Jeff Horwich is the interim host of Marketplace Morning Report and a sometime-Marketplace reporter. He is the former host of "In The Loop" from Minnesota Public Radio and a former business and economics correspondent for MPR. He is a graduate of Duke University and has a Master's in applied economics from the University of Minnesota.
Posted In: Pfizer, bribery
The charge: violating the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Pfizer's drug sales reps paid bribes to get Pfizer drugs used by doctors in countries like China, Russia and Bulgaria.
Posted In: magazines, fashion, mid-day extra
At Conde Nast alone, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Lucky and Allure all experienced double-digit declines in newsstand sales, according to new data out today from the Audit Bureau of Circulations. In the first six months of this year, magazine sales slumped 9.6 percent overall.
Posted In: Financial Times, medal, Olympics
The Financial Times has a cool Olympic feature, where they run a formula for how many medals countries should get -- based on things like historical performance, per capita GDP, and host-country advantage. Then they compare that against actual performance in the Games.
Posted In: video games, violence
Each time there's a mass shooting in the real world, people ponder again the link between violent media and violent actions. The link isn't clear in recent cases -- and it's not proven as a general matter. But is there any harm in investigating alternatives?
Posted In: School
The Poway Unified School district borrowed just over $100 million for building renovations in 2008, but because of a form of creative financing called a capital appreciation bond, the total debt is now adding up to close to $1 billion.
Posted In: Sports, Running, Jamaica, mid-day extra
Over the weekend, Usain Bolt of Jamaica won the 100 m running race at the Olympic games. Jamaica and other island nations have become know for their sprinting power, in the same way that countries like Kenya are known for their strength in distance running.
Posted In: Securities and Exchange Commission, lawyers
A team of researchers has a new paper out today that looks at this effect on lawyers at the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Posted In: NASA, mars, Curiosity rover
You can't get more international than Mars -- where the Curiosity rover has landed. Scientists say they're primarily searching for signs of life, but companies are springing up with the goal of extracting non-Earthly resources.
Posted In: Auto
Chrysler says this morning it sold more cars this July than it has in five years. Volkswagen and Nissan also reported stronger U.S. sales numbers. Expect consistent sales for the coming year as reliable models like the Honda Accord come in high volumes in 2012.