4 things you didn't know about chocolate

Feb 9, 2018

If you've ever bitten into a chocolate bar and wondered where it came from, Dandelion Chocolate has a wrapper for you. Its single-origin chocolate bars usually have the name of the farmer who grew the beans on the label, in addition to the location it was sourced from, the year of the harvest and the name of the Dandelion employee who sourced the cocoa. The amount of detail on the label is reminiscent of the attention given to the label on a bottle of wine — and the price might be, too — Dandelion's chocolate bars cost $8-13.

NBC just saw Super Bowl TV audience ratings below last year’s. Now the network will break with Olympic tradition today by live streaming the opening ceremony for the winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. It’s one of a few new aggressive strategies the company’s taking to boost viewership and please advertisers.

Were retail jobs always low wage, with few benefits?

Feb 9, 2018

There’s a feeling of insecurity a lot of retail workers talk about. Alex Cole, who’s 29, knows it well. Until a few months ago, he worked part time in member services at a Sam’s Club store in Linden, New Jersey, for $11.25 an hour. His hours would change week to week.

“You're always wondering if your next couple of weeks are actually going to be the same amount in your paycheck,” he said.

Cole lived with his parents, and after paying his bills each month, he barely broke even. “Your job, your expenses, and sleep,” he said. “That becomes your life.”

(U.S. Edition) While you were sleeping, the government shut down...and then voted to reopen. After Republican Sen. Rand Paul briefly helped stall a vote, the House ended up passing a $400 billion budget deal. We'll talk to budget guru Stan Collender about where some of the money in this deal is going and why we could have another shutdown soon. Next, we'll discuss how markets are doing in Asia following the Dow's 1,000-point plunge yesterday, and then look at NBC's plans to attract more eyeballs by streaming coverage of the Olympics online.

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … Another turbulent session in global markets after the broad indexes on Wall Street entered correction territory. Why are European markets bucking the trend? Then, this year’s Olympic games are estimated to have cost up to $13 billion, but how does that compare to the price of other global sporting events – and is it worth the outlay for host cities? Afterwards, we’ll take you to Penang, Malaysia, where chefs who made the city’s street food famous are retiring.

Congress votes to reopen government, passes budget deal

Feb 9, 2018

This story was updated at 6:39 a.m. CT. 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House moved swiftly early Friday to reopen the federal government and pass a $400 billion budget deal, overcoming opposition from both liberal Democrats and tea party conservatives to endorse enormous spending increases despite looming trillion-dollar deficits.

Updated at 9:07 a.m. ET

President Trump signed a bipartisan budget agreement Friday morning, following approval of the bill in Congress shortly before sunrise.

The two-year spending pact will let lawmakers spend $300 billion more than current law allows.

The deal suspends a 2011 budget law championed by conservatives that set hard caps on discretionary spending and included an automatic trigger known as "sequester" cuts if Congress attempted to bust those spending caps.

Adam Rapoport on The Art of the Sandwich

Feb 9, 2018

Sandwiches are the work horse of lunches everywhere, but not always memorable.  Adam Rapoport of Bon Appetit helps turn this work horse into a work of art. Check out his tips, then try his recipe for Green Goddess Tuna Salad Sandwich, a beautiful melding of tuna, greens and herbs.


Francis Lam: So, you and the magazine put together this enormous package on the A to Zs of the art of sandwich making.

Elle Simone of America's Test Kitchen talks with Joe Yonan about the secret of vegetable broth concentrate- a space saving solution for having homemade vegetable broth at the ready. Try ATK's recipe for Vegatable Broth Base to have this handy staple ready in your home.

Paladres- Cuba's private restaurant scene

Feb 9, 2018

Anya Von Bremzen, author of Paladares: Recipes from the Private Restaurants, Home Kitchens, and Streets, explains the underground private restaurant scene of Cuba.

Doc Willoughby on country-style pork ribs

Feb 9, 2018

What is a country-style rib and why does Doc Willoughby love this underappreciated cut? He and Francis Lam disucss.

Try Doc's recipe for Soy-Braised Country-Style Pork Ribs.

Francis Lam: You are super into country-style pork ribs.

Cities find few regulatory answers for industrial odors

Feb 8, 2018

“Imagine the most disgusting smell you’ve ever smelled in your life,” said Eric Westcott, the manager of Central Rental & Supply, a construction equipment company in Russellville, Arkansas, that's about three miles from a meat-rendering plant that turns animal carcasses into animal feed.  

Farm-to-table comes to a Louisiana jail

Feb 8, 2018

The phrase farm-to-table is a big selling point in the culinary world. The food sells at a premium because of the wholesome halo around it — a direct path from the earth to your plate. But farm-to-table doesn’t have to be about luxury. One Louisiana jail is working with the concept.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks plunged again Thursday, and for the second time in four days the Dow Jones industrial average sank more than 1,000 points.

The two best-known stock market indexes, the Dow and the Standard & Poor's 500, have dropped 10 percent from their all-time highs, set Jan. 26. That means they are in what is known on Wall Street as a "correction," their first in almost two years.

02/08/2018: It's a correction, folks

Feb 8, 2018

Another down, volatile day on Wall Street. The Dow closed down more than 1,000 points, and major indices are down about 10 percent from a couple weeks ago, putting U.S. markets square in correction territory. That's where we'll start today's show. Then we visit a small city in Arkansas trying to regulate the smell it says is coming from a local meat-rendering plant, and finding out there's not much it can do. Plus: Millennials aren't killing business cards, just making them weirder.

(Markets Edition) Republicans and Democrats have come up with a way to keep the government funded for about two years. Diane Swonk, chief economist at the firm Grant Thornton, joined us to discuss how the bond market is reacting to Washington's spending plans. Afterwards, we'll look at a new study that shows southern cities have the highest credit card debt burden, and then talk to travel aficionado Mark Orlowski about ways you can keep yourself healthy with flu season underway.

Study shows worrying credit card debt burden

Feb 8, 2018

People who have credit card debt in America carry, on average, about $11,000 of it. A new study from tells us that people in southern cities have the highest credit card debt burden, particularly in Texas.

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(U.S. Edition) Congress might finally approve a longer-term budget deal, with the Senate expected to vote on one today and the House to follow. On today's show, we'll look at some details in the proposal, which would include a big hike in military spending and an increase in the debt limit (an unpopular move). Plus: How Montecito, California, is dealing with the aftermath of a series of mudslides last month.

A two-year shutdown of government shutdowns?

Feb 8, 2018

Congress had to pass a budget bill to avoid a shutdown this week. It also had to lift the debt limit or risk the government running out of money in March. So lawmakers packaged the bills. But they aren’t just doubling up on legislation, they’re doubling down on the national debt.  

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With flu season in full swing, and potentially on track to be the "worst in nearly a decade," it’s important to stay aware of the best ways to keep yourself healthy, especially if a weekend getaway or business trip is coming up on your radar.

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … China’s yuan fell sharply this morning, at one point suffering its biggest decline since it was devalued by the country’s central bank in 2015. We’ll explain what’s pressuring the currency. Then, an interest rate decision and revised inflation forecasts are due out in Britain today. There’s been just one rate rise since the financial crisis of a decade ago … so, with Brexit risks looming on the horizon, what’s on tap from the Bank of England? Afterward, with wild weather swings, are catastrophe bonds a good investment? 

The dot-com URL is still king

Feb 8, 2018

Buying the right domain at the wrong time can cost you. And domain brokers are there to help — and take a cut. Sort of like the web version of a real estate agent, Jen Sale, who runs the company Evergreen, helps people acquire sought-after domain names. But just how important is that coveted dot-com domain name in 2018 when there are so many alternatives?

At the heart of every new business is its name — domain name, in fact. We might be a mobile internet kind of world, but the website is still king, and your URL still matters.  Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks with Jen Sale, a domain broker for Evergreen, which specializes in acquiring and selling premium one-word domain sites, like robot-dot-com.  

Of course, the Senate deal has to be approved by the House and signed by President Donald Trump. But, assuming that happens, we wouldn't have to worry about shutdowns or continuing resolutions until the end of fiscal 2019. So what then would a two-year spending plan mean for the federal government? 

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Prisons put offenders out of sight, so it’s easy to forget not only that more than 2 million people are locked up in the U.S., but also that they’re still part of the economy. And what happens in prisons touches those of us outside — sometimes even in the food we eat.

Farming used to be a much bigger part of prison labor. But thousands of inmates still grow vegetables or feed crops to sell. In the Montana prison system, they tend cattle. And while producing food products, inmates receive job training and life skills.

02/07/2018: We have a budget deal! (Kind of!)

Feb 7, 2018

As we tape this, one congressional chamber has come to an agreement about how to run the American economy, at least in part. The two-year budget deal would mean we wouldn't have to worry about shutdowns or short-term funding bills until the middle of 2019, but it still has to pass the House and be signed by President Donald Trump. We'll start today's show with the latest. Then: Farming used to be a much bigger part of prison labor, but thousands of this country's more than 2 million inmates still grow vegetables or feed crops for sale on the outside.

Updated at 4:52 p.m. ET

Senate leaders reached a bipartisan budget agreement to increase military and domestic spending levels for two years, paving the way for the first long-term spending pact since President Trump took office.

The White House and House Speaker Paul Ryan quickly declared support for the pact, helping pave the way for its passage by the end of the week, despite opposition from fiscal hawks and liberal Democrats.

What will it take to change Silicon Valley's bro culture?

Feb 7, 2018

From the Playboy centerfold used to test photo-sharing technology to afternoon work meetings held at strip clubs, Silicon Valley has never been a place that welcomed women, says Emily Chang, host of Bloomberg Technology and author of "Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley." Chang details how the technology industry became so unfriendly to women, the daily harassment some female engineers face at work and how tech

Who is to blame for the recent market volatility?

Feb 7, 2018

When the recent stock market calm turned into a storm, investors started looking for someone to hold responsible. Some analysts and investors have blamed the VIX Index, a measure of the stock market's expectations of near-term volatility published by the Chicago Board Options Exchange, for increasing the recent fluctuation in the stock market. The VIX Index is used as a reference point for futures and options products by fund managers.

Trump on infrastructure: Did he keep his promises?

Feb 7, 2018

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