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Apr 11, 2014

Marketplace for Friday April 11, 2014

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The President has picked his budget adviser Sylvia Burwell to replace HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius. She’s the second director of the Office of Management and Budget to ascend to a higher position in the administration with Jacob Lew as her predecessor). What is it about the OMB – one of the wonkiest spots in a wonky town – that makes it such a good proving ground? Plus: Walmart is challenging Whole Foods with a new line of organic foods with sharply lower prices. But this isn’t meat or produce, its processed foods like spaghetti sauce and pasta. And therein lies the challenge: ain’t much organic wheat grown anywhere. Where you going to find commodity volumes of organic commodity grains, tomatoes and other ingredients? Also, Amazon just bought comiXology for Kindle – but you might be forgiven for thinking that comic geeks would revolt against anything that doesn’t come wrapped in an eminently swappable plastic sheath. Krissy takes a look at the business of making comics pay these days. 

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Can fast fashion compete with Prada?

Apr 10, 2014
H&M's high-end COS brand is set to launch in the U.S.

Say cheese... all April long

Apr 11, 2014
Marketplace Datebook for the week of April 14, 2014

Nasdaq'ed: tech slide continues

Apr 11, 2014
It was a rough week for tech and bio-tech stocks.

What if you could kill your stolen phone?

Apr 11, 2014
A "kill switch" on smart phones would prevent thefts and possibly save billions of dollars.

In which the government acknowledges Google

Apr 11, 2014
Senate Bill 2206 was introduced last week, cited as the Let Me Google That For You Act.

How 'Choose Your Own Adventure' was born

Apr 11, 2014
The popular series turns 35 this year, but do you know how it started?

Digital comics: Violent sci-fi meets Joan Didion

Apr 11, 2014
Amazon just bought comiXology for Kindle. Why non-comics fans should care.

'If you can run the OMB, you can run anything.'

Apr 11, 2014
The president has picked his budget adviser Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head HHS.

Wal-Mart: Everday low (organic?) prices

Apr 11, 2014
Wal-Mart is challenging stores like Whole Foods with a new line of cheaper organic foods.

The President has picked his budget adviser Sylvia Burwell to replace HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius. She’s the second director of the Office of Management and Budget to ascend to a higher position in the administration with Jacob Lew as her predecessor). What is it about the OMB – one of the wonkiest spots in a wonky town – that makes it such a good proving ground? Plus: Walmart is challenging Whole Foods with a new line of organic foods with sharply lower prices. But this isn’t meat or produce, its processed foods like spaghetti sauce and pasta. And therein lies the challenge: ain’t much organic wheat grown anywhere. Where you going to find commodity volumes of organic commodity grains, tomatoes and other ingredients? Also, Amazon just bought comiXology for Kindle – but you might be forgiven for thinking that comic geeks would revolt against anything that doesn’t come wrapped in an eminently swappable plastic sheath. Krissy takes a look at the business of making comics pay these days. 

Music from the episode

Sunday - Instrumental 9th Wonder, Keisha Shontelle, Chaundon