Aug 25, 2017

08/25/2017 Keeping us safe, inspired and financially stable

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What if the way our infrastructure is designed could keep us safe from earthquakes, accidents and from terrorism? Lizzie O'Leary looks at the design of U.S. cities with counterterrorism expert Brian Michael Jenkins. Also, ex-Fed economist Bill Nelson talks about the people who are thinking of our financial well-being: the monetary policy leaders meeting at the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium. Plus, a visit to places that inspire us — public libraries! — and how they're changing to meet the needs of the millennial generation that visits them the most. Marketplace Weekend also gets a sneak peak at Marketplace's Trade Off series on globalization with reporter Scott Tong.

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4 ways to design safer cities, and why we don't

Aug 25, 2017
Architectural changes may not be the best way to counter vehicle terrorism.
Sunset Triangle Plaza in Los Angeles, CA is pedestrianized and uses planters as barriers between people and busy Sunset Boulevard. 
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Why do we pay $100 to watch a fight?

Aug 25, 2017
It comes with the territory, and soon every sport could be pay-per-view.
Workers set up at T-Mobile Arena ahead of the weigh-in and bout between boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor on August 24, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fighters will meet in a super welterweight boxing match at the arena on August 26.
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What it means when the dollar and the market diverge

Aug 25, 2017
The U.S. stock markets have been doing well, and President Trump is quick to link his time in office to market highs. But at the same time the dollar has been dropping, losing more than 8 percent of its value against six major currencies since January. That divergence can be significant for retailers, manufacturers, and […]

A few reasons not to worry too much about the economy this weekend

Aug 25, 2017
We spoke with Bill Nelson, former deputy director of Monetary Affairs at the Federal Reserve, about the state of the U.S. economy.
Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen arrives at a news conference in September 2015.
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Things millennials love about the library

Aug 25, 2017
Millennials are making libraries cool again. A Pew Research Center study found that 53 percent of millennials in the U.S. had used their public library at least once in the year prior to the survey.
A library at a secondary school in London.
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What if the way our infrastructure is designed could keep us safe from earthquakes, accidents and from terrorism? Lizzie O’Leary looks at the design of U.S. cities with counterterrorism expert Brian Michael Jenkins. Also, ex-Fed economist Bill Nelson talks about the people who are thinking of our financial well-being: the monetary policy leaders meeting at the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium. Plus, a visit to places that inspire us — public libraries! — and how they’re changing to meet the needs of the millennial generation that visits them the most. Marketplace Weekend also gets a sneak peak at Marketplace’s Trade Off series on globalization with reporter Scott Tong.