By The Numbers

Winter is coming, but there’s lots to watch on TV

Marketplace Staff Sep 18, 2015
400 scripted shows

By some estimates, that’s how many shows there will be by the end of the year. Great news for TV fans, bad news for critics. We took a look at what it’s like to be a professional TV watcher at a time when there’s so much to, well … watch.

50 percent

By Gary Hufbauer’s estimate, that’s at least how many of the Fortune 500 companies have experienced cyber attacks by China. He’s an expert on China at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Chinese President Xi Jinping begins his visit to the U.S. next week in Seattle, but one thing you’re unlikely to hear in official statements: anyone talking about the allegations against China.


That’s the breakdown of a vote successfully won by a group of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to form a microunion within Target Corp’s store in Brooklyn, New York. As Reuters reports, it’s the first store to unionize in Target’s history.

36 hours

That’s how long the Peace, an ad-blocking app, was the No. 1 app in the U.S. App Store … that is, until its creator pulled it. In a blog post, Marco Arment, the app’s creator, said he pulled the app because it blocked all ads indiscriminately, and he didn’t feel good about “being the arbiter of what’s blocked.” This following Apple’s release of iOS9, which caused an uptick in interest in ad-blocking apps.

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.