Katie Long is a contributing digital producer for Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Tech. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, on WNYC, and WNET/Channel Thirteen New York. 


Features by Katie Long

The numbers for June 21, 2013: Netting out

Net negative

Between 2005 and 2012, the number of Mexicans returning to their home country offset the number coming to the U.S., according to the Pew Hispanic Center. That's in comparison to 2000, a peak, in which more than 700,000 Mexicans came to the U.S. (WSJ)

Net positive

"Yeah", "discuss", "give". New research out of MIT says those words will help you win your business meeting. (WSJ)

The room number for Obama's immigration war room at the Dirksen Senate Office Building (h/t Wonkblog's Wonkbook Number of the Day). (NYT)

11- and 12-years-olds

If you follow sports even a little, you know that champions were crowned yesterday after a hard-fought series. We're speaking of course, of the National Marbles Tournament in Wildwood, New Jersey. Emily Cavacini, 11, and Cooper Fisher, 12, took home the titles. Oh, and also yesterday, the Miami Heat knocked off the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. (U.S. News)

Woody Harrelson isn't giving up on good ol' paper

The 51-year-old actor has just launched an environmentally-friendly paper product.
Posted In: paper, staples

The numbers for June 20, 2013: Friends, Romans, Countrymen lend me your...Twitter feed

1 billion

Talk about high definition! NASA just took a billion-pixel photo of Mars. (NASA)

More than 100,000

Or should we say more than C (c'mon plebs, that's the Roman numeral for 100,000). It's also the number of Latin language followers the Pope has. (Buzzfeed)

$30 million

Public school students in Los Angeles will soon tote iPads to class instead of textbooks. The second largest public school district in America is starting with $30 million worth of the tablet devices. (Engadget)

$200 million

The Astrodome was once the pride of Houston, the world's first domed, air-conditioned stadium. But it's now a mess, deemed unfit for occupancy. Now the county has unveiled a nearly $200-million plan to save it. (Culture Map Houston)

The numbers for June 19, 2013: The economics of seat cushions

$200 billion

The amount the Congressional Budget Office estimates the Senate's immigration reform bill will save the government over the next 10 years. Most of that net benefit comes from new immigrant tax revenue. (AP)

17 inches

A new proposed limit on the width of stadium seat cushions at the University of Oregon. The university says cushions are taking up too much room during football games. Football stadium restrictions seem to be in vogue right now: The NFL has angered female fans by banning bags and purses. (The Oregonian)

33,860 trillion

The number of calculations a new Chinese supercomputer can do per second. That's more than enough to make it the world's fastest, beating out the American machine that had the title. (CBS News)

46 percent

The amount of drivers who still use printed maps for directions. Those who say they use GPS for navigation admit that computers have led them off-track more than four times. (Michelin)

The numbers for June 18, 2013: Now you see it, now you don't

0 for 1

Thrifty rental car is taking back its free one day rental offer. Sorry, human error, said Thrifty as it clawed back the deal. (AP)


The percent of American smokers in 2012. New data shows the rate of smoking fell one percent since the previous year, though researches haven't concluded what caused the drop. (Washington Post)

$400 million

What the new royal baby might be worth to the British economy. Members of Britain's royal family are selling consumer items ahead of the birth of the royal baby, including baby pajamas modeled on a guardsman's uniform. (Christian Science Monitor)

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Obama

An ice cream shop in Northern Ireland geared up for the G-8 summit by creating eight new flavors of ice cream, one for each Group of Eight leader.
Posted In: G8 summit, Obama, Shinzo Abe

The numbers for June 17, 2013: First is the worst

No. 2

First is the worst, and second is the best? Any consolation for Phil Mickelson, who came in second at the U.S. Open golf tournament for the sixth time yesterday, and on his 43rd birthday? Happy Birthday, Phil! (USA Today)

$5 billion

The bonus earned by Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson. What determines his payout? It's hard to know. (Kaiser Health News)

4,000 - 5,000

The number of data requests Apple says it received from the U.S. government in the past six months. (Marketplace)

11 billion

The amount of people expected to roam the Earth in the year 2100. The current global population? 7 billion. (Huffington Post)

The numbers for June 14, 2013: Peak meat


The percentage of Americans who believe there's a retirement crisis. (PBS)


The number of new patients that will covered by Arizona's Medicaid expansion starting next year. The state legislature approved the Affordable Care Act expansion on Thursday. (The Hill)


The global need for meat. Meat production has increased seven-fold since 1950 -- and yet, the world will require much, much more. (Quartz.com)


Just 1 in 50 Pakistanis accept homosexuality. So why is Pakistan the world’s number one source of gay porn Google searches? (Mother Jones)

The numbers for June 13, 2013: Census says!


A guy in Laguna Nigel, Calif., mistakenly sold his wife's $22,000 wedding ring at a yard sale for $10. The husband said the ring was in a wooden wristwatch box that he could have sworn was empty. (KTLA)


A female Japanese band is getting a lot of attention these days. Their trick? Skirts get shorter when the Nikkei index of Japanese stocks goes up. Machikado Keiki, which translates to "Street Corner Economic Conditions," are wearing much longer skirts today with the Nikkei dropping 6.4 percent. (Daily Mail)

Less than $1

Your personal information is worth less than a dollar. Wondering why the government is so interested? Try their calculator. (FT)


On average, we spend 40 percent less on Dad for Father's Day than we spend on Mom for her day. What's the deal people? (National Retail Federation)


The latest 2012 census data findings show 12,400 non-Hispanic whites died than were born in the year ending in June 2012, continuing the trend of a shrinking white majority. (WSJ)

The numbers for June 12, 2013: OPI goes IPO


The monthly subscription price for B-movie maker Roger Corman's YouTube movies. (CNET)


The cost of of Plan B, otherwise known as "the morning after pill". On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug to be sold over the counter without restriction. (WSJ)


The age, in years, of cosmetics company Coty. The parent company behind OPI nail polish is gearing up to rearrange those letters for an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange this week. (WSJ)

$1.5 billion

The CEO of Dole wants to pull a Michael Dell and take his company private. David Murdock is offering to buy back Dole for $1.5 billion. (Another number? Murdock is 90 years old.) (NYT's Dealbook)


George Orwell's novel about Big Brother has moved up from 11,855 to 74 on Amazon's sales list. Should the NSA and Edward Snowden get the credit? (Bloomberg)


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