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Molly Samuel

More than 1,200 students come to the Carroll County College and Career Academy on any given day to take career classes. The school is west of Atlanta, near the Alabama border. Students here learn fields as varied as culinary arts, welding and auto mechanics. They all go to one of the five regular high schools in the district for their other classes, like math and history, then come here for job skills.  

Marketplace for Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mar 24, 2016

Breaking down why toppling Yahoo's entire board can be a challenge; how algorithms and big data can help musicians; and a look at a new report from Deptartment of Education on college completion rates for low-income students

An ode to the Hannah Montana business model

Mar 24, 2016
Sarah Menendez

On this fateful day, 10 years ago, Disney debuted a live-action television show featuring the daughter of a washed-up country star: Hannah Montana.

Are payday loans are hurting minorities?

Mar 24, 2016
Donna Tam

While some analysts argue that the federal government's proposal to regulate payday loans is detrimental to consumers, policy change may be necessary to keep communities of color from falling into cycles of debt, according to a report released Thursday by the National Council of LaRaza.

Tony Wagner

Three big food makers — Kellogg Co., Conagra Foods Inc. and Mars Inc. — announced this week they'll start labeling foods made with genetically modified organisms.

A more inclusive workforce

Mar 24, 2016

Hang in there, one day left 'til the weekend! Here are some need-to-know numbers for Thursday. 

Diversifying the medical field

Mar 24, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about rising home prices; the military's struggle with finding enough recruits; and the lack of diversity in the medical field and what some programs are trying to do to change that. 

In the X-ray lab, gear is key

Mar 24, 2016
David Brancaccio

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

Market reaction to Brussels terrorist attacks

Mar 22, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the effect of Tuesday morning's Brussels attacks on the markets; tax policy; and the increased competition Nike is facing from Under Armour, an apparel company .

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen on how data is shaping tech

Mar 22, 2016
Bruce Johnson

Adobe is holding a big summit focused on digital marketing in Las Vegas on Tuesday.  The company has plans to go far beyond some of the things it's best known for — like its suite of software for creators — and into content distribution.  

Adobe is also coming off a very good earnings report — the company seems to have moved successfully into the world of paid subscriptions, where people rent Photoshop instead of buying it. 

Can Steph Curry help Under Armour score against Nike?

Mar 22, 2016
Adrienne Hill

Nike reports quarterly earnings this afternoon. Analysts have high expectations.

But could reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry, and his deal with Under Armour, pose a threat to the sports giant?

Under Armour has seen a huge increase in basketball shoe sales.

"I think every brand can be successful in this space," said Matt Powell, a sports industry analyst at The NPD Group. "I just don’t think any brand catches Nike."

Powell said Nike controls more than 90 percent of the multi-billion dollar market for basketball shoes.

Obama speech is eagerly awaited in Cuba

Mar 22, 2016
Tracey Samuelson

President Obama continues his historic visit to Cuba with a speech directed at the Cuban people Tuesday morning at El Gran Teatro de Havana.

Aberdeen copes with the oil downturn

Mar 22, 2016
Sam Beard

“We don’t want to become the Detroit of the U.K.,” warns Damien Bates – editor of a local newspaper in Aberdeen. “We don’t want to rely on one industry, and if it collapses and goes, we don’t want to be left wondering: what do we do next?" 

Hospital mergers within state borders drive up costs

Mar 21, 2016
D Gorenstein

There’s a growing – and troubling – body of evidence that hospital mergers lead to higher prices. In other words, insurers, employers — we all tend to pay more for C-sections, heart surgery and hip replacements as hospitals get bigger and more powerful. 

For more than 40 years, a handful of economists, anti-trust lawyers and health policy wonks have worried hospitals that merge, but operate in entirely different markets — so-called "cross-market mergers" — drive up prices.

Staples and Office Depot fight FTC for merger

Mar 21, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

Staples and Office Depot face anti-trust lawyers for the Federal Trade Commission in U.S. District Court on Monday. The companies are fighting to complete their $6.3 billion proposed merger — an acquisition by Staples that follows Office Depot’s acquisition of competitor Office Max. The FTC argues that allowing the remaining no. 1 and no. 2 office-supply chains in America to hitch up will create monopoly market conditions and restrict competition.

Kim Adams

This week, Nashville, Tennessee is hosting a conference for people in the postal industry. Attending will be representatives from the U.S. Postal Service, which, after more than a decade of belt-tightening, is starting to add jobs and increase hours for its workers. But long-term financial problems threaten the stability associated with a postal service job.

Marketplace Tech for Monday, March 21, 2016

Mar 21, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Apple's expected plans to unveil a new iPhone and iPad at its upcoming launch event, and the challenges Stripe — an internet commerce company — will face in Cuba as it prepares to do business there. 


On today's show, we'll explain Venezuela's economy using hot dogs; talk about the consequences of a Staples-Office Depot merger; and look at the growing instability of a U.S. Postal Service job. 

Kai Ryssdal

This final note on the way out today, of interest mostly to the slice of you that uses Twitter on a regular basis.

And for those of you curious about what tech companies have do to grow and keep making money:

Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey told the Today Show that the 140 character -- limit arguably Twitter's defining characteristic -- isn't going anywhere.


Weekly Wrap: Janet Yellen and the global economy

Mar 18, 2016

Joining us to talk about the week's business and economic news are David Gura at Bloomberg TV and Leigh Gallagher from Fortune Magazine. 

Click the audio player above to listen to their conversation.

Hulk Hogan awarded $115 million in Gawker case

Mar 18, 2016
Tony Wagner

Hulk Hogan won big Friday in his lawsuit against Gawker Media.

Marketplace for Friday, March 18, 2016

Mar 18, 2016

How mid-life crisis can translate into financial crisis; a look at why so many hedge funds closed their doors in 2015; and the top economic news of the week with the weekly wrap. 

Scott Tong

There’s one sure-fire way to cut carbon emissions: have a recession. People drive less, companies produce less, the world emits less.

But is there a way to grow, create jobs, and still shrink our carbon footprint? There’s new evidence that “decoupling” may be starting.

For four decades, the International Energy Agency has measured the world economy going up and down, in tandem with greenhouse gas emissions. That is, until now.

Workplace injuries going unreported due to cost

Mar 18, 2016
Sarah Menendez

Remember when someone found a piece of a finger in their chili at Wendy’s? Apparently severing a fingertip or getting an arm amputated at the workplace isn’t all that uncommon.

The Dispatch, Ep 7: Will VR for games take off?

Mar 18, 2016
Molly Wood

The world is in a swoon about virtual reality right now: the future of entertainment, education, tourism, video games, even journalism.

It's a rough time to be a hedge fund

Mar 18, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour

More hedge funds closed their doors in 2015 than at any time since the financial crisis, according to new research from HFR.

Nine-hundred-and-seventy-nine funds closed up shop in 2015, up from 864 in 2014. Only 183 new hedge funds started up in the fourth quarter of 2015, the lowest number since 2009.

“It certainly is a desolate landscape,” said Steven Davidoff Solomon, professor at UC Berkeley. “What can only be described as a slaughter.”

Surviving on Social Security and food stamps

Mar 18, 2016

Yes, you did it! You made it to the end of the week! Here are some need-to-know numbers to send you off on your merry way. 


Feeding the crowds at South by Southwest

Mar 18, 2016
Stephanie Hughes

The South by Southwest festival is wrapping up in Austin, Texas, this weekend. According to a report from the festival looking at 2015, last year, it injected more than $317 million dollars into the Austin economy.

A mid-season decline

Mar 18, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the Federal Reserve's interest rate hike plans; a possible halt to the Starwood-Marriott merger; and how mid-season hiatuses are causing a viewership decline for some shows. 

The mid-season ratings slump

Mar 18, 2016
Adrienne Hill

After a long break, "Nashville," the country-music drama from ABC, returned this week in all its soapy-twangy glory, with a tear-jerker of a a wedding.

And the audience for that wedding bucked a trend. 

More viewers watched the new season opener than tuned into last season's  finale back in December.

Many other network shows, including some of the most popular, appear to have lost audiences during their multi-month hiatus.