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Salmon first GMO animal OK'd for sale

14 hours ago
Mitchell Hartman

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first genetically modified animal product as safe for sale and consumption in the U.S. After years of review, regulators approved a GMO variety of Atlantic salmon, which was developed by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technology. The salmon is raised in inland fish farm pools to prevent genetic drift to wild salmon.

Don't call it 'Black Friday.' It's 'Golden Friday' at one mall in Montana

14 hours ago
Molly Wood, Mukta Mohan and Bridget Bodnar

It is generally agreed that this week is when the holiday shopping season officially begins. Stores and malls around the country are preparing for Black Friday, which now starts on the evening of Thanksgiving. But, retail has had a tough time lately, especially big department stores that often anchor shopping malls. Last year, we spoke to Alana Ferko who manages the Butte Plaza Mall in Butte, Montana. The mall had just lost one of its big anchor stores, JC Penny, and she was worried about the future of the mall. We checked in to see how she’s feeling about this holiday season.

Marketplace for Monday, November 23, 2015

14 hours ago

How the Pfizer and Allergan merger is an example of corporate inversion; the Food and Drug Administration gives GMO salmon the green light; and a look at emotional labor.  

Businesses in Brussels feel the effects of the lockdown

14 hours ago
Molly Wood and Mukta Mohan

Brussels, Belgium has been on lockdown since Saturday, because of what authorities call “a serious and imminent threat” of a terror attack. Public transit, schools, theaters, museums and shopping malls are all closed. It's unclear when the threat might actually be lifted and what economic impact the shutdown will have on the city and the European Union. The BBC’s Alex Forsyth shares what it’s currently like in Brussels.

On what it looks like in Brussels:

Local Money: Gloversville Library hopes to rebound

15 hours ago
Lizzie O'Leary

We're trying something new here on Marketplace Weekend that we're calling Local Money. We want to hear about the stories happening in your neighborhood that you think more people need to hear about. Submit your idea here.

Pfizer's tax-driven Allergan merger

15 hours ago
Tracey Samuelson

The boards of pharma giants Pfizer and Allergan have given the thumbs up to a merger worth $160 billion.

It’s an example of a so-called corporation inversion, where a U.S. company hooks up with a foreign corporation to benefit from its address and the lower tax rate that comes with it.

Amy Scott

When Jeffery Beckham Jr. was in college, the Black Culture Center was a refuge on a predominantly white campus. It had everything from poetry readings and live jazz to study groups and networking opportunities.

“As an African-American student, the Black Culture Center offered amenities and culture and comfort that you may have been hard pressed to find in other areas of the campus,” Beckham said.

The extraordinary security around GMO salmon

15 hours ago
Tony Wagner

The public comment period around AquAdvantage Salmon starts Tuesday, and given that it's the first genetically-engineered fish declared fit to eat by the FDA, those comments are likely to be lively.

Navigating the unwritten rules of workplace society

15 hours ago
Raghu Manavalan and Lizzie O'Leary

There are all sorts of unwritten rules about how to behave in the workplace, rules that you usually only learn from — often embarrassing — experience.

Or, you could read Ross McCammon's book, Works Well with Others, a guide to navigating workplace culture without enduring the embarrassing experiences that come before. He came into the Marketplace's New York bureau recently to share what he learned about office life.

Don't worry, be happy! Or else you're fired.

16 hours ago
Sabri Ben-Achour

Cara O’Regan’s former job will probably sound pretty familiar to a lot of people. “We were encouraged to be positive and put a positive spin on things whenever possible,” she said.  O’Regan worked in retail sales.

It is an industry in which the customers are always right but not always. . . . nice. “Their responses would be out of proportion to what was actually going on, taking their own stress and psychological distress out on us,” O’Regan said. 

Final Note

18 hours ago

I've seen the future, folks, and in it we are all slothlike creatures attached to virtual reality or tablet screens.

Our every need is met by an app or by a button — an actual physical button — that we can press anytime we need something. Like, say, a pizza.

OK, I'm being a little dramatic. However, the pizza button part is real.

Starting next month, Domino's will release an actual little button for your home that will instantly order you a pizza.

Ending urban blight, there's an app for that

Nov 23, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about one of the biggest corporate mergers ever; parsing the words and phrases that put money in your pocket (or take it away); and an app that aims to end urban blight in Detroit by making data on foreclosed homes readily available.

Here's how Volvo plans to eliminate car fatalities by 2020

Nov 23, 2015
David Brancaccio

The Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public on Monday, and auto makers are clamoring to show off their latest wares; green cars, race cars, topless SUVs. Good old Volvo is getting in on the action, too.

It's unveiling a future vehicle concept — equipped with autonomous driving technology — it says will give drivers back some time and make them safer. They're calling it Concept 26 (26 refers to the minutes in the average commute time).

Increased security could come to U.S. soft targets

Nov 23, 2015
Mitchell Hartman

In the aftermath of an Islamist terrorist attack last week on a Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali, and multiple attacks in Paris and Beirut before that, security is front of mind for politicians and the public in the U.S.

But, said security analyst Chris Chivvis of the RAND Corporation, “there is a big difference between a hotel in downtown Bamako — a country which has been troubled by jihadist groups for several years — and a hotel in downtown Atlanta.”

Marketplace Tech for Monday, November 23, 2015

Nov 23, 2015

Airing on Monday, November 23, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about HP's earnings; a thought experiment regarding free speech rights for computers; and how advertisers in India are using audio beacons to target consumers.

Just in time for the holidays, a flight re-booking app

Nov 22, 2015
Marketplace staff

15 percent

That's the effective tax rate Pfizer stands to enjoy via its merger with Allergan, announced Monday. Compare that to Pfizer's current 25 percent rate. The $160 billion "inversion" has the smaller company (Allergan, PLC) technically buying the much larger Pfizer, which allows the latter to take advantage of lower tax rates in Ireland.


Lucky turkey chosen to meet president

Nov 20, 2015
Janet Nguyen

Surrounded by security guards and a motorcade, one San Francisco resident will begin a perilous trek to the White House on Monday.

The Northern California local is a turkey named Tom One, and he’s the latest bird President Obama will save from becoming Thanksgiving dinner in this year’s annual turkey pardoning ceremony. Tom One will depart Monday on a United Airlines flight called “Turkey One.”

Kai Ryssdal

You'd never know it judging by the glitz and the glamour, but for every little gold statue handed out during the Oscars, there's all kinds of chaos that goes on beforehand.  There’s lobbying, marketing and lots and lots of money involved. But Oscar season also tends to highlight some of the ongoing struggles in Hollywood too, like gender and race equity.

The cost of raising a child prodigy

Nov 20, 2015
Dina Gachman

You might be elated that your 3-year-old can solve complex math problems or play a concerto on the baby grand, but training your kid to become the next Mozart or Fibonacci could cost you a pretty penny if you’re not careful.

“For parents of truly gifted children, it's often a financial struggle to balance a limited budget with private lessons, pricey coaches, and travel to national and international events,” writes Kate Ashford at the BBC.

Marketplace for Friday, November 20, 2015

Nov 20, 2015

A review of this week in business and finance; a billionaire energy investor shares his thoughts on climate change and the election; and the near future of mining in space.

Marketplace Weekend Staff

Do you get paid enough for what you do? Things that are beyond your job description. If not, why not? 

Call and leave a message at (800) 648-5114 or reach us on Twitter, @MarketplaceWKND.

Chesapeake Energy's boom and bust

Nov 20, 2015
Scott Tong

One of the highest fliers in the nation's fracking boom is crashing hard. Chesapeake Energy, the country's second-largest natural gas producer, has seen its stock plunge more than 15 percent in two days.

Company bond prices have also fallen. And there's been a surge in bets that Chesapeake will default on its debt.

Tom Steyer talks climate change and the 2016 election

Nov 20, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios

Kai Ryssdal: Let me go first to the Keystone XL pipeline--a big, big win for you and what you’re interested in.

Don't call it a GMO

Nov 20, 2015
Tony Wagner

GMO food is kind of like hipsters. The label gets thrown around so much that it hardly means anything anymore. It's so broad that people reflect their own meaning on it depending on their agenda.

The FDA is trying to clear things up with new guidance released this week around labeling genetically modified foods that ditches "GMO" altogether. So what's what? Let's dig into a (sort of) non-GMO meal.


Men eat more at buffets in front of women

Nov 20, 2015
Kai Ryssdal

This final note on the way out today, in which men once again prove to the world that we're idiots.

A study out of Cornell University looked into behavior at all-you-can-eat Italian buffets. (No, I don't know why.) It found that men who ate with at least one woman ate nearly twice as much pizza as men who ate with just other men.

The researchers' conclusion? Men were trying to impress their female companions with their eating prowess.

Weekly Wrap: On Wall Street and beyond

Nov 20, 2015
Kai Ryssdal

Joining us to talk about the week's business and economic news are the Wall Street Journal's John Carney and Catherine Rampell from the Washington Post. The big topics discussed were: Tech IPOs, unemployment and consumer attitudes.

Getting an accurate count of homelessness in America

Nov 20, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about new efforts to prevent overseas tax evasions; why Americans are buying more cars; and why it's so difficult to get an accurate count on homelessness in America.

Andy Uhler

Black Friday deals aren't one-day deals anymore. Much of the time, shoppers don’t even have to go to the store to get them. 

The day after Thanksgiving has signaled the start of the holiday shopping season for years. Yory Wurmser, a retailing analyst at eMarketer, said it used to be the biggest day of the year for many retailers. 

Counting the homeless

Nov 20, 2015
Noel King

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) releases data on homeless Americans each year, and those numbers are always open to debate. Bruce Lesley is the president of First Focus, which advocates for homeless families. He said HUD's definition is limited. 

"They look at things like families who are staying in homeless shelters, families who are on the streets, parks, light-rail stations, tunnels, those kinds of things," Lesley said.

That excludes a group that includes around 7 million low-income Americans.

Insurance giant shakes ACA tree

Nov 19, 2015
D Gorenstein

Here we go again: another round of ‘Is this the beginning of the end for Obamacare?’ It’s not a Supreme Court case this time, but an earnings call from the nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group.

On Thursday morning, the company said it projects to lose $425 million selling plans on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, and executives said they are considering whether to pull out of those markets down the road.