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All I Want For Christmas: Less Debt?

Holiday shopping means lots of trinkets for loved one, but it can also mean lots of debt. To learn whether Americans should save more and spend less, host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax and Princeton Professor Sheldon Garon. Garon's new book is Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves.
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Division Of Labor: DCentric's Elahe Izadi Talks About D.C. Unemployment

There are more jobs than residents in Washington, D.C., yet the city's unemployment rate continues to hover above the national average. DCentric's new series examines the disparity, and addresses the city's efforts to mitigate the issue.

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Why Buy Toys When You Can Rent?

If you've shopped at a toy store recently, you know that you can easily spend hundreds of dollars on just a few items. So why not just rent the toys instead? Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin tells us how toy rental websites work.
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Milwaukee's 'Misery Index': Infant Mortality

As the city lost industrial jobs, its infant mortality rate skyrocketed. In one particular ZIP code, one baby dies for every 59 that make it. That's a rate that's worse than in parts of rural China.
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How Europe's Troubles Could Become Ours, Too

If Greece, Spain, Italy or other European governments were to suddenly default on their debts, European banks could find themselves holding worthless assets and becoming insolvent. That could lead to a global financial meltdown worse than the one in 2008.
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Poor Economy Defers Small Idaho Town's Dream

Unemployment is especially stubborn in rural places. In central Idaho, the recession has left Fairfield struggling for survival. Not long ago, it was poised for growth, but this summer, unemployment topped 16 percent.
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Congress Tries, But Still Can't Save Payroll Tax Cuts

People who are lucky enough to have jobs could still see a cut in their paychecks next month unless Congress votes to extend a payroll tax cut. NPR's Scott Horlsey and Tamara Keith join host Scott Simon to talk about the status of the cut.
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Complicity In Crisis: Can We Trust Ratings Agencies?

The current world economic crisis has raised hard questions about the assessments made by the big three ratings firms, S&P, Moody's and Fitch. It's also brought charges that they not only missed the onset of financial crisis, but helped fuel it with faulty judgments. Host Scott Simon talks with Roben Farzad, a senior writer for Bloomberg-Businessweek.

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