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The Loh Down

Writer and performer Sandra Tsing Loh appears every third Wednesday on Marketplace with The Loh Down, an irreverent look at couples and money, Hollywood and money, literature and money, women's fashion and money ... you get the picture.

July 18, 2005
Very Comfortable, Thank You: There's no place like home for humorist Sandra Tsing Loh. The living room, specifically. More to the point, in her living room, it's the comfy chair.

June 13, 2005
Immigration issues have commentator Sandra Tsing-Loh tiptoeing through her tulips.
May 16, 2005 Clueless Managers: Today Limited Brands — the folks that own stores like Victoria's Secret and Express — said its profits plummeted 76 percent. The company admits its recent marketing campaign targeting older and more sophisticated shoppers backfired. None of this comes as a surprise says Marketplace commentator Sandra Tsing Loh: she says marketers need to get a clue.
March 21, 2005 Public or private? That's the dilemma facing many parents right now as they wait for what they hope will be acceptance letters from private schools. But getting in is the least of your problems.
February 21, 2005 Today's a day off for many, in observance of President's Day. But at least two former presidents are on the job. Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush are in southeast Asia, wrapping up their tour of areas hit hardest by the December tsunami. Shortly after the disaster the current President Bush tapped them to help organize U.S. relief efforts. Former President Jimmy Carter is arguably as well-known for what he's done since being president as for what he did as president. Author and Marketplace commentator Sandra Tsing Loh is using her time off today to reflect on our presidents, their work post-Oval Office, and her own jobs over the years.
January 17, 2005 Doing the school Catch-22. Commentator Sandra Tsing-Loh tries to figure out if it's better to live in a neighborhood with low property taxes — where you'd want to send the kids to private school — or to live with high property taxes and good public schools. l.
November 22, 2004 It's that time of year — for good cheer, good food, and good company. So commentator and humorist Sandra Tsing Loh says in the wake of a bruising presidential election, now would be a great time for elites from both sides of the aisle to go on cruise control.
March 8, 2004 Since Janet Jackson's "Super Bowl thing," radio conglomerates are now issuing warnings against indecent expression. So, it's understandable that a public radio station in LA felt compelled to fire one of its best-known voices after she used the "F-word" on the air. Commentator Sandra Tsing Loh talks about how she suddenly found herself in the broadcasting doghouse with Howard Stern. "Howard and me — in solidarity?" she says. "Up until now, I'd thought Howard Stern and I couldn't be any more different."

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mountains Reinventing Retirement: Boomers are expecting to live a longer and more active life in retirement. Not only does this change the way retirees need to plan for the future, it also changes the way the country needs to plan for an onslaught of retirees. A project of Marketplace and Marketplace Money. (Broadcast March 2005)
y2k The Surprising Legacy of Y2K: Five years after the hoopla and warnings about Y2K, many dismiss it as a hoax, scam, or non-event. Not only was Y2K a real threat narrowly averted, but it is still having major effects on the economy. It also continues to change how we look at technology. (Broadcast January, 2005)
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power trips Power Trips: Reforms in recent years have made many of the lush perks once enjoyed by Congress disappear. But not all, certainly not travel. That's the conclusion of an investigation by Marketplace, American RadioWorks, and a team of graduate students from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. (Broadcast September 2004)
AFP/Getty Images id 51597465 The Floor Show: "The Floor Show" is a Marketplace Special, reported by host David Brown. Marketplace takes the listener to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to offer a snapshot of an American institution on the brink of change. (Broadcast June 2004)
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