Small talk: The 'Home Alone' house, fishing for plastic

Plastic bottles and general rubbish washed up by the sea litter a beach.

Tess Vigeland: And for our final note today. A look back at the week's news -- the stories that didn't quite make the headlines. Courtesy of Rico Gagliano, Brendan Francis Newnam and select members of the Marketplace staff.

Rico Gagliano: Jennifer Collins, reporter. What story are you going to be talking about this weekend?

Jennifer Collins: I'm going to be talking about the "Home Alone" house.

Gagliano: From the movie?

Collins: Yeah. Actually, the "Home Alone" house is up for sale: $2.4 million, you could have it yourself.

Gagliano: That's probably what the movie cost back in the '80s.

Collins: The movie grossed $500 million, so it's really a bargain.

Gagliano: If you think about it that way. Why are they selling it?

Collins: Well apparently the couple that owns it, their kids have moved away, and well, they're feeling like...

Gagliano: Don't say it.

Collins: A little home alone.

Brendan Newnam: Avishay Artsy, assistant producer for Marketplace. What story are you going to be talking about?

Avishay Artsy: Well recently, Turkish police officers were going to people's doors dressed as doctors and handing out heart medication.

Newnam: Why would they do that?

Artsy: Well apparently there have been a lot of confidence crimes in Turkey recently, and they're trying to educate the public about how gullible they are. And they're right -- 86 out of 100 households took the pills and swallowed them right away.

Newnam: Isn't this just going to make people mistrust the police for doing this stuff to them? 'Officer, I would have pulled over sooner but I wasn't sure if you were my optometrist or not.'

Gagliano: Rod Abid, senior producer of the Marketplace Morning Report. What story are you going to be talking about this weekend?

Rod Abid: Well this one comes from the European Union, where the fisheries chief has announced they're going to pay fisherman to catch plastic rather than catching fish.

Gagliano: Because there's a lot of pollution?

Abid: There's that, but it's also an incentive to keep them from overfishing.

Gagliano: So that they don't endanger depleted fish stocks or something.

Abid: That's exactly right.

Gagliano: And you know fish sandwiches at fast food places have tasted like plastic for decades, so who's going to notice?

Vigeland: You can hear more of what Brendan and Rico have to offer on their podcast, the Dinner Party Download.

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Rico Gagliano is the host of Dinner Party Download.


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