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Marketplace with host Kai Ryssdal produced and distributed by American Public Media focuses on the latest business news both nationally and internationally, the global economy, and wider events linked to the financial markets.

The only national daily business news program originating from the West Coast, Marketplace is noted for its timely, relevant and accessible coverage of business, economics and personal finance. 

Marketplace, weekdays at 6:00 pm on WVTF and 6:30 pm on our RADIO IQ and RADIO IQ With BBC News networks.

Be sure to check out the  Marketplace Morning Report weekdays at 9:51 on RADIO IQ and RADIO IQ With BBC News.

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Program Headlines

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:36pm

    Use of human growth hormone is on the rise among teens in the U.S., according to a new report from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

    Human growth hormone (HGH) occurs naturally in the body and stimulates growth. But in recent years, a synthetic version of HGH been abused by professional athletes to enhance their performance, much like steroids.

    While abuse of other drugs is flat or falling, the number of teens who say they’ve used HGH has doubled since 2012, to 11 percent, according to the survey.

    But it’s not just teen athletes looking for an edge.

    "A lot of kids are very interested in body image,” says Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “Young girls want to be lean and toned, young boys want to be muscular and impressive.”

    That desire has been met with aggressive marketing efforts for over-the-counter supplements that claim to boost HGH levels in the body.

    Because the study is based on teens who self-report using HGH, it’s unclear whether the respondents were using these supplements or injecting the pharmaceutical-grade drug.

    Shaun Assael, a senior writer at ESPN and the author of "Steroid Nation," believes the high cost of the pharmaceutical version would limit its use.

    “The idea that [HGH] is being passed around in gym locker rooms, I’m not going to say it never goes on, but I’m highly skeptical of that,” he said.

    Either way, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids finds the data troubling and potentially dangerous for teens, since supplement manufacturers don’t need approval from the Food and Drug Administration before marketing a new product. Rather, it’s the company’s responsibility to make sure the supplements are safe and effective.

    However, even if the supplements aren’t dangerous, they are a waste of money, says Chris Cooper, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Essex and the author of the book "Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat."

    “In general, a lot of pills that claim to effect human growth hormone in the body do nothing of the sort,” Cooper says. “Probably they just have a bad effect on your bank balance rather than your health.”

    But Cooper cautions that injecting the wrong dose of synthetic HGH or using it without the supervision of a doctor can have much more serious health implications on teens’ growing bodies, including increased risk of diabetes.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:00am

    A round-up of the numerous companies reporting profits this week, and what it means for the economy at large. Plus, more on Netflix's strategy to expand internationally, and what challenges they may face. Also, Manchester United is stateside, playing a game against Los Angeles Galaxy. After a rough patch of losses, we look at the team's hope for a return to success, both on the field, and in their finances.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:00am

    Stock in Netflix has been flirting with an all-time highs this week.

    Investors are bullish about the company’s prospects overseas; Netflix plans to expand into European markets in September.

    “International expansion has been a core part of Netflix strategy,” says Andy Liu, director at Standard & Poor.

    But others believe the stock is overvalued.

    Michael Pachter is a research analyst at Wedbush Securities. He anticipates that expanding into new international markets will be expensive.

    “Each country requires separate technology spending. Each country requires a separate content deal,” says Pachter.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:00am
  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:00am

    Since the Snowden revelations, it has become clear that email as a basic internet protocol is essentially insecure, and other options -- texting, messaging apps, and the like -- are not much better. 

    "If you really want to have secure communication, don't use email," says New York Times Tech Columnist Molly Wood.

    There has been signifigant movement on creating simpler encryption tools -- Virtru, for example, is a browser plugin that encrypts messages for the recipient when emails are sent from a browser using the program.

    However, even a potentially game-changing method like this has its issues: a third party is still being given the information. 

     

Playlist

March 19, 2014

6:26 PM
Come On! Feel the Illinoise!
Artist : Sufjan Stevens
Album : Illinoise
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Label : Asthmatic Kitty Records