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Marketplace for Monday, January 16, 2012

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Despite S&P’s credit downgrade of several European countries, markets reacted with a collective… meh. We tell you why. Plus, we look at minority unemployment and see how the Occupy movement is weathering the winter. And if you’ve gone shopping recently, did you end up purchasing more than you wanted to? A behavior science professor explains why that happens.

Segments From this episode


To pay for school, one undergrad makes a fateful decision.

by Alejandra Bautista-Landin Jan 15, 2012
Commentator Alejandra Bautista-Landin reflects on the decision that changed her life and where she's come since.
European Debt Crisis

What the S&P downgrades mean for Europe

by Stephen Beard Jan 16, 2012
Europe correspondent Stephen Beard discusses why the European markets remained pretty steady despite the credit downgrades of several European countries, and why we ought to worry about the Greek debt talks collapsing.
Final Note

Zappos hacked

by Tess Vigeland Jan 16, 2012
The online shoe giant has notified some of its 24 million customers that its site has been hacked.
Occupy Wall St.

Occupy Wall Street continues

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Jan 16, 2012
Police sweeps have closed Occupy Wall Street camps in a growing number of major cities. But the Occupy movement is still active.

Unemployment rate higher in minority communities

by Mitchell Hartman Jan 16, 2012
Dig deeper into the unemployment numbers and you'll find some groups are not seeing improvement in their work lives.

Businesses eyeing payroll tax cut extension

by John Dimsdale Jan 16, 2012
Businesses want to attach tax credits to the payroll tax extension bill.

In Kenya, U.S. aid groups focus their efforts

by Mary Stucky Jan 16, 2012
Kenya has received international aid for years, but life remains bleak for many. Donors are getting smarter about how to channel their giving.

How much should I spend? Well, show me a number first.

by Tess Vigeland Jan 16, 2012
Behavioral economist Nick Epley at the University of Chicago tells us what "price anchoring" is -- and how numbers influence our judgment.

Music from the episode

Dilettante St. Vincent

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