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Sally Herships

Just in time for Halloween’s candy splurge-fest, the Hershey Company is releasing its latest earnings report today. The company was in the news this summer after rival Mondelez attempted an ultimately unsuccessful $23 billion takeover bid. Hershey’s unusual structure, in which the majority of shares are held by a trust which oversees a local nonprofit school, was widely seen as a reason for the deal’s failure. We look at the company’s current status, and what the future holds in a sector where consumer taste is changing rapidly.

Clinton unveils anti-bullying plan for schools

Oct 28, 2016
Reema Khrais

Bullying has been a big problem in schools for a long time. But teachers say the the ugliness of the election has made things worse. Today, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will outline a proposal to dole out $500 million in federal funding to states that agree to develop anti-bullying programs. The funds would pay for things like school guidance counseling, social workers and an expansion of suicide prevention and mental health programs in high schools. How effective are such campaigns?

Andy Uhler

The Zika virus spread through Brazil and other parts of South America, now it's in Puerto Rico and Florida.

Congress took eight months to approve allocating $1.1 billion to help fight the outbreak. The head of the Centers for Disease Control asked for a pot of money to fight health emergencies just as FEMA has for natural disasters and terrorist attacks. But the situation is more complex than it seems.

It's Time Warner Inc., not Time Warner cable

Oct 27, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

When you first heard about AT&T buying Time Warner, you probably said "so AT&T's buying Time Warner Cable, what's the big deal?"

Well, no.

Donna Tam

The premiums for Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, insurance are expected to go up next year, but what does that look like for the Americans covered under those plans?

In North Carolina, an old mill town reinvents itself

Oct 27, 2016
Reema Khrais

Back when North Carolina was still a textile-manufacturing giant, Kannapolis was the quintessential company town. Right down to its nickname, "city of looms."

For almost a century, Cannon Mills — and its successors — defined the small city northeast of Charlotte. At one point the mill was the largest maker of sheets and towels in the world and it employed 25,000 people. 

Why there's been a rise in paid family leave

Oct 27, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the increasing number of companies that are adopting paid family leave policies; Belgium's decision to back a trade deal between the European Union and Canada; and why car washes pose a threat to autonomous cars.

Sally Herships

Cars are getting smarter, but not yet smart enough to go through a car wash. Some new cars with semi-autonomous features, like obstacle-detecting sensors and automatic braking systems, are being activated by the brushes and curtains inside a car wash, immobilizing the vehicle or even causing it to veer off the rails and collide with another car. What makes the problem worse is that every fancy new car has a different way of disabling the new features — usually buried deep within the vehicle manual. Who will be responsible for fixing the problem — car manufacturers or car wash owners?

Nancy Marshall-Genzer

How should Clinton spend her campaign money, now that her own race for the presidency is looking strong? Some are urging her to use it to get out the African-American vote, with an eye on electing Democrats in down-ballot races. But what kind of money does it take to get out the black vote, and how and where should the money be spent?

Liberal arts majors are getting paid

Oct 26, 2016
Andy Uhler

A study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers appears to indicate that employers are increasingly recognizing the value of liberal arts degrees, based on gains in full-time employment and pay acquired by graduates of those programs. Why is this happening? Does it mean that employers are now placing a greater value on critical thinking and writing skills? Is it a backlash against STEM?

Lane Wallace

Wall Street has spent $1.4 billion on donations and lobbying this election, more than twice the contributions by any other industry, according to a new study by Americans for Financial reform. That works out to $2.3 million per day from January 2015 to September 2016. And it wasn't banks that led the effort, despite the political rhetoric around their role in big-money politics. Real estate interests topped the charts, spending $66 million. Perhaps less surprising: 61 percent of financial sector contributions went to Republican candidates, and 39 percent to Democrats.

What you learn when you spend a year drinking beer

Oct 26, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

It’s Lucy Burningham’s job to write about the beer business, but she wanted to take her knowledge a step further. Burningham set out on a quest to become a sommelier of the beer world, or a Cicerone, as they’re known.

Five of your immigration questions, answered

Oct 26, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

To see the latest story of "How The Deck is Stacked," our series with Frontline and PBS NewsHour on the battle over immigration and how it's changing the job landscape across the state of Washington, click here.

What Volkswagen-Audi owners are supposed to do now

Oct 26, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about a federal judge's decision to approve Volkswagen's $15 billion settlement for its rigged diesel cars;  Apple's 4 percent stock decline; and the growing popularity of Accountable Care Organizations, groups where health providers look after their patients and the costs of that care.

What to do with the VW albatross in your garage

Oct 26, 2016
Annie Baxter

A U.S. judge has approved a $14.7 billion settlement with Volkswagen AG over its diesel emissions cheating scandal. 

Last year, the company admitted that it had rigged its diesel vehicles with software to cheat emissions tests. The settlement offers remedies for about half a million drivers of affected 2-liter vehicles, which include several model years of the VW Beetle, Golf, Jetta, Passat and Audi A3.

D Gorenstein

Since the introduction of Obamacare, a growing number of physicians are part of what are called Accountable Care Organizations, where physicians, nurses and other providers are responsible for the health of their patients and the costs of that care.

The shifting landscape is rearranging incentives, and leading doctors into corners of their work they’ve rarely visited.

On a late Friday afternoon last month, the Family Health Associates practice in Charleston, West Virginia is empty.

Empty except for Dr. Julie DeTemple and her staff.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Oct 26, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about a slip in iPhone sales for Apple; the danger of internet-connected devices; and the possibility of "social hacking" during this election.

Kim Adams

The big news in healthcare today is about Obamacare. The federal government says premiums for 2017 for some of the more popular plans in the program will go up an average of 25 percent. The healthcare exchange is having a rough time of it — insurance companies keep pulling out, and healthy young people the system needs aren't opting in quickly enough. Here's a look at how we got here, and what it might take to move forward.

Marketplace for Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Oct 25, 2016

Two things that are about to get more expensive: World Series tickets and Obamacare premiums, but there's a little more to it than that. Plus: another installment of our election series "How the Deck is Stacked," looking at the immigrants employed by agriculture and tech in Washington state.

Video game actors are on strike

Oct 25, 2016
Tony Wagner

More than 350 actors picketed Electronic Arts' offices in Playa Vista, Calif. yesterday, striking for higher pay and better working conditions for video game work.

Emma Jacobs

On Monday, the French government began dismantling the refugee encampment known as “The Jungle” in the French port city of Calais. Adjoining the main highway to the Port of Calais, the field in an industrial zone has been a stopping point for migrants hoping to find a way across the English Channel to the U.K.

Despite years of attempts to eliminate the camp, the French government recently estimated its population at 6,500, proof of enduring attraction of the U.K. over France for many migrants.

The world has reached a milestone on renewable energy

Oct 25, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about news that renewable energy has surpassed coal as the largest source of power capacity; efforts from private companies and local governments to improve infrastructure; and a startup that plans to produce bike locks that will make thieves vomit if they try to steal your vehicle. 

David Brancaccio

A super PAC with an allegiance to Donald Trump has been courting Pennsylvania's Amish community.

The Amish, who embrace simple living and reject modern conveniences, have historically been supportive of Republicans. But Trump isn't a conventional Republican nominee, said the Economist Magazine's Rosemarie Ward

Ward was recently in Amish Country near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She joined us to talk about the group's political leanings and how they might perceive Trump. 

Kim Adams

The National Basketball Association will, this season, become the first professional sports league to offer a regular schedule of live games delivered in virtual reality. At least one NBA League Pass game per week will be live-streamed in virtual reality. The move could be a big deal for the NBA and other sports. What is the technology involved?

How YouTube became YouTube, told with YouTube videos

Oct 24, 2016
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

Remember how Larry Page and Sergey Brin started Google in a garage? That garage belonged to Susan Wojcicki. The Palo Alto native eventually became Google's 16th employee. She ran Google's AdSense program for years and was then tapped to run YouTube, the video-sharing website that Google bought in 2006.

Girl Scout cookie cereal is coming next year

Oct 24, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

This needs to be filed under "Too Much of a Good Thing."

General Mills is teaming up with the Girl Scouts to turn Girl Scout cookies into breakfast cereal. We know there will be a Thin Mint variety, as well as Caramel Crunch, which seem to be based on Samoas.

It's hitting shelves come January 2017.

Doctors cut costs by getting to know their patients

Oct 24, 2016
D Gorenstein

The healthcare landscape is changing, even as Obamacare bumps along.

In the past six years, we’ve seen the rise of Accountable Care Organizations, now numbering more than 800, where doctors or hospitals work together to streamline care. For physicians that means they now get some compensation through contracts that reward improving health and controlling costs, as opposed to simply making money for every service provided regardless of the outcome or expense.

Donna Tam

Bob Dylan, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature earlier this month but has yet to acknowledge the honor publicly, will have to give a lecture in order to receive the nearly $1 million purse attached to the prize.

The rise of Paramount Pictures and anti-trust regulation

Oct 24, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about anti-trust concerns surrounding the AT&T-Time Warner merger, along with similarities between the deal and the rise of Paramount Pictures. Plus, we'll look at the price increases for presidential TV ads in swing states. 

David Brancaccio

It became official over the weekend: AT&T wants to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion. Time Warner's properties include Warner Bros. movie studio, HBO, CNN and DC Comics, among others. 

The deal between AT&T (a company that distributes content) and Time Warner (a company that makes content) echoes a trend already underway in the industry.