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Kai Ryssdal

American Public Media's Marketplace presents news on business, economics, and money for the rest of us.

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12:00 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Drunken email wins over Anthony Bourdain

Host Anthony Bourdain speaks on stage during the DC Central Kitchen's Capital Food Fight event in November, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
Kai Ryssdal

Here's a lesson in how not to pitch your business to investors.

Or, maybe, exactly how to pitch your business to investors.

Anthony Bourdain — of all those travel and eating shows that aren't really about eating at all — has invested in food and travel website Roads & Kingdoms.

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12:00 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

In Los Angeles, homeless camps are suddenly everywhere

An encampment in Los Angeles.
Jeff Tyler

A recent count by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority found that the number of homeless people in Los Angeles County rose 12 percent in the past two years.  That brings the total homeless population to about 44,000. More striking, the number of people living without shelter — out in the open — doubled.

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12:00 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

After 11 years, 'World of Warcrack' is less addictive

Gamer Tanyn Hellstrom brings up World of Warcraft characters on a laptop at Black Wolf Gamers Club in Spokane Valley, WA.
Joe Robinson

Jacob McLaughlin, a regular at Black Wolf Gamers Club in Spokane Valley, Washington, has been playing "World of Warcraft" for 10 years. He's only 14. He says his cousin and my grandpa got him interested in the game.

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12:00 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

FCC eyes subsidies for low-income Americans' broadband

Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Tom Wheeler speaks during his keynote conference during the second day of the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.
Annie Baxter

The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, is floating a plan that could help narrow the digital divide. Some Americans are falling behind in the economy due to lack of internet access.

The proposal, still in its embryonic stages, would retool a $1.6 billion program called Lifeline, which offers low-income people a monthly $9.25 discount on their phone bills. The program expansion would let them choose to direct the subsidy towards a monthly internet bill instead.

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12:00 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Marketplace for Thursday, May 28, 2015

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11:29 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Video: Homeless in LA

Mark Aranguri
Marketplace staff

Mark Aranguri, trained firefighter and father of four, tells his story about being homeless in Los Angeles.

Produced by Preditorial | www.preditorial.tv
Director: Rick Kent
Cinematographer and editor: Anton Seim

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10:00 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Who's controlling Sumner Redstone's media empire?

Executive Chairman and CEO of Viacom and CBS Corporation Sumner Redstone attends a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March, 2012 in Hollywood, California
Kai Ryssdal, Bridget Bodnar and Alberta Cross

If you were to ask Sumner Redstone about what happens to his media empire when he’s no longer with us, his answer would be simple: he doesn’t plan on leaving. Sumner Redstone intends to live forever.

The story of how Redstone came to take the helm of two media giants, Viacom and CBS, is about as unfathomable as the man himself; he took his father’s movie business and turned it into one of the largest chains in the country. He bought CBS, and then turned around and bought Viacom as well. Now, at 92 years old, Redstone seems to be slowing down.

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9:35 am
Thu May 28, 2015

One thing you can't accuse Google of: thinking small

An attendee takes a selfie in front of Android mascots during the 2015 Google I/O conference on May 28, 2015 in San Francisco, California
Molly Wood

One thing you can't accuse Google of: thinking small.

Its Google I/O developers conference keynote today featured at least a thousand attendees by my casual count, ran well over two hours, and was held in a room encased in giant wraparound screens. At one point, a giant animated whale "swam" through the room complete with whale song. 

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2:00 am
Thu May 28, 2015

PODCAST: Combating algae blooms

A jar with water collected from Lake Erie on August 4, 2014. That summer, Toledo, Ohio area residents faced a two day ban on drinking tap water due to algae related toxins.
David Brancaccio

The Government latest assessment of economic growth is due tomorrow morning. More on what we might expect from that report. Plus, the EPA issued new rules this week clarifying which streams and smaller waterways fall under federal protection. Among other things, the new rules will address fertilizer runoff which contributes to algae blooms. Lake Erie has been especially hard hit and NOAA is issuing experimental early season forecasts of blooms in that region. Plus, in California, tobacco taxes are used to pay for preschool and other early childhood services.

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1:00 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Predicting algae levels on Lake Erie

A jar with water collected from Lake Erie on August 4, 2014. That summer, Toledo, Ohio area residents faced a two day ban on drinking tap water due to algae related toxins.
David Brancaccio

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association are hoping to arm communities with resources in the event of another water crisis on Lake Erie this summer. 

Algae blooms, caused by excessive phosphorus from pollutants like farm fertilizers, made water in the Toledo area undrinkable last summer. When the algae die, they produce a toxin, which can make water unsafe to drink. 

“These blooms, cynobacteria, they like it hot. They don't grow very well when it's cold,” says Richard Stumpf, a NOAA oceanographer. 

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