Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday December 11, 2014
Dec 11, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday December 11, 2014

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Airing Thursday Dec. 11, 2014: Congressional leaders seem confident they can reach a deal keep the government funded before Thursday's midnight deadline. But there's growing opposition to one element in particular of their proposed trillion-dollar spending bill. And Disney is getting into the educational app business. It's rolling out a series of math apps for preschoolers. Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters will do the teaching. But smaller app developers may be the ones getting the real lesson in what happens when a marketing behemoth joins the class. Plus, our coverage about economic renewal in Congo continues this morning with a look at gold mining.  A lot of that happens in the shadow economy with gold smuggled out or controlled by armed groups there.  The Congolese government is trying to bring order to the industry by putting operations into the hands of multinationals in return for desperately needed tax revenue.  

Segments From this episode

Lending Club goes public

Dec 11, 2014
The world’s largest peer-to-peer lending platform is launching its IPO.

Miner vs. miner: A different kind of mineral conflict

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Dec 11, 2014
In Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the advent of industrial mining has pros and cons.

Drug cartels find new ways to make money

Dec 11, 2014
Mexican and Colombian drug cartels are diversifying their sources of income.

PODCAST: New profits for drug cartels

Dec 11, 2014
A lending company's IPO, Google News shuts down in Spain, and drug cartels find new profits.

Medical bills, bills, bills

Dec 11, 2014
43 million Americans have overdue medical debt on their credit reports.

Airing Thursday Dec. 11, 2014: Congressional leaders seem confident they can reach a deal keep the government funded before Thursday’s midnight deadline. But there’s growing opposition to one element in particular of their proposed trillion-dollar spending bill. And Disney is getting into the educational app business. It’s rolling out a series of math apps for preschoolers. Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters will do the teaching. But smaller app developers may be the ones getting the real lesson in what happens when a marketing behemoth joins the class. Plus, our coverage about economic renewal in Congo continues this morning with a look at gold mining.  A lot of that happens in the shadow economy with gold smuggled out or controlled by armed groups there.  The Congolese government is trying to bring order to the industry by putting operations into the hands of multinationals in return for desperately needed tax revenue.  

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC