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05-22-2015 - Marketplace - Egg Crisis

Friday, May 22, 2015

Airing on Friday, May 22, 2015: The nation’s poultry industry is facing an unprecedented avian flu epidemic.  Millions of birds have been slaughtered to try and contain the disease, which is causing an egg shortage. Next: consumer prices, as measured by the Labor Department, ticked up 0.1 percent last month — a bit more if you discount big swings in food and energy costs. We look at why some things get removed from the “core” rate and why the Federal Reserve, for example, uses a different measure when trying to assess inflation.  
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05-21-15 - Marketplace - Oil Spill Lookback

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Airing on Thursday, May 21, 2015: This week’s oil spill off Santa Barbara’s coast may be small, but this is where the modern environmental movement in the U.S. had an awakening. A large oil spill in the region back in 1969 helped spur the creation of groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council. Next: CVS is seeking to buy pharmacy services provider Omnicare for about $13 billion, including debt. We look at the thinking behind the bid.    
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05-20-15 - Marketplace - Currency Manipulation

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Airing on Wednesday, May 20, 2015: Five of the world's largest banks, including Citigroup and J.P. Morgan Chase, have been fined $5.7 billion for manipulating foreign exchange rates. The institutions rigged the benchmark London interbank offered rate, or LIBOR. We look at why LIBOR is important and matters to all of us. Next: One country’s currency manipulation is another’s monetary policy. Adding currency controls to the Trans Pacific Partnership is mired in controversy. We explain why by looking at the arguments for and against the partnership, and why this puts the U.S. in a tricky spot. 
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05-19-15 - Marketplace - Wall Street Ethics

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Airing on Tuesday, May 19, 2015: The San Francisco Federal Reserve suggests an improved way to crunch official growth statistics. The director of research at the San Francisco Fed says that there should be a second, final seasonal adjustment to GDP data—on top of the seasonal adjustments the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) currently makes. Next: a new report shows that ethics continue to be an issue on Wall Street. Nearly one-third of those making more than $500,000 said they “have witnessed or have firsthand knowledge of wrongdoing in the workplace.” Why do the incentives of finance lure people to do wrong? And why is that so hard to change? We explore.     
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05-18-15 - Marketplace - Federal Grants

Monday, May 18, 2015

Airing on Monday, May 18, 2015: Target is demoting packaged foods, promoting them less as it emphasizes produce and organic foods in its grocery departments. We take a look at how this could affect big food companies and what Target customers might expect to see on shelves. Next: The White House is providing grants to local police departments in exchange for adopting guidelines from President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, including wearing body cameras. We explore whether these departments will accept the grant offers.       
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05-15-2015 - Marketplace - Digital Book Revisions

Friday, May 15, 2015

Airing on Friday, May 15, 2015: The publisher of “Clinton Cash” has put out a revised version of the book, correcting several factual errors that were in the text. There's a debate in the publishing industry about the best practices publishers should use when making corrections to digital books, given that it's a fairly new phenomenon. We explore how experts think digital corrections should be issued to e-books. Next: Secretary of State John Kerry is off to Beijing this weekend, amid tensions in the South China Sea as China seeks to build islands in the region.  We look at the controversy over China's plans.   
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05-14-15 - Marketplace - GMO Food Labels

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Airing on Thursday, May 14, 2015: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has plans to roll out certifications for foods that are "GMO-free"—at the request of a multinational food company. We explore why the move has prompted backlash from some groups. Next: candidates gunning for the U.S. presidency often release their own books, despite the fact that many of the ones authored by presidential hopefuls have short shelf lives. We look at why they’re still being written.     
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05-13-15 - Marketplace - Senior Water Rights

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Airing on Wednesday, May 13, 2015: California’s water situation is so critical that state officials are about to restrict water even to those with the most senior water rights. Some irrigation districts with those senior rights are planning to take action against the anticipated cuts. Next: Facebook launches Instant Articles, which lets media outlets such as the New York Times publish content on their own servers and display them to mobile Facebook users quickly. 
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05-12-15 - Marketplace - Hack-A-Shaq

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Airing on Tuesday, May 12, 2015: As the NBA playoffs proceed, the league is debating the Hack-a-Shaq — the deliberate fouling of the opposite team's worst free-throw shooter. We look at the impact of this strategy on advertisers. Next: with hospitals in the U.S. moving to electronic medical record systems, there's been a high demand for medical scribes. We explore what their role is and why they've become indispensable to doctors.        
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05-11-15 - Marketplace - Television Sales

Monday, May 11, 2015

Airing on Monday, May 11, 2015: This week in Manhattan, some $20 billion of TV ads for the coming year will be bought and sold during a series of meetings people in business call the upfronts.  Though about 75 percent of TV ads were once sold during upfronts, advertisers have started to change their spending plans. We explore why. Next: the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries predicts oil prices will stay low for as long as a decade. Predictions can be wrong, of course, especially with a volatile commodity like oil, but what would a decade of low prices mean for the economy?
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05-08-15 - Marketplace - Not in the Numbers

Friday, May 08, 2015

Airing on Friday, May 8, 2015: Friday's non-farm payrolls report showed that 223,000 jobs were added in April and that wages have barely grown. But some economists wish that more information was in the report. We talk with experts about what they think should have been included. Next: the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in custody following his arrest, is just one of the latest in a string of incidents involving alleged police brutality. In our series "Behind the blue line," we've been taking a step back to explore the job of policing—the changing technology, the training, the push for more workplace diversity. Today we'll take a look at workplace morale for your average cop. Officers are stressed and it's affecting how they do their jobs. But when Marketplace's Sally Herships sat down to talk to two veteran cops, she found out something surprising.  
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05-07-2015 - Marketplace - Whole Foods

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Airing on Thursday, May 7, 2015: Whole Foods says it’ll start a new chain aimed at millennials. We explore why the supermarket chain is planning a spinoff. Next: as President Obama makes the case for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, we look at the last big trade deal that cast a long shadow on trade talks in this country—NAFTA. How does its legacy influence the public discourse, perception and politics around the TPP? We explore. 
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05-06-2015 - Marketplace - Hospice Costs

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Airing on Wednesday, May 6, 2015: While it's believed that hospice care at the end of life can save money, a report from the New England Journal of Medicine suggests otherwise. It found that for patients in nursing homes, spending went up by about $6,800 per patient. We explore the reasons why costs are so high. Next: there's been talk about the possibility that Microsoft — along with other tech giants — may purchase Salesforce.com, a site that offers "customer relationship management" tools. The company is worth $40 billion, and yet it doesn't make profits. We look at what Saleforce does, and find out why it's worth so much.     
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05-05-2015 - Marketplace - Trade Deal Secrecy

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Airing on Tuesday, May 5, 2015: As the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership rumbles on, we explain one aspect – the secrecy surrounding negotiations. What role does it play in fueling the controversy around the trade deal? Next: Pharmacy chains such as CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid began moving into inner cities decades ago as supermarkets left those regions. We explore their impact on West Baltimore. 
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05-04-2015 - Marketplace - McDonald's Turnaround

Monday, May 04, 2015

Airing on Monday, May 4, 2015: When executives run for office, their record in business can be a double-edged sword. They can cite their experience in executive decision making, but there are also plenty of bad business decisions that will get picked over. As former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina formally enters the 2016 race, we look at the political peril that comes with a business record. Plus: McDonald's plans on revamping the company by increasing the number of restaurants it franchises and buying back more shares. 
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05-01-15 - Marketplace - The business of podcasting

Friday, May 01, 2015

Airing on Friday, May 1, 2015: Marketplaces collaborates with FiveThirtyEight to look at the world of podcast advertising. Turns out that the majority of ads in today's podcasts are from mid-sized companies that sell online. Next: Tesla unveiled the Powerwall — a big battery for your home — on Thursday in California. The battery will operate by using energy that comes from your roof's solar panels. 
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04-30-2015 - Marketplace - Secret Shutdown

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Airing on Thursday, April 30, 2015:  China introduces deposit insurance on Friday. This has less to do with protecting Chinese bank customers' money and more to do with the Chinese government controlling the amount of risk that Chinese banks are taking. Plus: Secret, a social networking app that keeps its users' identities hidden, has just shut down. Now, Secret has announced it’s giving its investors their money back. We look at the reasons behind the unusual move and whether it will have ramifications for other start-ups.  
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04-29-2015 - Marketplace - CEO Pay

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Airing on Wednesday, April 29, 2015: The residents of Baltimore neighborhoods hit by rioting are still in cleanup mode today. There’s clearly an economic cost to the individuals whose property was damaged, but what about the broader economic impact of the social unrest there? We'll look at Baltimore's recent efforts to position itself as a tourism destination. Next: the Securities and Exchange Commission is going to demand that companies are more transparent about CEO pay, so that it's easier for investors see how salaries line up with the companies' stock performance. But CEO pay is already included in company reports. So what does this change, who does it benefit, and why is the SEC doing it now?  
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Extended Interview: Warren Buffett on Jamie Dimon as Treasury Secretary, the fiscal cliff, and taxes

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

All the talk these days is about the likelihood of the U.S. Congress avoiding a fiscal cliff. You know who’s not worried? Warren Buffett. Plus, his views on the next Treasury Secretary, Oreos for breakfast, and taxing the rich.
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04-28-2015 - Marketplace - Banning the Box

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Airing on Tuesday, April 28, 2015: Tyson announced that it will stop routine feeding of antibiotics to chickens. But the USDA reports the dispensing of antibiotics to livestock like cattle and hogs continues to grow. Plus, Charles Koch says his company, Koch Industries, will no longer ask job applicants to check a box attesting to whether or not they’ve been convicted of a felony in the past. He joins a national movement that seems progressive on its face, yet includes a number of prominent right-wingers. What’s in it for these companies to “ban the box”?
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