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Marketplace Tech for Thursday, November 26, 2015

9 hours ago

Airing on Thursday, November 26, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about predicting which Legos (and other gifts) will be the hot toy this holiday season; and tech in the kitchen.

Non-GMO doesn't mean no pesticides

9 hours ago
Annie Baxter

A lot of Americans are worried about foods made from genetically modified crops, which largely means products that have corn, soy or sugar beet ingredients.

The genetic material of those crops has been modified in some way.

Critics of GMOs eschew the synthetic chemicals applied to genetically modified crops, such as the weed killer glyphosate.

“A lot of people are worried about that,” said Megan Westgate with the organization the Non-GMO Project, the de facto standard-setter for Non-GMO products.

Kim Adams

Pope Francis is in eastern Africa Thursday, carrying his warnings about climate change and poverty that have become the hallmark of his papacy.

He arrived in Kenya on Wednesday, beginning a six-day tour that will include stops in Uganda and the Central African Republic. Pope Francis used his first stop in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, to warn of the “grave environmental crisis” of climate change. 

Thanksgiving in the Jungle

9 hours ago
Sabri Ben-Achour and Tim Fernholz

In a holiday bonus episode, Actuality gets grateful after a visit to a refugee camp in France where migrants from the Middle East and Africa await asylum, and a reporter was surprised to learn her own family's refugee story.


Airing on Thursday, November 26, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about the Pope's visit to eastern Africa; how the bird flu affects the price of Turkey meat; and why non-GMO doesn't necessarily mean no pesticides. 

A bumper year for toys

9 hours ago
Noel King

The toy industry is expected to have what may be its best sales year in a decade.

In the first half of 2015, the toy industry grew by 6.5 percent, or $400 million, according to The NPD Group, which tracks sales. Some of the reasons are obvious. Consumer confidence has improved, gas prices are down, and consumers have a bit more discretionary income. And of course, there are the toys themselves.

Turkey meat's screwy pricing

9 hours ago
Sabri Ben-Achour

While Thanksgiving is a unifying holiday, the turkey itself divides us into two camps: lovers of dark meat and lovers of white meat.  

If you’re in the dark meat category, “you’re in the minority,” said Thomas Elam, president of FarmEcon. “And we in the turkey industry appreciate your taste for dark meat cause it’s a product we wish we could sell more of.”

White meat is sold for domestic consumption, and dark meat is exported more.

But dark meat’s time has come. Maybe. For a minute.  

Andy Uhler

The western United States is in a drought and it's been hot and windy in southern California over the last few weeks. Wildfires love these conditions, which means more property is at risk of damage or destruction. Insurance companies are well aware of this, so they're expanding homeowners' insurance packages essentially to include firefighters. 

Marketplace for Wednesday, November 25, 2015

22 hours ago

Farm income will fall 38 percent this year, a look at what this means for consumers; Baltimore businesses recover after riots earlier this year; and the science behind Christmas shopping.

If one country can hold its head up high at next week’s Climate Change Conference, it should be Britain. As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the U.K. — of course — started the greenhouse gas pollution that now threatens the planet. 

But it has been trying to make amends. 

It passed the world’s first Carbon Act imposing legally binding cuts in emissions. It’s been weaning itself off coal and investing heavily in solar and wind power.  But is the U.K. really as green as it seems?