Welcome to "The Marketplace Reader," our new news blog. We'll be posting all sorts of items here Monday through Friday. Some of it will be straightforward news that's important, and other stuff will be whatever catches our eye or we find humorous. And on a really good day we might be able to work Ben Bernanke into all of the above.
"The Reader" is an experiment for us. We're going to see how it fares during the next couple of months and then we'll figure out where to take it from there.
We'll be trolling the wires and the Web and pulling ideas from the morning Marketplace meeting where editors and reporters fill a big whiteboard with potential stories, observations and ideas that get whittled down to what you hear on the air.
We've borrowed the title of the blog from the term we use for items read by the show hosts in-between the reporters' stories. Why? It just seemed appropriate -- and we couldn't think of anything else.
On most days, Melissa Kaplan will get things rolling. (She has the pleasure of starting with the Marketplace Morning Report crew at 1:30 a.m. PT.) I'll follow up and take you through rest of the day. You can let us know how we're doing and offer your suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And just one warning: We have puns and we won't be afraid to use them. Because, as you know . . . This is Marketplace.