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Marketplace for Friday April 4, 2014
Apr 4, 2014

Marketplace for Friday April 4, 2014

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The goal is always the same – so-called ‘full employment. But what would that actually look like? And what sort of jobs would predominate? Also,  Nest’s software failure shows that even the most high tech companies still rely on humans when everything fails, and for many wireless product firms, the human back end of their operations is considerable. We report on the manpower costs of providing a non-human product. Plus: When late night hosts change, everyone wants to know who the new guy (or gal – one day) will be. But what about the band? Mark Garrison reports on the way the late night bands are chosen, and what elevation to that esteemed slot can mean.   

Segments From this episode

Ford's China conundrum: Big profits, bribery allegations

Apr 4, 2014
More autoworkers are Chinese – assembling cars in China for sale to Chinese consumers.

Yes, the Hard Rock Cafe still exists

Apr 4, 2014
Unlike other themed restaurants, Hard Rock Cafe found a new recipe for success.

Never mind Letterman. What about his band?

Apr 4, 2014
How late night bands are chosen, and what elevation to that esteemed slot can mean.

Pin the week on safety pins

Apr 4, 2014
Marketplace Datebook for the week of April 7, 2014

Buying bonds instead of Final Four tickets

Apr 4, 2014
Bond buyers hoped their purchase might lead to good seats at this weekend's games.

What would full employment feel like?

Apr 4, 2014
The goal is always the same – so-called "full employment." But what is it?

Why the 'Internet of Things' is still fragile

Apr 4, 2014
Even the most high-tech companies rely on humans when everything fails.

Weekly Wrap: The slow, grinding recovery

Apr 4, 2014
David Gura sits down with Felix Salmon, from Reuters, and Catherine Rampell, from The Washington Post, to wrap up the week.

The goal is always the same – so-called ‘full employment. But what would that actually look like? And what sort of jobs would predominate? Also,  Nest’s software failure shows that even the most high tech companies still rely on humans when everything fails, and for many wireless product firms, the human back end of their operations is considerable. We report on the manpower costs of providing a non-human product. Plus: When late night hosts change, everyone wants to know who the new guy (or gal – one day) will be. But what about the band? Mark Garrison reports on the way the late night bands are chosen, and what elevation to that esteemed slot can mean.   

Music from the episode

Guns Are Drawn The Roots, Son Little
Take a Walk Passion Pit
Optical Camouflage Broken Haze