Leave work early! It's daylight saving time

The leap second keeps atomic clocks (and therefore computers and cell phone networks) on the same cycle as the Earth’s rotation.

From the Marketplace Datebook, here’s an extended look at what's coming up next week:


  • Why can't Daylight Saving Time begin on a Friday at 4 p.m.? That’s when I'm ready to spring forward.
  • Forty-nine years ago Neil Simon’s "The Odd Couple" bowed on Broadway. Several versions have followed for film and TV and stage. (Because you can't get enough of a bad roommate.)
  • On Tuesday, two swell guys celebrate birthdays. Barbie's boyfriend Ken turns 53. And "Jackass" star Johnny Knoxville turns 43. (Meaning they're both Pisces.)
  • Midweek we get a look at the nation's balance sheet. The Treasury Department issues its monthly statement for February.
  • On Thursday, the Commerce Department reports on retail sales for February.          
  • On Friday, the Labor Department releases its Producer Price Index.
  • And with all the change in our lives it's nice to know that there is a constant. A mathematical constant, that is. 3-14 or March 14 is Pi Day.


You can live the Datebook lifestyle at marketplace.org/Datebook.

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Michelle Philippe is the production office coordinator for the entire Marketplace portfolio of programs.


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