Marketplace from APM

Mon-Fri 6:30PM – 7PM
  • Hosted by Kai Ryssdal

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

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June 30, 2015

6:27 PM
Hey Ya!
Artist : Outkast
Album : Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
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Label : Arista

Banking on a New Orleans recovery

8 hours ago
Noel King and Caitlin Esch

Alden McDonald, the President and CEO of Liberty Bank, takes a pair of work boots from the trunk of his car and paces the perimeter of a branch that's under construction in New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood. He lobs question after question at his contractors: what's the square footage on the restrooms? Where will the tellers sit? Is it possible to remove one wall and add some open space? McDonald is nothing if not persistent. It's a character trait that helped when Liberty faced its most trying time.

Airing on Tuesday, August 4, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about oil's new volatility with prices creeping back up after falling to a six month low on Monday. And with CVS’s earnings report on Tuesday, we check on the corporate strategy that has helped CVS shares approach record highs. Plus, nearly ten years ago, New Orleans was inundated by flood waters, after a spectacular failure of the city's levees. We have the story of a financial institution — itself devastated — that played a key role in the rebuilding.

Dan Weissmann

The pharmacy counter was always in the back of a CVS for a reason. 

As Charles Rhyee, a Cowen and Company analyst, puts it, "They’re hoping that on your way out, you’ll realize, ‘Hey, I need some toothpaste. Or maybe I’ll pick up a newspaper or some gum at the front.' And all of those are actually higher-margin items" than just picking up a prescription.

Men responsible for your office chills

21 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal

The newspaper of record explains why women are more often cold in office buildings than men are.

BloomNation is changing the way we send flowers

21 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal and Mukta Mohan

Have you ever used a flower wire service like 1-800-FLOWERS, Teleflora or FTD and had flowers arrive late, with the wrong message, or look nothing like the picture? Until just a few years ago, your only options for purchasing flower arrangements were wire services, or going to a local florist.

AT&T's new bundle could shake things up

21 hours ago
Mark Garrison

We’re getting a look at what AT&T plans to do with DirecTV after buying it for $48.5 billion. Monday, AT&T announced its plan to bundle TV and mobile phone service into a package with an introductory rate of $200 a month. It’s a bundle that’s different from existing ones.

“The new AT&T bundle is unique in that it’s a nationwide bundle,” says Brett Sappington, director of research at Parks Associates, a consulting firm that focuses on digital technology.

What if Medicare could bargain over drug prices?

21 hours ago
Kim Adams

The government health care programs Medicare and Medicaid turned 50 this year. But, more recently, back in 2003, the feds expanded Medicare to include a prescription drug benefit. The law establishing that benefit specifically prevented Medicare from directly negotiating the prices for those drugs, which some say translates to higher costs for the program. The Obama administration and some members of Congress want to change that, but— not surprisingly, drug companies say things are just fine as they are.

Mixed martial arts star gives fans quick thrill

21 hours ago
Annie Baxter

Fans of mixed martial arts, or MMA,  might've missed a phenomenal fight this past weekend, if they'd blinked. Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, an American, knocked out Brazilian challenger Bethe Correia in the first 34 seconds of their bout  in Rio de Janeiro.

“I turned around to her after I knocked her out and I said, ‘Don’t cry,’” Rousey said at a press conference following the fight.

Scott Tong

The President rolled out Monday the much-anticipated centerpiece to his climate change plan. It envisions an overhaul in power plants, what they burn, and the broader electricity system. It's ambitious. But to people in and around the power sector, this revolution is already well underway. Not because of the Environmental Protection Agency, but the market. 

As recently as 2012, Michael Liebreich, chairman and founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, had a blurry vision of a clean energy future. Today, it's in auto-focus.

Marketplace for Monday, August 3, 2015

21 hours ago

The word of the day today? De-carbonization. Look it up if you don't believe us. And, AT&T and DirecTV's recently announced TV and mobile phone service bundle could change the way cable companies do business.