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Dec 25, 2008

Marketplace for Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008

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Our 'Rock Band' needs some practice

Dec 25, 2008
The video music game Rock Band continues to be a popular item among gamers and the less technically inclined. Kai Ryssdal and some Marketplace rockers checked it out with Kevin Pereira from G4 television.

Avoid holiday stress: Hire someone

Dec 25, 2008
Decorating your home for the holiday can be an arduous, stressful activity. So why not hire someone else to do it? For the right price, Dr. Christmas will do everything from roof lights to an art deco tree. Lenora Chu…

Got a pink slip? It's time to party

Dec 25, 2008
For laid-off Wall Street workers, attending a Pink Slip Party is both an opportunity to mingle with other job seekers and a chance to maybe land a new job. Amy Scott reports.

St. Bernanke has a gift for GMAC

Dec 25, 2008
The Federal Reserve has one last Christmas gift for the auto industry. It's allowing GMAC, General Motors's financing arm, to become a bank holding company -- which makes it eligible for TARP funds. Jeremy Hobson reports.

Stores put on push to save the season

Dec 25, 2008
Retailers are paying the price for the worst holiday sales in decades. In spite of door busters that busted their budgets, they're stuck with massive amounts of unsold inventory. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Mexico draws immigrants at holidays

Dec 25, 2008
Going home to Mexico for the holidays has become an annual pilgrimage for many immigrants, and driving there has a particular appeal for young people raised stateside. Melissa Giraud reports.

Work Life: A party starter

Dec 25, 2008
In this installment of "A Day in the Work Life," we take a spin with Claudette "Sexy DJ" Colbert.

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