Marketplace

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  • Hosted by Kai Ryssdal

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.

NBA goes to Toronto seeking international fans

11 hours ago
Sam Harnett

In San Francisco, fans watching the Golden State Warriors at a local bar have a lot to cheer for. A recent championship. The league's best record.

Molly Wood

Welcome to this week's Molly Dispatch! I'm generously calling it episode two (I'll think of a better name eventually.)

Consumer economy holding up...so far

11 hours ago

On Friday, the Commerce Department reports retail sales for January, while the University of Michigan reports on its monthly survey of consumer sentiment.

In the past several months, even as the U.S. economy has slowed and U.S. and global equity markets have been in turmoil, U.S. consumer spending and sentiment levels have held relatively steady and strong.

Marketplace Tech for Friday, February 12, 2016

11 hours ago
Marketplace

Airing on Friday, February 12, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about Google expanding the “right to be forgotten”; why certain tech jobs stay open for months; and my Webb, futurist and the founder of Webbmedia Group joins us for this week's Silicon Tally.

Marketplace

Airing on Friday, February 12, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about upcoming retail sales;  recent trend of rising mortgage originations and declining mortgage delinquency rates; and we take a look at whether movie theaters could fill seats much the same way airlines sell tickets.

Why movie tickets aren't priced like airline tickets

11 hours ago
Adrienne Hill

Box office revenue set a record last year, thanks in part to higher ticket prices. But the relatively low number of people actually going to theaters has the industry wringing its hands.

Earlier this week, for instance, I paid $14 for a ticket to "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," and pretty much had the theater to myself.  

What if there were a way for theaters to play with ticket prices to fill some of those empty seats, by making them cheaper? Kind of like the airlines do? 

The hardest jobs to fill

11 hours ago

The number of jobs openings climbed to the second-highest it’s ever been in December — That’s according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, out this week. 

Tech jobs can be among those that stay open the longest…and the job search site Indeed.com took a look at which ones stay open more than 60 days. They found that IT specialists are at the top of the list, followed by software engineers.  

Rob Schmitz

The streets of Pianma are lined with sawmills. They’re also lined with logs as big as cars: Teak, Rosewood, and Golden Camphor — all of them felled illegally across the border in Burma from old growth forests and brought to the Chinese side to be cut down into furniture.

“These trees were several hundred years old," said Li Xiaomei, showing off a two-story stack of logs outside the mill she owns with her husband, Li Jianli.

Inside a huge air pollution scrubbing unit

21 hours ago
Reid R. Frazier

What does it take to keep 100,000 tons of pollution out of the air? At one coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania, the answer is: lots and lots of air filters.

Sulfur in coal is a big cause of pollution. To take sulfur out of the coal it burns, the Homer City Generating Station — an hour east of Pittsburgh — is putting in thousands of air filters.

Kai Ryssdal

Whole Foods just became more Whole Food-ish.

The company's in the middle of rolling out a new store brand.

It's called Friends of 365.

Smaller, just as natural organic healthy, you know the drill.

Here's the twist, though: Bloomberg reported today, and the company confirms, that the new stores will also host smaller pop-up shops.

Record stores, perhaps. Vinyl, of course. Or, tattoo parlors.

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