Marketplace Money

Tess Vigeland

Each week on Marketplace Money, host Tess Vigeland looks at the week's major national and international stories that will impact the average listener's wallet.

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  • Friday, January 23, 2015 11:53am
    This weekend, take the leap, look before you leap, leap of faith. Our vernacular is filled with the language of leaping. Executive Director at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth Heather Boushey explains wage growth, and how we make that leap, as a country.  Marketplace's Stephen Beard joins Lizzie from Athens, to talk about the great leap Greek voters may be taking. Lizzie and Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson discuss the biggest technological leaps in history. Listener Diane Huck made a gigantic leap; after 19 years, she left her life as a nun, and began a new one, almost from scratch. On next week's show, we're talking crashes. If you have a story about about a time your personal economy crashed, tell us. What happened? How did you make it through? Tell us about it, here, on the web, or @MarketplaceWKND.
  • Friday, January 16, 2015 12:49pm
    This weekend, we talk about gaps, big and small, in our economy, our psychology, and our finances. Inequality scholar Branko Milanovic discusses wealth and income gaps globally. Two people working in China discuss what the economy there feels like. Psychology professor Elizabeth Dunn speaks about the gap between desire and fulfillment, and how you can use it to make the most of your purchases. Lizzie and Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson discuss the time it takes for new technology to be introduced to the market. Jamelle Bouie talks with Lizzie about social inequality gaps, and later, one listener tells the story of financial gaps in his own life. And next week, we're focusing on leaps. Have you ever taken a financial leap of faith? Tell us about it, here, on the web, or @MarketplaceWKND.
  • Friday, January 9, 2015 10:52am
    This weekend, we focus on inheritance. Stephen Goss, chief actuary of the Social Security Administration, speaks with Lizzie about what the Baby Boom generation is leaving behind for current workers. Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, discusses how to retire out of debt. Three mayors talk about the city governments they inherited from their predecessors, and Lizzie and Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson talk about digital inheritance. Author David J. Garrow speaks with Lizzie about the Martin Luther King Jr. legacy. Financial planner Chris Long talks about how to handle inheritance within families. And next week, we're thinking about gaps. Have you ever had a gap? A month, a year, or more, in schooling or employment. Maybe you needed to save money, or take care of a relative, or lost your job. Tell us your stories, here, on the web, or @MarketplaceWKND.
  • Friday, January 2, 2015 2:50pm
    This weekend we are discussing renewal in 2015. Marketplace reporter Sabri Ben-Ancour takes us to the Democratic Republic of Congo to explain how child soldiers are rebuilding their lives and renewing their confidence. Mark LoCastro, an expert shopper from, talks to Lizzie O'Leary about what will be going up and down this year in price. Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson guides Lizzie through the new ways people are getting their entertainment, and what effects that might have on piracy.  Are you thinking about getting a new job in 2015? Well, Arnie Fertig from gives practical advice and how to land a new job this year.  Next week, we're focusing on inheritance, and specifically, what you inherit financially. We're not necessarily talking about money... habits, mindsets. For better, or worse. How do you handle what gets past down?
  • Friday, December 26, 2014 12:56pm
     This weekend, we focus on indulgence, and all the things you can't live without.  Comedian Cameron Esposito explains what her life on stage is like, and what it took to get there. Karen Giberson, the president of The Accessories Council, talks about indulging in high-end watches, and the surge of sale of so called dumb watches, especially in a world of smart accessories. Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson guides Lizzie through the world of digital hording, and what you can do to let it all go. Plus, is there anything that sells itself? Lizzie and Olivia Mannix, the co-founder of the marijuana marketing company Cannabrand, discuss the brave new world of re-branding marijuana. And as the new year approaches, have you thought about renewing  yourself? How about renewing your job search for 2015?