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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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The TPP is still in the works, but not for long

Oct 2, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Tracey Samuelson

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a big piece of the White House's Asia agenda, with trade agreements in the works between 12 countries, including the U.S., Japan, Canada and Mexico. Negotiations have stretched over years, but it may now be down to the final hours. Marketplace’s Tracey Samuelson is in Atlanta where negotiations are taking place. 

 Click the above audio player to hear the full interview.

Marketplace asks: Are you better off now than 4 years ago?

Oct 2, 2015
Marketplace Weekend Staff and Lizzie O'Leary

I'm gonna crib from Ronald Reagan and ask, are you better off now than you were four years ago?

Why? Or Why not? And no, this isn't just about the election. It's about how you feel about the economy, your prospects, your kids prospects.

Similar credit scores = true love

Oct 2, 2015
Kai Ryssdal

Nothing says romance like the Federal Reserve and credit scores.

Bloomberg had an article Friday about a new study out from the New York Fed.

The topic is, to quote economists, "household formation and dissolution."

Turns out people with higher credit scores are more likely to be in a committed relationship and stay together.

Also, we tend to form relationships with people who have credit scores similar to ours.

Kai Ryssdal

Joining us to talk about the week's business and economic news are Cardiff Garcia from FT Alphaville and Marketplace's Sabri Ben-Achour. The big topics this week: the latest lackluster jobs report, the U.S. debt ceiling, economic uncertainty in China and — yet again — what on earth is Janet Yellen thinking? 

Marketplace for Friday, October 2, 2015

Oct 2, 2015

 Another day, another hack; India's promise to cut carbon emissions; and Bastrop County, Texas, four years after the firestorm.

Pennsylvania's budget battle is hurting school funding

Oct 2, 2015
Lizzie O'Leary and Raghu Manavalan

Pennsylvania lawmakers are at a stalemate over the state budget. 

"We've got your classic divided government scenario," said Pennsylvania Capitol reporter Mary Wilson. "A first-term Democratic governor who campaigned on big initiatives of more spending for schools, for various programs. And we've got a legislature that's a huge Republican majority, and lawmakers who are very much against what they call broad-based tax increases, which are the wasy the governor right now wants to increase spending."

Andy Uhler

Two September fires in California killed six people and destroyed more than 1,300 homes. Thirty-thousand people had to flee. The Valley Fire, north of San Francisco, was the third-most destructive in the state’s history.

Four years ago, Bastrop County, Texas, suffered the most devastating fire in state history. Fifty square miles and nearly 2,000 houses burned, just half an hour outside of Austin. Afterward, residents faced a choice: rebuild or hit the road. 

Melissa Bishop left the city and moved out to Bastrop about 20 years ago.

Bad tech habits were made to be broken

Oct 2, 2015
Lizzie O'Leary, Bruce Johnson and Hayley Hershman

We all have annoying tech habits, but luckily Ben Johnson thinks we can break them.

At the top of the list:

Amazon takes on Google and Apple

Oct 2, 2015
Mark Garrison

Amazon is cutting off sales of streaming products Apple TV and Google Chromecast. Amazon’s website will, of course, continue selling its own streaming device, Fire TV. Not coincidentally, it works rather nicely with Amazon’s streaming service Prime Video. Amazon is giving up a cut of hardware sales in an attempt to rule streaming media.

“The question is: Is the revenue from content distribution more than the device [revenue]? And the answer definitely is yes,” said University of North Carolina business professor Arvind Malhotra.

The high price of being a Chicago Cubs fan

Oct 2, 2015
Dan Szematowicz

I was born in Chicago. We moved away when I was relatively young, but I've always missed my home town, finding any excuse to keep my Chicago roots strong. I frequently accomplish that through eating shameful quantities of meat, but most of the time it's through — God, help me — the Chicago Cubs.