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Marketplace for Tuesday, July 7, 2015

2 hours ago

Airing on Tuesday, July 7, 2015: Greece’s economy is terrible, almost like a country’s that just lost a war. But say Greece got to hit a reset button. What would it have going for it? We survey its natural and human assets.

PODCAST: Unlimited vacation

12 hours ago
Mark Garrison

Driving could remain quite cheap going into this fall, with crude oil prices down 7 percent from before the July 4th weekend. More on that. Plus, Greeks don’t have access to online payment systems like Paypal. We look at why that matters. And what would happen if companies offered employees unlimited vacation?

Fast-changing metrics may spoil FOMC minutes

13 hours ago
Tim Fitzsimons

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve releases notes from its last Open Market Committee meeting. Usually that’s a time for Fed watchers to comb through the details to try to divine what the Fed may do regarding its promise to raise interest rates. But this time it should be a little anticlimactic (and it's not because the Fed ended its June meeting with a press conference, taking the wind out of the sails of this batch of meeting minutes). 


Airing on Tuesday, July 7, 2015: On today's show, we'll have an update on the situation in Greece, the future of U.S. interest rates, and the best-of-the-best piece of equipment if one is a professional ballet dancer.



Unlimited vacation anyone?

13 hours ago
Mark Garrison

An American company offering unlimited vacation sounds like an unthinkable fantasy in a country famed for stingy time-off policies compared with other Western countries. But unlimited time off policies are a reality at a small number of American companies. And the results that they’re getting have other businesses taking a look.

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, July 7, 2015

13 hours ago

Airing on Tuesday, July 7, 2015: First up, we'll talk about why the Greeks don't have access to online payment systems like Paypal, and why it matters. We'll also talk to Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union, about the private companies that are changing the way spyware gets bought and sold. And Andrew Lih, Associate professor of journalism at American University and author of "The Wikipedia Revolution: How a bunch of nobodies created the world’s greatest encyclopedia," explains what happens when a community-driven site revolts.

The shoes that make the dancer

13 hours ago
David Brancaccio

As part of our series called Pro Tool: Tools of the Professional, we're looking for those must-have devices in the possession of anyone in the workforce, be they a hair dresser, welder or writer.

23andMe believes genetics are the future of health

Jul 6, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Julian Burrell

Genetic data has a lot of medical implications for everyone. Genes can explain your current state of health, your ancestry, even what sorts of diseases you may be more susceptible to.

The DNA service company 23andMe wants to collect all of that valuable data and use it to tell customers more about their health.

"I really believe that we’re trying to do things that democratize health care for people," says Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe CEO.

Greece: currency in unchartered waters

Jul 6, 2015
Mark Garrison

Behind all the talks and threats and proposals in the Greek crisis is the fear, or perhaps for some the hope, that Greece will disappear from the euro and start its own currency. Such a move would be unprecedented, so there’s little to draw upon to predict what such an exit might actually look like. But there’s some parallel in a historical event that for many people conjures up little more than dim memories from a Western Civilization classroom, if they evoke anything all: the breakup of the Habsburg Empire.

Everything you ever wanted to know about recycling

Jul 6, 2015
Sabri Ben-Achour

“I’ve Always Wondered” has been inundated with questions about recycling. Recycling apparently both fascinates and haunts many of you, with its suspicious and menacing claim that it’s both “good for the environment” and “makes sense.”  Well, fear not, gentle listener.  Marketplace is here with answers. 

What if you are a bad recycler and don't wash out your plastic chocolate cheesecake container?

I’m not gonna lie. It’s not pretty.