Segments From this episode
It's been a dismal holiday season for retailers. Consumer spending is down, and the bad weather isn't helping matters. Mitchell Hartman reports on how business owners in Portland are coping with a chilly holiday shopping season.
Starbucks hasn't had it so easy lately. The coffee giant recently announced it's closing 600 stores and its stock prices are down. Now, coffee growers from Colombia are after the espresso king. Dan Grech reports.
Christmas came early for the Big 3 when the White House announced it would bail out the troubled automakers. But how would bankruptcy compare to the government rescue? Tess Vigeland speaks with bankruptcy expert Douglas Baird.
Lowering interest rates is supposed to help boost the economy. But it's also jeopardizing funding for legal aid groups that provide free services to the poor. Jeff Tyler reports on how this is affecting the growing number of people who seek legal aid help.
Sarah and Brian Epstein are in good financial shape. For that, they're grateful. But as Sally Herships reports, having money in this financial climate doesn't mean the Epsteins don't have worries of their own.
Marketplace for Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008