Every weekday on Marketplace, Kai Ryssdal hosts a lively and unexpected exploration of the day’s business and economic news from Wall Street to your wallet.
Why did President Obama choose $10.10 as the new minimum wage for federal contractors? And, wait, which federal workers are paid minimum wage? We look at the federal government in the context of the low-wage movement, outsourcing custodial, kitchen and other work to contractors who pay low wages. Plus, the Chicago Tribune will no longer drop Sunday advertising supplements on 5 million doorsteps. Turns out, they're haven't been generating much revenue for years. Finally, we revisit the question: "What can the NSA learn from Angry Birds?" Spoiler: More than we knew.
Tomorrow, the President will announce that several major corporations have signed a pledge not to discriminate against the unemployed in hiring decisions. There are practical and psychological reasons that may work against the long- term unemployed: So what are the counter-arguments for hiring them? Plus, on news of New York teachers coming out against the Common Core, we take a look at the controversial curriculum standards, and what happens next. Finally, lots of tech startups aspire to get bought out by a larger company. If you dream of a bid by Google, what must you offer? Hint: A genius-founder never hurts.
Emerging markets are in turmoil today, but none more so than Argentina. The country’s currency dropped 11 percent against the dollar yesterday, and the country’s economic situation is now so dire that some experts are predicting 30 percent inflation this year alone. Plus, as the Obama considers how to regulate the new legal marijuana business, they are encouraging them to put their money into banks. We ask: If marijuana money isn't in banks now, where is it? And finally, the FDA is getting ready to overhaul nutrition labels for the first time in 20 years. How does what’s on that little box of numbers drive what food companies make -- and what we eat?
Does the government live paycheck to paycheck? Actually, it's worse -- payday loan to loan. Next, a monetary flow of another, more reliable sort: The fundraising race for the 2016 presidential election kicked off in earnest today when the largest liberal super PAC – Priorities USA Action – announced that it has already begun raising money for a presidential run by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She hasn’t even declared yet! Finally, Detroit wants immigrants to help turnaround their faltering economy. Other cities have used attracting immigrants as a growth strategy: Has it worked?
The fifth anniversary of the markets’ bull run will soon be upon us. On the principle that “all good things come to an end,” is it time to expect a correction? Later: Sears is closing its store in downtown Chicago, and we take this occasion to consider what Sears and its competitor, Montgomery Ward, were to consumers in the late 1800s: Amazon. And finally: Butterfinger's newest peanut butter-stuffed candy looks - or rather, tastes - familiar. Why would they try to challenge the icon of their industry? We break down this "better" Reese's.
With mass credit card hacks in the news (looking at you, Target and Nieman Marcus), we take a look at who picks up the tab for fraud. Who's got a financial interest in credit card safety? Later, oil consumption in the U.S. grew more than in China last year, though thirst remains high in both countries. Finally, as departing Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke weighs where to rest his hat, we look at a likely option: think tanks.