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.
We look at how the natural gas boom in this country could be used a weapon in geopolitics -- by undercutting Vladimir Putin and Russia's dominance of Europe's fuel. And, though there are so many wonderful uses for them, bananas are doomed. At least according to one writer with Quartz. Meanwhile, we're following up on the news of yet another delay in the Affordable Care Act. People enrolled in plans that don't meet the law's stricter coverage standards can keep them for another two years. That potentially buys Democrats some political cover in the coming mid-term elections. The question, though, is who picks up the tab?
No, it's not like everybody's opening up their fallout shelters. But c'mon, there has been a certain Cold War quality to the past week. This time, though, it's international trade and not tactical nukes that's the real weapon. So today, a Marketplace special: "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Global Economy." We get the perspective on the ground in Ukraine, and give a breakdown of exactly which parts of Ukraine's economy have the most impact in the world. And in this global economy, we look at what the idea of a global superpower really means.
A new SAT is being revealed today. We look at the substantive difference -- and how they'll play into the market, where the SAT is losing ground to the ACT. Next: The new head of Obama’s Economic Council has an unorthodox background – he’s not an economist, for a start. So what does this say about the any new direction and expectations for the job? And finally, after a honeymoon period of through-the-roof ratings, HBO’s Game Of Thrones is losing out in the ratings. So they're turning to rappers.
Natural gas is one of the most important components of the Ukraine equation -- Europe is a big consumer, and Russia has a significant surplus. We ask what role natural gas plays in this conflict, and how it has affected the behavior of countries on both sides. Plus: Radio Shack’s latest survival strategy is to close 25 percent of its stores. In its 90-year history, Radio Shack has attached itself to – and let slip from its grasp – nearly every new consumer technology, from that new invention the radio, to hi-fi, home computers and wireless. Finally: Dish Network has cut a deal with Disney, allowing it to stream content from ABC shows and channels. The deal is the first of its kind. But in exchange, Dish has agreed to limit the use of controversial ad-skipping technology on its digital video recorders, for which it was being sued not just by ABC but other major networks as well.
As tensions rise in Ukraine, the Russian economy is feeling the effects. The Russian currency, the ruble, has fallen to an all-time low against the dollar and the Euro. Plus: Apple and car manufacturers now let drivers use their iPhones to make calls, play music, get directions with a touch or a voice command. Apple's "CarPlay" technology comes this week to Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz cars. Android is also going after the car. We navigate the tech war in your car dashboard. Finally, new sulfur emission rules coming from the EPA throw a spotlight on cost-benefit analysis: weighing immediate costs of wringing more sulfur out of emissions, against long-term health and economic benefits from less smog.
So, you went ahead and bought some bit coin. Now a large exchange is filing for bankruptcy because of a theft. How do you, how can you, protect your investment? Plus: After word that Quiznos is close to filing for bankruptcy, we take stock of what it takes to open a fast-food franchise. They may seem mostly the same, but the start-up and licensing costs vary widely.