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

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Marketplace for Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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PODCAST: Consumers love coupons

12 hours ago
Noel King

On today's show, competition for the arctic heats up; medical debt collectors are up in arms over a new ruling by the FCC; and how habits adopted by consumers in the midst of recession are hard to shake.

Medical debt collectors up in arms over FCC ruling

13 hours ago
D Gorenstein

Twenty-seven million Americans were contacted by a collection agency about unpaid medical bills last year.

A new Federal Communications Commission ruling makes it more difficult to track down those debtors on their cell phones, according to the collection industry. 

The new rule clarifies that collection agencies can "robo-call" someone on a cell, but only if that person consented to those calls for billing issues.


Airing on Tuesday, September 1, 2015: On today's show, global markets react as China's manufacturing contracts; why medical debt collectors are up in arms over a recent FCC ruling; and the tricks of the trade of luxury real estate brokers.

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, September 1, 2015

13 hours ago

Airing on Tuesday, September 1, 2015: On today's show, we'll have more on Apple's partnership with Cisco; Netflix's decision to let go of some big name movies; and potential U.S. sanctions against China for cyber spying/theft.

Europe is still reeling from the migrant crisis

Aug 31, 2015
Nick Thorpe

 The BBC's Nick Thorpe speaks to migrants hoping to be granted asylum as they wait on the Hungarian-Serbian border.  


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Big Fun Toys plays the niche card

Aug 31, 2015
Molly Wood, Mukta Mohan and Hayley Hershman

 Steve Presser, owner of Big Fun Toys in Cleveland, says business isn’t great, but he's doing his best. One of the biggest obstacles he faces is online shopping.

That trend has become not just a trend, it’s become a fact of the matter. I’ve watched people do what they call show-rooming, where they come in with an application on their smart phone. They take a photo of my product and they check prices instantaneously. So we’ve seen quite a move toward that, and as a brick-and-mortar, it’s very frustrating.”

Marketplace for Monday, August 31, 2015

Aug 31, 2015

Climate change in the state that oil built; Wes Craven's horror legacy; and competition in cable boxes. 

Wes Craven's legacy: Hollywood loves horror

Aug 31, 2015
Mark Garrison and Tony Wagner

Hollywood is remembering horror-movie mastermind Wes Craven, who died Sunday at age 76. The writer and director of 1984’s “Nightmare on Elm Street” helped define the teen slasher genre that he later mocked in the "Scream" films.

That first Freddy Krueger movie broke ground by offering a surreal twist on slasher films, all while establishing Craven as an innovator whose movies made big money on small budgets. With little need for pricey stars or locations, the horror genre’s cost-effectiveness has long made it appealing to Hollywood execs.

Why we don't buy cable TV set-top boxes

Aug 31, 2015
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

The Federal Communications Commission has released a report from an advisory committee on how to encourage competition in the market for set-top boxes. 

Right now, if you don’t want to rent a cable set-top box from your cable company, you don’t have a lot of options. And it’s kind of a pain. You still need to rent a card from your cable company to run the box. It’s almost like the days when you had to rent your phone from the phone company.