Economics & Economy

02/17/2017: Total global dominance by Facebook

Feb 17, 2017
Marketplace

A. Lot. Happened. This. Week. We're here to wrap it up. Leigh Gallagher of Fortune and Sudeep Reddy of Politico join host Kai Ryssdal to review the week that was. We'll also talk about that 5,700-word letter posted yesterday by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and what it all means. We also hear from a CEO in California who says the state's increase in minimum wage has been great for his business.

02/17/17: The rise of athlete activism

Feb 17, 2017

Americans are having trouble paying back their auto loans. We'll look at whether these delinquent payments pose risks to the financial system. Next, we'll discuss why there's been a rise in activism among athletes — especially among NBA players — and a plan in Washington that would keep water flowing to high-value crops.

Band Electric Guest takes the Marketplace Quiz

Feb 17, 2017
Hayley Hershman

No matter who you are, you've probably had a rough day at the office that changed your perspective, or maybe you made an impulse purchase you really, really wish you could take back. This week, Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton from the band Electric Guest take our economics-inspired quiz.

Electric Guest's latest album "Plural" is out now.

Matthew Compton: In a next life, what would your career be?

In Venezuela: a bad week, a bad economy

Feb 17, 2017

It’s been a turbulent week in Venezuela. On Wednesday, the government ordered cable operators to take the Spanish-language version of CNN off the air, after objecting to its reporting. Last Monday, the U.S. government imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s vice president, calling him a “drug kingpin.” But perhaps the biggest headache for Venezuela is the dire state of the nation’s economy, which has suffered from falling oil revenues and rampant inflation.  

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The 66th NBA All-Star Game tips off  Sunday night at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The league moved it from Charlotte, North Carolina, to protest the Republican-controlled legislature’s so-called “bathroom bill” that required transgender people to use the facilities corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates.

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