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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Sep 18, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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Wednesday afternoon, we will learn just how much the Federal Reserve has decided to scale back on stimulus spending. The vulnerability of social security numbers -- the simple nine-digit code that holds so much of our private information. And lists, lists, lists. Why is the media obsessed with lists? We read off a list to explain. Just kidding, of course. 

Segments From this episode

Surprise! Fed torpedoes the taper, for now

Sep 18, 2013
Experts predicted the Fed would reduce bond buying, but economic concerns means that the stimulus will continue.

Protecting your social security number from hackers

Sep 18, 2013
Social security numbers are open to hacking if not properly protected.
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So what's Quantitative Easing anyway?

Sep 18, 2013
About 75 percent of Americans couldn't identify the bond buying program from a multiple choice list. So it's not too late to ask: Quantitative Easing entails the FED buying bonds to keep interest rates down and encourage lending.

U.S. companies defend the Common Core

Sep 18, 2013
Businesses rally behind a controversial new set of math and literacy standards, which they view as crucial to preparing an educated workforce.

Why the media -- and people -- love lists

Sep 18, 2013
The Forbes 400 is out. Media organizations spend a lot of time and money on building and promoting lists because they're easy to promote and can help sell a lot of ads.

PODCAST: Quantitative Easing, explained

Sep 18, 2013
Quantitative Easing gets explained. A look at why businesses are heavily promoting the Common Core education initiative. And a new demographic is making big inroads in the tech world -- Latinos. That's all on today's podcast.

Wednesday afternoon, we will learn just how much the Federal Reserve has decided to scale back on stimulus spending. The vulnerability of social security numbers — the simple nine-digit code that holds so much of our private information. And lists, lists, lists. Why is the media obsessed with lists? We read off a list to explain. Just kidding, of course. 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC