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Hit twice by layoffs, family gets moving
When Yvonne and Ronnie Hart both lost their jobs in California, they headed for Houston, where family and friends are helping them make a new start. Rachel Dornhelm reports.
In Scranton, hard times are here again
The economy has not been kind to Scranton, Pa. -- even during some of America's good times. Reporter Peter Crimmins attended a job fair to find out how residents of this hard-luck town are dealing with this recession.
The Straight Story
Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell discuss how to prepare for the potential loss of entire industries and how some people might have to start rethinking their plans for retirement.
Congress eyes tougher credit card laws
A congressional subcommittee recently approved a version of a credit-card "bill of rights" that could protect consumers from abusive billing practices. Nick Bourke of the Pew Charitable Trust talks about some companies' questionable methods.
Online checking is a good option
Money market funds, CDs and other accounts that used to offer large returns are now only offering 1% interest. Laura Bruce of Bankrate.com discusses whether high interest online accounts come with a risky catch.
Tess Vigeland and Chris Farrell answer listeners' questions about whether moving during the recession is a good idea, what to do when a company stops matching 401(k)s and how to handle unused pension or HSA funds.
Day in the Work Life: Pro hockey player
We hear from professional hockey player Mike Komisarek, a defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League.
Iceland warms up to frugality
On the brink of financial collapse last year, Iceland is now trying to recover and its citizens are embracing a culture of conservative spending. Stephen Beard reports.
Demystifying tax law changes
Quite a few modifications to tax laws have resulted from President Obama's stimulus plan and housing credit. Tax analyst Mark Luscombe explains what the changes mean for those who have not yet filed returns.