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Marketplace for Monday, December 3, 2012

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The holiday season is for giving but the National Retail Federation expects shoppers to spend up to 20 percent of their holiday budget on themselves. The American Psychiatric Association has said compulsive hoarding should now be classified as a mental illness. Bank of America has announced that it will delay debit card fees again. Five states are extending their school year with hopes of boosting student achievement in the U.S. Felix Salmon from Reuters explains the Argentine sovereign debt situation and why it has been taken to court. And we hear about how one professional baseball player has written a provision in his contract to protect himself from the fiscal cliff.

Segments From this episode

Final Note

Using social media in the bathroom

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 3, 2012
A third of 18- to 24-year-olds do.

Mexico's new president faces many challenges

by Jennifer Collins Dec 3, 2012
Enrique Peña Nieto is now officially the country's new president, but he must tackle internal opponents and systemic issues of corruption and cronyism.

The perfect gift for that perfect person: You

by Eve Troeh Dec 3, 2012
Buying gifts for yourself while shopping for others is a growing holiday tradition, encouraged by retailers. Just don't carry it too far.

Study: A hotter climate is pretty much baked in

by Scott Tong Dec 3, 2012
As another U.N. climate change summit goes on in Doha, a new study of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere says current levels nearly guarantee a nearly four-degree increase in global temperatures.
Fiscal Cliff

Fiscal cliff nears for baseball players, too

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 3, 2012
The curious case of BJ Upton, baseball and the fiscal cliff.

Schools try longer days, academic years

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Dec 3, 2012
The program is an effort to give low-income students access to after-school-type activities.

Cracking the codes of the new bible of mental disorders

by Dan Gorenstein Dec 3, 2012
An updated version of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual could mean new winners and losers in the healthcare industry.

Can the U.S. 'foreclose' on Argentina?

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 3, 2012
What recourse do creditors have when a sovereign nation decides not to pay its debt? A case study on that question is playing out in U.S. courts.

Bank of America backs off fees, again

by Dan Bobkoff Dec 3, 2012
After reversing a plan last year to charge a monthly fee for debit cards, Bank of America reportedly is delaying new checking account fees.

Music from the episode

Disparate Youth Santigold
Sleeping Ute Grizzly Bear
Sunday - Instrumental 9th Wonder, Keisha Shontelle, Chaundon
Strapped For Cash Fountains Of Wayne

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