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PODCAST: Heathcare.gov is supposed to work by tomorrow

Nov 29, 2013
The White House's self-imposed deadline for healthcare.gov to be "working smoothly" for the "vast majority of users" is Saturday. Australia has rejected a $2.6 billion bid by Archer Daniels Midland -- to buy one of Australia’s largest grain companies. And, Globalist Quiz time.

PODCAST: Why are retailers worried this holiday season?

Nov 28, 2013
We have one of the shortest holiday shopping seasons upon us. Retailers couldn't be more worried. And a look at two people who are working this Thanksgiving day.

PODCAST: Why is it so hard to save?

Nov 27, 2013
The U.S. government has announced a $253 million fine against Weatherford. This time of year, some lenders send out offers to let you "skip a payment." And, when 40 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, you have to wonder why saving money is so difficult.

PODCAST: 23andMe might not be all it says it's cracked up to be

Nov 26, 2013
The FDA has ordered 23andMe to stop selling DNA test kits. What is Katie Couric thinking leaving ABC for Yahoo? And, in Indonesia, authorities are getting ready to introduce the world's biggest universal health care program.

PODCAST: Will international businesses cash in on easing of Iran sanctions?

Nov 25, 2013
Europe's automotive industry and others may benefit from lifted sanctions on Iran. Restaurant profit margins are slim, only around 3-5 percent. So more restaurant chains are starting to make home deliveries. And, One Direction's new album was topping the charts before it was even released.

PODCAST: The story of your meat, right on the label

Nov 22, 2013
Is a Dow at 16,000 high enough for now? The Federal Communications Commission is moving toward lifting a long-standing ban on cell phone calls in-flight. It would permit calls once a plane reaches 10,000 feet. And, new rules say that meat must be labeled with where the animal it came from was born, raised, and slaughtered.

PODCAST: White House won't let Fannie and Freddie be sold back to investors

Nov 21, 2013
The White House is throwing cold water on a private investment group’s proposal to recapitalize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. At auction tonight, the domain name mutualfunds.com won't break 2013's record unless it fetches more than$4.7 million. And, are high tech hiring systems keeping Americans out of work?

PODCAST: Is Dropbox really worth $8 billion?

Nov 20, 2013
We will draw a line between gas prices and holiday consumption. Dropbox, the online storage firm, is reportedly seeking a new round of funding. And, Fortune Magazine's Allan Sloan's list of the year’s worst deals and financial flops.

PODCAST: JPMorgan to settle over mortgage bonds for $13 billion

Nov 19, 2013
The Justice Department will announce a record-setting settlement with J.P. Morgan Chase over mortgages and mortgage-backed bonds. Dow 16,000. S&P 1,800. What does it all mean? And, a byproduct of refining gasoline is clouding the skies of a South Side Chicago neighborhood.

PODCAST: Brand-name drugs prescribed to Medicare patients cost taxpayers

Nov 18, 2013
At the Dubai Air Show, Boeing claims the largest product launch in the history of commercial aviation. And, a new analysis by ProPublica finds that many doctors in the U.S. prescribe brand-name drugs to Medicare patients when generics can be dramatically cheaper -- and it's costing taxpayers hundreds of millions a year.

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From American Public Media's Marketplace, a blog devoted to listeners and readers who want to understand and talk about Wall Street. This blog supplements our stream of Wall Street coverage with a Marketplace perspective by New York bureau chief Heidi N. Moore.