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With in-depth focus on the latest business news both nationally and internationally, the global economy, and wider events linked to the financial markets, Marketplace is timely, relevant and accessible coverage of business, economics and personal finance.



There’s a dance called earnings season that happens in the corporate world every three months. Public companies are required to open their books and add up all those debits and credits so that investors, analysts, and the media can comb through their financial statements. President Donald Trump on Friday said he’s asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to study canceling two of these dances, dropping the reporting requirement from quarterly to semiannually.

Netflix and Amazon are rushing to sign writers, directors and showrunners for multiyear, multimillion-dollar deals. The latest: Netflix confirmed that it has inked a deal with Kenya Barris, the creator of the ABC sitcom "Black-ish." So what are these streaming companies going after with all the money they're spending?

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So ... you ever record anyone at work?

17 hours ago

No judgement if you did. Verbally promised promotions can go up in a poof of smoke and proving a boss or co-worker is abusive is a lot easier when you have solid proof. But there are a few things you should think about before you hit that record button. Then: Public transportation doesn't cost a lot of money, but for people who rely on it to get to work, transit can cost a lot of time. We'll look at "time poverty" and how it affects American workers. Plus, we do the numbers on the streaming TV arms race.

To record your co-worker, or not to record?

17 hours ago

Some co-workers are absolutely bat**** crazy. Some bosses are horrifically abusive. Some office mates make promises or promotions verbally that they “don’t remember” later. 

These are all reasons people give for making secret recordings in the workplace.

“Honestly, at first I was just recording them because I would come home and I would talk to my roommate about these things happening at work, and she was like, ‘No, there’s no possible way that happened,’” said Jessica, whose full name and occupation we aren’t using because she fears professional retribution.

Nationwide, most people still commute to work by car; 85 percent according to the 2016 census. Some people don't have that option. People who don't own vehicles often rely on public transportation, and in Dallas, 54 percent of people who do that spend at least 45 minutes commuting, each way.

The USDA is buying milk and giving it to food banks

19 hours ago

For the first time ever, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will buy up milk from dairy farmers – $50 million worth. It'll go to soup kitchens and food banks to help people in need. But the program also has another purely economic purpose: to help America's struggling dairy producers. U.S. milk consumption has fallen more than 4 percent since last year, driven in part by shifting consumer preferences. Think of all those non-dairy milks, like almond and cashew, crowding store shelves. 

In an effort to save money and perhaps to promote longer-term thinking, this morning President Trump tweeted today that he wants regulators to look at ending quarterly reports for public companies, which have been required by law since 1970. What about twice a year instead of four?

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Euro's presence still looms large for many Greeks

23 hours ago

(Markets Edition) One year ago, a tropical storm called Harvey formed and eventually morphed into Hurricane Harvey, making a devastating impact on Texas. Federal forecasters say this year's edition of hurricane season probably won't bring another Harvey-like storm, but Marketplace's Reema Khrais told us how vulnerable areas are applying lessons they learned from Harvey's appearance. Then, while e-cigarettes have U.S. regulators concerned, British authorities are actually focusing on the benefits of vaping, as the BBC's Anu Anand told us more.

The euro is a mixed blessing for Greece

Aug 17, 2018

In his flower shop beneath the parliament building in central Athens, Spiros Kontogiannis fumed over the euro, which he blames for Greece’s economic misfortune and the loss of control over its own affairs. By adopting the single currency, he said, Greece has fallen humiliatingly under foreign domination.

“As a Greek citizen, I feel ashamed — and have done so since the crisis began — because our politicians now take their instructions from abroad. And our economy has suffered as a result” he said.

Examining the toxic history of flame retardants

Aug 17, 2018

How would you feel knowing that perhaps 97 percent of Americans are walking around with a dangerous toxin linked to cancer in their blood? We’re specifically talking about flame retardants. According to an article in The Nation, flame retardants of varying kinds surround us and are a practically unavoidable part of our lives. 

(U.S. Edition) The opioid epidemic is getting more attention from the Trump administration, with the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Justice Department asking pharmaceutical companies to dial back production of some of the most abused prescription painkillers. Marketplace's Justin Ho tells us more. Also, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is lending a hand to struggling dairies in the form of a $50 million purchase of milk, which is about 12- to 15-million gallons. The milk will get to people through soup kitchens and food banks.

McDonald’s goes posh with London pop up

Aug 17, 2018

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … A group of British lawmakers say the country’s national health service should promote e-cigarettes as a way of helping people stop smoking. But the World Health Organization is against the promotion of vaping. We’ll explore the evidence on both sides of the $15 billion dollar e-cigarette industry. Then, well-known for its burgers and fries, McDonald’s has become a staple of the fast-food industry around the world.

Engagement is a key measure of health for social media platforms. It's measureed not only by how much time users spend there, but also how often they upload, share, comment and "like." Investors want to know that these platforms are integrated into users' lives so that advertising revenue can continue to grow. But some platforms, including Snapchat and Facebook, are seeing engagement decline. Jessi Hempel, a senior writer for Wired magazine, points to a gradual boundary setting with social media that she thinks a lot of people have been doing, intentionally or not. (08/17/18)

Engagement is a key measure of health for social media platforms. It's measured not only in how much time users spend there, but also how often they upload, share, comment, and "like." Investors want to know that these platforms are integrated into users' lives so that ad revenue can grow. Right now some platforms, including Snapchat and Facebook, are seeing engagement decline. Jessi Hempel is a senior writer for Wired magazine. She sees lots of people gradually setting boundaries with social media, intentionally or not.

Midterms: Is it the economy, stupid?

Aug 16, 2018

You may have heard this phrase: "It’s the economy, stupid. ” And it usually is. Parties in power tend to do better when the economy is humming along, and voters are more likely to give them the boot when the economy’s not doing so hot. With low unemployment, a booming stock market and strong growth, the GOP should be set for the midterms, right? This time around, maybe not.

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