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Nancy Marshall-Genzer

The Republican National Convention in Cleveland is only a few months away, but some major companies still haven’t committed to sponsoring the convention. 

In some cases, those companies are worried about being associated with an event that could be divisive, or even spark violent protests. 

But city boosters brush aside any talk of dissension or controversy. 

Boosters like David Gilbert, the CEO of the host committee for the Republican National Convention.

Are chip cards worth the wait at the checkout line?

Apr 19, 2016
Marketplace staff

Visa announced Tuesday it will try to cut down the delay at checkout lines by upgrading the technology that goes into reading new chip-enabled credit cards.

Does college fail grads in the workplace?

Apr 19, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

So with another wave of high school graduations just around the corner, it's a good time to talk about college.

Sure, you go to college to learn stuff in classrooms, read books and write papers. But in his new book "There is Life After College," education writer Jeffrey Selingo says the most valuable skills students need to get a job might no longer be found on campus.

"It's much more about how you go to college now than where you go, or even if you go in some cases," he said.

What is the difference between prepared and unprepared kids?

Shilpa Kannan

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I'm sitting in the control room of Delhi Police vigilance department. There are computers and screens all around me.

What we're watching is shocking -- it's a hazy mobile phone footage but it clearly shows a policeman in uniform taking money.

It's been sent by a member of the general public using a special anti-corruption helpline set up by the department.

A move toward tasting menus

Apr 19, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about a Dow Jones rebound; UnitedHealth's withdrawal from the Oklahoma Affordable Care Act exchange; and restaurants' move toward tasting menus.

How to earn your second Michelin star

Apr 19, 2016
Janet Nguyen

Some of us have proven ourselves in the culinary world, others are just happy not to burn the house down. Here are your need-to-know numbers for Tuesday.

Nova Safo

President Obama is headed to Saudi Arabia for a meeting Wednesday with the country's leader, King Salman, and with other state leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council on Thursday.

President Obama's trip might prove challenging, said Robert Manning of the Atlantic Council.

"President Obama, as far as the Saudis are concerned, has a lot of explaining to do," said Manning, thanks to an article in this month's Atlantic magazine, in which the president is reported as saying, "It's complicated," when asked if the Saudis are America's friends.

D Gorenstein

This story's text has been updated. 

Insurance giant UnitedHealth has announced it is pulling out of most of the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace by 2017, remaining only in a fraction of the 34 current state exchanges.

At the same time, a new report finds if United pulled out of the exchanges entirely, the impact on prices and competition would be modest.

Amazon launches monthly subscriptions

Apr 18, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour

Amazon is playing the short game in a move to boost its long game. The internet giant has launched a stand-alone monthly streaming service for $8.99. Amazon is also making Prime memberships, which include free streaming,  available for $10.99 a month. That compares to $99 for an annual membership to Prime, which until now was the only option for free two-day delivery on Amazon purchases, as well as free streaming.  In playing the monthly subscription game, Amazon is taking direct aim at Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services.

When do airlines decide to kick people off planes?

Apr 18, 2016
Tony Wagner

At least three major airlines removed passengers from a flight in the past month over safety concerns, but it's unclear what specific procedures these airlines are following when making the decision to kick people off planes.

How buying Yahoo would help Verizon reshape itself

Apr 18, 2016
Mark Garrison

Yahoo is up for sale and many on Wall Street see Verizon as the company to beat in the bidding. If a deal happens, Yahoo would not be the first down on its luck internet company on Verizon’s shelf. It bought AOL for $4.4 billion last year. Verizon has a taste for the fallen stars of digital in part because its own core businesses — of wireless and landline services — doesn't have the fast growth and profitability that gets Wall Street excited.

Donna Tam

Presidential debates are highlighting an area of spending that has a direct impact on U.S. relations with other countries: defense contributions.

The U.S. spent an estimated $650 billion on defense last year. That’s nearly 4 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), more than any other NATO country, CNN reported Monday.

Oil pushes out Venezuela's agriculture

Apr 18, 2016
Scott Tong

At a time when oil prices are low and petrostates are suffering, economists and historians mention the term “resource curse.” It is a paradox: many natural resource-rich economies have under-performed, faring worse economically than non-endowed countries. How could this be?

Buying your own U.S. citizenship

Apr 18, 2016


Filed your taxes yet? You have until tonight! Here are some need-to-know numbers for your day.

Investing your way to U.S. citizenship

Apr 18, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the price of crude oil; why Netflix is looking for growth abroad; and the controversial EB-5 visa which grants citizenship to those who are rich enough to invest over half a million dollars in the United States. 

Mark Garrison

Big, high-profile real estate developments in America are scooping up funding from an unusual and controversial source: foreign investors angling to become Americans. The EB-5 visa program offers a path to citizenship to those rich enough to invest at least half a million dollars here. But there’s a growing debate about the program, with fierce defenders and critics who cut across traditional partisan lines.

Netflix counts on an international audience

Apr 18, 2016
Adrienne Hill

Netflix announces quarterly earnings on Monday. And, as always, subscriber numbers will be key.

The streaming service has more than 75 million members globally, with a majority in the U.S. 

But there's not a whole lot of room to grow here. So Netflix is counting on the international market. In early January, Netflix stormed into more than 130 countries, giving it a presence nearly everywhere — except for China, North Korea, and a couple other countries. 

Kim Adams

Arguments start Monday in a major immigration case before the Supreme Court. It’s about the “Deferred Action for Parents of Americans” program, which would allow people who’ve been in the U.S. more than five years and have children who are in the country legally regularize their immigration status.

NBA jerseys are getting ads

Apr 15, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

Just days after the NBA's regular season went out in a double-blaze of Steph Curry/Kobe Bryant glory, NBA owners voted Friday to allow ads on players jerseys starting in two years.

Nova Safo

The Obama administration has announced an ambitious plan to spur more competition in the economy, beginning with the set-top box.

In an executive order, President Obama said he gave federal agencies 60 days to identify sectors in the economy where the government can help stimulate competition.

The opening salvo came from the Commerce Department, which filed comments with the FCC in support of its proposed plan to open up competition in cable set-top boxes. 

Perceptions toward pay

Apr 15, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about tobacco settlement payments; tax transparency among the 2016 presidential candidates; and the difference in perceptions between men and women about workplace pay.

A few surprising facts about Emancipation Day

Apr 15, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

A holiday in the District of Columbia celebrating freedom for slaves, and a quirk in the U.S. tax code have combined to give Americans a 3-day grace period on their taxes this year.


Former social media editor and journalist Matthew Keys was sentenced to two years in prison this week. He was convicted last year of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act after he gave login credentials to the hacking group Anonymous in 2010, goading them into defacing the The Los Angeles Times website.

Tax preparers prey on low-income filers, study finds

Apr 15, 2016
Mark Garrison

A new study says tax preparation companies are taking advantage of low- and moderate-income people who receive the Earned Income Tax Credit. The popular program shaves the tax bills of nearly 28 million Americans, but Progressive Policy Institute researchers say an alarming amount of the refund money winds up in the hands of tax preparers.

Kai Ryssdal

Segregation is a loaded word. It brings to mind different times, times that in the law have been done away with but which in reality still linger -- especially in some of our biggest cities. 

One such city, Chicago,  is the subject of Natalie Moore's new book “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.”

Moore spoke with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal.

On how housing is the manifestation of segregation in Chicago:

Kai Ryssdal

Microsoft has been churning out experiments in artificial intelligence for a while now.

Last month brought us a Twitter bot named Tay. The whole thing went sideways when the account started spewing racist and sexist nonsense. The latest, CaptionBot, is more benign and more fun.

It's pretty simple: plug in a photo and CaptionBot will try to tell describe what's in it as well as a human can.

Alibaba's humble beginnings

Apr 14, 2016
Janet Nguyen

We hope your Wednesday ended on as high of a note as Kobe's. And for today, here are some need-to-know numbers to send you off on another high note.

D Gorenstein

The federal government has invested more than $30 billion in electronic medical records. The idea is that these records will let doctors and hospitals improve patient care – and potentially lower costs – by tracking all the treatment a person receives.

The government may want its money back.

Desperation in the streets of Puerto Rico

Apr 14, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about possible sanctions against Theranos; the U.S. government's frustration with inaccurate electronic medical records; and how residents in Carolina, Puerto Rico are dealing with the territory's debt crisis.