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Inside the weird world of podcast advertising

May 1, 2015
Stan Alcorn

This story was produced in collaboration with FiveThirtyEight.

The most listened-to podcasts come mostly from public radio: "Serial," "Invisibilia," "This American Life." But the ads? 

"Many of our advertisers are the same ones that you hear on Howard Stern," says Lex Friedman, who heads up ad sales at Midroll. "Literally, you hear Casper mattresses and Audible and Squarespace and ZipRecruiter." 

Between derby and boxing, a big betting weekend

May 1, 2015
Adam Allington

For sports gamblers, this Saturday will be like Christmas come early. Between the Kentucky Derby in the afternoon and the Mayweather—Pacquiao fight that evening, hundreds of millions of dollars will be wagered across the country.

In Nevada, the welterweight match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could generate upwards of $50 million in bets, which would be a Nevada record.

Courtesy of the Downtown Community Improvement District

Businesses in downtown Columbia have tried three times since the early 1990’s to put this project together. For the Downtown Community Improvement District, it may be the third time that is the charm.

The CID is moving forward on a fundraising plan to help pay for the installations of gateways and art installations across downtown Columbia.

Microsoft wants to guess your age

Apr 30, 2015
Kai Ryssdal

I know I was a bit rough on Microsoft yesterday, saying they didn't do anything cool anymore.

Well, it's amazing what a difference a day can make. They're working on a new facial recognition tool that lets you upload a picture of yourself — or anyone else — and it tells you how old it thinks you are.

Marketplace for Thursday, April 30, 2015

Apr 30, 2015
Andy Humphrey / KBIA

Downtown Moberly features many different small businesses, but the two that occupy 517 W. Reed Street have an interesting upbringing.

Pat Myles runs a tea room with her sister, Joy Roberts, called Tea and Treasures that is open on weekends.  Since early December, they have served tea and pastries while also providing a place indoors where people can sit and interact. 

“We haven’t been here long enough to actually make a salary for us, and thank goodness our husbands don’t expect that,” Pat said.

The NFL draft comes to Chicago

Apr 30, 2015

On Thursday, Chi-Town becomes Draft Town — the NFL Draft, that is.

It’s the first time since 1964 the draft has been anywhere other than New York, and Chicago officials are ecstatic to host the three-day “fan festival." The city won its bid to host this year’s NFL draft, and it's going big.

There’ll be football clinics for kids, a replica of an NFL locker room, and Buckingham Fountain will reflect team colors during the draft. Over the top?

Ben Bernanke joins Pimco

Apr 30, 2015
Annie Baxter

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has scored his second advisory gig in the past month. He recently announced he’d advise hedge Citadel LLC. Now he’ll also offer his economic expertise to money management giant Pacific Investment Management Company, or Pimco.

It manages about $1.6 trillion in assets for public and private retirement plans, among other customers.  

Bernanke will advise Pimco following a period of turmoil at the firm. Investors pulled money from Pimco funds after co-founder Bill Gross left last year.

Chris Yunker / Flickr

Recently, one of the biggest issues on the Columbia City Council's plate has been the proposed demolition moratorium on buildings in downtown Columbia, such as Shakespeare's Pizza.  KBIA’s Jason Hoffman tells us why the debate still matters even though the ordinance failed. 

The SABEW conference in Chicago provided a group of MU journalism students an opportunity to hone their business reporting skills as they attended the lectures from the top business and economic reporters from across the U.S. 

Marketplace for Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Apr 29, 2015
missouri capitol
Jacob Fenston / KBIA

A measure that would exempt electricity and other utilities used to make food at restaurants, grocery stores and bakeries from sales tax is moving forward in the Missouri Legislature.

The Missouri House on Tuesday approved the sales and use tax exemption by a vote of 98-49.

Nova Safo

As in other instances of protests against police brutality and incidents of erupting violence, social media has played a key role in Baltimore.

City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young appealed for calm via the live-streaming app Periscope.

Amy Scott

Kim Peace was crushed when her neighborhood CVS pharmacy was destroyed by looters.

"I'm really upset because I have to have medication," Peace says, "And I can't even get my medication today because they burned CVS up."

Peace has asthma, but that didn't stop her from sweeping up an alley in West Baltimore with her 7-year-old granddaughter.

"I'm not going to let the dirt and dust get in my way of trying to keep the community clean."

Grace Hood / Harvest Public Media


Tyson Foods, the country’s largest poultry producer, says it will stop feeding its chickens antibiotics that are used to treat humans.

The company says it plans to eliminate the drugs in its broiler chicken flocks – chickens grown for meat – by September 2017.

Tracking the flow of aid relief in Nepal

Apr 28, 2015
Janet Nguyen

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday has left more than 4,500 people dead and thousands injured as of Tuesday.

Charities and non-governmental organizations have initiated relief efforts, which include providing supplies such as food and water to Nepalese affected by the quake. Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman looked at how the non-profit Mercy Corps distributes donations. Here’s a look at how those and other donations from the U.S. are spent:

What the AP gap looks like at your high school

Apr 28, 2015
David Hill

About two million high school students around the country are taking Advanced Placement exams this May. AP tests are administered after a year of tougher, more challenging courses that research shows help kids get into, and succeed, in college.

Marketplace for Monday, April 27, 2015

Apr 27, 2015

CinemaCon: Where Hollywood entices theater owners

Apr 24, 2015
Kai Ryssdal

The place for Hollywood insiders to be this week was not on the lot or a fancy restaurant in Beverly Hills. They weren't in California at all. Instead, all eyes were on Las Vegas.

The biggest stars, directors and studios crowded into a high-tech theater at Caesars Palace, where they showed new trailers, behind-the-scenes footage and even some full-length films. Plus, the latest and greatest in sound and theater technology.

Your Wallet: Ceilings

Apr 24, 2015

Next week's show is about ceilings.

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Apr 23, 2015

Checking in with Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky

Apr 23, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

Brian Chesky is the 33-year-old co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, a company that he says may very well be “the worst idea that ever worked.” The website allows users to rent rooms, apartments, houses, and even yurts from people they’ve never met, all around the world.

Tidal's wave is breaking

Apr 23, 2015
Tony Wagner

$1.7 billion That's the budget for a planned NFL stadium, approved by the city of Carson, California on Tuesday. Similar plans went through in Inglewood earlier this year. There are a few franchises weighing a move to Los Angeles after about 20 years with no NFL presence in the city.


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Apr 22, 2015

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Apr 21, 2015

A proposal to protect historic buildings in downtown Columbia will not effect the demolition of the downtown Shakespeare’s location. Following the denial of a proposed six-month moratorium the pizzeria will continue its relocation plans at the end of May and go through with the demolition and reconstruction.