Marketplace Morning Report
Start your day with an up-to-the-minute report on the world of business and finance with host David Brancaccio.
Airing on Tuesday, June 2, 2015: First up, more on news that some big insurance companies that sell policies under the federal health law are pushing to raise premiums sharply next year. This returns us to the persistent question: how affordable is the Affordable Care Act? And figures on new auto sales are released Tuesday and they’re expected to be good news for automakers. We take a closer look at what's behind the positive numbers for the auto industry. Plus, California is considering fines to enforce mandatory water cut-backs, but a start-up in Oakland has a different idea. It's giving customers cash to use less water.
Airing on Monday, June 1, 2015: Congress is poised to make private companies in monitoring data and phone calls. More on that. Plus, a couple months back, we talked to a farmer in the Sacramento Delta with long-standing water rights. He was worried about the state coming after his water because of California’s historic drought. Now, he’s one of the farmers with senior rights who gave up 25 percent of their water this year to keep the state from taking even more. We catch up with him. And Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles has always been where the homeless were concentrated, but businesses and schools in the neighborhood say security and other problems are growing. We take a closer look.
Airing on Friday, May 29, 2015: With news of the indictment of a former Speaker of the House, one key term to know is called "structuring." More on that. Next: venture capital firm Accel Partners and Chinese drone maker DJI partner up to create drone investment fund, Skyfund. The fund will consist of $5 million from each company. We look at what’s behind the fund. Plus, we'll talk about technology in the classroom, and what happens when you give a kid a laptop.
Airing on Thursday, May 28, 2015: China's stock market is an exciting place these days ... perhaps overly exciting. We'll talk to Andrew Wood of the BBC for more. Plus, there’s a bunch of new apps and services that aim to give people a seat at the hottest restaurants – for a price. That’s right: forget greasing the palm of the maître d’, there’s now an app for that.
Airing on Wednesday, May 27, 2015: Severe floods in Texas have cost lives, inflicted major damage on the region economically and washed away hundreds of homes. We look at the economic cost, and the situation of affected homeowners who wonder whether their insurance will cover their losses. Plus, with the latest deadline in talks between the USPS and one of its unions looming Wednesday, we check on the biggest elephant in the room: the Postal Service’s pension obligations. Next: we talk to Hal Brill about his latest book, "Weaning Off Wall Street, and investing locally"
Airing on Tuesday, May 26, 2015: Just confirmed, a $55 billion merger in the internet and TV business. More on that. Plus, as the next durable goods report is released, we look at what durable goods are. Are there some products considered durable that aren't actually all that durable? We explore. We'll also talk to Sheila Bair, former head of the FDIC, about her new young adult novel, "The Bullies of Wall Street."