November 30, 2004 The holiday season can be tough on a budget. With a few hints and some advice on favorite gifts, it's easier not to overspend.
November 30, 2004 NPR's Alex Chadwick talks to Tess Vigeland of Marketplace about a new credit reporting law that takes effect this week, allowing consumers in 12 Western U.S. states to get a free copy of their credit report each year.
November 29, 2004 When Eddie N. Williams moved to Washington, few people knew of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, or even felt the need for a think tank devoted primarily to issues affecting African Americans. At the time, there were only a few hundred African-American politicians. Thirty-two years later, there are about 10,000. On the eve of Williams' retirement, we discuss the changes he's seen -- and some he hasn't.
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November 29, 2004 One in four U.S. jobs now qualifies as low income, according to the Census Bureau. NPR's Elaine Korry reports on the efforts of Levi-Strauss and Co., to help workers cope with -- and avoid -- a crisis.
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November 28, 2004 Many companies across the country are offering benefits to domestic partners, including two-thirds of the large corporations that make up the Fortune 100. NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.
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November 25, 2004 Last year, individual Americans, foundations and businesses gave more than $240 billion to philanthropy. As we begin the holiday season -- the giving season for many and the receiving season for some -- we look at philanthropy and what happens to your donated money. Hear NPR's Tavis Smiley, Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy and Daniel Borochoff, president of the American Institute of Philanthropy, a self-described charity watchdog in Chicago.
November 24, 2004 Most of us know that when the value of the dollar falls, we end up paying more for imported goods. But how else does this affect the U.S. economy? We turned to Mark Zandi, chief economist for the consulting firm Economy.com, for a primer on what the dollar's fall really means.
November 24, 2004 The Department of Transportation says it will begin tracking what it calls super commuters -- people who travel 50 miles or more to work daily. Some 20,000 Sacramento-area commuters head back to the Bay Area each day for more money and affordable housing. KQED member station reporter Jason Margolis reports.
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November 23, 2004 NPR's Noah Adams talks to personal finance contributor Michelle Singletary about a new law that will change the way car donations work for tax purposes. Singletary writes the syndicated column the "Color of Money" for The Washington Post.
November 23, 2004 NPR's Noah Adams talks to Tess Vigeland about a new study that suggests mutual fund investors are still paying billions of dollars in hidden costs.
November 21, 2004 NPR's Jennifer Ludden talks with Frontline reporter Lowell Bergman about The Secret History of the Credit Card, a new documentary by PBS and The New York Times. The film traces the rise of America's credit card industry and raises concerns about some if its business practices.
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November 19, 2004 Ben Stein is an actor, author, economist, and comedian. He's also the spokesperson for The National Retirement Planning Coalition. We talk to Ben about life, his new film, and the retirement savings crisis facing our country.
November 19, 2004 We open up the Fool phones for all of your financial questions and comments.
November 19, 2004 Warren Buffett is one of the world's great investors. He's been in the market five decades, and during that time, no one has been able to match his returns. But who is the "Oracle of Omaha"? We ask Legg Mason Senior Vice President Robert Hagstrom, author of the New York Times bestseller The Warren Buffett Way.
November 19, 2004 It's the Motley Fool Take, our perspective on some of the week's business news. This week, we look at the merger of Sears and Kmart and what a 'weak dollar' means to your wallet.
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