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Marketplace for 7/17/2013 – Are bank profits a good thing?
Jul 17, 2013

Marketplace for 7/17/2013 – Are bank profits a good thing?

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Fed chairman Ben Bernanke is visiting Capitol Hill to explain to Congress the nation's monetary policy and the Fed's outlook on reducing economic stimulus. Wall Street is watching closely. But the financial world is also paying attention to bank earnings: Bank of America is the latest major U.S. bank to report good news on that front. But for the rest of us, do bank earnings mean anything for our well-being? Also, Google is reportedly in talks to stream TV channels over the internet. The future of TV may just be, simply, the internet.

Segments From this episode

Bank of America profits and America's banks

Jul 17, 2013
Bank of America is the latest major U.S. bank to report strong profit growth. But does the mean the economy is healing?

Behold, the future of TV: The Internet

Jul 17, 2013
Is it really such a surprise that Google and Apple are exploring television-over-the-Internet?

Why many states won’t see N.Y.-sized savings under Obamacare

Jul 17, 2013
Health insurance premiums for individuals in New York will fall by 50 percent next year, according to the state. But New York isn't Alabama or Texas or anywhere else, for that matter.

'Genies' head to Salt Lake City to grow family tree

Jul 17, 2013
Salt Lake City has become the genealogical capital of the world, and it's all because of Mormonism.

Breaking the cycle of public housing

Jul 17, 2013
Housing authorities across the country are searching for ways to transition people out of public housing.

Freakonomics Radio: Gov't workers gone wild

Jul 17, 2013
The "Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure" catalogs the fiscal, sexual, and mental lapses of federal workers -- all with an eye toward preventing the next big mistake.

Outlet invasion: Upscale stores head downmarket

Jul 17, 2013
Traditionally upscale chains, like Saks and Nordstrom, now have the majority of their stores in outlet malls.

Rolling Stone's Boston bomber cover prompts backlash

Jul 17, 2013
The magazine's decision to put the Boston Marathon bombing suspect on its cover has sparked rebukes from retail outlets and government officials.

Fed chairman Ben Bernanke is visiting Capitol Hill to explain to Congress the nation’s monetary policy and the Fed’s outlook on reducing economic stimulus. Wall Street is watching closely. But the financial world is also paying attention to bank earnings: Bank of America is the latest major U.S. bank to report good news on that front. But for the rest of us, do bank earnings mean anything for our well-being? Also, Google is reportedly in talks to stream TV channels over the internet. The future of TV may just be, simply, the internet.

Music from the episode

Disparate Youth Santigold
Yet Again Grizzly Bear
God Made the World Cold Cave