Economics & Economy

Sam Beard

First it was Brexit. Then Donald Trump’s presidential election victory. Where will the next politico-economic bombshell fall? It could be in Italy over the weekend. On Sunday, Italians vote in a referendum on constitutional reform. And the result could — conceivably — produce turmoil in financial markets.

JaeRan Kim

It’s December, and if you’re heading out to do some shopping right now, you’ll notice a few things. One, there will definitely be annoying holiday music playing. Two, pretty good deals on coats, if you can find them. Three, for a lot of the country, it doesn’t feel like December weather-wise. Warmer winters are shrinking the market for winter clothing — and for the shares of companies that make it.

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Your office could be making you sick

Dec 2, 2016
Lizzie O'Leary and Eliza Mills

In offices across the country, someone is probably sneezing, spreading a cold that's been going around. It sometimes seems like when one person at work gets sick, it's only a matter of time before everyone does.

One potential reason why is the office itself. Most of the buildings we work in are completely sealed off from the outside world, in part to help save on heating and cooling costs.

But this can also mean that when someone gets sick, the germs just circulate through the ventilation system. 

Marketplace Weekend for December 2, 2016

Dec 2, 2016

On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, a look at President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks and potential future policy. Plus, a discussion of the Dakota Access Pipeline and a report from Scott Tong on fracking. Later, Wired science contributor Zoë Schlanger talks about office microbiomes and why they could be making you sick. The band Local Natives takes the Marketplace Quiz. 

A look at the conflict at Standing Rock

Dec 2, 2016

For months, protesters have been in a standoff in North Dakota over a nearly $3.8 billion energy project called the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protesters are concerned the pipeline could harm the water supply near the Standing Rock reservation. The Energy Transfer Partners, the company who wants to build the pipeline, has said they will not re-route the project. Dan Gunderson, correspondent for Minnesota Public Radio, has been reporting from the Standing Rock protest camps. He sat down with us to break down the conflict.