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Is Colorado's public employee pension fund in peril?

Feb 5, 2016
Lizzie O'Leary

Public Employees' Retirement Association also known as "PERA" is Colorado's state pension fund and  it's currently short about $26 billion in what it owes to over 500 thousand members across the state. 

The Super Bowl coin toss has a secret history

Feb 5, 2016

Assuming the laws of physics cooperate, the Super Bowl is going to start on Sunday with the flip of a coin. This being the NFL, it's not just any old coin, of course. Every year, Highland Mint manufactures the coin and collectible replicas, but there's a dark backstory to the company.

Caleb Hannan wrote about it for Bloomberg Businessweek in a piece called "The Super Bowl Toss Has a Dark Secret." 

A short history of the post-Super Bowl TV show

Feb 5, 2016
Tony Wagner

"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" just has a packed slate of guests for his live episode Sunday following the Super Bowl.

Colbert is the first late night host to directly follow the game; that enviable time slot is usually reserved for promising young shows the network wants to give a big ratings boost. The Super Bowl pulled in a record 114 million viewers last year, and it's about the best lead-in you could ask for, but it's not a ratings guarantee.

Marketplace for Friday, February 5, 2016

Feb 5, 2016

Breaking down the January jobs report; the last installment of "My Economy" from the border; and how a troubled economy and the Zika virus are impacting Brazil's annual carnival.

My Economy: Economic aspirations in a borderland

Feb 5, 2016
Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios

Bowie High School sits just 100 yards from the U.S-Mexico border. It’s one of the oldest operating high schools in El Paso, Texas. Students have a view of Juárez from their basketball courts.

Why disappointing jobs numbers aren't all bad news

Feb 5, 2016

On today's show, we talk about weaker jobs numbers than expected (and why it's not all bad news); growing viewership of the NFL from Hispanic fans; and a magician tells us about the most magical deck of cards money can buy.

The Super Bowl, or El Gran Juego?

Feb 5, 2016
Andy Uhler

Last week Nielsen reported that this season’s NFL games averaged 1.7 million Hispanic viewers – up 17 percent since the 2012 season. Stephen Master, head of the global sports group at Nielsen, said that number was even higher in households where Spanish is the dominant language.

“Their viewership increased 28 percent over the last five years," he said, "which is pretty phenomenal.”


Airing on Friday, February 5, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about the upcoming jobs report for January; and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina joins us to talk about growth for new businesses, and ABC's decision to not include her in Saturday's Republican debate. 

Marketplace Tech for Friday, February 5, 2016

Feb 5, 2016

Airing on Friday, February 5, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about a slowdown in iPhone production in China; and Sophie Bushwick, the project editor at Popular Science who covers DIY, tech, and science news, joins us for this week's Silicon Tally.

Pick a card, not just any card

Feb 5, 2016
Katie Long

As part of our series Pro Tool, we're looking for that must-have device in your line of work, be it a pair of scissorsnotebook, or 

Productivity is anemic, so are wages

Feb 5, 2016

The Department of Labor reported on February 4 that labor productivity rose at a 0.3 percent rate year-over-year in 2015. Productivity fell 3.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to the previous quarter.

“You’re seeing productivity growth rates less than 1-fourth of what we were seeing in the 70 years before the Great Recession,” said economist Patrick Newport at IHS Global Insight.

The rise of the do-it-all 'hybrid' job

Feb 4, 2016
Sally Herships

It used to be graphic designers designed graphics, copy writers wrote copy, and that was that. But the times, they are a’changing. An analysis from Bentley University calls 2016 the year of the “hybrid job” — when skills get cross-pollinated between industries and workers are expected to do more.

Mark Garrison

Nils Boese is about to describe in breathtaking detail the drink in his hand, a European liqueur. His face tense with concentration, he slowly sniffs, sips and then launches a long and lyrical description of its complexities, offering tasting notes full of herbs, spices, sugar and fruit. He goes on for several minutes without pausing. It's a bit much, but not totally surprising, as he is a very serious German bartender visiting a very serious New York bar.

What does it really mean to be a progressive?

Feb 4, 2016
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

As the race for the Democratic presidential nomination wears on, it's becoming something of a race to win the mantle of progressivism, with both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders claiming the progressive values, but that term has always been tough to define.

The progressive movement started in the late 1800s.  It was an effort to get away from political bosses and make government more professional. 

Marketplace for Thursday, February 4, 2016

Feb 4, 2016

Clinton and Sanders debate who's more progressive; another installment of "My Economy" from the Juarez border; and how Jägermeister is trying to broaden it's brand beyond college bros. 

My Economy: Life between two countries

Feb 4, 2016
Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios

About 70,000 people commute back and forth between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico every day to visit family, shop, work and go school.

The Paso Del Norte port of entry is one of three international bridges in El Paso and one of the busiest border pedestrian crossings between Texas and Mexico. It has multiple car lanes, as well as pedestrian lanes going both directions. Here's what that walk looks like in 30 seconds:

D Gorenstein

For the second time in two weeks, Congress set its sights on generic drugs. Members of the House Oversight Committee are worked up over some of the price gouging we’ve seen in the past six months.

Part of what got us to this point, where a company like Turing Pharmaceuticals jacked up the price of a drug 5000 percent, is a Kafkaesque backlog of generic drug applications at the FDA.

Fiorina demands spot in ABC debate

Feb 4, 2016
David Brancaccio

Battles over the presidential candidate debates — how many there are, the ground rules, and who is included — are a running theme of this election season.

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, February 4, 2016

Feb 4, 2016

Airing on Thursday, February 4, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about the changing world of fintech; and Christina d’Avignon, the founder and CEO of Ringly, joins us to talk about a collaboration with MasterCard to create wearable payables.

For-profit college troubles showing up at DeVry

Feb 4, 2016
Annie Baxter

The DeVry Education Group, parent company of DeVry University, one of the nation's biggest for-profit colleges, reports its second quarter earnings Thursday.

DeVry is getting hit by several industry trends, including a weaker revenue picture and legal troubles.

Enrollments at for-profit colleges have been falling lately, according to Stephen Burd with New America, a public policy institute.

“More students went to the schools during the recession and now that the recession is over, a lot of those students are going back into the workforce,” he said.

Farm workers face shortage of decent, affordable homes

Feb 4, 2016
Kristofor Husted

Angel Castro used to live down an old, muddy road during the 1990's behind a large John Deere store in Kennett, Mo. “This is one of the trailer parks that rent to migrant people,” he said."It’s not in the greatest shape, you know? But if you need a place to stay you have to do what you have to do.”

Survey shows drug price hikes widespread in industry

Feb 4, 2016
Ashley Milne-Tyte

On Thursday, a Congressional hearing will be focusing on drug company price hiking. The issue blew up at the end of last year when Martin Shkreli’s Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of anti-parasite drug Daraprim to $750 per pill. Still, big price hikes are turning out to be an industry-wide problem.

Take Prevastatin, a cholesterol drug that’s been around for years. It was pretty cheap in 2013. But Lisa Gill of Consumer Reports said between that year and the next, it saw a 573 percent price increase.


Airing on Thursday, February 4, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about Wal-Mart moving into the gas business; DeVry's legal and financial troubles; and broadcast networks placing bets on new pilots.

That dirty, little word: recession

Feb 3, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about why we seem to hear the word "recession" so often; drug over-pricing; and housing for immigrant workers.

My Economy: The divided life of business at the border

Feb 3, 2016
Kai Ryssdal, Tommy Andres and Daisy Palacios

Our team was down in El Paso a few weeks ago for our election-year series "My Economy." We collected a bunch of stories, including these about small businesses on the border. 

The local economy is the global economy

Marketplace for Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Feb 3, 2016

The first installment of our "My Economy" series on the El Paso and Juarez border; how one college is fighting the freshman 15 with Fitbits; and explaining why the market is so volatile. 

In "United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists," CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen takes a look at recent attacks in the United States and follows the stories of some of the terrorists at their roots. 

From the Boston Marathon bombings to more recent attack in San Bernardino, Bergen explores the radicalization of American citizens and how the U.S. might confront that threat. 

TPP gets ceremonial signing in New Zealand

Feb 3, 2016
Kai Ryssdal and Tracey Samuelson

Pens were put to paper in New Zealand this week for a largely ceremonial signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership, a pending trade deal between the U.S., Japan and 10 other countries.

This signing does not make the TPP a go, in fact far from it. This signing is one step in a long process.  There’s also a big assessment of the deal in the works from the US International Trade Commission looking at the economic impact of this deal, expected in May. And Congress will need needs to vote on the new legislation that would put the trade deal into effect.

Schools fight back against the freshman 15

Feb 3, 2016
Nova Safo

If you wear an activity tracker — like a Fitbit or something similar, and have a goal of reaching 10,000 steps a day, consider this: what if you were a college student and completing your degree depended on hitting that mark — at least some of the time.

Oral Roberts University recently began requiring incoming freshmen to wear FitBits and walk 10,000 steps a day. Their FitBit records are recorded by the school and count toward graduation requirements.

If you're in a relationship, do you have a joint account?

Feb 3, 2016
Marketplace staff

A study released this week reported that 13 million Americans may be "withholding financial information" from their partner, including credit and bank accounts. Marketplace's Nancy Marshall-Genzer took a look at the numbers in the report.

We wanted to know how our listeners handle banking in relationships, so we asked: