Economics & Economy

A battle for the airwaves that ruined a friendship

May 27, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

The Federal Communications Commission is gonna do a little dabbling in the electromagnetic spectrum market next Tuesday. The FCC controls the airwaves —  the radio frequencies that broadcasters and wireless companies use to get us the content we want. They're going to buy back parts of that spectrum from traditional broadcasters, then turn around and sell it back to wireless providers.

Not the stuff of a gripping radio story, but that's kind of the point. Because a hundred years ago, the fight over the airwaves was pretty dramatic.

New York farm workers want the right to a day off

May 27, 2016
Eilis O'Neill

Late Saturday afternoon, farmworkers and activists made their way through Harlem and Washington Heights, in Manhattan. Their feet hurt from a long day of walking, but they were still enthusiastic - drumming, chanting, handing out fliers. A pair of them was on roller skates.

Marketplace Weekend for Friday, May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016

On this week's episode, we go long and short on topics from the week's news with Marketplace's Jed Kim and The Atlantic's Gillian White. We continue our conversation about wedding registries and gift giving with listeners (one of whom received a goat), and etiquette and advice columnist Carolyn Hax. The Kills take the Marketplace Quiz, and Lizzie takes the Metro on LA's newly expanded Expo Line. 

Marketplace Weekend Staff

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A battle between two tech giants

May 27, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Google's court victory against Oracle over a Java code dispute; the end of price-matching at 500 Wal-Mart stores; and the influence of undocumented immigrants on political elections, despite their inability to vote or donate.