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Marketplace for Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Dec 23, 2015

What new home sales mean for the economy; why Disney is still struggling, even though it's with the Force; and a look at airplane boarding with the latest installment of "I've always wondered.."

Black Lives Matter protesters banned at Mall of America

Dec 23, 2015
Marketplace staff

On today's show, we'll talk about the stock markets staying in its pajamas; and how some protestors of the Black Lives Matter movement will be barred from rallying at the Mall of America.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Dec 22, 2015
Marketplace

Airing on Wednesday, December 23, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about why an increasing number of Americans are using only their smartphones to go online; finding Etsy sellers offline; and how a UPS driver gets the packages delivered during the holiday rush.

Marketplace

Airing on Wednesday, December 23, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about calculating the benefits of renting versus buying; homelessness and hunger; and we'll take a look at the past year in corporate deal making and venture capital.

FedEx meteorologists get your packages home on time

Dec 22, 2015
Mukta Mohan

FedEx has a giant hub in Memphis where it ships out a million packages a night this time of year, an operation that makes Memphis the busiest airport in the world after dark. It's just a slice of a global and logistically mind-boggling system, whose smooth running is arguably dependent on 15 people — the meteorologists. Kory Gempler and Erik Proseus tell us what the job is like. 

How 2 percent GDP growth looks in the real economy

Dec 22, 2015
Tracey Samuelson

The broadest indicator of the economic health of the U.S. is the GDP —  the gross domestic product. Imperfect, yes, but still the closest thing for figuring out how things are going.

Marketplace for Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Dec 22, 2015

SpaceX landed a rocket yesterday, and we take a look at the competition in the space industry; why the agricultural industry is taking a big hit; and the new normal for the GDP.

Kim Adams

Last night, SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket carrying a payload of Orbcomm communications satellites. It's SpaceX first return to flight since one of its rockets blew up in June.

The man behind multiplatinum Mannheim Steamroller

Dec 22, 2015
Kai Ryssdal

Chip Davis is a musician who has sold more than 50 million albums, and you've probably never heard of him before. But you have almost definitely heard his music, which is pretty much ubiquitous in and around the holiday season.

Handle with care...and money

Dec 22, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about the bank that made of easy for Russian money launderers; China's new economic blue print; and the growing in-home delivery market.

How early environments contribute to later success

Dec 21, 2015
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. 

The fifth topic in our series: childhood environments.

Gas is below $2 a gallon, so where's the savings going?

Dec 21, 2015
Mitchell Hartman

Gasoline prices nationwide have fallen to the same level as in March 2009, at $1.99 a gallon, according to AAA. At that time, the U.S.economy was still in the throes of the Great Recession, and gas prices had fallen after global economic activity declined sharply, leaving a glut of crude oil on world markets.

Kim Adams

There’s a good deal of political scrambling going on in Spain right now. Even though the governing conservative party won the most votes in Sunday’s general election, it wasn’t enough to secure control of the parliament. In fact, the result was so fractured it’s not clear yet how the parties will organize a coalition to govern the country.

Marketplace for Monday, December 21, 2015

Dec 21, 2015

Crude prices keep falling, and so do prices at the pump; Spain scrambles for a coalition; and soccer sponsors rethink their FIFA ties.

Marlboro College fights to stay alive

Dec 21, 2015
Amy Scott

One hint that Marlboro College may not be for everyone: the 6-foot-high wooden poles sticking out of the ground, lining the walkways. They’re guides for the snow plows, an ominous sign of the coming winter.

“I didn’t even know what a proper winter jacket was until I came here,” said sophomore Alex Quick from Pennsylvania.

Hoping to win 'El Gordo'

Dec 21, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about Spanish election results; the massive lottery that's about to take place there; and an increase in demand for African-American santas in the U.S.

Drone registration begins

Dec 20, 2015
Kim Adams

The Federal Aviation Administration now requires that drones be registered with the agency. That includes many recreational drones that are expected to be a hot item for the holidays. Registration costs $5, although it gets refunded if you sign up in the first month. This is the same fee as for manned aircraft.

Marketplace

Airing on Monday, December 21, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Fifa president Sepp Blatter's 8-year ban; the beginning of the FAA's required drone registration; and a closer look at how low-income housing does or doesn't affect property values.

Women CFOs barely out-earn their male peers, here's why

Dec 18, 2015
Sally Herships

It's well known that women make less money than men, which is what makes a recent review of salaries at S&P 500 companies stand out. The Associated Press took a look at what chief financial officers are paid and found that female CFOs are making more than their male counterparts.

Marketplace for Friday, December 18, 2015

Dec 18, 2015

There's a new consumer holiday and it comes with free shipping; how women that are CFOs barely out-earn their male colleagues; and the holidays brought to you by...fruitcake. 

Introducing the new Marketplace.org

Dec 18, 2015
Marketplace Dev Team

Marketplace first went on the air on January 2, 1989 as "The International Magazine of Business and Finance." Since then, the show has gone through several iterations of its digital home at Marketplace.org, all with the goal of keeping our listeners informed on whatever platform they use.

Whether you're on a mobile phone, a tablet, a laptop, in your car or using a streaming service, we want to make our stuff easier to find and seamless enough to fit your schedule. Our new site is another step toward doing just that.

Here's a look at some of the new features you'll find:

Georgia town boasts about its fruitcake bakery

Dec 18, 2015
Elaine Jones

If you have fruitcake this holiday season there's a good chance it will come from Claxton, Georgia. The tiny town's water tower proclaims it  the "Fruitcake Capital of the World" - and across the street is the Claxton Bakery.

“We take a lot of pride in that nickname,” said Dale Parker, whose father bought this bakery from its founder in 1945.

Texas company dresses up fruitcake with pecans

Dec 18, 2015
Lauren Silverman

In the 1940s, a German immigrant and Texas businessman gave up baking bread for baking fruitcake. If you think that’s nuts, you should try their product.

It’s about 30 percent pecans.

“We use 20,000 pounds of pecans a day, during season,” said Hayden Crawford. “That’s a truckload of pecans every other day.”

Marketplace

Airing Friday, December 18, 2015: On today's show, tax cuts in the U.S., the end of the industrial revolution in Britain, and how to market a really big film without really trying.

Marketplace Tech for Friday, December 18, 2015

Dec 17, 2015
Marketplace

Airing on Friday, December 18, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Blackberry earnings; the SEC approving the use of blockchain (the technology behind bitcoin) to issue stock ; and Adi Ignatius, Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Business Review joins us to play this week's Silicon Tally.

Apple is shaking up its org chart

Dec 17, 2015
Tony Wagner

Apple capped off the year by moving things around in the C-suite and shuffling duties among its executive leadership. Check out the changes, and the rest of Apple's senior leadership team, in the chart below,

How the interest rate can impact a small business

Dec 17, 2015

Some of what is going to happen with interest rates has already happened, like banks raising borrowing rates, but other effects are going to take some time to notice. In the end, it will all come down to consumers and the businesses we frequent. Steve Presser owns Big Fun Toys in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

We regularly check in with him about how his business is doing, so we asked him for his thoughts on what the rate hike is going to mean to him. 

Marketplace for Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dec 17, 2015

The U.N. makes a historical move to combat ISIS through finance; how solar and wind power will benefit from the omnibus deal; and why banks don't want your money.

Why banks just don’t want your money

Dec 17, 2015
Mark Garrison

For years, people have been making next to nothing in interest on their savings accounts. If they think that’s going to change now that the Fed is raising its interest rates, they’re going to be very disappointed. Banks are raising the rates they charge on loans in response to the Fed. But they largely are not moving the rates they pay on savings accounts. It may sound a little strange, but banks really don’t have more money right now.

3, 2, 1...Lift off!

Dec 17, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about the affect of the Fed's announcement on markets; Brad Fisher of Darmoth and BlackRock talks about the mechanism of short-term rate hike; and what "lift off" really means.

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