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.
Airing on Monday, May 18, 2015: Target is demoting packaged foods, promoting them less as it emphasizes produce and organic foods in its grocery departments. We take a look at how this could impact big food companies and what Target customers might expect to see on shelves. Next: the White House is providing grants to local police departments in exchange for adopting suggestions set by President Obama's post-Ferguson Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which include wearing body cameras. We explore whether these departments will accept the grant offers.
Airing on Friday, May 15, 2015: The publisher of “Clinton Cash” has put out a revised version of the book, correcting several factual errors that were in the text. There's a debate in the publishing industry about the best practices publishers should use when making corrections to digital books, given that it's a fairly new phenomenon. We explore how experts think digital corrections should be issued to e-books. Next: Secretary of State John Kerry is off to Beijing this weekend, amid tensions in the South China Sea as China seeks to build islands in the region. We look at the controversy over China's plans.
Airing on Thursday, May 14, 2015: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has plans to roll out certifications for foods that are "GMO-free"—at the request of a multinational food company. We explore why the move has prompted backlash from some groups. Next: candidates gunning for the U.S. presidency often release their own books, despite the fact that many of the ones authored by presidential hopefuls have short shelf lives. We look at why they’re still being written.
Airing on Wednesday, May 13, 2015: California’s water situation is so critical that state officials are about to restrict water even to those with the most senior water rights. One issue California has to deal with in its drought crisis is a complex systems of rights, whereby some people have more rights to water than others. Next: Facebook launches “instant articles,” which the social media giant says are 10 times faster than the loading time of standard mobile web articles. We explore what the implications are of a quicker loading time.
Airing on Tuesday, May 12, 2015: As the NBA playoffs proceed, the league is debating the Hack-a-Shaq — the deliberate fouling of the opposite team's worst free-throw shooter. We look at the impact of this strategy on advertisers. Next: with hospitals in the U.S. moving to electronic medical record systems, there's been a high demand for medical scribes. We explore what their role is and why they've become indispensable to doctors.
Airing on Monday, May 11, 2015: This week in Manhattan, some $20 billion of TV ads for the coming year will be bought and sold during a series of meetings people in business call the upfronts. Though about 75 percent of TV ads were once sold during upfronts, advertisers have started to change their spending plans. We explore why. Next: the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries predicts oil prices will stay low for as long as a decade. Predictions can be wrong, of course, especially with a volatile commodity like oil, but what would a decade of low prices mean for the economy?