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You might have to eat a few veggies before feasting on carbs and butter and sweets, but we're going to try and serve up a good show for you. We promise. In this case, the vegetables are federal regulations, which might seem super boring but actually affect your life every single day. Case in point: Net neutrality. Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai is on his way to rolling back virtually all the net neutrality rules his agency put in place just a couple years ago. But before rules become official, there's supposed to be a comment period.

Is it worth commenting on a federal rule?

Nov 22, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission is planning to repeal rules on net neutrality that say internet providers can’t choose to load some websites faster than others. But before the agency could make that announcement, it had to go through what’s called a comment period to release its proposal to the public and then give people a chance to say what think. The agency received a record 22 million comments — some for, some against, some allegedly created by bots. In the end, the agency’s moving ahead with what it initially planned. So why do federal agencies offer comment periods?

News has broken that last year, hackers downloaded the personal information of 57 million Uber riders and drivers from a third-party server. In response, the ride-hailing company paid those attackers $100,000 to delete their copy of the data, and then reportedly tracked them down to get them to sign non-disclosure agreements to keep the breach quiet. While that may have kept Uber out of another PR nightmare — at least for a time — it's definitely not the course of action companies like Uber are supposed to take when something like this goes down.

5 things you need to know about net neutrality

Nov 22, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission announced this week that it has a plan to repeal net neutrality — the idea that all data transmitted over the internet be treated equally, and internet service providers can't slow down or charge different rates for different kinds of data. It affects everything that everyone does online. Marketplace Weekend spoke with Ashley Esqueda, senior editor at CNET TV, about the five things everyone should know about net neutrality. Here's the lowdown:

Ronyde Christina Ponthieux's smile widens as her father, Rony, gives her a nod of approval. The 10-year-old proudly rattles off a list of interesting facts about the United States's unique connection to Haiti but isn't sure if she correctly remembers the number of Haitian soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War.

His nod is all the confirmation she needs.

"I knew I was right," she giggles excitedly. "It's 477!"

Today is the last day for people around the world to apply to what’s known as the diversity lottery program. That’s the program that gives U.S. visas to people from countries with low rates of immigration. The recent round of applications is for fiscal year of 2019. The program made recent headlines after a recipient was accused of carrying out a deadly terrorist attack in Manhattan, which prompted calls from President Donald Trump to do away with the program. What would stopping the program do to the U.S. economy?

Growing up in a small town in the Midwest, singer-songwriter Margo Price often wished she lived somewhere else — a place where the landscape wasn't so flat, the winters weren't so cold and the work wasn't so hard.

What do you do when your company has no HR department?

Nov 22, 2017

The man behind so many of Disney-Pixar's animated movies, John Lasseter, is taking a six-month “sabbatical.”

The news comes after he admits he made “missteps” that made colleagues feel “disrespected or uncomfortable.” But it’s not clear what those missteps were.

Cassette tapes make a comeback

Nov 22, 2017

Music fans, who like to impress their friends with their collection of vinyl records, might feel out of step with hip people who are tuned into cassettes, which have made a such a big comeback that manufacturers cannot keep up with demand.

(Markets Edition) Uber has disclosed 57 million riders and drivers were affected by a security breach in October 2016. But what information did the hackers actually get? Bloomberg reporter Eric Newcomer breaks it down for us. Afterwards, we'll talk to Philadelphia Inquirer writer Jane M. Von Bergen about how employees should handle workplace issues when there's no HR department.

S02-3: The peanut butter verdict

Nov 22, 2017

For the past two episodes, we've been telling you the birth story of a single regulation, one of the most pivotal, misunderstood regulations in American history: The number of peanuts that should be in peanut butter. Today, that story comes to an end.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing service's customers and drivers.

So far, there's no evidence that the data taken has been misused, according to a Tuesday blog post by Uber's recently hired CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi. Part of the reason nothing malicious has happened is because Uber acknowledges paying the hackers $100,000 to destroy the stolen information.

The revelation marks the latest stain on Uber's reputation.

Black Friday may not be best day for deals

Nov 22, 2017

More than half the respondents in a survey by WalletHub said Black Friday no longer offers the best deals of the year. The personal finance website analyzed ads from major retailers and found that there are a lot of deals on the day after Thanksgiving, but you have to know where to find them. 

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A new collaboration between the Great Lakes Commission and Lawrence Technological University in Michigan takes aim at sewer overflows that are polluting the Great Lakes.


(U.S. Edition) Hackers got access to the personal data of 57 million Uber customers and drivers last year, but the ridesharing giant publicly disclosed the security breach on Tuesday. We'll look at how Uber handled the hack in 2016, and then talk about what this could mean for new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Afterwards, we'll look at the unstable future of America's diversity lottery program, which grants visas to people from countries with low rates of immigration.

Along The Kelp Highway

Nov 22, 2017

Who Killed The Passenger Pigeon?

Nov 22, 2017

Crows, A Bird That’s Not Bird-Brained

Nov 22, 2017

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service…Chinese officials have pressured Apple and Android into removing the chat platform Skype from their app stores  in the country.  Afterwards, as Britain's finance minister  unveils his budget today, we find out about the factors playing into his plans for the UK economy. Then, an internet moderator tells us about what it's like to do one of the most important jobs in technology while still being regarded as bottom of the food chain.

Do people have to be threatened into buying health insurance?

That’s a much more important question now that the Senate Republicans' tax plans include eliminating the Affordable Care Act's requirement that people buy insurance or face fines. The move would give senators an estimated $338 billion in savings to help pay for deeper tax cuts.

The question is: What effect would repealing the mandate have on the effectiveness of the ACA overall?

For a lot of folks, Thanksgiving means family time. And for some folks, family time means board games. AdWeek reports sales of board games are up 28 percent in the last year. We might think of that industry as being very separate from technology. But it turns out, more digital elements are being incorporated into board games. Marketplace’s Adriene Hill talks with professor Mike Sellers, who directs the Game Design Program at Indiana University, about how board games might look in the future.

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Time to pay attention to net neutrality again

Nov 21, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission will not uphold Obama-era net neutrality rules. Today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai asked the commission to adopt a more free-market approach to regulating the internet. Net neutrality is the idea that all data transmitted over the internet be treated equally and companies can't slow down or charge different rates for different kinds of data. On top of all that, the administration is entering into a fight with AT&T over its proposed merger with Time Warner.

How Congress deals with sexual harassment allegations

Nov 21, 2017

As more and more sexual harassment allegations come out against politicians, the question of how governmental bodies deal with these allegations has been raised.

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