Dan is a sustainability reporter for Marketplace.  He has produced multimedia and radio features for WBEZ, NPR, BBC World Service and other public-media outlets. 

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Features by Dan Weissmann

Giant mounds of sand sit by a rail spur at an 800-acre frac-sand facility run by Hi-Crush Partners in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin.

Sand turns a rural county upside-down

Fracking creates a sand rush in western Wisconsin, and not everyone is happy.
Posted In: fracking, sand
A worker unloads sand from a delivery truck into one of three "Sand Kings" on an oil-drilling site north of Denver.

Fracking makes sand a $10 billion industry

Even though drilling is expected to taper, demand for sand could keep growing.

Why the College Football Playoff has a generic name

Branding experts suggests ways — and reasons — to jazz it up.
Posted In: football, branding, Sports
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes attends a press conference on search efforts for missing AirAsia flight 8501 Monday in Surabaya, Indonesia.

AirAsia tragedy introduces U.S. to an iconic CEO

Tony Fernandes made flying affordable for Asians and became a media star.
Posted In: air travel, airasia, airplane

Sony and Microsoft fight ... the Lizard Squad

A hacker group takes credit for attacks on PlayStation and Xbox Live networks.
Posted In: hacking, Sony, Microsoft, video games
A Walmart in Washington, D.C.

Wal-Mart aims to make a buck from your gift card

You can swap it for a Wal-Mart card, but you'll get less than face value.
Posted In: Walmart, gift cards, Retail
Olive oil.

Oil prices shoot sky-high. Olive oil, that is.

A lousy crop means high prices. At least for the real thing.
Posted In: Oil, oil prices, olive oil, Greece

A new drug becomes the only option for some patients

Prescription-drug benefit company makes an exclusive deal with drug-maker.
Posted In: abbvie, Express Scripts, prescription drugs
Shoppers walk down Broadway in Manhattan in New York City.

Consumer sentiment and retail sales

The monthly Index of Consumer Sentiment has clues about holiday sales numbers.
Posted In: consumer sentiment, consumer, consumer confidence, Retail

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