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Features by Brendan Newnam

Small Talk: A break from the headlines

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano check in with members of the Marketplace staff on the news that didn't quite make it on the radio this past week.

Small Talk: Drinking, Beatles, flu suits

Enough of the real news. It's time for the tidbits that didn't make the headlines, courtesy of Rico Gagliano, Brendan Newnam and members of the Marketplace staff.

Small talk: Big vehicle, models, cows

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano talk with fellow staffers Jeremy Hobson, Stacey Vanek-Smith and Amy Scott about under-the-radar business stories: a sheriff's big vehicle, warning labels on model's photos, and productive cows.

Small talk: Grocery line, surgeons, suits

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano talk with fellow staffers George Judson, Jeremy Hobson, and Stacey Vanek-Smith about under-the-radar business stories: the fastest grocery line, sleepy surgeons, and no suits to save costs in Bangladesh.

Small talk: Malibu sewage and Viagra

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano talk with fellow staffers Paddy Hirsch, Amy Scott and Phyllis Owens about under-the-radar business stories, including the "Viagra Effect" and Malibu's first town hall.

Small talk: Medi-meals, porn, McClasses

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano talk with fellow staffers George Judson, Rod Abid and Stacey Vanek-Smith about under-the-radar business stories: A medical-themed restaurant, China's porn-blocking glitch, and corporate-sponsored college classes.

Small talk: Pesticides, robots, Japanese

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano talk with fellow staffers George Judson, Amy Scott and Stacey Vanek-Smith about their favorite under-the-radar business stories this week: Pesticide industry protesting, robotic farmers, and bureaucratic training in Japan.

Small talk: Airlines, Canada, Pringles

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano talk with fellow staffers Jeremy Hobson, Phyllis Owens and Stacey Vanek-Smith about their favorite under-the-radar business stories this week: Air New Zealand matchmaking, college students heading to Canada, and Pringles potato chips.

Small talk: Rewards, lawns, reading

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano chat with fellow staffers about their favorite under-the-radar business stories from this week: a surge in criminal rewards, lawn paint for foreclosed homes, and how reading is becoming more expensive.

Small talk: Bff home, trapezes, lawsuits

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano chat with fellow staffers Jeremy Hobson, Betsy Streisand and Stacey Vanek-Smith about their favorite under-the-radar business stories from this week: Paris Hilton's bff house, a Reebok-Cirque du Soleil workout and lawsuits.

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