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Marketplace for Tuesday, December 1, 2015

5 hours ago

Growing movement to make altruism more effective

16 hours ago
White Williams

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day marks a charitable season in America, and an emerging movement calls for people who give to consider not just how much of their donation gets eaten up by overhead, but also how to make the biggest difference possible in absolute terms.

It’s called effective altruism, with the goal of doing the most good with each dollar spent.

Airing on Tuesday, December 1, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about a global solar power deal; auto sales; and former ABC News Nightline anchor Ted Koppel about his book “Lights Out."

Can America weather a cyber attack on its power grid?

16 hours ago
David Brancaccio, Beidi Zhang and Shana Daloria

In his new book called "Lights Out," veteran journalist Ted Koppel looks at the potential for mayhem by exploring  what might happen to America's electric power grid after a strategically placed computer hack. We think of a blackout being a couple days, but what if it were weeks or months?  

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, December 1, 2015

16 hours ago

Airing on Tuesday, December 1, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Silicon Valley’s investment in climate change and how it might impact innovation; shopping online via smart phones; and how to get people involved in charity.

Auto sales figures expected to cheer automakers

16 hours ago
Andy Uhler

Historically, December was the time to buy a new car. Nowadays, more and more automakers are getting into the Black Friday promotions game. They’re trying to get consumers to pull the trigger on that big purchase a little earlier. Tim Fleming, Kelley Blue Book analyst, said automakers are simply reacting to the market.

“You always talk about manufacturers producing to demand," he said. "But when sales are so hot right now, you’re seeing everyone start to spend a little more to try to get in while consumers are feeling good about the economy.”

From Wall Street to Silicon Valley

16 hours ago
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about what's shaping up to be an average holiday season; auto sales for November; effective altruism; and Wall Street hot shots heading for Silicon Valley.

I'm dreaming of a wi-fi Christmas

16 hours ago
Marketplace staff

$193 quintillion

That's the estimated cost of building the Death Star in the first Star Wars film, according to a new report by Washington University assistant professor Zach Feinstein. And when he crunched the numbers, Feinstein concluded that the second Death Star (also destroyed) probably cost double to build. Meaning the next Star Wars film may very well be about an intergalactic bailout.


Tony Wagner

It is a dark time for the galactic economy. The Rebel Alliance's victory in the Battle of Endor was decisive, but short-lived. With thousands of star systems on the brink of default, Jedi master Luke Skywalker must scrape together enough money to bail out the galaxy...

North Korea's underground capitalism

Nov 30, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Brian Ronaghan

The BBC's Steve Evans recently visited North Korea and wrote about the changes he saw in the country and its people. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal sat down to talk about what he encountered. 

Click the above audio player to hear the full interview.