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Dec 31, 2008

Marketplace for Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008

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Segments From this episode

How about a stimulus plan for Pluto?

Dec 31, 2008
None of the experts are doing a particularly good job of predicting how the economy is going to turn out next year. So we sent Mitchell Hartman to check out what astrology has to say about our economic fate.

Economy's down but certainly not out

Dec 31, 2008
You're probably tired of hearing that the economy's taken its biggest hits since the Great Depression. And that's true. But our Senior Business Correspondent Bob Moon reminds us that we were in pretty good shape coming into this whole thing.

Viacom, Time Warner at battle stations

Dec 31, 2008
Viacom is threatening to pull its 19 stations from Time Warner Cable tonight -- including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV -- if the cable company doesn't pay more for the programming. Sam Eaton reports

Is that bottle of alcohol nutritious?

Dec 31, 2008
Consumer advocates are asking Treasury secretary nominee Timothy Geithner to require nutrition labels on alcoholic beverages. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Europe hit by globalization of crisis

Dec 31, 2008
A lot of European countries have been hit especially hard by the financial crisis. Stephen Beard, Marketplace's man in London, takes a look at how those countries are faring and how they plan to react.

What are over-the-counter stocks?

Dec 31, 2008
We've told you how credit default swaps caused trouble for the economy, which are tricky instruments traded in the over-the-counter, or OTC, market. In this Marketplace Decoder, Rico Gagliano explains.

Looking for change -- the loose kind

Dec 31, 2008
In August we reported on a New York family that's built a sizable savings from money found on the ground. Kai Ryssdal checked in with Scott Humphrey and his 5-year-old daughter to find out where their nest egg stands now.

Have a peaceful, prosperous new year

Dec 31, 2008
It's an understatement to point out that this has been a year for the history books -- politically and, of course, economically. And for commentator Robert Reich, personally.

Music from the episode

Two Silver Trees Calexico
Hi-Lo and In Between Neil Halstead
Your Summer Dress Dirty on Purpose
Your Summer Dress Dirty on Purpose
Your Summer Dress Dirty on Purpose