Economics & Economy

On today's show, we'll talk about the spike in consumer spending and personal income last month; what climate change means for the built environment; and an auction for a first edition "Alice in Wonderland."

Why we're in the mood to spend a little more

14 hours ago
Adrienne Hill

The Commerce Department just announced a 1 percent increase in personal spending and a 0.4 percent increase in income for the month of April.

You wouldn’t know it by listening to the rhetoric of some political candidates, but...

"Consumers are very confident about the current state of the economy," said Richard Curtin, an economist at the University of Michigan who directs their monthly consumer sentiment surveys.

Immigration a concern amid looming Brexit vote

14 hours ago
Sam Beard

Immigration is a key issue in next month’s referendum in Britain on whether to stay in or pull out of the European Union. The EU guarantees the free movement of people between the 28 member states, and that’s been worrying many Brits concerned about the record influx of migrants. Last year, there was a net inflow into the U.K. of more than 330,000 settlers – half of them from elsewhere in the EU.      

A Dutch company is training birds to take down drones

May 30, 2016
Adrienne Hill

A Dutch Company is training eagles and other birds of pray to attack and bring down drones.

Law enforcement officials say drones could pose threats to public safety, from spying to endangering aircraft. One advantage to using eagles over shooting or jamming the drones is that birds can carry the drones to the ground without making them crash.

How to build a business on another company's old gear

May 30, 2016
Adrienne Hill

Ask any audio engineer working at Marketplace who Wes Dooley is, and you’ll quickly get an answer along the lines of “Oh yeah he’s famous.”

Now in his 70s, Dooley is the co-founder of Audio Engineering Associates — AEA for short — and he sells a range of handmade ribbon microphones, some costing upwards of $5,000. Dooley’s mics are used by musicians like Dolly Parton and Pete Townsend and younger artists such as Leon Bridges and the Alabama Shakes.

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