Economics & Economy

The taxpayer-funded pop album all about welfare

Apr 29, 2016
Marketplace staff

President Bill Clinton signed welfare reform — officially known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act — into law 20 years ago this summer.

It was one of Clinton's key campaign promises, and it's still seen as one of his big domestic policy achievements. But with two decades of hindsight, what effect has welfare reform actually had? What do we really know about it?

Rovi buys TiVo for $1.1 billion

Apr 29, 2016
Adrienne Hill

There was a time, not that long ago, when TiVo was so cutting edge that it was a verb. As in: "I TiVo'd the Janet Jackson Super Bowl halftime show." 

"It's remarkable how quickly the TV upstart, TiVo, is now no longer relevant," said James McQuivey, a media analyst at Forrester Research. "And, it's simply because television is being rethought."

Marketplace Weekend Staff

In the wake of Prince's death, the people handling his estate realized that the star didn't leave behind a will, meaning that there are lots of questions still to be answered about Prince's back catalog and his assets. 

That inspired us to ask our listeners: what experiences have you had with wills? Do you have a will? Why, or why not? What will you leave behind? What questions do you have about wills? 

We want to know what you think? 

Marketplace Weekend for Friday, April 29, 2016

Apr 29, 2016
Karen Clark, Caitlin Esch and Gina Delvac

On this week's episode, Newsweek's Zoë Schlanger and Marketplace's Adriene Hill go long and short on the news of the week. We hear from listeners about what paid family leave means for them, and author David Wheelan discusses his book, Naked Money. Lizzie and Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson explore Manhattan's forthcoming Lowline park, and we preview the new podcast The Uncertain Hour. 

The Conversation: Paid family leave

Apr 29, 2016
Eliza Mills

Every week, we ask our listeners questions about how economic and financial issues are impacting them in their everyday lives. Last week, we asked you what paid family leave means for you, and whether you think it should be provided by the government.

We heard back from a wide variety of people. Some wrote to us to say they think paid family leave should be determined by employers and employees – not funded at all by state or federal taxes, and not mandated by the government.