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Nuclear cleanup work sustains ailing Ohio town

Dec 4, 2015
Lane Wallace

Norm and Betty Jo Anderson have lived in Piketon, Ohio, a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills, since the 1950s.

It’s a company town, but the major employer is not your average company. It’s actually a Cold War–era uranium enrichment plant that was once a giant federal project, the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Norm Anderson worked there from the beginning and retired in 1999 — he says he had a reputation at work.

“I was called ‘Hard Head,’ because I had my way of doing things,” he said, laughing.

The woman behind the Pantone color of the year

Dec 3, 2015
Aaron Gross

Want to know what color you'll be wearing next year? What color you'll be painting your nails? And maybe decorating your house? Look no further than the Pantone color of the year. Or...colors of the year.

The trend forecasting company Pantone Color Institute has picked a light pink and a light blue for 2016. Specifically, Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Courtesy Pantone 

Video games have their own version of the Oscars

Dec 3, 2015
Adrienne Hill

On Thursday, what are basically the Oscars of the video game world will be handed out. The Game Awards will take place at Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, the same place where the Emmys are hosted. The award show is independent, created just last year, by Geoff Keighley. It won't air on network television, but the show is expected to attract millions of viewers on streaming services.

On why he started the Video Game Awards:

The Pentagon opens combat jobs to women

Dec 3, 2015
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's decision to open combat jobs to women could alter women's career paths, removing a major barrier to advancement. Combat jobs are gritty. On the front lines. In infantry and artillery units. Even though women couldn't hold those jobs, they were often, unofficially, in combat.

Marketplace for Thursday, December 3, 2015

Dec 3, 2015

The S&P lowered ratings for major banks today, but that may not be a bad thing; a profile of the woman behind Pantone's Color of the Year; and an interview with the man behind the "Oscars of video games."

New area code gets a "meh" from some New Yorkers

Dec 3, 2015
Janet Babin

New York’s Public Service Commission is assigning another new area code to Manhattan, citing increasing demand for residential and business numbers. But a lot of New Yorkers are far from thrilled with the new digits.

It may be irrational, but many carry an emotional connection to their area code.  In a city of transients, it affords a certain identity. Even kids can buy into this kind of regional pride.

A bit like bitcoin

Dec 3, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about Goldman Sachs developing its own bitcoin-like currency; Barnes and Noble's attempts to revive its brick and mortar stores; and Marketplace contributor Chris Farrell joins us to talk about drug prices. 

Airing on Thursday, December 3, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about the ECB's decision on interest rates; and what the concept of money can do to our behavior.

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, December 3, 2015

Dec 2, 2015

Airing on Thursday, December 3, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about whether or not we can trust tech philanthropy; Google education and how companies should handle children's privacy; and we have a story from our Codebreaker podcast about a software space.

Caitlin Esch

Rational economics doesn't always govern how we make decisions about our money in the real world. As part of our series Brain Drain with Marketplace’s Wealth and Poverty desk, we're exploring the ways in which our minds are rigged to cost us money. 

Percentage of adults with degrees increases

Dec 2, 2015
Amy Scott

The U.S. Census Bureau released a trove of new data Thursday from the American Community Survey. Among the findings: In 2014, 30 percent of adults 25 and older had a bachelor’s degree or higher. That’s up from about 28 percent five years earlier. For the first time, women were more likely to have a bachelor’s degree than men.

Kristofor Husted/Harvest Public Media

After the patent on one of the most popular versions of genetically engineered soybeans expired this year, U.S. universities are creating new generic GMO soybean varieties, many of which are designed to guard against specific, local pests.

Marketplace for Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Dec 2, 2015

Yahoo turns to the possibility of selling as the company struggles to grow; how David Price's $217 million deal with the Red Sox is just one example of salary inflation in baseball; and why some of China's renewable energy is going to waste. 

Meet me in St. play football

Dec 2, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about a case going before the Supreme Court on transparency in health care; new info on productivity; and the debate over a $1 billion stadium in St. Louis.

St. Louis weighs pros and cons of NFL stadium funding

Dec 1, 2015
James M. Rosenbaum

It’s a familiar tale: a National Football League owner gets mad about the condition of the local football stadium, and threatens to pull up stakes and move elsewhere. Now, it’s happening in St. Louis.

St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced about a year ago plans to build a shiny new stadium in Inglewood, Calif., which prompted many to assume that the NFL’s days in the Gateway City are numbered. But relocation decisions fall to NFL owners, a group that may be squeamish about approving a move if a city possesses a viable stadium proposal.


Airing on Wednesday, December 2, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's grand experiment in charity; how his previous gifts have played out in Newark, New Jersey; and we'll talk about figuring out how much corporate taxes a company actually pays in a given year.

D Gorenstein

Everyone from President Obama, to GOP presidential hopefuls, to people with high-deductible health insurance have said the more transparency in the pricing of healthcare, the better.

But Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to take up a case that could make it harder to know how much the nation’s largest employers are paying hospitals and doctors for their employee's medical costs.

Can the Warriors' winning streak bring in big bucks?

Dec 1, 2015
Molly Wood and Mukta Mohan

To say that The Golden State Warriors started their season strongly would be an understatement. They’re currently on a winning streak with 19 wins and no losses, and they’re set to play again tomorrow night. If they win, they’ll tie a 131-year-old record for the longest season-opening winning streak by any professional sports team, which was set by the St. Louis Maroons baseball team in 1884. The winning streak is great news for Warriors fans but does it have a financial impact? Kenneth Shropshire of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative explains what winning streaks mean for business.

Marketplace for Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Dec 1, 2015

As the U.N. climate summit continues, questions arise about which countries should provide funding for change; a look into the life of a young woman seeking asylum in the United States; and how a merger is waking up the mattress industry. 

A merger meant to shake up the sleepy mattress biz

Dec 1, 2015
Mark Garrison

Retailer Mattress Firm is paying $780 million to scoop up rival Sleepy’s. If approved, the combined company will have some 3,500 retail stores nationwide, plus various online sites and distribution centers. Like most every merger, a big driver of the deal is the quest for greater scale, which could give the combined company a shot at cutting cost and raising prices by using its greater size to drive harder bargains.

More drama in prescription drug pricing

Dec 1, 2015
D Gorenstein

The price of prescription drugs has become something of a flashpoint in recent weeks, due in no small part to something that the company Turing Pharmaceuticals did, when it hiked the price of Daraprim, a pill often used by HIV patients and pregnant women, from $13.50 to $750 a dose.

Growing movement to make altruism more effective

Nov 30, 2015
Noel King

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day marks a charitable season in America, and an emerging movement calls for people who give to consider not just how much of their donation gets eaten up by overhead, but also how to make the biggest difference possible in absolute terms.

It’s called effective altruism, with the goal of doing the most good with each dollar spent.

From Wall Street to Silicon Valley

Nov 30, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about what's shaping up to be an average holiday season; auto sales for November; effective altruism; and Wall Street hot shots heading for Silicon Valley.

North Korea's underground capitalism

Nov 30, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Brian Ronaghan

The BBC's Steve Evans recently visited North Korea and wrote about the changes he saw in the country and its people. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal sat down to talk about what he encountered. 

Click the above audio player to hear the full interview. 


Kim Adams

Adele’s new album “25” debuted at No. 1 with the most sales in a week since Nielsen began tracking point-of-sale purchases back in 1991.

People in the music industry are certainly excited, but the marketing machine that is Adele might not work for all artists. Adele is an anomaly, said Cara Duckworth Weiblinger of the Recording Industry Association of America

Got an invention? Head to your regional patent office

Nov 30, 2015
Lauren Silverman

For the first time since it opened in 1790, the United States Patent and Trademark Office is expanding outside of Washington, D.C. The agency – which has a team of more than 8,000 patent examiners – has established regional offices in four cities across the United States, including Dallas.

For many inventors, it’s magical when an idea becomes a number. For Dallas entrepreneur, Peter Bastawros, the number was 9138638. And the idea? Bring technology to the very traditional game of golf. 

Marketplace for Monday, November 30, 2015

Nov 30, 2015

World leaders and billionaires commit to clean energy at the U.N. climate change summit; China joins the "grown-ups table" at the IMF; and how Adele's record-breaking album is defying market trends in the music industry.

Considering China's currency for reserve status

Nov 30, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about why we need to keep an eye on the 10-year treasury yield; more on the IMF's decision on whether or not to include China's currency in its list of its official reserve currencies; and communities designed to help people with dementia.

Andy Uhler

Puerto Rican government officials don't think the commonwealth can make the payment of $354 million, because it needs the money to keep vital institutions like schools and government agencies running. 

Over the past year, Puerto Rico has been no stranger to dealing with creditors. The island defaulted on a debt payment of almost $60 million in August. That marked the first default in the island's history. That was bad. Ted Hampton, Credit Officer at Moody's, said missing this deadline could be worse.