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PODCAST: Some (temporary) relief at the pump

May 16, 2014
Gas prices are leveling off. A new rail line in London. TV's upfronts.

PODCAST: The inflation-interest paradox

May 15, 2014
Fast food workers across more than 30 countries protest for better wages. And small-scale entrepreneurs are taking aim at that urban ritual of waiting for the bus.
Posted In: inflation, fast food, entrepreneurs

PODCAST: Fixing infrastructure and American jobs

May 14, 2014
Cisco makes a move into the "Internet of Things." And, Fannie and Freddie start paying back the American taxpayer.
Posted In: infrastructure, internet of things, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac
Consumer Spending Rises Sharply During Month Of March

PODCAST: The shoppers who never showed

May 13, 2014
China wrangles with its credit bubble. And a look at cities that give budget power directly to citizens.
Posted In: consumer behavior, China, budget

PODCAST: Net Neutrality

May 12, 2014
It's national infrastructure week. And, looking at housing inequality in Brazil.
Posted In: net neutrality, World Cup, infrastructure

PODCAST: Apple goes shopping

May 9, 2014
Congrats college grads; now start job hunting. And, the Marketplace Morning Report Quiz.
Posted In: apple, college, Africa
FedEx delivery

PODCAST: Size does matter for FedEx

May 8, 2014
The new nominee for HHS Secretary goes before the Senate. And more Americans are going online to find cremation urns.
Posted In: fedex, shipping, HHS, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, cremation, death

PODCAST: Alibaba IPO

May 7, 2014
Why advertisers care how long a show sits in your DVR. And, the struggles to unionize workers in Bangladesh.
Posted In: alibaba, DVR, Labor Unions

PODCAST: Sell in May?

May 6, 2014
Google and Amazon compete on same-day delivery. And, turning a rookie poker chump into a champ.
Posted In: stock market, same-day delivery, poker

PODCAST: Buffett-Palooza

May 5, 2014
The annual meeting of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway company wraps up. And limes are getting more expensive.
Posted In: Warren Buffett, limes

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You hear it a lot: For the economy to get better, we all have to spend more. Consumer confidence, consumer spending, consumer interest, consumer debt.... it's the consumer economy. But didn't spending too much get us in trouble a few years ago? Can we afford the consumer economy? Marketplace explores how we consume, what we get from it, what it costs, and whether we can keep it up.