The Takeaway for Friday, December 26, 2008 (Early Edition)

Friday, December 26, 2008

Headlines; The Republican Party looks for a new vision, or perhaps an old one to restore
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The Takeaway for Thursday, December 25, 2008 (Early Edition)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Headlines; The Obama administration's plan to make economic promises a reality in 2009
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The Takeaway for Wednesday, December 24, 2008 (Early Edition)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Headlines; Despite pledges of transparency, the bailout remains opaque
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Video: "Giving All My Money to the Man" by The Singing CPA

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


"Giving All My Money to the Man" by Steven Zelin, the Singing CPA

Trouble viewing this video? Check out the YouTube version (click "watch in high quality" for best quality).

Across the country, state governments are trying to cope with severe budgetary shortages. The solution: taxes! Whether you call them fee hikes or revenue enhancements, we are seeing ideas that range from a real bummer to downright odd. Everything is on the table to increase tax revenues including sugary drinks and iTunes downloads. The Takeaway invited Steven Zelin, a certified public accountant in New York City who calls himself "The Singing CPA," to write a holiday-themed song about the current state of affairs.

Listen to Steven Zelin on The Takeaway.

To download an mp3 of the soon-to-be hit "Giving All My Money to the Man" click here.

Still want more from the Singing CPA? Check out his music on Amazon.com and on his Web site, thesingingcpa.com.
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Video: Femi's Fab Five

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Takeaway’s news anchor Femi Oke remembers the five top stories that made the team smile in 2008.


The Singing Ambassador: Producer Kent DePinto talks about booking the U.S. ambassador for Paraguay for his newly discovered singing talent.

Banjo brain surgery: Femi Oke talks about Eddie Adcock, the musician who played his banjo while having brain surgery.


Grease Is the Word: When producer Noel King found out that thieves were stealing grease from restaurants, she did some detective work to find a real Grease Detective.


Joking with Terrance McKnight: The Takeaway’s music contributor Terrance McKnight tells all about the moment when he suddenly lost the power of speech.


Milking a story: Newswriter Stephanie Hughes recalls her first day on the job and an unforgettable story about P.E.T.A. and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

Trouble viewing the videos? Check out the YouTube version (click "watch in high quality" for best quality).

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Jeff Beresford-Howe: Gold-flecked cake or a third baseman?

Friday, December 05, 2008

Pitch-perfect as usual, major league baseball management gathers in Las Vegas this weekend for the annual Winter Meeting tradefest. The venue is the Bellagio Hotel, a place where there are Picassos in the dining room, caviar fusion facials help keep you hydrated in the harsh desert air and you can ...
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Marci Alboher: Slashing By Necessity

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Marci Alboher is a freelance writer/journalist/author/blogger/speaker who focuses on career and workplace trends. She talks about how to diversify your career portfolio in these tough times.
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Jeff Beresford-Howe: Viva la Huelga!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Viva la Huelga! (No, not a placekicker for the Houston Texans)

The NFL has reached an uncomfortable point in its struggle to stay on the vanguard of socialism, i.e., to have every team in the league make the exact same amount of money and finish at or near 8-8.

If the playoff races ended today, marquee names around the league like New England, Dallas, Philadelphia and Green Bay would all miss the playoffs. (more...)

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Kathy Peel: The unexpected benefits of dealing with tight finances

Monday, November 24, 2008

Despite glum financial forecasts, many families are taking the challenge head on — making sacrifices and implementing cost-saving strategies. Melissa Tarun, mother of two from Helotes, Texas, painlessly whacked around $1,700 from her family's annual budget. Cuts included:

  • Cancel seven magazine subscriptions: save $84.
  • Cancel unlimited access video rental plan: save $156.
  • Cancel premium cable channel: save $120
  • Don't renew season passes to area amusement parks: $300
  • Fewer haircuts for the two girls and fewer highlighting sessions for moms: save $452.
  • Sack lunches instead of buying lunch at school. $277.

Melissa says, "Our 'sacrifices' really aren't that at all. I mean, we gave up a "premium" channel! And a redundant satellite radio system." ...(continue reading)

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Q&A: Alvin Hall takes your questions on personal finance and debt

Friday, November 21, 2008

Financial educator and author Alvin Hall took your questions on personal finance and debt on Friday, November 21, 2008.

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Lisa Margonelli: Spoiler alert! The plot of the oil opera

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I like to think of the oil market as an opera, where big dramas get played out by colorful outsized characters ranging from OPEC, China and Russia to currency hedgers, militias in Nigeria and choruses of American commuters, among others. The opera metaphor also works to explain how the market gets carried away on symphonic swirls of emotion that lead to a price of $145 a barrel in July before falling to below $50 a barrel. (continued ...)
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Ronald Wilcox: Prodigal sons?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I talk and write frequently about things that can be done, both in the public and private sectors, to increase household savings in the United States. But a more primitive question is, "Why such the mess?" Are we just the prodigal sons and daughters of the world, caught in some kind of moral decay that is uniquely American?
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Debtor Nation: My Take

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Explore listener stories about mortgages, credit cards, student loans, losing a job, changing one's lifestyle, the bailout, and who's to blame.

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Debtor Nation: Numbers

Monday, November 17, 2008

Our debt

Household mortgage debt (2nd quarter 2008): $10.64 trillion
Total credit card debt (Sept. 2008): $2.59 trillion

Source: Federal Reserve System

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Today's conversation

Monday, November 17, 2008

Leave a message for our 'debt' series online or call our SpinVox voicemail at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE (1-877-869-8253). You'll have one minute to tell your story: how you got into debt, how debt is affecting you, whether you're in danger of losing your job or your house, or what debt is preventing you from doing. Or maybe you have questions about getting out of debt. We'll play a selection of your messages on our show this week.

Or, join any of the other conversations going on now...
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Jeff Beresford-Howe: Same-sex marriage and other California propositions

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

While the rest of the United States — indeed, the world — was dancing, carousing and toasting VB Day, California voters gave the Obama administration an idea of what the future's going to look like, and a serious reality check: letting go of the brutal, stupid politics of the last 20 years is not going to come easy. With no statewide office races this year — Gov. Schwarzenegger's tenure ends in 2010, neither California senate seat was up, and the legislature is locked into place by gerrymandering that rises to the level of abstract art — this California election was all about ballot propositions.
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Poll: The Obama cabinet. Should it be based on "change" or "experience"?

Thursday, November 06, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama faces a challenge in picking his formal advisers: Does he shun Washington and fill the cabinet with outsiders who personify "change," or does he dip into the pool of insiders and Clinton-era vets with a track record of getting things done?
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