Sep 26, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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More protests are expected in Spain today after some big demonstrations last night. There's outrage over a new round of budget cuts as Spain tries to avoid becoming the next Greece. The office supply chain Staples has announced plans for a complete overhaul. The company appears to be taking a page out of Best Buy's playbook. And Marina Von Neumann Whitman is the daughter of the famous mathematician, John von Neuman. But she managed to beat the odds and come out from her father's shadow, going on to serve as the first woman ever on the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

Segments From this episode

3-D printing enters the retail arena

Sep 26, 2012
The technology for 3-D printing has been around for a while, but it's been too expensive for regular folks. That's changing.

Staples shifts strategy to selling more products online

Sep 26, 2012
The office-supply chain will close dozens of stores in the U.S. and Europe and increase its selling online and through mobile apps.

Protests continue in Spain over budget cuts

Sep 26, 2012
More protests are expected in Spain today after some big demonstrations last night. There's outrage over a new round of budget cuts as Spain tries to avoid becoming the next Greece.

Growing up as 'the Martian's daughter'

Sep 26, 2012
Marina von Neumann Whitman has been a lot of firsts. She was the first woman ever on the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

British banking group gives up LIBOR power

Sep 26, 2012
A group representing British banks is giving up its responsibility for setting a key global interest rate. The British Bankers Association will no longer control LIBOR -- the London Interbank Offered Rate. That's the benchmark for hundreds of trillions of dollars in mortgages, student loans and other transactions around the world.

Major wind farm opens in Oregon

Sep 26, 2012
One of the world's largest wind farms officially came online this week in Eastern Oregon, with 300 giant turbines spread over dozens of miles. But the announcement comes at a time of uncertainty for the industry.

How home sales and job growth are related

Sep 26, 2012
We’re getting another pulse check on housing later this morning. The numbers on new home sales for August come out today, and they’re expected to be pretty good. How does an uptick in housing affect the job market? Turns out, they are pretty closely linked.

Greeks take part in nationwide strike

Sep 26, 2012
Greece has been shut down today because of a huge nationwide strike. Fifty thousand people took to the streets of Athens and police fired tear gas after violence broke out near the parliament. The issue, of course, is austerity: The very unpopular budget cuts going on as part of the solution to the debt crisis.

Knee replacement surgeries double

Sep 26, 2012
In recent years Americans have been replacing their knees at an remarkable rate.

PODCAST: Greek and Spanish protests, 3-D printing buzz

Sep 26, 2012
More protests are expected in Spain today after some big demonstrations last night. There's outrage over a new round of budget cuts as Spain tries to avoid becoming the next Greece. New home sales in the U.S. fell in August. A new study finds that total knee replacements have more than doubled in the past two decades. What does that mean for health care costs? Plus, stories on wind farms in Oregon, 3-D printing retailers, and the controversial NFL call that led to a loss for the Green Bay Packers.

More protests are expected in Spain today after some big demonstrations last night. There’s outrage over a new round of budget cuts as Spain tries to avoid becoming the next Greece. The office supply chain Staples has announced plans for a complete overhaul. The company appears to be taking a page out of Best Buy’s playbook. And Marina Von Neumann Whitman is the daughter of the famous mathematician, John von Neuman. But she managed to beat the odds and come out from her father’s shadow, going on to serve as the first woman ever on the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC