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The Big Book

What happens when a robot can lay bricks?

by Bridget Bodnar and Kai Ryssdal Jan 23, 2020
The story of how a small band of inventors and engineers built a machine that could lay bricks. It's way harder than it sounds.
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The Big Book

What if Florida caused the Great Depression?

by Christopher Knowlton Jan 17, 2020
An argument that Florida's land boom in the 1920s, not the stock market crash, was the real reason for the financial crisis that followed.
Aerial view of the Flamingo Hotel and several yachts in Biscayne Bay beyond, Miami Beach, Florida, 1920s. The Flamingo was built by Carl Fisher and was one of the first large hotels built in the area. It has subsequently been demolished.
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The Big Book

Is your email etiquette up to snuff?

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Jan 7, 2020
We talked to a digital etiquette expert.
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The Big Book

When sportswear helps break records

by Andie Corban Dec 27, 2019
Sportswear companies risk upsetting fans if their innovations help athletes break records, said author Kassia St. Clair.
Swimmers during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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The Big Book

How Latino Immigrants "saved the American city"

by Amy Scott Dec 26, 2019
In his new book, A.K. Sandoval-Strausz argues that Latino Immigrants played a major role in urban revitalization.
Sidewalk street vendor Maria Rodriguez prepares a melon for a customer March 21, 2001 in Chicago's mainly Hispanic Little Village neighborhood. In his book, "Barrio America," A.K. Sandoval-Strausz makes the case that Latino Immigrants to neighborhoods like Little Village helped save America's cities.
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The Big Book

The story behind the spacesuits that got us to the moon

by Andie Corban Dec 25, 2019
Spoiler alert: It features a clash between NASA and Playtex, the women's underwear company.
Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin walked on the moon on July 20, 1969 wearing a 21-layer spacesuit.
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How We Give

We should treat inequality as injustice, says Ford Foundation President Darren Walker

by Rose Conlon and David Brancaccio Dec 20, 2019
"We're getting a distorted capitalism that does not produce shared prosperity," says Walker.
"We're getting a sort of distorted capitalism that does not produce shared prosperity," said Walker.
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Invest in Marketplace today

Ask not what Marketplace can do for you, but what you can do for Marketplace.

The Big Book

A flower shop in Maine roots for newly arrived refugees

by Bridget Bodnar and Kimberly Adams Dec 13, 2019
In Cynthia Anderson's "Home Now," Somalis and Congolese transform a former mill town. At a flower shop there, wariness turns to warmth.
Jamilo Maalim, on the phone, with her daughter Aaliyah and friend Binto at Mogadishu Store in Lewiston.
Amy Toensing
The Big Book

The "other AI" that matters

by Pauline Brown Dec 10, 2019
Would we have more fun shopping if businesses paid more attention to aesthetics?
A view of the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park.
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
The Big Book

How synthetic fabrics became mainstream

by Andie Corban Nov 29, 2019
A series of very successful marketing campaigns led to our closets being dominated by fabrics like polyester and Lycra.
A dress fitting circa 1930, when synthetic fabrics were new to the market.
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