Features By Brendan Newnam

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Small talk: Food, college jobs, gold rush

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano chat with fellow staffers Stacey Vanek-Smith, Jeremy Hobson and Phyllis Owens about their favorite under-the-radar business stories from this week.
Posted In: Economy
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Bigger ads: Big profits, big irritation?

The Online Publishers Association, which represents Web sites like ESPN and the New York Times, will create bigger ads as it tries to grab consumers and lure in more advertising dollars. But will the ads just irk consumers? Brendan Newnam reports.
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The 99-Cent Chef's recipe

Wallets are being squeezed from all sides, but with an eye for bargains, you can eat healthy and on the cheap. Brendan Newnam dines with L.A.'s 99-Cent Chef.
Posted In: Food, Savings
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The 99-Cent Chef

Wallets are being squeezed from all sides, but with an eye for bargains, you can eat healthy and on the cheap. Brendan Newnam dines with L.A.'s 99-Cent Chef.
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Hitchin' a ride online

Life's tough for the carless and gas prices are stinging car owners. Brendan Newnam learns how both sides can get a bargain by turning to Craigslist.
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The world of vinyl lives on

It may take up a minuscule part of the music market, but vinyl records saw a 15 percent spike in sales last year. Brendan Newnam visits a record-pressing plant in California and learns more about the business.
Posted In: Entertainment
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Are you feeling lucky? Google is

A lot has changed for Google since it began searching in 1998. But on its crisp, white homepage one little button has managed to stick around all these years. Brendan Newnam decided to find out why.
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Foamgate: Mystery of an endangered flower

When a rare wildflower appeared in a Northern California plot of land designated for a new subdivision, the real estate developer cried foul. Was it an act of nature or genteel eco-terrorism? Brendan Newnam reports.

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