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In-depth focus on the latest business news both nationally and internationally, the global economy, and wider events linked to the financial markets. The only national daily business news program originating from the West Coast, Marketplace is noted for its timely, relevant and accessible coverage of business, economics and personal finance.

Codebreaker - Is It Evil? Ep 2: Internet Porn

Nov 18, 2015
Bruce Johnson and Clare Toeniskoetter

A man whose job is scrubbing porn from the web; adult film star Stoya's battle against free, pirated porn; and the dirty history of tagging. Listen, decode and decide: Is internet porn evil?

Home construction rises — slowly, slowly

Nov 18, 2015
Mitchell Hartman

This story has been updated to reflect new residential construction data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that housing starts fell 11 percent in October from the previous month. Housing permits rose 4.1 percent. Over the past year, economic conditions for homebuilders and homebuilders’ level of optimism about future construction have both improved gradually.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Nov 18, 2015

Airing on Wednesday, November 18, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Square’s forthcoming IPO; how retailers and consumers are adjusting to the chip card roll-out; and adult content on mobile phones.

How the Rain Room may pay off for Restoration Hardware

Nov 18, 2015
Adrienne Hill

It's high season in the high-end art world, and while most buyers aren't in the market for a $170 million Modigliani or a $100 million Picasso, "there's huge growth in the art market," said Philip Hoffman, who heads the Fine Art Fund Group, an art investment house. Companies like Restoration Hardware and Amazon are increasingly trying to get a piece of that growth.

But first they have to get the attention of the art crowd. 


Airing on Wednesday, November 18, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Yahoo being scrutinized over fantasy sports; why shopping for healthcare may mean savings, but also changing doctors; and why we may be too careful about not touching our savings accounts.

Data encryption under increased scrutiny after Paris attacks

Nov 17, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, a conversation that's been bubbling in the tech world has just gone supernova. For months now, security officials have been arguing with tech companies over encryption. Companies like Apple, Google, and WhatsApp have started to encrypt their customers' messages and emails as a privacy measure. But the government is worried that such encryption prevents it from gathering information about things like terrorists planning major attacks -- or any other crime, for that matter.

Kim Adams

The open border policy in some European countries is looking more and more vulnerable. The Schengen Agreement, as it’s called, is facing harsh criticism from the right in Europe following the recent Paris attacks. What to do about Schengen is on the agenda for an emergency European Union summit on Friday. Several countries have already temporarily closed — or increased screening — at borders, and there are calls to toss the agreement altogether.

College completion rates fall again

Nov 17, 2015
Amy Scott

As parents of millions of high school seniors well know, we’re smack in the middle of college application season. Here’s some sobering news to think about from the National Student Clearinghouse: despite a huge national push to get more people through college, the percentage of students actually earning degrees continues to decline. Of the nearly 3 million people who started college in 2009, just 52.9 percent finished six years later.

Marketplace for Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Nov 17, 2015

Many Europeans want tighter restrictions on their borders, but that may stifle business; the declining rate of students graduating college within six years; and Hallmark's attempt to redefine their holiday marketing. 

Hallmark ads get edgier and more digital

Nov 17, 2015
Mark Garrison

Hallmark is trying something different in this year’s holiday ad campaign for its Keepsake Christmas tree ornaments. The ads are all online videos, as opposed to old-fashioned TV spots. This very old brand is taking a very big step away from old media in the hopes of being able to reach a specific audience of millennial mothers.