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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Jan 29, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Last night's State of the Union speech was all about the American perspective. President Obama focused on income inequality, wages, jobs, and the U.S. middle class. We check in on how the speech is being received in the rest of the world. Nintendo is having a rough morning. The classic game maker announced that its operating profit fell 6.9 percent for the third quarter. Nintendo already expects a net loss for the year. You could say Nintendo's facing an identity crisis. For 30 years, it's made games you can only play on Nintendo hardware. Does it have to change to survive? And, the price of stamps went up 3 cents again. If you bought forever stamps forever ago, you're probably getting a good return.

 

Segments From this episode

Will Nintendo ditch hardware?

Jan 29, 2014
Some say Nintendo needs to ditch the console and focus on games, but Nintendo may still try to save its hardware business.

Farm bill would cut subsidies, but will it matter?

Jan 29, 2014
For almost two decades, farmers have gotten what are called “direct payments” from the government.

How the world heard the State of the Union address

Jan 29, 2014
President Obama focused mostly on domestic issues during his speech last night. How did it go over in Europe?

If you bought Forever Stamps forever ago, you're getting a good return

Jan 29, 2014
The USPS raised the price of stamps by 3 cents last Sunday.

State of the Union: Fact-checking Obama on the ACA

Jan 29, 2014
President Obama said last night that 9 million Americans have signed up for health care. Did they?

Dispatch from a woman stuck in her car in Atlanta

Jan 29, 2014
The city of Atlanta is in the middle of a giant two-day snow and ice storm that has left kids stranded at school, people in makeshift shelters, and commuters trying to get two or from work stuck on the roads in miles-long gridlock.

State of the Union: Tackling income inequality

Jan 29, 2014
Last night in his State of the Union address, President Obama touched on several economic themes, including jobs, the middle class, health care, and something he has been talking quite a bit about recently -- income inequality.

PODCAST: State of the Union as heard from Europe

Jan 29, 2014
President Obama focused mostly on domestic issues during his speech last night. How did it go over in Europe? Some say Nintendo needs to ditch the console and focus on games, but Nintendo may still try to save its hardware business. And, the USPS raised the price of stamps by 3 cents last Sunday.

Last night’s State of the Union speech was all about the American perspective. President Obama focused on income inequality, wages, jobs, and the U.S. middle class. We check in on how the speech is being received in the rest of the world. Nintendo is having a rough morning. The classic game maker announced that its operating profit fell 6.9 percent for the third quarter. Nintendo already expects a net loss for the year. You could say Nintendo’s facing an identity crisis. For 30 years, it’s made games you can only play on Nintendo hardware. Does it have to change to survive? And, the price of stamps went up 3 cents again. If you bought forever stamps forever ago, you’re probably getting a good return.

 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC