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Action figures for 'Django Unchained'

Jan 8, 2013
Quentin Tarantino's new film has some possibly controversial merchandise.
Posted In: film, Entertainment

Congressman blocks trillion-dollar coin idea

Jan 7, 2013
Oregon Republican Congressman Greg Walden has introduced a bill outlawing trillion-dollar debt-paying platinum coins.
Posted In: debt ceiling

The fiscal cliff provisions you might not have heard about

Jan 2, 2013
Reading the fine print of the fiscal cliff legislation passed on Jan. 1.
Posted In: fiscal cliff

What are your financial New Year's resolutions?

Jan 1, 2013
Saving more? Not buying your daily latte? Big or small, we want to know your financial New Year's resolutions.
Posted In: New Year, resolution

French court says au revoir to 75% tax on wealthy

Dec 31, 2012
The high court in France has rejected President Francois Hollande's controversial 75 percent tax on millionaires.
Posted In: France, Francois Hollande, Taxes

Gum shop busted for selling candy cigarettes

Dec 27, 2012
A gum store in St. Paul, Minn., was caught for selling candy cigarettes, which are banned because they're said to encourage smoking.
Posted In: candy

Starbucks wants Congress to 'come together' on fiscal cliff

Dec 26, 2012
The company is asking its employees in the Washington, D.C., area to write the words 'come together' on people's coffee cups, apparently in reference to the fiscal cliff talks.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, starbucks

A look at this year's holiday shopping numbers

Dec 24, 2012
According to the NPD Group, shoes rank among the top sellers this holiday season.
Posted In: shoes, holiday shopping

Health, drugs and rock 'n' roll

Dec 20, 2012
A new study out today confirms what parents already know: Don't let your babies grow up to be rock 'n' roll stars.
Posted In: Music

GM execs can use corporate jets again

Dec 19, 2012
Under its bailout terms, GM was banned from owning corporate jets. Now that U.S. government has announced its selling its remaining GM shares, that ban will be lifted.
Posted In: corporate jets, GM

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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.