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Playlist

June 30, 2015

6:57 PM
Hey Ya!
Artist : Outkast
Album : Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Composer :
Label : Arista

While my guitar gently tunes itself

10 hours ago
Emil Moffatt

Gibson has spent millions of dollars over the course of a decade trying to perfect the self-tuning guitar.

But it wasn’t until this year the brand behind the iconic Les Paul started making automatic tuners a standard feature on most of its electric guitars.

With one press of a button, tiny motors twist the tuning pegs and within seconds, the guitar is ready to play. The tuner is a small black box tucked out-of-sight, above the neck at the head of the guitar.

Andy Uhler

Puerto Rico has debt problems. It's even been called the "Greece of the Americas." On Monday, the Puerto Rican government is due to repay another $60 million to bond holders, and the government is already preparing statements assuming it won’t have the cash.  

It wouldn’t technically be a default. These are what are called moral obligation bonds, so they don’t have legal repercussions for non-payment. But it’s not just banks and bondholders affected.

Marketplace Tech for Friday, July 31, 2015

10 hours ago
Marketplace

Airing on Friday, July 31, 2015: First up, we'll talk to Stephen Cobb, security researcher at ESET North America, about the Black Hat hacking conference. Plus, Annalee Newitz, Editor-in-Chief at Gizmodo, joins us to talk about the death of Google Plus. And how well have you kept up with the week in tech news? It's time for Silicon Tally! This week, host Ben Johnson takes on Aaron Harris, a partner at Y Combinator and host of Startup School Radio.

Marketplace for Thursday, July 30, 2015

23 hours ago
Marketplace

Airing on Thursday, July 30, 2015: The unregulated industry of occupational licensing and tech's survival of the biggest.

The obsession with tech-company growth

23 hours ago
Adrienne Hill

Facebook is out with second quarter earnings, and the company reported steady growth in revenue and its user base. Twitter and Yelp, on the other hand, disappointed investors with growth numbers.

Not to be too dramatic about it, but if you're a tech company, it's pretty much grow or die.

Do you really need a license to do your job?

23 hours ago
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

Nivea Earl has been doing African-style hair braiding for the past 16 years.

“So it’s just kind of like a love and a passion for me,” she says.

Earl decided to open a hair braiding shop in Jacksonville, Arkansas, three years ago. 

She soon learned that she  first needed to go to school to become a licensed cosmetologist. Trained, not in braiding, but in cutting, dyeing and washing hair. Even though, as a hair braider, she wouldn’t do any of those things.

There should be a lane for that

23 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal

Science once again validates that which you already knew, namely that people walking down the street with their noses buried in their smartphones are a giant pain in the collective patootie.

Students at the University of Bath over in the U.K. did the research, according to the Huffington Post. 

'Tis the season to review winter's GDP

23 hours ago
Mark Garrison

The U.S. economy grew 2.3 percent in the second quarter. But that wasn't the most interesting item in Thursday's quarterly update on the economy from the Commerce Department.

It turns out that America’s gross domestic product grew at 0.6 percent in the first quarter. Previously, Commerce had said the economy shrank 0.2 percent. The difference is basically in how the government made seasonal adjustments to those numbers.

To understand how this works, we start with a guy who sells diamond rings.

Migrants attempt to jump trains from France to Britain

23 hours ago
Marketplace staff

The European migrant crisis seems to have come to a head in Calais, France. As many as 2,000 people each night are trying to get through the Channel Tunnel to England. The BBC's Zoe Conway talked with some of the migrants and camped out near the Eurotunnel freight terminal. 

Click the media player above to hear her interview with migrants.

Older workers head for retirement — and don't retire

23 hours ago
Mitchell Hartman

Before the recession, economists predicted a massive wave of retirements would begin in the 2010s, as the baby boomer generation (those born between 1946-1964) started hitting 65.

And it is certainly the case that some boomers are retiring. But not in the numbers, or at the pace, that economists earlier predicted. In fact, the labor force participation rate for people 55 and older (at 39.9 percent in June 2015, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) is near its highest level in several decades, up by approximately one-third since 1990.

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