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Hallmark ads get edgier and more digital

Nov 17, 2015
Mark Garrison

Hallmark is trying something different in this year’s holiday ad campaign for its Keepsake Christmas tree ornaments. The ads are all online videos, as opposed to old-fashioned TV spots. This very old brand is taking a very big step away from old media in the hopes of being able to reach a specific audience of millennial mothers.

French businesses reopen after attacks

Nov 17, 2015
Marketplace staff

From our partners at the BBC:

Shops and businesses in Paris have been trying to return to normal in a city still mourning the death of 129 people killed in terror attacks on Friday.

People in France and across Europe observed a one-minute silence at midday local time (11:00 GMT).

D Gorenstein

A Senate Committee will meet with Dr. Robert Califf, the president’s pick to head up the Food and Drug Administration, on Tuesday morning.

Marketplace for Monday, November 16, 2015

Nov 16, 2015

Looking into where ISIS gets its money; U.S. governors say they're refusing to take in Syrian refugees; and the Marriott/Starwood hotel mega-merger.

The classic look of Coke

Nov 16, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about disrupting funding to terrorist groups like ISIS; and the anniversary of the signature Coke bottle.

Marketplace Tech for Monday, November 16, 2015

Nov 16, 2015

Airing on Monday, November 16, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Facebook's safety check used during the attacks in Paris; synthetic diamonds; and the new Snapchat lenses.

U.S. airlines battle Persian Gulf carriers

Nov 16, 2015
Nova Safo

The three legacy U.S. airlines — American, United and Delta — are engaged in a war of words with their counterparts in the Persian Gulf. They claim the Gulf carriers are rigging competition in their favor through billions of dollars in unfair aid from their governments.

Classic "contour" Coke bottle turns 100

Nov 16, 2015
Mitchell Hartman

‘New Coke’ is dead.

But you can still get ‘Coke Classic’ in convenience-store fridges the world over. And the classic Coke “contour” bottle is still around, in modern incarnations, as well. It’s the bottle design introduced by the company one hundred years ago — the patent was dated November 16, 1915.

Wal-Mart faces tough questions ahead

Nov 16, 2015
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

Earlier this year, Wal-Mart raised its starting pay to $9 an hour. It’ll go up to $10 an hour next year. Wal-Mart says the cost of the higher pay, plus training and additional managers, adds up to $2.7 billion over two years. Charlie O’Shea, a senior retail analyst at Moody's, maintains it’ll be worth it.

“One of the key factors facing all retail is employee turnover," he said. "And if you can find a way to kind of reduce that you cut your training costs.”

What do the students want?

Nov 15, 2015

Haunting images from the attacks in Paris

Nov 14, 2015

American photojournalist Shane McMillan was one of the first photographers on the scene of the attacks in the 11th district near the Bataclan concert hall on Friday night when the shootings broke out. The courtyard of the apartment building where he had been staying in Paris was turned into a triage center for victims. He continues to photograph the scene today in Paris. NOTE: Some images in this story may not be suitable for all audiences.


World shows its support for France after deadly attacks

Nov 14, 2015

Who says there are no downtown spots for people to start their holiday shopping? Buffalo's HarborCenter hosted its first-ever Holiday Season Kickoff at The Shops Friday afternoon.

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?

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How we lit the fuse on global warming

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?