Economics & Economy

How to be a Zamboni driver

Feb 23, 2018

Ryan Hevern is an ice technician at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. He also works part-time driving Zambonis at Minnesota's 3M Arena and is currently working at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He started driving a Zamboni right out of high school and has been working on the ice for eight years. 

Student loan debt affects more than 44 million Americans, who hold about $1.4 trillion in debt.

Marketplace Weekend spoke to Adam Looney, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and author of the group's latest report on student loan repayment. Here are the three big takeaways:

Researchers from George Washington University announced Thursday they will be conducting a recount of Hurricane Maria's death toll amidst conflicting accounts that have emerged since the hurricane hit, rekindling conversation about recovery efforts on the island. Beyond the challenges of physical reconstruction, Puerto Rico is also facing a debt crisis.

Does your dog really need "natural" food?

Feb 23, 2018

General Mills is set to pay $8 billion for pet food maker Blue Buffalo. That's the company that markets, among other products, "farm-to-table canine cuisine.” Here’s what’s behind this deal — and why this market is so red hot.

Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Baltimore subway closure exposes deeper problems

Feb 23, 2018

At the Reisterstown Plaza Metro station in Baltimore, loudspeakers were blasting WTTZ, the Maryland Transportation Channel. Yes, the Baltimore Metro has a radio station. But today, and for another few weeks, there is no subway service. On Feb. 11, the Maryland Transit Administration announced it would shut down the city’s only subway line for a month to make emergency track repairs.

Habib Malik, 64, stood on the curb, waiting for one of the free shuttles the MTA has arranged during the repairs.

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