Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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An automaker is gambling with major changes to its biggest moneymaker. Bloomberg reports next month, Ford will unveil an F-150 pickup made of aluminum, not steel. A look into the darker side of the numbers opens in theaters today. Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" tells the story of a sleazy, drug-loving broker played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Wall Street greed fuels many Hollywood plot lines. Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman checks in with some real Wall Street pros to get their take. And, college enrollment is dropping, which makes the already fierce competition for students even tougher. Some schools are trying to reel them in with eye-popping dorms. Marketplace takes you inside a luxury dorm at the University of Kentucky.

PODCAST: Big data meets big sickness

Companies who want to make sure their products are in the right place at the right time to capitalize off of flu season are turning to social media. And, there’s a benefit to charitable giving beyond the warm and fuzzy holiday spirit -- such donations can shave a bit off the year’s tax bill.

Alan Turing gets a long overdue pardon

Alan Turing, the father of computer science, was persecuted for being gay. This week, the British government finally pardoned him.
Posted In: Alan Turing

'Cool Tools,' a 'Whole Earth Catalog' for today

Author Kevin Kelly on his book, "Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities."
Posted In: Books

Give! (And keep track of your donations!)

There’s a benefit to charitable giving beyond the warm and fuzzy holiday spirit -- such donations can shave a bit off the year’s tax bill.
Posted In: donations

Do I have the flu? (And why Big Data loves when you ask that)

Companies who want to make sure their products are in the right place at the right time to capitalize off of flu season are turning to social media.
Posted In: flu

Could Ford's aluminum F-150 reshape truck market?

Ford will unveil an F-150 pickup truck made with military-grade aluminum.
Posted In: Ford, F150, Chevy Silverado

A Christmas Day movie about sleaze on Wall Street

Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street' opens today and financial folks won't shy away.
Posted In: hollywood, Wall Street

To compete for students, colleges roll out the amenities

Forget cinder block walls and communal bathrooms, today's student housing features granite countertops, high-end mattresses, and high-tech laundry.
Posted In: Education, University of Kentucky, college

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Does Your Mother Know
Abba
Winter Wonderland (Live)
Chet Baker
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus/Jingle Bells Bossa Nova (Medley) (1996 - Remaster)
Eddie Dunstedter
Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Dave McKenna