Sep 29, 2016

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, September 29, 2016

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On today's show, we'll talk about OPEC's promise to cut oil production; competition Costco faces from Amazon Prime; the experiences of students from one tuition-free college in New York City; and a ruling from a federal court that's decreed "ballot…

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How 'free' changes college

Sep 28, 2016
For more than a century, New York's Cooper Union charged no tuition.
Elad Firnberg graduated without debt from Cooper Union in 2008, and went on to co-found Revolve Biotechnologies, a startup in Baltimore.
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Will Costco lose its valuable members to Amazon Prime?

Sep 29, 2016
Costco's membership fees are a big part of its business.
About 75 percent of Costco's operating income is from its membership fees.
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FCC set to rule on cable 'set-top boxes'

Sep 29, 2016
The FCC vote could pave the way for app-based streaming of all cable programming.
The FCC will vote Thursday on the future of TV set-top boxes.
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Insurance industry sees drones taking claims work to new heights

Sep 29, 2016
Instead of climbing ladders to check for roof damage, or walking through a disaster area, insurance adjusters may be able to deploy drones.
The insurance company Travelers is considering giving this assortment of drones to insurance adjusters for use in the field.
Patrick Skahill

OPEC agrees to agree on oil limits, but outlook still shaky

Sep 29, 2016
We might have to say goodbye to cheaper gas.
The sun sets behind a oil derrick near the Saudi Arabian border with Kuwait. 
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2020 Summer Olympic games could cost up to $30 billion

Sep 29, 2016
New GDP numbers, a push from the FCC's chairman to get rid of cable boxes, how drones can help the insurance industry, and the high cost of the next Summer Olympics.

On today’s show, we’ll talk about OPEC’s promise to cut oil production; competition Costco faces from Amazon Prime; the experiences of students from one tuition-free college in New York City; and a ruling from a federal court that’s decreed “ballot selfies” are perfectly fine. 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC