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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.

Big banks team up to create digital currency

10 hours ago

On today's show, we'll talk about a decline in stock market volatility over the summer; a collaboration between four big banks to create an alternative to Bitcoin; a labor ruling that's granted graduate students from private colleges the right to unionize; and the return of Fugitive Tech CEO Kobi Alexander to the U.S. 

Andy Uhler

Graduate students at Columbia, Duke and other places of higher education are celebrating a labor ruling made Tuesday night. The National Labor Relations Board decided that graduate students working as teaching or research assistants at private universities have the right to bargain collectively, to organize a union. Students at public institutions can already do this.  

How HP is faring with its printer-PC business

14 hours ago
Gigi Douban

The Hewlett-Packard Company's share price fell by half last year after HP broke itself into two smaller companies, and hasn't recovered much. As HP — the HP that kept the printer and computer lines — reports quarterly earnings, investors are looking for clues that getting smaller is working.

Consider this: In the printer world, there’s an old running joke. And if you’ve ever bought cartridges or toner, you’ll get it.

Katie Long

New York just passed the halfway mark on its $1.3 billion project to raise the Bayonne Bridge, set to open in 2017. The aim is to attract mega ships, the ones now able to move through the expanded Panama Canal to the East Coast. But making room for these vessels with taller bridges and deeper harbors is just the beginning. The challenges start all over again when a giant ship actually docks.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, August 24, 2016

16 hours ago

On today's show, we'll talk about the aftermath of Hewlett-Packard's decision to split into two companies; a project in Baltimore where aircraft used cameras to watch citizens and help police solve crimes; and changes to Google's search rankings that are aimed at burying sites with distracting mobile advertising.

Earthquake leaves at least 21 dead in central Italy

16 hours ago
Marketplace staff

From our partners at the BBC:

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 21 people dead and many others trapped under rubble, reports say.

"Half the town is gone," said the mayor of Amatrice, one of the worst areas affected.

A family of four were feared dead in the rubble of their house in the nearby town of Accumoli.


On today's show, we'll talk about about a ruling that will allow graduate students from private universities to unionize; how the Port of Los Angeles handles big ships; and a push from Britain's Labour Party for the government to take back railways from the private sector.

Grace Hood

In Colorado, nothing quite says summer like a rafting trip down thrilling rapids. In the southwestern town of Durango, hundreds sign up for trips in July and August.

On a late June afternoon, Dylan and Elizabeth Burton from Washington stepped out from the Animas River in Durango riding a rush of adrenaline. “Perfect, beautiful, fantastic in every way possible,” Dylan Burton said.

KFC releases fried-chicken scented sunscreen

Aug 23, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

Some of you will remember that time KFC decided to release fried chicken-flavored nail polish a while back. The restaurant chain is out with another non-edible fried chicken product — I'm just gonna let this speak for itself, you decide:

Best Buy beats expectations big time

Aug 23, 2016

Best Buy had a monster day on Wall Street Tuesday, with the stock closing up 20 percent. This came after the electronics retailer reported much better than expected results, including a 21 percent jump in profit. Appliance and consumer electronics sales were especially strong.

This surprised investors and it probably surprised non-investors as well, given the constant talk of Amazon crushing brick and mortar retailers. Best Buy, which is 50 years old this week, hasn’t gone the way of RadioShack or Circuit City.

With Trump, the more he tells us, the less we know

Aug 23, 2016
Adam Allington

Presidential candidates here in the United States are required to disclose the sources of their income to the FEC. That doesn’t mean however that we get a full picture of their total wealth. Never has this been truer than with a candidate like Donald Trump.

Trump has a stake in over 540 separate entities, everything from golf courses to hotels, to vineyards, even a modeling agency. That is according to a 104-page personal financial disclosure form.

Paris begins construction of urban refugee camp

Aug 23, 2016
Emma Jacobs

The city of Paris has started construction on a pair of urban refugee camps, which will provide modular shelters for more than 1,000 people.  The city hopes the project, announced by Mayor Anne Hidalgo in May, will help to eliminate tent cities that have emerged in public spaces throughout Paris.

How Angela Merkel and Theresa May are the same

Aug 23, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

Germany, thanks in no small part to Chancellor Angela Merkel, has become a leader in Europe.

The county's been at the heart of negotiations on Greece's debt, the refugee crisis and now what to do about Brexit.

Just yesterday, Merkel set off on a weeklong Post-Brexit tour of Europe, where she'll meet with leaders to discuss a plethora of policies.

Ken Lenox is a 5th generation cattle rancher in Rolla, Missouri with more than 50 years’ experience in the business.  We checked in with Lenox every so often and today we talked about price fluctuations in the cattle market and how his herd is doing this year. 

To hear the full interview, use the audio player above.

The price of the EpiPen has surged. Who pays?

Aug 23, 2016
Kim Adams

The start of the school year can be an expensive time for parents, but for parents of kids with severe allergies, it’s been an even more expensive shopping trip in recent years. They also have to buy emergency auto-injectors,  and the price of the main one on the market, EpiPen, has skyrocketed.

Marketplace for Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Aug 23, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

Angela Merkel became one of the most influential world leaders today and how she might proceed post-Brexit; Paris has started construction on its first urban refugee camp — what effect this will have on the city's homeless refugee population; and what does the requirement that presidential candidates disclose their personal finances mean for Donald Trump in this election? 

Gigi Douban

People who buy individual health plans through the federal exchange in Alabama might soon see a big premium jump, anywhere from 26 to 41 percent over last year. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, soon to be the state’s only health insurance provider, has proposed the rate hike to take effect in 2017. 

Tranquility in the US stock market

Aug 23, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about a stock market calm as August winds down; a possible jump in premiums for Alabama health plans; and Tekserve's decision to auction off its antique collection. 

The business of building sandcastles

Aug 22, 2016
Andy Uhler

Sandcastles have been around a while. In the 1970's, a couple of guys even started an organization called Sand Sculptors International — sort of the de-facto source for sandcastle standards.

Marketplace for Monday, August 22, 2016

Aug 22, 2016
Caitlin Esch

A look at what welfare dollars are being spent on now and how life has changed for those on welfare, 20 years after welfare reform; European Union's deal with Turkey over migration could be in jeopardy in the aftermath of the country's recent attempted coup; why Donald Trump's supporter base of disaffected white male voters are angry and what it might mean for the election.

Donna Tam

The sponsors of Olympian swimmer Ryan Lochte are distancing themselves from the athlete after his bizarre robbery scandal in Rio.

Speedo officially announce today that it is dropping its endorsement deal, choosing instead to donate a portion of Lochte’s $50,000 fee to a Brazilian children’s charity.

Turkey — EU tensions threaten refugee deal

Aug 22, 2016
Sam Beard

One of the casualties of last month’s failed coup in Turkey and its aftermath could be Ankara’s migration deal with the European Union. Turkish President Recep Teyyip Erdogan promise to cut the flow of hundreds thousands of refugees and migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and other countries in the Middle East and Africa who were flooding across the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece.

In return,  the EU agreed to grant Turks visa-free travel throughout the 28 nation bloc but only if Turkey cleaned up its conduct on human rights. 

ChemChina one step closer to acquiring Syngenta

Aug 22, 2016
Andy Uhler

The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment approved ChemChina's purchase of Syngenta – a Swiss agribusiness company. The deal, which was first announced in February, had some worried about the national security implications of the Chinese owning a seed company that sees a quarter of its revenue in the United States. 

Deciphering the future of interest rate hikes

Aug 22, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about ChemChina's plans to buy the Swiss company Syngenta; the Federal Reserve's interest rate plans; an earlier FAFSA filing date; and how some well-known brands are helping out those displaced by the Louisiana floods. 

Donna Tam

Ramen noodles are now the currency of choice in prison, according to a year-long study of one state penitentiary.