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Marketplace for Monday, January 4, 2016

3 hours ago
Scott Tong

In December, Congress lifted a ban on the export of U.S. crude oil, and the first shipment of crude — fracked from the oilfields of South Texas — is sailing out of Corpus Christi.

But for now, many analysts don't expect a large amount of American crude to be exported. The Brent selling price overseas is as low as the West Texas Intermediate price in the U.S. market. Both reflect a world awash in crude oil.

Marketplace Tech for Monday, January 4, 2016

14 hours ago
Marketplace

Airing on Monday, January 4, 2016: On today's show, we'll have a preview of CES 2016; we'll talk about social media and college campuses; and a Gmail plug-in that highlights “soft” language in emails such as “sorry” or “just."

Preparing your home for El Niño

14 hours ago
Andy Uhler

For some parts of the country, like southern California, El Niño could mean a lot of rain and potential flooding and mudslides. For some businesses, that means full schedules and a lot of money.

EJ Thacker, a consultant for Sinai Construction, marched around a home he was inspecting on a cul-de-sac near the bottom of a hill in Encino, a neighborhood about half an hour from downtown Los Angeles.

Halal Guys franchises a street food favorite

Jan 1, 2016
Dan Weissmann

Twenty-five years ago, three guys from Egypt opened a hot dog cart in New York City. Muslim cabbies urged them to switch to Halal offerings — food permitted under Islamic rules. Otherwise, where does an observant cabbie get a bite on the go?  It worked like gangbusters, and not just with Muslims. The Midtown cart drew long lines and became a kind of New York landmark.

Local Money: The high costs of a crumbling bridge

Jan 1, 2016
Lizzie O'Leary

This week we got a question from a listener in Vancouver, Washington who wanted to know how much a deteriorating bridge is costing the area. The nearly 100-year-old overpass that connects Vancouver to Portland, Oregon was originally made for the Ford Model T, horses and buggies. The narrow six-lane bridge is now a crossing point for cars, commercial trucks, cargo ships, and even airplanes, which creates severe traffic jams along one of the major transportation corridors in the Pacific Northwest. 

Production by Shana Daloria 

Successful New Year's resolutions...seriously

Jan 1, 2016
Lizzie O'Leary and Hayley Hershman

Last week we asked you if you have ever made a New Year's resolution that you actually followed through with. So many people wrote and called in with success stories! 

One of the wackiest success stories we got had to do with Billy Joel and one catchy (and possibly annoying) '8os hit: 

Think you know most of the cultural references in this song? Marketplace Weekend listener Sarah Jacobs only knew a handful. So she made it her resolution to learn about all of them. Listen to her story above. 

More opportunities for women in the military

Jan 1, 2016
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about the end of the ban on US crude oil exports; the income effects of fully integrating women in the military; and a look at a high school program that teaches students how to repair broken musical instruments. 

Turning dented band instruments into teaching tools

Dec 31, 2015
Bill Zeeble

As the  giant 716 member Allen High band from North Texas marches in the Jan. 1  Rose Parade,  something to consider: who fixes all the horns and tubas if they get banged up on the road?   

James Bowie High School, in nearby Arlington, Texas, recently launched a unique program to teach kids how to repair instruments.  

Celebrating New Year's, by the numbers

Dec 31, 2015
Sarah Menendez

1 million

 That’s how many people the Times Square Alliance expects to fill Times Square for the annual ball drop in New York City. 

22.7 million

 The number of viewers that tuned in to watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest last year, scoring higher ratings than network New Year’s Eve specials.

$799

Hasbro beats Mattel for contract with Disney

Dec 31, 2015
Molly Wood

On January 1st, a new era in toys is starting.

For decades now, Mattel has had a contract from Disney to manufacture and sell its princess dolls. But in a pretty major toy coup, Mattel's major rival Hasbro swooped in and stole that $500 million dollar crown.

Claire Suddath wrote about the business dealings behind the switch in Bloomberg Businessweek.

Houston has a history of welcoming refugees

Dec 31, 2015
Syeda Hasan

Haider Elias says languages are his thing. He’s fluent in four, and he put those skills to work as a translator for the U.S. military in Iraq. Since moving to Houston six years ago, he’s picked up a few new phrases.

“The ‘hasta la vista’ is one that I liked,” Elias said. “It’s always, ‘see you whenever you want.’”

Marketplace for Thursday, December 31, 2015

Dec 31, 2015

Why the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl have been moved to New Year's Eve; how flooding on the Mississippi is devastating communities and affecting the shipping economy; and the man behind the confetti at the Times Square countdown. 

Marketplace Weekend Staff

This is the first question we ever asked you, but at the start of this new year, we wanted to check back in. Are you better off now than you were four years ago? 

Why or why not?

Call and leave a message at (800) 648-5114, tell us on Facebook or reach us on Twitter, @MarketplaceWKND.

Breaking bad workplace habits

Dec 31, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about the S&P 500 heading into 2016; the UK's attempts to clear out antiquated laws; and how to overcome your bad habits in the workplace.

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, December 31, 2015

Dec 30, 2015
Marketplace

Airing on Thursday, December 31, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Amazon’s stock going up more than 100 percent in 2015; finding a database of voter information; and a Final Fantasy character modeling Louis Vuitton fashions.

 

One band's $1.2 million ticket to play the Rose Parade

Dec 30, 2015
Adrienne Hill

Every year, a few lucky high school marching bands are selected to perform on New Year’s Day at the Rose Parade in Pasadena to hundreds of thousands of viewers in person and millions on television. The Allen Eagle Escadrille is performing in the 2016 Rose Parade, but getting there is no easy task for the largest marching band in the United States. With over 700 students involved, the trip costs them a hefty $1.2 million. Blane Hinton, director of bands at Allen High School in Allen, Texas, explains how they’re doing it.

Siemens, one of Germany's largest companies, is offering apprenticeships to refugees.

It's one of a growing number of employers that thinks asylum seekers are vital to Germany's economic future.

But, as the BBC's Berlin correspondent Jenny Hill reports, not everyone's convinced. 

Click the above audio to hear the the full report. 

Panama Canal prepares for bigger vessels

Dec 30, 2015
Lorne Matalon

“Time now is money, and a lot of money,” said Panama Canal tug captain Luis Estribi as sunlight danced on the water near the Panama Canal’s Pacific entrance at Ciudad de Panamá.

Marketplace for Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Dec 30, 2015

One high school marching band's $1.2 million ticket to the Rose Parade; a $400 meal at Olive Garden on New Year's Eve; and a $1 billion Pep Boys deal. 

Lots of pep for Pep Boys

Dec 30, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about a bidding war for Pep Boys recently won by Carl Icahn; a look ahead at employment in 2016; and a battle in Minneapolis over Wells Fargo allegedly photo bombing the Vikings' new stadium. 

Marketplace

Airing on Wednesday, December 30, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about the year in stock markets; a look ahead for the EU; and how Broadway fared in its busiest season of the year.

Amy Scott

Manny, Moe and Jack never had it so good. Those are the faces of the auto parts and service company Pep Boys, which has been the target of a bidding war between investor Carl Icahn and Japanese tire maker Bridgestone. On Monday, Icahn upped the ante, offering roughly $1 billion for the business.

Food giant General Mills tries out some new tactics

Dec 29, 2015
Annie Baxter

On a recent morning, Ryan Eick stood at a table in the middle of a Twin Cities grocery store, spooning up little plastic cups of food samples—roasted broad beans coated in chickpea flour.

“Hey, do you want to try a savory snack?” he called out to shoppers.

“Oh, I shall!” replied one shopper.

Eick, who sported an apron and a backward baseball cap, had the look of a concessions vendor. But he's an associate marketing manager at the Twin Cities-based food manufacturer General Mills.

Marketplace for Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Dec 29, 2015

Why Carl Icahn is upping his bid for Pep Boys; the 60-year-old airplane that still gets the job done; and how General Mills is taking a new approach at reaching customers. 

C-130 aircraft designed in the 1950s still delivers

Dec 29, 2015
Stephannie Stokes

When Lockheed designed the C-130 Hercules in the 1950s, a company engineer, Kelly Johnson, said they’d be lucky to sell a hundred. Out on the tarmac in Marietta, Georgia, Lockheed Martin’s Tony Frese, vice president and deputy program manager of C-130 Programs, is delivering No. 2,500.

Looking ahead to investing in 2016

Dec 29, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about house prices on the rise; and Allan Sloan of the Washington Post joins us to talk about the municipal bond market and interest rates.

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Dec 28, 2015
Marketplace

Airing on Tuesday, December 29, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about FitBit’s excellent holiday season; China’s new anti-terrorism law; and improving privacy and security on the internet.

Marketplace

Airing on Tuesday, December 29, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about holiday spending numbers; America's trade imbalance; and the year ahead in health care.

Making a living playing the violin

Dec 28, 2015

Lots of folks had the week off last week. Lounging around with their families, watching football and eating probably too many cookies. But for some, the weeks before Christmas are among the very busiest time of the year.

Marketplace's Tobin Low talked to a freelance violinist, who earns a significant part of her yearly income playing Handel's Messiah.

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