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March 2010 Archives

  • Wanna know how the health care overhaul will affect you? Ask away.

    • Posted by Jo Easton
    • on March 22, 2010 11:45 AM

    Yesterday, the House passed health care overhaul legislation. This week, President Obama will sign it. But what will it mean for you?

    This weekend, Marketplace Money is going to devote much of the show to making sense of the legislation, and we need your help to do so. We’re collecting your questions about the health care bill and how it might affect you. Click here to tell us your situation and ask us your questions.

    (If you’re reading this email and thinking you don’t even know where to start, get oriented with this helpful New York Times guide to how the health care overhaul will impact people in various situations. Check that out, then come back here and send in your questions….and then tune in to Marketplace Money this weekend!)

  • March Madness: Love it, hate it, or couldn't care less?

    • Posted by Jo Easton
    • on March 12, 2010 12:38 PM

    Next Tuesday, the men’s NCAA Division I basketball tournament kicks off, whittling down 65 teams to the final four in just under three weeks. The women’s tournament starts next Saturday, with its championship game the day after the men conclude.

    While some staff here at Marketplace fill out brackets every year, sneak peeks at games during the workday, and debate the finer points while heating up frozen soup in the microwave, we do have our share of March Madness haters. One producer recently had this to say: “Is it March Madness again? I think this may be my least favorite time of year.”

    We’re on the hunt for the big lovers and the big haters of March Madness, and we especially want to know how the championship plays out at your workplace. Click here to share your story with Marketplace.

  • Has unemployment touched your life?

    • Posted by Alison Brody
    • on March 4, 2010 9:24 AM

    By the end of 2009, the American economy began to claw its way back to life. For many people, though, the daily economic reality is unchanged. Millions of Americans still find themselves out of work. Millions more are working part time jobs to make ends meet.

    Marketplace has teamed up with ProPublica, an independent non-profit investigative newsroom to explore how unemployment issues are continuing to affect both workers and employers, and stretching federal and state safety nets to the breaking point. Our goal is to tell the story behind the numbers and we need your help.

    If you or someone in your household has lost their job during the recession, click here to share your story. If you’re an employer who has struggled to keep your employees or been forced to make layoffs, tell us about it here. If you’re not an employer, but have knowledge of the unemployment insurance system (lawyers, HR managers, government workers, etc.), click here to add your insight.

    For anyone who feels more comfortable sharing information about this topic directly, you can reach me at

  • Have you chosen a legal guardian for your child should something happen to you?

    • Posted by Alison Brody
    • on March 1, 2010 12:39 PM

    Writing a will is the kind of task that can sit at the bottom of the To Do list for years. But if you have a child, a will suddenly becomes all the more important. It not only dictates how to divide assets if you die, it also determines legal guardianship of your child.

    Marketplace Money host Tess Vigeland is working on a story about wills and guardianship. She wants to talk with families who either have not yet written a will or who have recently done so after putting it off. If either of these describes you, click here to share your story.

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