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Many Americans feel they can't save any money for the future. Yet if an employer automatically enrolls workers in a 401(k) plan and matches some of their contributions, 90 percent of people stick with it and save and invest for retirement.

Now, what if your employer doesn't do that for you? What can you do? People in NPR's new Your Money and Your Life Facebook group wanted to know.

Almost 20 percent of the people in low-income communities who die of colon cancer could have been saved with early screening. And those premature deaths take a toll on communities that can least bear it.

Lower-income communities in the United States face $6.4 billion in lost wages and productivity because of premature deaths due to colon cancer, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our Ideas series is exploring how innovation happens in education.

Fourteen-year-old Yasemine Dursun is an aspiring entrepreneur. Her invention is called the Slapwrap, a braceletlike device for storing earbuds.

In a cacophonous hallway crowded with her classmates, she launches into her pitch:

"If you're washing your hands, water can get on your buds and damage them," the ninth-grader explains. "They can dangle and pick up dirt. This is kind of disgusting, but it can cause acne."

Kim Adams

Lenders look at credit reports to determine what interest rate you pay on something. But lately, companies like cell phone providers and cable companies are also using that information to set fees and prices. It’s called "risk-based pricing", and companies are required to notify customers when they use it.

After a tornado, tough decisions for businesses

Nov 13, 2015
Stan Ingold

On April 27, 2011, a massive tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa, Alabama. That month, tornadoes also struck other parts of the South.  The tornadoes killed hundreds throughout the region; more than 50 people died in Tuscaloosa. Twelve percent of the city was destroyed and 7,000 people lost their jobs.

Comedian Greg Proops takes the Marketplace Quiz

Nov 13, 2015
Raghu Manavalan

If you have ever watched the show, "Inside the Actors Studio," you've probably heard host James Lipton ask his guests questions from the Proust Questionnaire, a relatively famous series of questions of his guests about their deepest desires, what they want heaven to look like, things like that.

We designed a similar series of questions, but with money as a central focus, because how we spend and view money can often reveal something greater about ourselves.

Local Money: Google moves into Boulder, Colorado

Nov 13, 2015
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.

Marketplace for Friday, November 13, 2015

Nov 13, 2015

The aftermath of the 2011 Tuscaloosa, Alabama tornado; territorial disputes in the South China Sea; and Paris reels from a series of shootings and explosions that killed dozens of people. 

Who will forge the rules in the South China Sea?

Nov 13, 2015
Sabri Ben-Achour

The United States Navy and Air Force, you may have noticed, have been taking some trips to the South China Sea recently. 

Last month a guided missile destroyer, the USS Lassen, passed within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef, an artificial island built atop a reef by Chinese engineers.  This week it was a pair of B-52 bombers that flew over another artificial reef.

These movements are not accidental. They're being conducted to make a point about the rules of the game in international waters. 

Marketplace Weekend Staff

We want to know your loan story this week. Is there a loan that's played a big role in your life? Was it for good, or bad?

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

Will Time Warner become a partner in Hulu?

Nov 13, 2015
Sally Herships

The entertainment industry was buzzing Friday with rumors that Time Warner might take a 25 percent stake in video-streaming service Hulu. According to the Wall Street Journal, which published the report, a Time Warner investment in Hulu would give the company a valuation of $5 billion and an infusion of cash. That could help Hulu license — and create — more content, and would give it more of an edge in competing against Netflix and Amazon. 

Click the above audio player to hear the full report. 

Uber-popular Rain Room artists talk money and patrons

Nov 13, 2015
Adrienne Hill and Jenny Ament

The Rain Room is currently open at LACMA in Los Angeles... and is completely booked for months. It was created by designers Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass, co-founders of the London-based art collective Random International.

Producer Jenny Ament recording sound at the Rain Room, Los Angeles in 2015 (Adriene Hill/Marketplace)

How global warming all started

Nov 13, 2015
Scott Tong

At the end of November, climate negotiators from around the world will descend on Paris for a United Nations conference on global warming. They'll try to lock in each country's pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions. One key question will be whether the talks incorporate the notion of "cumulative carbon."

Throughout the industrial age, burning fossil fuel has created waste.

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Marketplace Tech for Friday, November 13, 2015

Nov 13, 2015

Airing on Friday, November 13, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about concerns that technology could drastically increase income inequality; how to turn your old smartphone into a surveillance camera; and Business Insider’s Dan Bobkoff stops by to play this week's Silicon Tally.

Saving for retirement

Nov 13, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew joins us to talk about helping Americans save more for retirement; and we'll talk about stocks in Shanghai in Beijing.

Airing on Friday, November 13, 2015: On today's show, we'll have our conversation with U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew; and we'll talk about a potentially massive deal in the chemical industry.

Treasury Sec. Lew talks savings and currency abuse

Nov 13, 2015
David Brancaccio

Among Americans who are in the workforce, almost a third have no personal retirement savings at all. More than 60 percent do not have a retirement plan through their job. Enter a federal innovation: myRA. Essentially, it is a federally-backed, safe place to save your money — a government spinoff of the IRA, individual retirement account — which launched nationwide this week.

White House to Cuba: embargo? What embargo?

Nov 13, 2015
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is in Cuba, meeting with Cuban officials and touring ports and markets. It’s the first official U.S. agriculture department visit since 1961.  

But Congress is showing no signs of lifting the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. So how much can Vilsack, or the White House, really accomplish with the embargo still in place? 

Not so fast, Google self-driving car

Nov 12, 2015
Marketplace staff


That's the percentage of the American workforce that does not have any personal retirement savings. Hoping to address the problem is U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. He joined host David Brancaccio to talk about myRA, a government spinoff of the IRA, individual retirement account, which launched nationwide this week.


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Grin and Bear It

Nov 12, 2015
Sabri Ben-Achour and Tim Fernholz

This week, Actuality pretends we’re happy! We talk about people paid to put a smile on, and the toll that emotional labor takes. Plus, a rogue banker reappears after 35 years on the lam.

Angie's List facing a hostile takeover and competition

Nov 12, 2015
Sally Herships

It may seem hard to believe, but not all businesses that advertise put their ads on the internet, said Rohit Kulkarni, an internet analyst with RBC.   He said many small businesses still promote themselves like it is the 1980s.

“On local tv, on local radio, direct mail,” he said. 

Even in the yellow pages. Remember those? Kulkarni said this means if you’re in the business of e-commerce or online advertising, you may see those local ads as a huge, untapped market.

Marketplace for Thursday, November 12, 2015

Nov 12, 2015

National stores take part in the "shop local" movement; the White House's first Data Scientist, DJ Patil, talks big data; and Apple seeks to enter the peer-to-peer payment space. 

Commodities giants forced to suspend dividends

Nov 12, 2015
Andy Uhler

Copper prices are trading at a six-year low, causing some major mining companies to talk about suspending dividends.

Glencore, Anglo American and BHP Billiton hoped that investing billions across multiple metals and fuels would cushion the blow. The idea was they could withstand the low prices and keep pumping and mining to keep up their cash flow and the little guys would have to shut down. But that's not happening.

Apple wants to own your wallet

Nov 12, 2015
Sabri Ben-Achour

News reports say Apple is preparing to get into the peer-to-peer payment game. The company is reportedly in talks with banks about adding this feature to its platform, most likely Apple Pay.

Apple is a little late to the party on this one. 

Major banks, Venmo, Google, PayPal and Square are all trying to move your wallet from your pocket to your phone or computer, said Brian Yeager, an analyst at eMarketer. Central to the idea of an all-inclusive electronic wallet is the ability to — like in a real wallet — open it up and hand someone else some money. 

Greece — crisis abating or more trouble ahead?

Nov 12, 2015
Sam Beard

On Thursday, there was a general strike in Greece. It was probably unique. This must have been the first time — ever — that a ruling political party has supported a strike in protest against its own policies.

That’s right: the left-wing  Syriza party actually encouraged the walk-out demonstrating opposition to the reforms and budget cuts that it is trying to impose.

Backlash over Bloomingdale's holiday ad

Nov 12, 2015
Kai Ryssdal

This final note on the way out today, in which somebody at Bloomingdale's somehow still doesn't get it.

An ad in the 2015 Bloomingdale's holiday catalog goes like this: A woman looks away laughing while a man looks at her less than innocently — all with the tagline "Spike your best friend's eggnog when they're not looking."

Gotta have people read those a couple of times, I think, huh.

When big companies act local

Nov 12, 2015
Tracey Samuelson

The "shop local" movement stretches back years, urging consumers to support their hometown businesses — everything from local produce at farmer's markets to the small shops around the corner. But big stores want to feel more local too.

Take McDonald's. In recent years, the fast-food chain has made a push to regionalize its menu by, for example, serving lobster rolls at some locations in the Northeast.