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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.



Marketplace for Friday, October 21, 2016

Oct 21, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

If this podcast got to you, then at least something's working right on what has been a very bad day for the internet. We'll talk about the DDoS attack that took out a bunch of popular websites. Plus, a big tobacco merger, floods in North Carolina and the Weekly Wrap.

The British pound's drop to a historic low

Oct 21, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the British pound's 19-percent decline since the Brexit vote; Starbucks' big push into China; and how California's state fire agency uses social media to try and save lives. 

Scott Cohn

Wildfires are an unfortunate fact of life in California, and a five-year drought is only making matters worse. Since the beginning of this year, more than 5,300 fires have broken out in the state. That is a 16 percent jump from a year ago.

Starbucks doubles down on China

Oct 21, 2016
Reema Khrais

Starbucks named executive Belinda Wong as its first CEO for China this week, and said it plans to have 5,000 stores in the country by 2021. With a middle class that is already larger than the population of the United States, China could be Starbucks' growth engine of the future.  

Click the above audio player to hear the full story. 

Will honey bees stay sweet on North Dakota?

Oct 21, 2016
Annie Baxter

It might seem surprising that North Dakota, one of the northernmost and coldest states in the nation, is the bees’ knees for honey production.

It produces more honey than any other state. In summertime, North Dakota's climate is just right. It's conducive to flowers’ production of nectar, which bees use to make honey.

“Warm days and cool nights are optimal for nectar secretion for a number of plants that honeybees visit. So that helps,” said Mark Sperry, owner of Sperry Apiaries in Kindred, North Dakota.

Marketplace Tech for Friday, October 21, 2016

Oct 21, 2016

On today's show, we'll interview the CEO of Emotiv about the company's EEG headsets, a type of hardware that could one day be used  for everything from teaching better focus to controlling robotic limbs. Plus, we'll also play this week's Silicon Tally with Greta Johnsen, the co-host of the Nerdette podcast and a reporter and anchor at WBEZ.

If you can't pay bail, aren't you unfairly incarcerated?

Oct 20, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour

Does bail discriminate?

There are around 450,000 Americans in jail who haven't been convicted of a crime. How many of them are there because they are poor is hotly contested and varies from place to place. Data from Los Angeles suggest it's 14 percent there. A New Jersey study from 2013 put the number at 39 percent, advocates say it's higher. By any measure it's tens of thousands of people on any given day.

Soon, the house next door could be a rental

Oct 20, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

According to ATTOM Data Solutions’ Single-Family Rental Market Report for Q3 2016, approximately 25 percent of single-family homes in the U.S. are owned by investors and rented out, rather than occupied by their owners.

ATTOM senior vice president Daren Blomquist said that purchases of properties in 2015 were even more investor-driven, with approximately one-third of single-family homes being purchased by investors.

What does it take to start a network, anyway?

Oct 20, 2016
Gigi Douban

Before last night’s presidential debate, Republican Donald Trump had a pre-game show all his own on Facebook Live.  Now there is speculation Mr. Trump is considering Trump TV. Which made us wonder, what does it take to get a brand new network off the ground? 

Number one, a brand. But a little caution: Oprah Winfrey had a brand and a popular syndicated talk show. But it took OWN four years and $500 million in investment before it turned a profit.  

Sam Craig, heads of NYU’s Entertainment, Media, and Technology program, said it takes years to build an audience.

Silicon Valley's answer to brain fog

Oct 20, 2016
Molly Wood

In a competitive market, everyone is looking for an edge to keep them going throughout the workday. But sometimes, another cup of coffee just doesn't do the trick. Now, there's a subscription service called Nootrobox, which is filled with pills designed to enhance cognition. Alex Morris, a contributing editor at New York Magazine, profiled the company in a piece titled "The Pill Freaks of Silicon Valley," and spoke with Marketplace's Molly Wood. 

Let's do the numbers... on the debt

Oct 20, 2016
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

The thing about numbers:  you can slice and dice them to support whatever point you’re trying to make.  Politicians are especially good at that.

When University of Georgia economist William Lastrapes sees this, he just shakes his head.

“When politicians start talking about the federal government debt, it’s very easy to talk about the big numbers," he said. "But you need to keep those numbers in perspective.”

Donald Trump's economic numbers still don't add up

Oct 20, 2016
Tony Wagner

When he wasn't creating memes or, as the Associated Press put it, "threatening to upend a fundamental pillar of American democracy" at last night's presidential debate, Donald Trump returned to some old economic hobby horses.

Scott Tong

As in any election, the number one economic issue is jobs. Any politician worth his or her salt will tap into voters’ anxiety about employment – or perhaps their optimism. But how good or bad do Americans really feel about their job situation”?

The newest economic poll from Marketplace Edison Research suggests feelings are mixed: more people fear losing their jobs, yet at the same time appear confident about finding the next one.

Abercrombie & Fitch tries to shed "mean girl" reputation

Oct 20, 2016
Molly Wood and Bridget Bodnar

For years, Abercrombie & Fitch was one of the most successful clothing retailers for teens and young adults. But then, sales started to plummet for the "mean girl at the mall," says Elizabeth Holmes, reporter at the Wall Street Journal. She wrote about the company's attempts to re-imagine the Abercrombie & Fitch brand to make it more inclusive so as to appeal to millennial shoppers.


Donald Trump talked about plenty of policy during last night's third and final debate, but he also made some of the most memorable statements of the night, including calling immigrants “bad hombres” and rival Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman.”

Marketplace for Thursday, October 20, 2016

Oct 20, 2016

With the third and final presidential debate in the books, all that's left are the SNL sketches, the hot takes and, oh yeah, the voting. We'll put some perspective on the national debt, see what it would actually take to start Trump TV and look at the "Nasty Hombre" merch that's already filling Etsy stores. Plus: If you can't make bail, are you being unfairly incarcerated? Lots of people think so, and the system is attracting more scrutiny.

On today's show, we'll talk about the presidential candidates' thoughts on the labor market and their plans to reduce the national debt; whom Americans think the economy is rigged toward; and one commission's plan to protect Boston's Citgo sign.

If the economy is rigged, toward whom?

Oct 20, 2016
Kim Adams

The economy is "rigged." At least most Americans think so, according to the latest Marketplace-Edison Research Economic Poll. Supporters of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump agree.

Regardless of party, most Americans agree economic benefits are skewed toward the rich and big corporations.

Pop quiz: What positions will the next prez appoint?

Oct 20, 2016
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

"Quick!" I asked, " What appointments will the next president make?"

I'm on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., by the monuments where tourists congregate.

Jessie Salazar is here from Salt Lake City.

“All I can think of is, just the Supreme Court,” Salazar said.

“Uh…the judge?” guessed Denise Hames, from Birmingham, Alabama.

And Andrea Thornton, from Nashville, Tennessee said, “I think of the show the 'West Wing' — all the staffers." 

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, October 20, 2016

Oct 20, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the possibility that Kodak will release a smartphone; interview Janet Murray,the interaction designer and director of Georgia Tech's experimental television lab, about the future of television; and raise the question of who's winning the hardware debate: Apple or Google?