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Saving the archives, one radio show at a time

Feb 26, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about finance leaders in China for the G20 summit; an effort to save radio archives; and celebrities issuing thank you's via social media.

And the Oscar for Instagram shout-outs goes to...?

Feb 25, 2016
Adrienne Hill

When Amy Schumer won an Emmy earlier this year, she thanked the usual suspects: her network, Comedy Central, and, as she put it, “all the suits who represent me.”

But Schumer didn’t stop there. She also gave a big thank you to, “the girl who gave me this smoky eye. I really love it.”  

It was a classic Schumer laugh line. And as far as shout outs for eye shadow from the stage of an awards show...likely a first.

Task force aims to preserve radio history

Feb 25, 2016
Amy Scott

A group of librarians, academics, and audio enthusiasts is gathering in Washington Friday for a first-of-its kind conference. The topic: “Saving America’s Radio Heritage.” The meeting is part of a massive effort to preserve recordings going back to the early 20th century.

Marketplace Tech for Friday, February 26, 2016

Feb 25, 2016

Airing on Friday, February 26, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about Apple's battle in the courtroom; the social media value of a "thank you"; and Madeleine Brand, host of KCRW's Press Play, joins us to play this week's Silicon Tally.


Airing on Friday, February 26, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about tech companies showing support for Apple; a fast-track bill that would sent $250 million to help Flint, MI; and we'll talk with Sydney Finkelstein, Dartmouth, about his new book "Superbosses."

Michell Eloy

In a nondescript office park outside Atlanta, researchers at Emory University's Hope Clinic are running tests on blood and plasma.

Marketplace for Thursday, February 25, 2016

Feb 25, 2016

Amid the government clashes with Apple, the cyber security job market is hot; a conversation with UC Berkeley's chancellor and the latest in our "Transaction" series.

Donna Tam

Lands’ End's recent decision to remove a Gloria Steinem interview from its website amid controversy and customer backlash might do the clothing retailer more harm than good: backpedaling is not a good look for brands, says one observer.

“People can handle disagreement but the public really won’t respect duplicity -- brands are all about building trust,” said branding expert Rob Frankel.

So you want to rent a car...

Feb 25, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about stock markets in China taking a tumble; a new report identifying one force driving healthcare inflation; and best practices for renting cars.

What goes up must come down. Or else.

Feb 24, 2016
Levi Sharpe

As Astronaut Scott Kelly prepares to descend from a successful year in space, it’s important to think about what else is constantly orbiting our planet, but can’t so easily come down.  

Around 600,000 pieces of human-made space debris is currently orbiting Earth, flying at speeds over 17,000 miles per hour. Even though a lot of this junk is smaller than four inches, it can wreak havoc on satellites, and is a growing issue for the future of space exploration.  

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, February 25, 2016

Feb 24, 2016

Airing on Thursday, February 25, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about social media and elections; the new S60 thermal imaging phone; and the cost of cleaning up space debris.

Kai Ryssdal

I'm not saying anything mean about millennials, I'm just reporting the facts.

From the New York Times this item:

In a recent survey 40 percent millennials said cereal was an inconvenient breakfast choice because they had to clean up after eating it.

I report, you decide. 

Facebook gets emotional with its "Like" button

Feb 24, 2016

Today, Facebook announced five new ways users can respond to a post on their site. That's in addition to the old "Like" button, which has been around since 2009. The social media company is calling them "Reactions," but they're basically five animated emoji. Then again, they're so much more than that ... for advertisers.

Marketplace for Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Feb 24, 2016

Water cut-offs are impacting mobile home renters in Ohio; how the instant delivery business is growing; and an interview with the man behind CBS' "The Big Bang Theory"

Mobile home park residents see erratic water service

Feb 24, 2016
Lane Wallace

Imagine you wake up and go to get in the shower, or brush your teeth, and there’s nothing coming out of the tap. Imagine this happens with no notice, and sometimes goes on for days. Well, this scenario is real — and we’re not talking about Flint or any city water system. It turns out mobile home parks across the country have problems with unreliable water.

Nike's Phil Knight funds scholarships at Stanford

Feb 24, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about a new international scholarship program at Stanford University; an economic dialogue between the U.S. and Mexico; and ahead of the Democratic primary in South Carolina, we visit a rural part of the state where a third of residents live in poverty.

A Promise Zone designation brings economic change

Feb 23, 2016
Caitlin Esch

February 27 is the Democratic South Carolina primary. Last year, the Obama Administration named a six-county region in Lowcountry a “Promise Zone.” That means for the next 10 years, it’ll be prioritized for federal grants and loan packages.

So we took a trip to Bamberg County — the hometown of Governor Nikki Haley — where almost a third of all residents live in poverty.

Executive Director of Southeastern Housing Foundation Robert Thomas lives in Bamberg County and plans to tear down 32 blighted and abandoned houses by the summer of 2017.


Airing on Wednesday, February 24, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about oil prices sliding this morning; an update rollout for the NYSE; and we'll talk with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on how his department plans to address drug abuse, depression and child poverty in rural areas of America.

Netflix ratings and why you don't get to see them

Feb 23, 2016

There was a big fancy party in Washington DC this week: the ceremonial premiere of the fourth season of "House of Cards." The new season will be available to stream on Netflix in a couple of weeks and will likely be the buzz around your office. What won't be getting any buzz is what the show's ratings are. In fact, the streaming service doesn't reveal numbers for any of its offerings ... to any of us.

How CVS reined in drug prices

Feb 23, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour

Drug prices have become a campaign issue, and the subject of hearings on Capitol Hill. 

Specialty drugs in particular have seen price inflation of up to 25 percent according to analysis by Deutschebank, though the growth in price for more widely used drugs has been much more moderate. Analysts also point out that seemingly expensive drugs can take the place for even more expensive hospital stays or lengthy regimens of cheaper drugs.

Marketplace for Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Feb 23, 2016

A look at one largest pharmacies in the country; Bank of America's new mortgage plan for low-income buyers; and a defeat for the solar industry in Nevada.


Bill Gates talks encryption, and clean energy

Feb 23, 2016

Don't space out yet, it's only Tuesday. Here are some need-to-know numbers to end your day.


Bank of America offers a mortgage for low-income buyers

Feb 23, 2016
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

Bank of America has created a new type of home loan for low and moderate-income consumers.

These aren’t the liar loans of the housing crisis, where home buyers didn’t have to document their income to get a loan.

Bank of America says it’ll turn itself inside out to be sure these low-income borrowers don’t default.

“We’re going to hold people’s hands as they go through the process,” said Terry Francisco, a Bank of America spokesman.

A look at Nevada's economy

Feb 23, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Nevada's economy; what it means to privatize social security; and what's influencing consumer spending.

Mind the gap...the rift about consumer confidence

Feb 22, 2016

Consumer confidence has been on the rise in recent months, but another confidence report paints a darker picture.

“That’s one of the most interesting things that we’re seeing now,” explained Bart van Ark, chief economist at The Conference Board. “Consumer confidence and business confidence are really kind of out of sync.”

Bernie Sanders' campaign gets a grammar lesson

Feb 22, 2016

Bernie Sanders got hoisted on his own rhetorical petard.

Senator Sanders, as you may know, likes to say Wall Street's business model is fraud.

In fact, today his campaign tweeted this:

Problem is, Senator, those are all nouns. The tweet was later deleted. 

How do wineries set the price for a bottle of wine?

Feb 22, 2016
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

Have you ever wondered how a winery decides what to charge for a bottle of wine? Michael Devitt of Boise, Idaho did, and he sent in this question for our “I’ve Always Wondered” series:

He asked, “How do wineries set the price for a bottle of wine? What is the difference between say, a $10 bottle and a $30 bottle? Costs? Taste?”

So, the first thing you should know is there’s a difference between wine that’s mass produced and sold nationally or internationally, and wine from wineries that sell locally.

Hollywood's diversity problem goes beyond the Oscars

Feb 22, 2016
Sarah Menendez

Last month, #OscarsSoWhite started trending as a conversation on the lack of diversity in the Academy Awards. With the Oscars around the corner, a new study released today suggests that homogeneity is an issue that spans across the entire film and television industry. The study on diversity and entertainment was published by the USC Institute of Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg.

Facebook maps the world

Feb 22, 2016

A happy Monday to you. Here are some need-to-know numbers to end your day.


Marketplace for Monday, February 22, 2016

Feb 22, 2016

The latest installment of "I've Always Wondered..." looking what goes into the price of a bottle of wine; how Uber is handling the Kalamazoo shooting; and a look at how the National Science Foundation funds projects.