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Marketplace Morning Report
Monday - Friday 5:50am and 7:50am
Steve Chiotakis and Jeremy Hobson
Marketplace Morning Report is the morning sister program from Marketplace. It's the morning business news "for the rest of us" in the time it takes you to drink your first cup of coffee.
Friday, March 14, 2014 5:00amWe take stock of the privatization of U.S. space ambitions, and the business opportunity this presents entrepreneurs. Plus, as states that have adopted the Common Core curriculum have chosen one of two new assessments to test the skills students will be required to learn, we examine how important is it that testing goes well. Also, last month’s farm bill promised to cut 8.6 billion dollars out of SNAP – formerly known as food stamps -- over the next decade by restricting a practice known as “heat and eat." Now at least six states are getting around SNAP cuts by tweaking their “heat and eat” programs. Last of all, a look at the takeover of The Corcoran Gallery of Art, DC’s oldest private art museum, and its art college by the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 5:00amFind out more about “zombie properties": houses vacated by the homeowner, lingering for years without being repossessed or resold while attracting vandals and blight. We explain why they matter in the post-recession housing recovery. Plus, with Amazon reportedly poised to release its new TV set-top box which will allow viewers to stream video over the Internet, we take a closer look at the set-top box wars. Hear about how the California legislature is crowdsourcing a bill regarding probate tax code. Will it work? Also, the potential winding down of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, and what it means for homeowners and buyers.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 5:00amThe Urban Institute releases a study for the Justice Department on the monetary size of the underground commercial sex, drug, and weapons economies in U.S. cities. The recruitment and business tactics of pimps and traffickers include traveling in circuits to increase profits and evade law enforcement detection. Plus, indications of a developing El Nino have now come from not just the U.S., but also Japan and Australia. The warnings are being taken seriously by farmers and by investors; the last big El Nino caused a lot of crop damage, and agricultural markets are already tight. And at the SXSW conference, wearable technology is getting a lot of buzz.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 5:00amOn the third anniversary of Fukushima, a look at how U.S. energy providers calculate the viability of nuclear power versus its risk. Also, we examine the successful business model of Cars.com, which could be sold by the group of newspaper owners which created it in answer to a drop off in car ads. Also on tap, Walgreens is outfitting stores with a new type of software to help guide healthcare providers through checkups, using vast stores of data to tailor questions to a patient’s health history. We ask what predictive software can do to improve our health. Plus, a conversation with Globalist Stephan Richter about the pay disparity between men and women.
Monday, March 10, 2014 3:00amIt’s a banner year for companies looking to go public. Plenty of IPOs already so far this year; plenty more to come. But there are worries about the stimulus that the Federal Reserve has been providing the economy. So why would you want to go public now? Plus, businesses in Venezuela have had a hard time getting cash. The country’s official currency exchange system is a mess. It sells 11 bolivars for one U.S. dollar, while the black market rate is 80 to 1.