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Alternative Money Tools From Suze Orman, Wal-Mart

Suze Orman introduced her prepaid debit card this week, promising low fees and unlimited credit reports. And Wal-Mart is offering various financial services, such as check cashing and bill paying. Host Michel Martin and personal finance expert Alvin Hall discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these new, non-traditional options.

Glitz Returns To Detroit Auto Show

Host Michel Martin discusses trends at this year's auto expo in the Motor City, and what U.S. automakers are doing to capture another year of double-digit profits. She speaks with NPR Business Reporter Sonari Glinton and Michelle Krebs of, a car industry tracking site.

CES: 35 Football Fields of Gizmos Galore

You can never be too thin seems to be the mantra at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Ultra-thin laptops and slender next-generation TVs are being showcased along with thousands of other gadgets and gizmos. The show is so massive that if you walked from booth to booth you would travel more than 15 miles.

Budget Director To Take Over Chief Of Staff Duties

White House Chief of Staff William Daley is stepping down from his post and will be replaced by Budget Director Jack Lew. Over the summer Lew was deeply involved in negotiations to raise the debt ceiling. Daley has only been on the job for about a year.

Hard Day's Delight: A School Of Rock, At The Office

There's no better way to build a team than to start a band, say the executives of one telecom firm who met while playing music. Soon, their employees will play against each other in a companywide battle of the bands. The only rule is they have to pick an instrument they don't already know how to play.

People Want More Coins, That's A Good Sign For The Economy

The United States Mint says demand for quarter, dimes, nickels, and pennies was up this year. During the financial crisis, demand for coins hit record lows as people dug into their piggy banks and coin jars for extra cash.

Italy's Accordion Industry: Tiny And Thriving

Small businesses account for more than 70 percent of Italy's gross domestic product. But they haven't been growing. One example is the country's famed accordion industry, which has enjoyed a resurgence — but also wants to stay small.

How Do GOP Candidates Plan To Fix The Economy?

In New Hampshire — and across the country — the economy and job-creation are ranked by voters as the most important issues. Front-runner Mitt Romney wants to shrink government. All the GOP candidates want to balance the budget and cut business and personal taxes.