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25 billion iTunes downloads for Apple, but a lawsuit too

Feb 7, 2013
Timing is everything for the tech giant.
Posted In: apple

Name Timothy Geithner's book

Feb 6, 2013
News came today that former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner plans to write a book. Twitter took the opportunity to think of titles.
Posted In: Timothy Geithner

CEOs with big signatures are more likely to overspend

Feb 5, 2013
A new study says big signatures are evidence of narcissism, which in the executive capacity can be detrimental to corporate health.
Posted In: signature, ceo

Americans spend 4% of household income on gasoline

Feb 4, 2013
The Energy Department said today the average American household now spends $2,900 a year on gas.
Posted In: gasoline

The last time the Dow was above 14,000...

Feb 1, 2013
Looking back at what's changed since the last time the Dow Industrial Jones Average reached above 14,000.

State of Washington in search of marijuana consultant

Jan 31, 2013
The State Liquor Control Board needs an official marijuana consultant to advise on the finer points of all things cannabis.
Posted In: marijuana, Washington

Dolce and Gabbana to release perfume for babies

Jan 30, 2013
The new fragrance will have notes of citrus, melon and honey.
Posted In: babies, perfume

A listener's response to bookless libraries

Jan 29, 2013
After our interview about a library containing only e-books and e-readers, a listener tells us her thoughts.
Posted In: Books, letters, library

Twitter's Vine makes porn video an 'editor's pick'

Jan 28, 2013
The new app, which allows users to post and share six-second-long videos, chose a pornographic video this morning as its Editor's Pick. Whoops.
Posted In: Vine, app, Twitter

Kai Ryssdal vs. Garrison Keillor: The public radio Hunger Games

Jan 25, 2013
A thought for a Friday: If you had a public radio Hunger Games, who would win?
Posted In: Hunger Games, public radio

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About this collection

Did you know Doritos were born in a Disneyland dumpster? Or that the Slinky was the happy accident of a naval engineer?

At Marketplace, we’re always curious about the brains behind the products that have become synonymous with American life, so we’re starting a new series called “Brought to you by…”

As part of our Innovators project, we’ll track down the minds and muses behind the stuff you use every day and tell those stories on the radio and our website.

We’re starting with stuff that Americans buy up and bring out every summer, from sunscreen to pool noodles to popsicles.