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Melanie Sevcenko

Since it passed in 2010, the Affordable Care Act has given millions of Americans access to mental health coverage. That’s created a demand for providers,  especially  in rural areas and some underserved communities.

To lure more people into the industry, state and federally funded loan forgiveness programs are gaining traction. They work by paying off a portion of a provider’s student debt in exchange for employment in an underserved area.

Finding unregistered voters can be a costly process

Oct 6, 2016
Johnny Kauffman

On a Saturday morning, Wayne Brumfield is on his way into a Wal-Mart outside Atlanta to shop for his mom. He just moved here from Louisiana.

"She's getting a little older and my brothers are in the service, so I was like the only one left,” Brumfield said.

Freelancers made an estimated $1 trillion last year

Oct 6, 2016
Donna Tam and Mitchell Hartman

The stigma around choosing freelance work is fading and that has contributed to a steady increase of freelancers in the U.S., according to a survey released today by the Freelancers Union.

“Freelancing is becoming a way of life for a third of the workforce. Even if someone is doing it a little bit, it’s just getting to be more ubiquitous,” said Sara Horowitz, the head of the Freelancers Union.

In Detroit, a risky alternative to mortgages

Oct 6, 2016
Lane Wallace

This is the third in a three-part series on the Detroit housing market. Read part one, on the city's residents who rent from faraway buyers, and part two, on why mortgages have all but disappeared from the city.

JaeRan Kim

A government contractor who was arrested in August is accused of taking top secret computer code designed to help the U.S. hack into foreign government computer networks. Harold Thomas Martin, 51, worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, the same private consulting company that had employed Edward Snowden, who released a slew of confidential data to journalists in 2013.

On today's show, we'll talk about a drop in the number of new people signing up for unemployment benefits; news that the Paris Agreement — a pact aimed at tackling climate change — will officially take effect next month; and an overlooked item on Donald Trump's 1995 tax records.

How a new rule could affect your retirement savings

Oct 6, 2016
Mark Garrison

A Wall Street giant is chopping prices on something that may be part of your retirement savings. BlackRock is reducing fees for some of its low-cost exchange traded funds, or ETFs. Lower-fee products, like BlackRock’s iShares, are expected to get much more popular as a new government rule kicks in requiring brokers to put their clients’ interests ahead of their own.

Click the above audio player to hear how this new rule could impact what you pay to save for retirement.

Stay or go? Evacuations carry a price

Oct 6, 2016

People are piling into cars and buses and headed inland in parts of South Carolina and Florida to avoid damage from Hurricane Matthew. Evacuations are a financial boon for places like convenience stores and motels, but expensive for homeowners.

Click the above audio player to hear the full report. 

Why can't employers find enough candidates to hire?

Oct 6, 2016
David Brancaccio

The September jobs report will be released tomorrow — the next to last report before Election Day. As the job market strengthens, many employers are saying they can't find enough workers. Is this good or bad?

Chris Farrell, a senior economics contributor for Marketplace, joined us to chat about the country's labor market.

On taking advantage of job opportunities: 

Yahoo doesn't deny it scanned users' emails

Oct 5, 2016
Molly Wood

After Reuters broke the news that Yahoo allegedly intercepted millions of users' emails at the request of U.S. intelligence, Yahoo took about 20 hours to issue a short statement through a PR firm: "The article is misleading. We narrowly interpret every government request for user data to minimize disclosure. The mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems."

That's not a denial.

Marketplace for Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Oct 5, 2016

On today's show, batting down the hatches for Hurricane Matthew, what $100,000 in student debt feels like and who on earth might buy Twitter. Plus: a conversation with Ev Williams, CEO of Medium and a co-founder of Twitter.

Donna Tam

Netflix’s nationwide promotion for its revival of “Gilmore Girls,” a show that has been off air for nearly a decade, basically centered around a piece of cardboard:

Why there's almost no mortgage lending in Detroit

Oct 5, 2016
Lane Wallace

Hardly anyone in Detroit gets a mortgage, and that’s common knowledge. Just ask Cymone Thomas,

“There’s some beautiful homes in Highland Park ... big family homes,” she said, describing the area’s blocks upon blocks of solid brick two-stories, three or four bedrooms with yards. A lot of them need work, but they can be really affordable, well below $50,000.

“I definitely want a home cause I have a son, I want him to have his own backyard,” she said. But when a home sells in her neighborhood, it’s almost always in cash.

On today's show, we'll talk about how the vice presidential candidates addressed our country's $19 trillion debt during last night's debate; Monsanto's better-than-expected quarterly earnings; and the mixed feelings North Dakota residents have about the Dakota Access Pipeline protest. 

Monsanto in uncertain marriage

Oct 5, 2016
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

Monsanto announces fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday, amid a time of considerable uncertainty for the seed and chemical giant. 

Monsanto and Bayer announced last month they plan to merge, in a $66 billion deal. But it’s not a done deal. 

It’s not clear that government regulators will approve Bayer’s proposed takeover of Monsanto.

Yahoo accused of spying on users' emails

Oct 4, 2016
Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood

Marissa Mayer of Yahoo has been having a rough go of it.

That go got rougher today, thanks to a report from Reuters about what the company is said to have done in response to orders from US intelligence agencies last year.

Kai Ryssdal spoke with Marketplace’s Senior Tech Correspondent Molly Wood.

The gist of the issue:

Jack and the non-GMO beanstalk

Oct 4, 2016
Annie Baxter

In the late 90s, many farmers went all in on biotech crops, whose genetics have been tweaked to do things like repel insects or resist herbicides. Today, about 90 percent of the corn and soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified.

But as crop prices falter, and some Americans express wariness about GMOs, farmers are increasingly interested in non-biotech crops.

Jack Bruns, a farmer in Valley City, North Dakota, is among them. About 10 years ago, he decided to grow some non-biotech soybeans. His motivation was simple: “To make more money!” he said.

Google's big plans for its Pixel smartphones

Oct 4, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about anticipation over Google's new smartphones; the International Monetary Fund's efforts to accelerate global growth; why central bankers are stocking up on gold; and Amazon's decision to pull 1,500 titles from its flat-fee system in Japan.

Canada will have a carbon price. Will the US?

Oct 4, 2016
JaeRan Kim

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this week that Canada will institute a national price on carbon emissions. Doing so would help it reach goals set by the Paris Climate Agreement.

With the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels, the plan allows provinces to decide how to reduce their own emissions, either through a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system. Failure to do so would result in a government-mandated system. 

David Brancaccio

When it comes to the all-important credit profile, should you get brownie points for improvement? Maybe you once had a rough patch trying to repay debt, but have since gotten better. 

The credit reporting company Equifax is now rolling out a system that will take that into account.

Central banks rush to gold

Oct 4, 2016
Sam Beard

Since the financial crisis eight years ago, there’s been something of a gold rush as worried investors have piled into the yellow metal. But a new study has revealed that part of the stampede into bullion has come from a  rather surprising quarter: the central banks.

Trump's return reveals real estate tax benefits

Oct 3, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour

Donald Trump’s 1995 tax return, obtained by The New York Times, showed a near-one billion dollar loss that may have allowed him to avoid paying income tax for decades.  It also brings to the fore several features baked into the tax code that benefit the real estate industry, some by design and others not necessarily so.

Kai Ryssdal

Classic rock fans are gearing up for Desert Trip, a three-day festival happening this week and next at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California.

Sam Beard

So now we have a date for Brexit. By no later than March next year the British government will have begun negotiating the terms of the UK’s departure from the European Union and , under EU law, the UK should be out of the bloc by  March 2019.  British Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled the timetable at her annual party conference and  she also revealed she’ll play hardball with her European partners. That delighted the so-called “Hard Brexiters”, while disheartening  those in the “Soft Brexit” camp.  

How the tax code can help out those in real estate

Oct 3, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about tax provisions granted to those who work in real estate; negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; a slowdown in auto sales; and controversy over the identity of Elena Ferrante, the author of the Neapolitan Novels. 

Andy Uhler

The presidential candidates don’t agree on much, but they agree on at least one thing: They both oppose the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or T-TIP, between the U.S. and Europe. Even though passage seems unlikely, President Barack Obama wants to make it part of his legacy before he exits in January. The 15th round of talks start Monday in New York.

Auto sales go on cruise control

Oct 3, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

Update: Automakers reported rising U.S. sales in September, with vehicles sold at a 17.8 million annual rate. That is a 4.7 percent increase from the 17.0 million annual rate of vehicle sales reported in August. The data is compiled by Autodata, from individual automakers' sales figures, and released on the first business day of the month.

Lizzie O'Leary

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may have paid no federal income taxes for almost two decades, according to reporting and tax analysis from the New York Times.

The paper got a hold of part of Trump's 1995 tax filings, which show that he recorded a loss of almost $916 million that year — enough of a loss that it could offset taxable income for 18 years.

Marketplace Tech for Monday, October 3, 2016

Oct 3, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about hype surrounding a potential new smartphone from Google; interview Lieutenant Colonel Peter Garretson about the importance of space technology; and look at the launch of South by South Lawn, a White House festival of "ideas, art and action."

Is it evil? A year of email controversies

Sep 30, 2016
Donna Tam

To prepare for Season 2 of our tech podcast "Codebreaker," we’re revisiting Season 1 and exploring the news around the technology scrutinized in each episode. First up: email.

In Season 1 of "Codebreaker," we asked: is email evil?