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Jan 31, 2012

Marketplace for Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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David Gura and Sarah Gardner kick off Marketplace's election coverage, The Real Economy, with reports on the economies of Nebraska and Nevada. With new apps like Square, political campaigns find a new way to bring in small contributions. Home prices in 20 major cities fell 3.7 percent in November. Commentator Teresa Amabile explores what makes a company a good place to work. And Kai Ryssdal talks to actor and author Fred Stoller about his book "My Seinfeld Year."

Segments From this episode

Are 'The Best Places to Work' really the best?

Jan 31, 2012
Perks are nice, but they're not what really motivates employees to do their best.

U.S. home prices decline more than expected

Jan 31, 2012
S&P’s Case-Shiller index showed home prices fell 3.7 percent annually in November. Washington and down-beaten Detroit were the only big city gainers.

Nevada’s boom and bust economy

Jan 31, 2012
Nevadans have been risk-takers, and sometimes losers, since the days of the Comstock Lode.

What matters to Nebraska and Nevada in the election

Jan 31, 2012
The two states are vastly different in their economies. What they are concerned about, and what they're looking for in this upcoming election.

Steady and conservative: The Nebraska Way

Jan 31, 2012
Risk-averse Nebraskans avoided the housing bust and -- thanks to high crop prices -- many are thriving.

Stephen Colbert's super PAC raises $1 million

Jan 31, 2012
The "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow" super PAC filed with the Federal Election Commission today.

It’s not just your income, it’s your assets

Jan 31, 2012
More than 40 percent of Americans are too "asset poor" to weather a job loss for three months.

Campaign contributions go mobile

Jan 31, 2012
Armed with a smartphone and a special app from Square, fundraisers can collect credit card donations on the spot.

Fred Stoller's 'Seinfeld' year

Jan 31, 2012
Writer and comedian Fred Stoller's new book chronicles how writing on one of the world's biggest sitcoms didn't turn out as well as he might have liked.

David Gura and Sarah Gardner kick off Marketplace’s election coverage, The Real Economy, with reports on the economies of Nebraska and Nevada. With new apps like Square, political campaigns find a new way to bring in small contributions. Home prices in 20 major cities fell 3.7 percent in November. Commentator Teresa Amabile explores what makes a company a good place to work. And Kai Ryssdal talks to actor and author Fred Stoller about his book “My Seinfeld Year.”

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