Scratch is slang for money, a pad is a place to hang
out, and a Scratchpad is a repository for ideas, clips, news, and market

The Scratch Pad is Marketplace’s guide to the best reporting from around
the world on the fallout from the financial crisis. Visitors get the
most relevant and informative news, commentary, video and audio content
available online. Not just the Fallout news of the day, throughout the
day, but also an insider’s perspective and a taste of the lighter side
of money matters in this downturn. Marketplace’s Decoders and Whiteboard
videos help visitors understand the root causes of the financial crisis,
while our own reporting lays out the effects of the fallout and the
efforts being made to counteract it.

The Scratch Pad bears all the hallmarks of Marketplace’s on-air
programming: it’s conversational and a touch irreverent, yet
authoritative and informative. Host Doug Krizner brings 15 years of
experience reporting about Wall Street. His inside access gives him a
unique take on the events shaping the world we call Wall Street.

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