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September 30, 2015

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk: The future runs on batteries

12 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal, Nancy Farghalli and Tommy Andres

Musk is CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, with an interest on the side in getting people to Mars. Last week, we headed to the Tesla factory in Fremont, California for a chat with Musk about battery technology and the future of global transportation.

You've won the Nobel Prize in economics. Now what?

13 hours ago
Janet Nguyen

Angus Deaton, an economist at Princeton, won the Nobel Prize in economics Monday for his work on consumption, poverty and wealth, helping to show how different social groups are affected by tax changes

Princeton economist awarded 2015 Nobel prize

13 hours ago
Noel King

This year's Nobel Prize in economics has been awarded to Angus Deaton.

Deaton is a Princeton economist who has spent much of his career trying to improve the way we measure very important things — like what counts as poor and what the value of a dollar is in, say, India versus Manhattan.

Marketplace for Monday, October 12, 2015

15 hours ago

A Nobel Prize for the study of poverty, a car that costs $75,000 and the wealthy families behind the presidential campaign.

Tesla's Elon Musk: cars, design and those falcon doors

16 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal, Tommy Andres and Nancy Farghalli

Elon Musk is a busy man. Last year, his rocket company, SpaceX, was awarded billions of dollars in contracts to help take astronauts into space. His electric car company, Tesla, just released a new model aimed at the SUV market. And, oh yeah, he’s determined to get humans to Mars

CW's "Crazy Ex Girlfriend" puts West Covina on the map

17 hours ago
Adrienne Hill

There are some cities — Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Baltimore — that seem to get all the good TV roles. It's rarer that a smaller city — a suburb even — gets a starring role, especially playing itself. 

Enter West Covina, California, a sun-bleached, middle-income suburb about 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles.

The town, with its slightly dated feel and population of around 110,000, is the co-star of the new musical series "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" on the CW.

PODCAST: Not-so-luxurious luxury sales

23 hours ago
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about the newly-announced winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics; why luxury sales just aren't what they used to be; and we'll pay a visit to a film festival that requires virtual reality headgear. 

Marketplace Tech for Monday, October 12, 2015

Oct 12, 2015

Airing on Monday, October 12, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about the generation that's never paid for cable; why so many companies are chasing YouTube’s ad revenue; and the virtual reality film festival that's heading to New York.

There’s a new film festival in town, but it requires headgear. The Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival has been touring North America and wraps up in Austin on October 14. I was one of the 400 people who checked it out when it came to New York.

Luxury retailers facing slowing growth

Oct 12, 2015
Nova Safo

Luxury brand giant LVMH reports third-quarter earnings Monday amid concerns of a slowdown in China taking its toll on luxury brands.

LVMH has had a good year. It reported 19 percent revenue growth in the first half of 2015.

The company owns 70 luxury brands ranging from wine and perfume to clothing and watches, including Louis Vuitton, Donna Karan, Tag Heuer, Moet and Marc Jacobs. It has almost as many stores in Asia as it does in Europe, and that has exposed the company to the economic slowdown in China. 

Will low interest rates keep crimping bank profits?

Oct 12, 2015
Annie Baxter

The nation's largest banks report quarterly earnings this week, with J.P. Morgan Chase kicking off earnings season Tuesday.

The Federal Reserve has signaled it will keep interest rates low for several months, which is proving challenging for banks.

Low rates do benefit banks in some ways: They help banks borrow money cheaply. But savers lament the paltry interest rates they earn on deposits these days.

Low rates can also boost lending, by making mortgages more attractive. 

Dude, you're getting an ... EMC

Oct 12, 2015
Marketplace staff

$67 billion

That's how much Dell has paid for cloud computing company EMC. It's the largest tech buyout in history. As the Wall Street Journal reports, EMC began re-strategizing last year under pressure from Elliott Management Corp., an activist hedge fund.

70 luxury brands

"Blood & Oil" inspired by North Dakota's Bakken fields

Oct 9, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios

It may have taken him four years, but writer Rodes Fishburne knew the oil boom up in North Dakota would make for good television. And ABC agreed. "Blood & Oil," which he co-created, airs on Sunday nights.

On how he came up with the idea behind "Blood & Oil":

D Gorenstein

Remember that super moon last week? A strange confluence of events led to something freaky. It turns out, this is pretty much a super moon moment for Medicare.

“This year is wacky, and that’s the technical term,” joked Tricia Neuman, the director of Medicare policy with the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The Transaction: The Bar Tab

Oct 9, 2015
Eliza Mills and Tommy Andres

Marketplace listener Patrick McConnell from Sterling, Virginia, recounts a visit to a dive bar that changed his life.

Andy Uhler

The Federal Railroad Administration announced Friday that a broken rail caused a train derailment in West Virginia in February that spilled more than 300,000 gallons of volatile oil, started a fire that burned for more than four days and forced more than a thousand people to leave their homes. The agency also said it will release new track standards to try to eliminate these derailments next week. 

There’s almost a quarter million miles of railroad track in the United States. To put that in perspective, the interstate highway system’s total length is less than 50,000 miles.

Blake Farmer

Volkswagen’s emissions control cheating scandal continues to snowball. In one U.S. city, the German automaker’s troubles are treated like local news. For now, Chattanooga, Tennessee, is vowing to stand by VW.

To Tennessee, Volkswagen is more than a relatively new employer. The company’s decision to build its only American plant in the state was treated like history in the making. U.S. Sen. Bob Corker was visibly emotional at the grand opening in 2011.

My Money Story: Eustace Conway, off the grid

Oct 9, 2015
Jenny Ament

Originally aired Friday, October 17, 2014

Eustace Conway is a Naturalist who lives in the mountains of Boone, North Carolina. He's been living in the forest there for nearly 40 years.

When Conway was 17 years old, he left the suburbs to live outdoors. He has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, and has crossed the United States on horseback from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Marketplace for Friday, October 9, 2015

Oct 9, 2015

How the Bakken oil fields inspired Hollywood; monetizing emotions; and Chattanooga, Tennessee, stands by VW. 

Facebook wants us to show some emotion

Oct 9, 2015
Sally Herships

When it comes to consumer responses on Facebook, just being liked isn’t good enough anymore. Marketers want to see a full range of our emotions. This week Facebook started testing a new line of "reactions" emoji in Ireland and Spain.

"'Thumbs up' emoticon for this, or maybe 'yay' even," said Wally Krantz, executive creative director of Landor, a branding firm in New York. “Because a lot of things I might not just like, because that’s not getting my point across.” 

Like one of Krantz’s relatives who responded to a photograph he posted on his Facebook page.

My money story: Storyteller Brian Finkelstein

Oct 9, 2015
Raghu Manavalan

Originally aired Friday, August 29, 2014

Every week, we have someone tell us their story about money. This week, Los Angeles-based storyteller Brian Finkelstein tells us about a time when the bubble bursts.

The first time I made a lot of money, I was in my twenties and I was broke. I was that broke in your twenties where you have sleep for dinner. You know that feeling where it’s like, “Oh, it’s 8 o'clock and I'm just gonna go to bed because I have no money."

Amy Speace

Originally aired Friday, March 27, 2015

I live in East Nashville, Tennessee, a bohemian neighborhood in Music City right across the Cumberland River from downtown that, for many years, has been home to one of the most diverse populations in this city. Bisected by Gallatin Pike, where an über-trendy coffee shop might sit in between a discount liquor store and a check-cashing shop, this area is peppered with quaint cottage homes that only a short time ago were affordable to the artist class.

Jenny Ament

Originally aired Friday, April 10, 2015

Javier Chavez was only eight years old when he began getting into trouble. By the time he was 11, he was involved in a gang in Los Angeles.

He's been arrested multiple times, on charges ranging from selling drugs to weapon possession.

Chavez's longest stint in prison was for four years. He's 33 now, and says he's getting a second chance at life.

What goes into the decision to create a spinoff?

Oct 9, 2015
Paddy Hirsch

This has been a big week for the spinoff. General Electric said it's going to spin several of its divisions, those involved in energy efficiency, renewable generation and storage, into a new company called Current.

My money story: Writer Sarah Mirk

Oct 9, 2015
Sarah Mirk

Originally aired Friday, July 18, 2014

Sarah Mirk is the Online Editor of Bitch Media and Host of the podcast, Popaganda.

The biggest thing I own is my mattress. Some people have trucks or boats or houses or heirloom chests of drawers or ambitiously large desks or impressive, ill-conceived contemporary art pieces, but the most impressive thing I own just this big, squishy rectangle.

One dreaded question: What do you do?

Oct 9, 2015
Jenny Ament

Originally aired Friday, January 16, 2015

Throughout the recession. a lot of Americans had work histories filled with gaps. Bill Marshall is having one now.

It began July 2014 when he was laid off from his job at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Marshall speaks to Marketplace Weekend from his home in Devon, Pennsylvania. 

He's says learned a lot from his gap, but he starts with one dreaded question.

Land a job with help from virtual reality

Oct 9, 2015
Jenny Ament

Originally aired Friday, May 1, 2015

Albert "Skip" Rizzo is a pioneer in virtual technology. His newest program is the the Virtual Interactive Training Agent, or VITA.

Jenny Ament

Originally aired Friday, September 19, 2014

Jody Rice fell in love with needlework as a child. After an unfulfilling series of jobs in film, Rice decided to quit her 9-5 life.

Weekly Wrap: the House, Fed minutes and the TPP

Oct 9, 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 this week: the search for a new speaker in the House of Representatives following John Boehner's resignation; September's Fed minutes; and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.