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Big tobacco could get bigger

Oct 21, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

British American Tobacco (BAT) has offered to purchase the remaining 58-percent stake in Reynolds American it doesn't already own for $47 billion. That would bring together brands like Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike on the BAT side, with U.S. powerhouse brands Newport and Camel from Reynolds.

My Economy: Making an old dream a reality

Oct 21, 2016
Vincent Smith

We usually like to see how the economy is doing by measuring statistics like GDP, but those broad measures don't always reflect everyone's experience. That's why we've collected stories from people all over the country for a segment we call "My Economy." Here's our latest story.

Wendey Waggoner is a single mom of three working as a social worker in Georgetown, Indiana. Waggoner had a comfortable life when she was married to an attorney, but when they divorced her lifestyle changed dramatically. Now she has to stretch her paycheck to support her sons.

Kim Adams

Many people had a tough time using certain web sites this morning. Twitter, Spotify, Airbnb, and PayPal were among many sites that experienced performance issues for short periods today.

Survey says both sides need to play nicer

Oct 21, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

Sometimes, on the Friday of a long week, you just a want a little bit of good news.

A new election survey out from Colby College and the Boston Globe shows that 93 percent of likely voters are pushing for both sides to "cool tempers, shake hands, and come together to confront the challenges ahead," according to a report in the Boston Globe.

Marketplace Weekend Staff

Our answer booth is now open. With the presidential election almost here we want to know: What economic question can we answer for you before voting day?

Is there anything the candidates did not address that you are wondering about? Or maybe you are confused by some of their claims.

Come tell us about it. 

Washington DC has figured out a way around money bail

Oct 21, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour

In most of the country, if you're arrested for something there's a chance you'll be asked to pay money bail to get out of jail until your court date. Estimates vary, but tens and possibly hundreds of thousands of people end up staying in jail only because they can't afford bail.

But not everywhere.

Andy Uhler

According to the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration, roughly 1000 Puerto Rican families are moving to Florida every month. Things are pretty bad on the island right now, as the government tries to deal with billions of dollars of crushing debt. Unemployment’s at 12 percent and almost half of all families are living under the poverty line there. Cities like Orlando have had to rapidly respond to those families’ needs – and that means business and job opportunities.

Devendra Banhart takes the Marketplace Quiz

Oct 21, 2016
Hayley Hershman

No matter who you are, you've probably had a rough day at the office that changed your perspective, or maybe you made an impulse purchase you really, really wish you could take back. This week, musician Devendra Banhart took our money-inspired personality questionnaire.

Banhart's album "Ape in Pink Marble" is out now.

Jim Price

In rural communities, a grocery or restaurant can be a lifeline. So when disaster like the flooding from Hurricane Matthew closes one, even for a few weeks, it can feel like something more than just losing a store.

That’s how it has been in Grifton, a small town in Eastern North Carolina.

Kelly Thomas was recently looking down a flooded street at the brown water flowing around her restaurant, a Highway 55 Burgers Shakes and Fries fast-food franchise. The water was inside as well as outside.

“We’re thinking right now about two feet,” she said.

Weekly Wrap: A sense of "global disenfranchisement"

Oct 21, 2016

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks with Leigh Gallagher of Fortune and Felix Salmon of Fusion about this week's business and economic news. This week, they talked about China's GDP, Brexit and U.S. inflation rates — and how all of these factor into evaluating the world's economy at large. Also, possible mergers in tech, and how U.S. companies might be feeling about this tumultuous election season.

Correction (Oct. 21, 2016): A previous version of this story misstated Felix Salmon's job.



Weekly Wrap: It's the first Friday of the month!

Oct 7, 2016

Joining us this week to talk about the last five days in business and economics are Cardiff Garcia of  FT Alphaville and Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post. They discussed jobs numbers, labor force participation and the British pound. 

Kai Ryssdal

Chuck E. Cheese's is moving away from physical tokens to reward cards that can be loaded and re-loaded, according to Bloomberg.

The company, known for pizza and arcade games, has issued billions of game tokens for the last 39 years. The news is causing no small upset among collectors. It turns outs there's actually a market in Chuck E. Cheese's tokens, thanks to pop culture nostalgia.

The rarest of them can go for $1,000.

Kim Adams

At Tower Grove Christian Academy in St. Louis, Missouri, Donna Kohlberg said she is disgusted with the election, namely the behavior of both candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Still, the teacher, assistant principal and volleyball coach plans to watch the presidential debate — which takes place Sunday in St. Louis — in hopes of  hearing more about issues like Trump University, Clinton’s actions in Benghazi, and the candidates' plans for how they would change the economy.

When business and politics don't mix

Oct 7, 2016
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

It’s a mantra you’ve heard from presidential candidates many times over the years: I’m a business person. I’ll run this country like my business, and everything will be great. We're not just talking about Donald Trump here. We’ve had a number of candidates running on their business records, with varying degrees of success. 

Not everyone thinks Donald Trump is the quintessential businessman. Be that as it may, he is running on his business record.

There’s a plus side to doing that. And a minus side. On the plus side:   

Scott Tong

Hurricane Matthew has brought high winds and flooding to Florida, two big menaces to the power grid.

More than a million Floridians were in the dark today, according to the state public service commission, with more than a million state residents still in the storm’s path.

It’s not that Florida and its utility companies haven’t prepared. They invested $2 billion the last decade to toughen the grid with things like concrete power poles to replace wood poles. But no system is completely stormproof.

Marketplace for Friday, October 7, 2016

Oct 7, 2016
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

On today's show: Amid a nasty hurricane season, why is our power grid so vulnerable? Sunday's presidential debate in St. Louis will be a town hall full of undecided voters, so how are Missourians feeling? Plus, we break down the pros and cons of running for president as a businessman and discuss the week in economic news.

Kai Ryssdal

It's rare one uses the words gossip or gossipy in conjunction with economics — except maybe around Nobel Prize time. Which, as it happens, we are.

The winner of the Nobel in economics will be announced on Monday. One of the people perennially on the shortlist is Paul Romer, professor of economics at the Stern School of Business at New York University.

If he wins, he'll be the toast of the economic town. But there's a bit of a hubub in the dismal science lately over a paper he wrote that's probably not going to win him any prizes.

What's behind the NFL's sagging ratings?

Oct 7, 2016
Lane Wallace

Pro football is looking at an unexpected downturn: 10 percent fewer people have watched NFL games on TV this season compared to this time last year, according to Nielsen. Monday night football has taken the biggest hit, with viewership down 17 percent.

But we don’t know if fewer people are watching games overall.

The cost of hosting a presidential debate

Oct 7, 2016
Mariam Baksh

Washington University in St. Louis looks a little different to students these days.

A 10-foot-high wire fence has sprung up around the school’s athletic complex. Security is ramped up, so everyone is carrying their IDs on lanyards around their necks. Media from the likes of CNN and MSNBC are everywhere, and little golf carts traverse the grounds.

How Hurricane Matthew is affecting fuel supplies

Oct 7, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about how Hurricane Matthew will affect the supply of gasoline; what an increase in the unemployment rate indicates about our economy; and why manufacturers are saying they can't find enough skilled workers. 

Janet Nguyen

To find out how bad a natural disaster really is, many residents turn to social media, television screens, phone apps — and in some cases, their favorite Waffle House.

With Hurricane Matthew approaching, Waffle House's Twitter announced Thursday that "All Waffle House restaurants on 1-95 between Titusville, Fla. and Fort Pierce, Fla. are closed. Stay safe Waffle Nation!"

U.S. economy adds 156,000 jobs in September

Oct 7, 2016
David Brancaccio

According to the Labor Department, 156,000 jobs were added to American payrolls in September. That's in line with continued moderate growth for the labor market, but it's less than the 170,000 figure many analysts were predicting. 

Not enough skilled factory workers — really?

Oct 7, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

The U.S. unemployment rate is at 5.0 percent, job openings are abundant, and employers say labor shortages are starting to develop in some fields, especially skilled manufacturing.

At Benchmade Knife Company in Oregon City, Ore., the company’s high-end hunting and utility knives are precisely tooled by skilled machinists.

Melanie Sevcenko

Since it passed in 2010, the Affordable Care Act has given millions of Americans access to mental health coverage. That’s created a demand for providers,  especially  in rural areas and some underserved communities.

To lure more people into the industry, state and federally funded loan forgiveness programs are gaining traction. They work by paying off a portion of a provider’s student debt in exchange for employment in an underserved area.

NFL's ratings fall as more eyes go to debates

Oct 7, 2016
JaeRan Kim

Television networks have been sweating the loss of viewers to services like Netflix and Hulu. One of the stalwarts against the decline has been live sports, but even that viewership is down. It now seems the big one, the NFL, may finally be feeling the loss too. 

Viewership of live broadcast football games is down 10 percent from last season, according to data from Nielsen. The biggest loss is in the prime time slots. Monday Night Football on ESPN is off 17 percent.