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Marketplace for Friday, October 8, 2015

3 hours ago

PODCAST: Readjusting predictions for September

13 hours ago
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about readjusting a jobs prediction made a week ago; VW offering an apology; the chances that oil prices will continue to increase; and we'll take a look at how businesses in Bastrop, Texas, recovered from the worst wildfire in the state's history.

How small businesses are affected by wildfires

14 hours ago
Andy Uhler

Peak fire season is just starting in Southern California as Santa Ana winds pick up. Four years ago, Central Texas went through the most devastating fire in the state’s history. 

Jarad Milton and his brother own close to 800 acres in a town called Smithville, in Bastrop County. 

“You know, there have been cattle constantly on the place since we got the place, basically,” he said.


Airing on Thursday, October 8, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund's annual meeting; Alcoa's decision to split into two companies; and we'll talk a look at racial disparity of wage garnishments.

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, October 8, 2015

14 hours ago

Airing on Thursday, October 8, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Google's so-called Accelerated Mobile Pages; Pandora’s acquisition of live event ticketing company TicketFly; and Kim Dotcom’s extradition trial in New Zealand.


Marketplace for Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Oct 7, 2015

Global trade, early childhood education and a talk with Ben Carson.

Just how much will that VW recall cost?

Oct 7, 2015
Noel King

Volkswagen is expected to start recalling vehicles affected by the diesel emissions test scandal early next year.

Some 11 million cars worldwide are involved, and it's unclear whether a fix will require software changes or new hardware.

When a car company launches a recall, they have to pay for everything including trained technicians to fix the problem, customer outreach to let people know what's happening, shipping and storing new parts, lawyers, public relations and crisis management experts.

Dr. Ben Carson on the economy, taxes and debt

Oct 7, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

In one of his only in-depth interviews about the economy, retired neurosurgeon, author and Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson laid out what he sees as the biggest economic issues facing the country, and his ambitious plans to address them.

Who said what about the TPP

Oct 6, 2015
Marketplace staff

The reactions, statements and tweets came fast and furious after trade ministers from 12 countries announced they'd finally agreed to terms on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement that will, if ratified, govern a third of global trade. 

 U.S. officials and politicians

Bill George

Want to know how difficult it can be to change the name of a college? Talk to Brooks Keel.

“You think changing the name is simple. It’s not simple at all,” said Keel, president of what is now Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia.

But three years ago, the school became Georgia Regents University when two state colleges merged. Students, alumni and local residents hated that name. There were protests. The similarly named Regent University sued. State officials changed course and last month rechristened Georgia Regents Augusta University.

Marketplace for Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Oct 6, 2015

Talking trade with POTUS; Microsoft's new mobile devices; and the wild wild web of fantasy sports.

Nova Safo

Microsoft unveiled its latest mobile devices Tuesday, hoping to lure business users by integrating all products with the new Windows 10 operating system. 

The company introduced a surprise new laptop, the first it has built, called the Surface Book. It is more powerful than Microsoft's popular Surface tablets and comes in a laptop body that can split into two, also functioning as an oversized tablet.

Microsoft said its laptop has twice the power of the MacBook Pro. In its product launch event in New York, the company said it welcomed comparisons to the Apple laptop.

Why China won't be joining the TPP...for now

Oct 6, 2015
Rob Schmitz

One glaring absence from the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal? China. The world’s second-largest economy has quietly watched the final negotiations from the sidelines, deciding not to be involved for a variety of reasons, including one that President Obama more than hinted at when announcing the deal: “When more than 95 percent of our potential customers live outside our borders, we can't let countries like China write the rules of the global economy.”


Airing on Tuesday, October 6, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about why China is absent from the Trans-Pacific Partnership; hockey's economic drama; and a look at whether other fast food restaurants will follow McDonald's lead by serving breakfast all day.

Tony Wagner

On Monday, Twitter picked a CEO after a lot of hand-wringing and American Apparel filed for bankruptcy protection after several close calls and an ousted founder.

That got us thinking about Jack Dorsey (the aforementioned Twitter CEO) and Dov Charney (the aforementioned fired head of American Apparel).

Putting a price on healthcare

Oct 5, 2015
Kai Ryssdal

A recent New York Times article chronicled one Utah hospital's attempts to measure the costs of the treatment it provides to the community. Dr. Vivian Lee is the CEO of University of Utah Healthcare, and Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talked to her about the initiative. 

On figuring out costs: 

The tough road from Bhutan refugee camp to the US

Oct 5, 2015
Lane Wallace

When Tara Dhungana was about to start sixth grade in Bhutan, his family took what he thought was a trip. 

“When we left the country, my parents were saying we would come back a few weeks after,” he said.

They packed a few bags and left their animals in the yard, vegetables still growing in the garden. They arrived in a refugee camp in eastern Nepal, and Dhungana spent the remainder of his childhood there.

“You don’t know what tomorrow has for you,” Dhungana said. “It’s always dark, right? Tomorrow is always dark.”

Kim Adams

In the Japanese anime “Planetes,” the year is 2075 and teams of low-paid astronauts work to clean up space debris orbiting around the earth. Although the story is fictional, the issue is real. Orbital debris has been a problem for a while, but as it gets worse, scientists are posing some interesting solutions. Some of them sound like they come straight out of science fiction.

Marketplace for Monday, October 5, 2015

Oct 5, 2015

Global trade; Jack Dorsey's permanent gig; and will your surgery cost more than a Disneyland annual pass? We'll tell you.

PODCAST: A very good year for documentaries

Oct 5, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about final negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership; and why documentaries are having a very good year both in theaters and on TV.

Networks and audiences get real about documentaries

Oct 5, 2015
Adrienne Hill

Pardon the generalization, but it wasn’t long ago that you could walk into a theater showing a documentary and the seats would be filled mainly with academics and old people. The same was true for documentaries on TV and video.

Not anymore.

Docs have entered a kind of golden age, especially on TV. On any given night, you can browse through hundreds of choices on cable, VOD and on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. And that stereotypical viewer? Gone, too.

Video streaming in the cloud (like, real clouds)

Oct 5, 2015
Annie Baxter

The hit Netflix series "House of Cards" is hitting cruising altitude on Virgin America. 

Passengers on the airline’s new planes equipped with satellite Wi-Fi can now get access to the full catalog of Netflix films and shows on their personal devices until March 2. The hitch? If they’re not already Netflix members, passengers have to sign up for a free, 30-day trial membership. Three seasons of House of Cards will also be available on the planes’ in-flight entertainment system.

Marketplace asks: Are you better off now than 4 years ago?

Oct 2, 2015
Marketplace Weekend Staff and Lizzie O'Leary

I'm gonna crib from Ronald Reagan and ask, are you better off now than you were four years ago?

Why? Or Why not? And no, this isn't just about the election. It's about how you feel about the economy, your prospects, your kids prospects.

Marketplace for Friday, October 2, 2015

Oct 2, 2015

 Another day, another hack; India's promise to cut carbon emissions; and Bastrop County, Texas, four years after the firestorm.

PODCAST: Wake me up when September jobs end

Oct 2, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about the disappointing jobs numbers for September, and we'll take a closer look at jobs created in the prison system.

Everest Industrial Complex

Oct 2, 2015
Sabri Ben-Achour and Tim Fernholz

This week, Actuality meets two survivors of the deadly avalanche that struck Mt. Everest in April, before making our own ascent of the Everest Industrial Complex. Plus, a flying bag of marijuana destroys a dog house.

Airing on Friday, October 2, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about the latest on TPP; drug companies' wait time for exclusivity rights; and why U.S. students are increasingly seeking out an MBA.

Miles Bryan

Update: The Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Comission — the state agency that regulates gaming in Wyoming — has issued an order temporarily banning historical horse racing machines, beginning Monday. This follows the release of a Wyoming attorney general's report that found that the machines' bonus rounds were not in compliance with a 2013 law that legalized historical horse racing machines. The commission will be holding a special meeting Thursday to discuss how to bring the historical horse racing machines into compliance with state law. The original story is below. 

Marketplace for Thursday, October 1, 2015

Oct 1, 2015

Egg McMuffin logistics; campaign contributions speak; and two-tiered labor.