Features by Chau Tu

We asked you to name our conference rooms and the winner is...

We asked listeners to weigh in with suggestions for names for our office meeting rooms.

The worst jobs in history

From leech gatherer to factory worker, breaking down some of history's worst jobs.
Posted In: Jobs

A chart of how much time Barack Obama spends in economic meetings and on vacation

Comparing the hours President Obama spent in meetings about the economy, and on golf outings, in 2012.
Posted In: Barack Obama

Confessions of a Bitcoin investor

A Marketplace engineer talks about his experiences buying and selling the virtual currency.
Posted In: bitcoin

Margaret Thatcher's legacy: Three things that changed for the U.K.

There’s no question Margaret Thatcher wanted to remake the U.K. economy during her tenure, but did she succeed?
Posted In: Margaret Thatcher, U.K., United Kingdom

Corporate tweet #fail: Which was the worst?

Many companies have learned how to use social media as a useful marketing tool, but some have made some major faux pas along the way.
Posted In: poll, Twitter

An economic breakdown of Chicago's Englewood neighborhood

This week, Marketplace's Sylvester Monroe reports from Englewood, a neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, which has one of the highest homicide rates in the city.
Posted In: Chicago, guns

Judging a job by its cover: The bookbinder

The job: Bookbinders worked, by hand, to assemble multiple pages to form paper books. The process could involve stitching or gluing loose pages together, and then binding that to heavy carton for a hardcover book. The cover might also be covered in leather, and then imprinted with gold foil for the titles.

Killed by: Modern bookbinding machines. The industry moved to mass produce books on a large scale. Furthermore, with the introduction of e-readers and tablet computers, e-books are becoming more commonly used. Bookbinding by hand is rare today unless done by an artisan or independent self-publisher. In an interview from 2011, a bookbinder spoke to the website BoingBoing about the difficulties of modern bookbinding in the digital age.

Place your Marketplace prop bets

Gamblers don't just bet on who will win the Super Bowl, bookmakers also collect proposition bets for the game, wagering on things like how Beyonce will style her hair during the halftime show. Those bets don't have to be limited to sports -- for instance: How many times will Kai Ryssdal say "Marketplace" on Friday's show? Place your bets now.
Posted In: Super Bowl

Notable firsts in inauguration history

Tradition and ritual play major roles on Inauguration Day. Here are some of the firsts, both quirky and significant, that have occurred throughout history.
Posted In: inauguration, presidents, vice president, Washington D.C.


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