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PODCAST: Cuba seeks foreign investment

Jan 30, 2014
Investors are pulling out of emerging markets, and putting their money into older markets. How much does the Fed have to do with it? A proposal to waive tuition at public universities, but grads will have to "pay it forward." And, Cuba looks for foreign investment.

PODCAST: State of the Union as heard from Europe

Jan 29, 2014
President Obama focused mostly on domestic issues during his speech last night. How did it go over in Europe? Some say Nintendo needs to ditch the console and focus on games, but Nintendo may still try to save its hardware business. And, the USPS raised the price of stamps by 3 cents last Sunday.

PODCAST: White House to raise minimum wage for federal contracts

Jan 28, 2014
Previewing tonight's SOTU. The NSA and its British counterpart are sucking up data from some mobile apps. And, there’s a lot of code in the Silicon Valley dress code.

PODCAST: Emerging market jitters

Jan 27, 2014
Emerging markets are starting off 2014 in the worst place they've been in 5 years. A new study says more than half of Americans are fuzzy on the deadline for signing up for health insurance. And, some charter schools see a benefit to pulling students from both sides of the tracks.

PODCAST: The legal marijuana industry's banking problem

Jan 24, 2014
Banks are reluctant -- or, in most cases unwilling, -- to do business with the marijuana industry. Railroads are shipping less coal, while they're sending packed supply trains to the oil fracking fields of North Dakota. And, less than five months before Brazil's World Cup kicks off, 6 out of 12 venues are still unfinished.

PODCAST: Are black people treated differently on Airbnb?

Jan 23, 2014
Carl Icahn wants eBay to spin off PayPal, separating the online auction site from the digital payment service. And, researchers say that African-Americans who rent out comparable apartments in similar neighborhoods charge less for their listings than white hosts do.

PODCAST: Optimism at Davos

Jan 22, 2014
The World Economic Forum kicks off today in the Alpine town of Davos, Switzerland. 95 percent of people who enroll in massive open online courses, or MOOCs, drop out. And, a recent study shows one in 10 job applicants have been rejected because something turned up in their credit history.

PODCAST: Oil demand booming

Jan 21, 2014
A new IEA report out Tuesday says global oil demand will rise by 1.3 million barrels per day this year. The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum kicks off this week, in Davos. One of the items on the agenda is inequality. And, the JOBS Act will promote equity investing through crowdfunding.

PODCAST: Iran curbs nuclear program

Jan 20, 2014
As part of a deal with world powers, Iran says it has begun suspending its nuclear program. In good times and bad, blacks suffer unemployment at much higher rates than whites. That's been true since the time of Martin Luther King, Jr. And, why would anyone want to work for the government?

PODCAST: Surprise! Smoking is a lot worse than we all thought

Jan 17, 2014
Hey Smoking, you can add diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis to your list too! Studying abroad in Latin America gets a big boost. And when keeping up with the Jones' means getting your own private water well.

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As part of Marketplace's 25th birthday, we look at the surprising, sometimes delightful, and sometimes destructive ways that prices have changed during the last quarter century.