Katie Long is an associate producer for the Marketplace Morning Report. 


Features by Katie Long

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)

The numbers for June 11, 2013: 222, 222, 222

$31.9 million

The amount Chicago spent on police overtime between January and April. The city has nearly reached its yearly budget of $38 million. (New York Times)


The amount of money mistakenly transferred by a bank worker in Germany. The employee was supposed to transfer 62.40 euros, but fell asleep at his keyboard with his finger on the number 2 key. (AFP)


The proportion of STEM -- science, technology, engineering, and math -- jobs open to people who don't have a college degree, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. (Washington Post)


Americans are not worried about government phone tracking. Phone dragnet? 56 percent said they were OK with it. (Ars Technica)


The number of trees in Seattle's Beacon Food Forest -- a place where you can scavenge for fruit and such all you like. Who needs the farmer's market when you have a tree? (Co.Exist)

The numbers for June 10, 2013: I spy...a number


The number of surveillance applications the court overseeing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act has rejected since 1979 -- out of 33,900 received. (WSJ)

1.4 million

The number of people who have top secret security clearances, according to the Director of National Intelligence. (WSJ)


A Saudi prince is suing over his rank on the Forbes billionaires list, saying it is too low. (LA Times)

2 million

The number of homeschoolers in the United States. The Department of Education estimates homeschooling has been growing at a rate of 7 percent over the last 10 years. (Policy Mic)


A couple is proposing to spend their first 90 days of marriage by only spending Bitcoins. (Kickstarter)


Main drivers for "The Purge" were young women and Hispanics; the audience was 56 percent female and 56 percent under 25 years of age. Hispanics made up 33 percent of the crowd. (TheWrap)

The numbers for June 7, 2013: The lull in your workday


The poverty rate for lesbian couples. According to a new analysis by UCLA, woman-woman couples have the highest rate of poverty. The poverty rate for married heterosexual couples is 5.7 percent and for pairs of gay men its 4.3 percent. (U.S. News and World Report)


The interest rates of federally backed student loans is set to double in about a month if Congress doesn't act. Yesterday two bills addressing the issue were blocked in the Senate. (Reuters)


The number of kinds of ads you can now get on Facebook, down from 27. (AdAge)

2:55 p.m.

The worst time to get work done. Now we know why those coffee trips are neccesary. (CNN)


One table. Yup, that is how much this one table costs. (Marketwatch)

The numbers for June 6, 2013: Botnets and birthdays

$500 million

The amount of money investigators believe a global cybercrime network stole by hacking bank information and personal identities. Microsoft is working with the FBI to crack the botnet. (Reuters)


The percent of Americans who think their birthday should be a federal holiday, and give them the ability to take a day off. (YouGov)


The bible is the number one best-selling book in Norway, which the AP notes is an increasingly secular country. The scriptures even out-paced what seemed the un-seatable "50 Shades of Grey." (AP)


The number of days YouTube was shutdown in Tajikistan, perhaps to stop an embarrassing karaoke performance by the country's president from going viral. (Marketplace)


England loves its privacy. 20 percent of respondents believe Google Glass should be banned. (TechCrunch)


10 economic indicators you haven't thought about

Trash and lipstick tell the story of the economy. What else?
Posted In: economic indicator, economic indicators


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