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Alton Brown takes the Marketplace Quiz

Sep 23, 2016
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Raghu Manavalan

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, Alton Brown, author of "EveryDayCook" and self-described "poly-culinary hypenate," took our money-inspired personality questionnaire. 

Fill in the blank, money can't buy you happiness but it can buy you _______.

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The Afghan government has reached a peace deal with one its oldest enemies: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and his Hezb-e-Islami group.

But Hekmatyar’s name is one that brings terror to many Afghans.

“His name, to me, means: blood,” says Qais Akbar Omar, author of "A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story."

Facebook miscalculated video numbers for two years

Sep 23, 2016
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Reema Khrais

In this advertisement from the Tex Mex restaurant Chuy's, the average view for the video was 100 percent. That means everyone who saw the ad supposedly watched it from start to end. 

"I don't think it's mathematically possible," said Kristen Sussman, founder and president of social media agency, Social Distillery. 

But after Facebook apologized Friday for miscalculating an important video metric for two years, the inflated numbers make more sense, Sussman said.

Congratulations are in order, kind of, for a few exemplary researchers and one massive multinational corporation.

This year's Ig Nobel awards — the rather-less-noble-than-the-Nobel awards for "improbable" research and accomplishments — were announced Thursday night.

The honorees included a man who lived as a goat, a man who lived as a badger, a man who put tiny pants on rats and tracked their sex lives, a team who investigated the personalities of rocks, and Volkswagen.

Who Is Responsible For That Pile Of Poop?

Sep 23, 2016

A group of villagers walks through Jiling, in the Nuwakot district of central Nepal, with eyes glued to the ground. They cut narrow paths around rice fields and yield to goats until they find what they are looking for: A brown, stinky, fly-covered pile.

"It's poop," laughs 40-year-old Chandra Kumari. Human poop.

Leading the expedition is Sanjaya Devkota, who works for the U.N. Habitat through the Global Sanitation Fund. He asks who's responsible for the offending pile.

Warplanes were pounding rebel-held areas of Aleppo hours after Syria's government launched a new offensive amid the collapse of a cease-fire earlier this week — and internationally renowned rescue volunteers say their centers are being targeted by the airstrikes.

The regime announced the offensive on state media Thursday. "A Syrian military official said airstrikes and shelling in Aleppo might continue for an extended period and the operation will expand into a ground invasion of rebel-held districts," The Associated Press reported, quoting Syrian state media.

Natasha Lyonne: Random Houses

Sep 23, 2016

Natasha Lyonne premiered three movies in two weeks--Yoga Hosers, a Kevin Smith comedy/horror film about two girls who fight Canadian Nazis in the form of sausages; Antibirth, a horror farce about a party girl who finds herself pregnant with a demon after a crazy night; and Intervention, about a group of friends who come together to give a couple a marriage intervention. "That's my genre," she told host Ophira Eisenberg, of the off-beat projects she's been involved in.

Mr. Mojo Risin'

Sep 23, 2016

Strap in, everybody, because it's time for ANAGRAMS ON THE RADIO! We decided to inject a little rock-n-roll into our anagram game by adding the most famous anagrammed name in rock — Mr. Mojo Risin', the anagram for The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison. The answer we're looking for is an anagram of the last word you hear. It's like we're giving you the answers!

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Something, James Something

Sep 23, 2016

"Joyce. James Joyce." That's how you'd respond to Jonathan Coulton singing about the author of Finnegan's Wake. We rewrote James Bond movie themes to be about other famous people named James. Score a bonus point by identifying the Bond theme!

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Mystery Guest

Sep 23, 2016

Ophira and Jonathan become the contestants in a round of Mystery Guest! Tim League owns a business that he's bringing to New York City. Ophira and Jonathan must figure out what Tim's business is by asking yes-or-no questions.

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Herb, My Little Pony, Or Enya Song?

Sep 23, 2016

In this edition of This, That or the Other, contestants must guess: is it a culinary herb, a My Little Pony character, or an Enya song?

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A Film Lover's Travel Guide

Sep 23, 2016

Jonathan and Ophira read entries from a travel guide; all you have to do is figure out what city they're describing. Easy enough, except that this travel guide was written by someone who never left their home, and only researched the cities by watching movies.

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Sharing Pairing

Sep 23, 2016

In this final round, every answer is a rhyming pair of words. The second word is created by changing the first letter of the first word. For example, if we said, "a non-competitive race for charity," you'd answer, "Fun Run."

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Donna Tam

Doctor morale continues to be low, which may limit patients' access to care, according to a study released this month.

The study was conducted by The Physicians Foundation, a not-for-profit interested in knowing how the Affordable Care Act affects doctors. The organization surveyed more than 17,000 physicians. The numbers seemed pretty dire for the profession:

What kind of economy will our next president inherit?

Sep 23, 2016
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Marketplace staff

We know from lots of polling that the economy is still a main driver of political decisions. As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump head to the debate stage on Monday, Americans will be listening for their plans for "achieving prosperity." So, what kind of economy will one of these candidates inherit?

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JaeRan Kim

It’s wait and see for opponents and supporters of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a pipeline project designed to move hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil each day from North Dakota's oil fields to refineries in Illinois.

Passwords? There's a technology for those

Sep 23, 2016
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Gigi Douban

In an FAQ posted Thursday following news of a security breach in which 500 million user accounts were compromised, Yahoo covered the basics: what sorts of information hackers stole, what to do next. And then there’s a bunch of information on the measures Yahoo takes to secure passwords.

Cloud computing brings big data centers, but few jobs

Sep 23, 2016
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Lizzie O'Leary and Hayley Hershman

Data centers are opening across the country, often in small, rural areas. They help you binge watch, back up your photos and let you collaborate on work. Quentin Hardy wrote about them in the New York Times.

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The anthropology of online communities

Sep 23, 2016
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Eliza Mills

The idea of a social network isn't new to anyone with an internet connection, and by now we're used to interacting with friends and colleagues through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other sites designed to help people keep in touch. 

But how about the places on the internet where people can interact and connect with strangers? Communities can form online around specific interests, hobbies and goals, without any in person relationship at all, and sometimes without even using a real name.

Marketplace Weekend for Friday, September 23, 2016

Sep 23, 2016
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Marketplace

This week, Andrea Seabrook and The Atlantic's Gillian White play the Long and Short game. We also look at pressure cookers, fertilizer and other everyday items that can be used to make weapons, and the ways we can start keeping tabs on them. Listeners call in with the questions they've always wanted to ask about money, plus Lizzie catches up with Flint schools Superintendent Bilal Tawwab as kids head back to school. Television cooking personality Alton Brown takes the Marketplace quiz.

Weekly Wrap: Big Banks, Big Pharma

Sep 23, 2016

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to Linette Lopez of Business Insider and Felix Salmon of Fusion join for this week's edition of The Weekly Wrap. This week, they talked about Mylan CEO Heather Bresch's poor attempt at defending the EpiPen price hike, the Wells Fargo scam and the rumored sale of Twitter.

Marketplace for Friday, September 23, 2016

Sep 23, 2016
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Gigi Douban

On today's show: how Yahoo protected passwords, how Facebook measured video — and the shortfalls of both. Plus, a chat with one of Donald Trump's trade advisers and a wrap of the week's business news.

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Kim Adams

The presidential campaigns will be spending the weekend preparing for Monday’s presidential debate. The candidates are readying their one liners and prepared rebuttals, and their ad teams are developing strategies to capitalize on what’s expected to be a record audience watching on TV, and following online.

On today's show, we'll talk about why unprotected passwords may not have been included in the Yahoo hack; tomorrow's opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C.; and the psychology of gas shortages. 

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[In case you haven't heard, Pop Culture Happy Hour is embarking on a West Coast tour! San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles are sold out — though we recently added an appearance (with Guy Branum!) at the Now Hear This podcast festival in Anaheim on Oct. 29 — but we'll also be in Portland on Oct. 19 with our dear pal Audie Cornish.

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