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Award-winning Marketplace is public radio's daily magazine on business and economics news "for the rest of us." The 30-minute program—with an irreverent reporting style all its own—airs weekday evenings on more than 320 public radio stations nationwide and boasts the largest audience for any business program in the United States on radio, cable or network television. In conjunction with Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Money, this trio of financial programming covers listeners from wallet to Wall Street.

Jack Dorsey and Dov Charney: A tale of two founders

10 hours ago
Tony Wagner

On Monday, Twitter picked a CEO after a lot of hand-wringing and American Apparel filed for bankruptcy protection after several close calls and an ousted founder.

That got us thinking about Jack Dorsey (the aforementioned Twitter CEO) and Dov Charney (the aforementioned fired head of American Apparel).

Putting a price on healthcare

11 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal

A recent New York Times article chronicled one Utah hospital's attempts to measure the costs of the treatment it provides to the community. Dr. Vivian Lee is the CEO of University of Utah Healthcare, and Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talked to her about the initiative. 

On figuring out costs: 

The tough road from Bhutan refugee camp to the US

12 hours ago
Lane Wallace

When Tara Dhungana was about to start sixth grade in Bhutan, his family took what he thought was a trip. 

“When we left the country, my parents were saying we would come back a few weeks after,” he said.

They packed a few bags and left their animals in the yard, vegetables still growing in the garden. They arrived in a refugee camp in eastern Nepal, and Dhungana spent the remainder of his childhood there.

“You don’t know what tomorrow has for you,” Dhungana said. “It’s always dark, right? Tomorrow is always dark.”

Kim Adams

In the Japanese anime “Planetes,” the year is 2075 and teams of low-paid astronauts work to clean up space debris orbiting around the earth. Although the story is fictional, the issue is real. Orbital debris has been a problem for a while, but as it gets worse, scientists are posing some interesting solutions. Some of them sound like they come straight out of science fiction.

Marketplace for Monday, October 5, 2015

13 hours ago

Global trade; Jack Dorsey's permanent gig; and will your surgery cost more than a Disneyland annual pass? We'll tell you.

Jack Dorsey named permanent Twitter CEO

13 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal, Molly Wood and Mukta Mohan

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey was named permanent CEO after a three-month interim period. He will continue to serve as CEO of Square, the payment services company he also co-founded. Marketplace’s senior tech reporter Molly Wood explains the move.

On the value of Twitter:

In the end, the real hurdle to a TPP deal was drugs

13 hours ago
Tracey Samuelson

The news came bright and early Monday: Negotiators working on the Trans-Pacific Partnership finally wrapped up more than five years of talks this morning around 5 a.m.

They battled down to the wire over sugar, dairy, cars — the traditional goods you expect to find in a trade agreement. But this deal, which will regulate some 40 percent of global trade, also covers services, e-commerce, data flows and a relatively new class of medicines called biologics. In fact, the heated debate over biologics almost derailed the agreement over the weekend.

Disney tries to solve its popularity problem

15 hours ago
Adrienne Hill

Disneyland has raised the price of its top-of-the-line annual pass to $1,000. For that, you can wait in lines for hours any day you want — no blackouts. A single day's admission will stay the same. But for the first time, Disney is considering off-peak pricing at its parks — basically charging more on busy days and less when the park is quiet.

John Zhang, a marketing professor at the Wharton School, took his family to Orlando over Christmas a few years ago and ran right into the type of teachable moment you don't want to have on vacation. 

Dealing with red tape? There is an app for that

17 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal

This final note on the way out today in which the phrase "there's an app for that" finally means something.

A new startup called Airpaper wants to spare its customers the pain and heartache of layers of bureaucracy and wasted time.

It'll file paperwork and make whatever calls are necessary to follow up.

Its first service? Cancelling Comcast subscriptions.

You give 'em five bucks, fill out a form and they do the rest.

Totally worth it.

Nova Safo

American Apparel, which filed for bankruptcy Monday, is just the latest once-cool retailer that's struggled to keep up with the times.

The retailer made a name for itself by making clothes in the U.S. when most other retailers were making them overseas. But the company has not made a profit since 2009.

PODCAST: A very good year for documentaries

23 hours ago
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about final negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership; and why documentaries are having a very good year both in theaters and on TV.

Networks and audiences get real about documentaries

Oct 5, 2015
Adrienne Hill

Pardon the generalization, but it wasn’t long ago that you could walk into a theater showing a documentary and the seats would be filled mainly with academics and old people. The same was true for documentaries on TV and video.

Not anymore.

Docs have entered a kind of golden age, especially on TV. On any given night, you can browse through hundreds of choices on cable, VOD and on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. And that stereotypical viewer? Gone, too.

Meru: the documentary with a crew of three

Oct 5, 2015
David Brancaccio

The film "Meru" is a documentary that follows three elite climbers attempting to conquer Meru Peak, one of the most challenging walls on the Himalayas. It won the U.S. documentary audience award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  

Marketplace Tech for Monday, October 5, 2015

Oct 5, 2015

Airing on Monday, October 5, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Netflix teaming up with airlines to offer streaming on certain flights; new tech used to date 170,000 year old fossils; and we'll take a look at digital breadcrumbs possibly left on 4chan by the Oregon gunman.

Video streaming in the cloud (like, real clouds)

Oct 5, 2015
Annie Baxter

The hit Netflix series "House of Cards" is hitting cruising altitude on Virgin America. 

Passengers on the airline’s new planes equipped with satellite Wi-Fi can now get access to the full catalog of Netflix films and shows on their personal devices until March 2. The hitch? If they’re not already Netflix members, passengers have to sign up for a free, 30-day trial membership. Three seasons of House of Cards will also be available on the planes’ in-flight entertainment system.

Fracking firms face hard times

Oct 5, 2015
Nova Safo

Crude oil prices have declined more than 50 percent since last year. Fracking companies in places like North Dakota, West Texas, parts of Oklahoma and Kansas have all taken a big hit.

Many are filing for bankruptcy protection or going out of business. 

ROT: Return on Tweet

Oct 5, 2015
Marketplace staff

$340 million

That's the amount of loss American Apparel has seen over the last five years. The store has been struggling in an age of online shopping, and so-called fast fashion stores like H&M. On Monday, the company announced it would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As the New York Times writes, the move would reportedly keep all 130 stores in business.

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The TPP is still in the works, but not for long

Oct 2, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Tracey Samuelson

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a big piece of the White House's Asia agenda, with trade agreements in the works between 12 countries, including the U.S., Japan, Canada and Mexico. Negotiations have stretched over years, but it may now be down to the final hours. Marketplace’s Tracey Samuelson is in Atlanta where negotiations are taking place. 

 Click the above audio player to hear the full interview.

Marketplace asks: Are you better off now than 4 years ago?

Oct 2, 2015
Marketplace Weekend Staff and Lizzie O'Leary

I'm gonna crib from Ronald Reagan and ask, are you better off now than you were four years ago?

Why? Or Why not? And no, this isn't just about the election. It's about how you feel about the economy, your prospects, your kids prospects.

Similar credit scores = true love

Oct 2, 2015
Kai Ryssdal

Nothing says romance like the Federal Reserve and credit scores.

Bloomberg had an article Friday about a new study out from the New York Fed.

The topic is, to quote economists, "household formation and dissolution."

Turns out people with higher credit scores are more likely to be in a committed relationship and stay together.

Also, we tend to form relationships with people who have credit scores similar to ours.

Kai Ryssdal

Joining us to talk about the week's business and economic news are Cardiff Garcia from FT Alphaville and Marketplace's Sabri Ben-Achour. The big topics this week: the latest lackluster jobs report, the U.S. debt ceiling, economic uncertainty in China and — yet again — what on earth is Janet Yellen thinking? 

Marketplace for Friday, October 2, 2015

Oct 2, 2015

 Another day, another hack; India's promise to cut carbon emissions; and Bastrop County, Texas, four years after the firestorm.

Pennsylvania's budget battle is hurting school funding

Oct 2, 2015
Lizzie O'Leary and Raghu Manavalan

Pennsylvania lawmakers are at a stalemate over the state budget. 

"We've got your classic divided government scenario," said Pennsylvania Capitol reporter Mary Wilson. "A first-term Democratic governor who campaigned on big initiatives of more spending for schools, for various programs. And we've got a legislature that's a huge Republican majority, and lawmakers who are very much against what they call broad-based tax increases, which are the wasy the governor right now wants to increase spending."

Andy Uhler

Two September fires in California killed six people and destroyed more than 1,300 homes. Thirty-thousand people had to flee. The Valley Fire, north of San Francisco, was the third-most destructive in the state’s history.

Four years ago, Bastrop County, Texas, suffered the most devastating fire in state history. Fifty square miles and nearly 2,000 houses burned, just half an hour outside of Austin. Afterward, residents faced a choice: rebuild or hit the road. 

Melissa Bishop left the city and moved out to Bastrop about 20 years ago.

Bad tech habits were made to be broken

Oct 2, 2015
Lizzie O'Leary, Bruce Johnson and Hayley Hershman

We all have annoying tech habits, but luckily Ben Johnson thinks we can break them.

At the top of the list:

Amazon takes on Google and Apple

Oct 2, 2015
Mark Garrison

Amazon is cutting off sales of streaming products Apple TV and Google Chromecast. Amazon’s website will, of course, continue selling its own streaming device, Fire TV. Not coincidentally, it works rather nicely with Amazon’s streaming service Prime Video. Amazon is giving up a cut of hardware sales in an attempt to rule streaming media.

“The question is: Is the revenue from content distribution more than the device [revenue]? And the answer definitely is yes,” said University of North Carolina business professor Arvind Malhotra.

The high price of being a Chicago Cubs fan

Oct 2, 2015
Dan Szematowicz

I was born in Chicago. We moved away when I was relatively young, but I've always missed my home town, finding any excuse to keep my Chicago roots strong. I frequently accomplish that through eating shameful quantities of meat, but most of the time it's through — God, help me — the Chicago Cubs.

Big companies find new ways to evaluate employees

Oct 2, 2015
Lizzie O'Leary and Hayley Hershman

Big companies like General Electric, Microsoft and Accenture are moving away from annual performance reviews in favor of more frequent and in-depth check-ins with their employees, writes Jeanne Sahadi of CNN Money. This change has come about, in part, because of the millennial workforce. Younger workers, who now make up a majority of the workforce, want more communication and feedback from their bosses and a better understanding of what's expected of them.

Nova Safo

The credit data agency Experian could be facing criminal investigations, fines and class action lawsuits, after a hack that compromised the records of 15 million people, all of them customers of the wireless carrier T-Mobile.

And while this may appear just like any other hacking story — there's a breach, a promise of free credit monitoring, investigations — this time Social Security numbers were among the data compromised. When it's not just a credit card number, stolen data can create all kinds of headaches.