This week, the stories Weekend listeners engaged with the most. You yelled at them, you talked about them, you tweeted them and you "liked" them. We take a look back at a range of stories, including why we've fallen out of love with chain restaurants, America's coal miners and stories of living on minimum wage across the country. We also sit down with a diverse group of experts to talk about the massive cultural changes happening around workplace sexual harassment.
The past sells. There's no doubt about it. This week we're diving into what that means for consumerism, as the holidays approach, and throughout the year, too. We take a look at how that plays out for independent toy stores, the vintage band T-shirt market and the film and TV industry. Plus, the real cost of fake snow and what determines a fad for the toy industry. Also, Congress's quick moves this week -- the new tax bill and funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program.
As technology changes, so do our daily lives — whether it's the places we go on the internet, how we pay for goods or how we get from point A to point B. On this week's show we dive into the future of the internet now that the Federal Communications Commission has rolled back net neutrality, take a look at mental health following disaster and touch on the opioid epidemic. Then, the five questions you always wondered, but were too nervous to ask, about bitcoin. Also, could driverless technology transform how we think about wheelchairs? Plus, Ask A Manager's Alison Green is back with the secrets to navigating the office holiday party, and all the etiquette involved.
On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, a panel of experts talk taxes and answer questions from listeners. Plus, we look into supply and demand ... as it applies to rescue dogs moving out of the South. And NASA's Doug Wheelock discusses what it takes to be an astronaut.
From hurricanes to wildfires to earthquakes, we've dealt with a lot in 2017. As communities recover, there's a trail of money behind it all. This week, we give you an hourlong special on the economics of disaster. We head to Puerto Rico to examine life on the ground following Hurricane Maria. We look at the debt situation, the realities of life when the lights stay out and what it takes to bring power back. Plus, Puerto Rico's dairy farmers and a surprising boom in renewable energy. Also, recovery in Texas and how Florida is handling an influx of Puerto Ricans fleeing the damage from Hurricane Maria.
Get ready for this holiday weekend with five things you need to know about net neutrality, a look at changing trends in holiday sales shopping and a book about comic books. Plus, Zooey Deschanel takes the Marketplace Quiz and we look ahead to our upcoming coverage from Puerto Rico.