Aug 17, 2016

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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On today's show, we'll talk about expectations for the latest Fed minutes; the risks associated with natural gas production; and why there's a black market for maple syrup. 

Segments From this episode

How the poor are ending up stuck in modern-day debtors' prisons

Aug 17, 2016
VICE's new two-part documentary series examines the issue.
The racquet court of Fleet Debtors' Prison in London by English caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson.
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Maple syrup's rise in the black market

Aug 17, 2016
Yes, this is really happening.
Who knew there'd be so much controversy over a classic pancake topping?
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What to expect from the release of last month's Fed minutes

Aug 17, 2016
July's Fed minutes, Wal-Mart's online struggles, and modern-day debtors' prisons.

Natural gas leaks make natural gas dirtier

Aug 17, 2016
Study of a methane plume over Southwest tracks back to natural gas fields.
Natural gas is flared off at a plant outside of the town of Cuero, Texas. The boom in natural gas drilling has led to an increase in the amount of methane emissions. 
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Wal-Mart tries to compete in changing retail world

Aug 17, 2016
The giant retailer already bolstered workers' wages. Now, it must boost online sales.

Why many Louisiana homeowners lack flood insurance

Aug 17, 2016
Most Louisiana homeowners aren't covered.
Two people walk through a flooded street in Sorrento, Louisiana as an early morning fog blankets the area. 
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The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC