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Marketplace for Friday, March 28, 2014
Mar 28, 2014

Marketplace for Friday, March 28, 2014

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About 10 million students have earned bachelor’s degrees since 2008. In 2012, almost half of recent college graduates were considered underemployed, working in jobs that typically do not require a bachelor’s degree. A look at a generation of college graduates who had the bad luck of beginning careers during the Great Recession and its aftermath. Meanwhile, almost half of the customers in Detroit are behind on their water bills. Now the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is starting to cut them off. But lots of businesses are in the red, too, as is the school system, and the city itself, which is in bankruptcy. Together, those players owe more than $50 million. And, CBS Outdoor is one of the largest advertising companies with  billboards seen practically everywhere. We look at how the company continues to do so well.

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Diego Luna on Chavez film and getting American backing

Mar 28, 2014
The director talks the first bio-pic to celebrate the history and accomplishments of activist Cesar Chavez and his movement.

Are billboards effective advertising?

Mar 28, 2014
Billboard companies are turning a profit despite the challenge of measuring the effectiveness of the advertisements to influence consumers.

Unpaid water bill? Detroit will turn off the tap

Mar 28, 2014
Half the bankrupt city's residents are delinquent on their water bills. Businesses, schools and the city itself owe more than $50 million in unpaid water bills.

A degree in hand, but a slow start up the career ladder

Mar 28, 2014
College graduates who started careers recently are having a hard time finding a good job.

As the world turns, don't stress about it

Mar 28, 2014
Marketplace Datebook for the week of March 31, 2014

Weekly Wrap: Consumer confidence? 'Meh'

Mar 28, 2014
Kai talks to John Carney from the Wall Street Journal and Leigh Gallagher from Fortune for the Weekly Wrap.

On Helvetica and U.S. government spending

Mar 28, 2014
A 14-year-old kid in Pittsburgh has found a way to save the federal government $136 million.

About 10 million students have earned bachelor’s degrees since 2008. In 2012, almost half of recent college graduates were considered underemployed, working in jobs that typically do not require a bachelor’s degree. A look at a generation of college graduates who had the bad luck of beginning careers during the Great Recession and its aftermath. Meanwhile, almost half of the customers in Detroit are behind on their water bills. Now the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is starting to cut them off. But lots of businesses are in the red, too, as is the school system, and the city itself, which is in bankruptcy. Together, those players owe more than $50 million. And, CBS Outdoor is one of the largest advertising companies with  billboards seen practically everywhere. We look at how the company continues to do so well.

Music from the episode

Second Chance Peter Bjorn and John