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Ellen Rolfes

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Ellen is a newsletter writer at Marketplace.

Latest Stories (61)

Meet the first Black baseball players

Apr 8, 2024
We're watching “The League,” a documentary about the contributions that Black baseball players and the Negro Leagues made to America’s pastime.
A magazine cover featuring Jackie Robinson in 1952.
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Boeing's union wants a seat at the table

Mar 29, 2024
Plus: There's an eclipse coming up! In this week's issue we do the numbers.
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What “Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó” can teach about combatting loneliness as we age

Mar 25, 2024
While most older folks would prefer to age in place, home sharing — like that featured in “Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó” — could offer more older Americans the ability to stay in their homes while reducing the risks of social isolation.
Courtesy Disney+

The Bank of Japan is having a normal one

Mar 22, 2024
Normal monetary policy, that is. Plus: How heist movies influenced real-life bank security.
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The costs of banning books

Mar 20, 2024
This week, we’re watching “The ABCs of Book Banning” and looking into the economic impact of book bans for schools and blacklisted authors.
Book bans have nearly doubled in recent years.
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Hey TikTok, beware the Ides of March

Plus: A bid to recruit cops from gamers backfires in Peoria, plus more in this week's Make Me Smart newsletter.
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Oscar winner "The Last Repair Shop" explores the costs of repairing musical instruments

Mar 11, 2024
“The Last Repair Shop” focuses on the people who maintain the 140,000 musical instruments owned by Los Angeles Unified School District public schools.
Courtesy Searchlight Pictures

The EU puts new limits on "digital gatekeepers"

Plus, we to the numbers on America's voting machines and Hollywood's pandemic recovery in this week's newsletter.
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Are boycotts free speech?

In this week's Make Me Smart newsletter: The BDS movement and the "silver tsunami."
Dueling protests in New York stemming from Ben & Jerry's decision to stop selling ice cream in the West Bank in 2021.
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This economy is feeling like the '90s

Plus, we parse AI video and do the numbers on Girl Scout cookies in this week's Make Me Smart newsletter.
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