guns, Walmart, Joe Biden

How to live longer

Why do Hall of Fame inductees, Oscar winners, and Nobel laureates outlive their peers?
Posted In: freakonomics, Oscars, baseball, academy awards, annuity

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Brandenburg
Black Violin
Tu moi aussi?
Urbs
[Get Off Your] High Horse Lady
Oasis
Legend [Explicit]
Mammut project