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Marketplace for Friday May 2, 2014
May 2, 2014

Marketplace for Friday May 2, 2014

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OK, so the top line on the jobs number looks pretty good, but it’s clear that for the most part, wages are stagnant. And wage growth is an important part of the economic growth equation. Sabri Ben-Achour reports on why wages are still flat, and what it will take to get them a-risin’. Plus, Spidey hits the big screen today, and, there is lots riding on the $250 million investment by Sony.  We’re gonna get beyond the Hollywood-is-all-about-tentpoles angle and look at the degree to which movies have become companies unto themselves, and what’s at stake if they botch it.  In Sony’s case, a hedge-fund predator at the door, for starters.  Also, this week Georgia governor Nathan Deal signed a bill into law that allows drug testing of welfare applicants by state employees.  The idea is to save the state money by revoking assistance to those who test positive.  Georgia isn’t the first state to do this. How has it worked elsewhere? 

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Yogurt: Not just for breakfast anymore

May 2, 2014
Who knew Greek yogurt could be a cream cheese substitute?

Traveling to space? There's an agent for that

May 2, 2014
Roughly 100 travel agents work as "accredited space agents" to sell seats for Virgin Galactic.

A vast wasteland without Chandler Bing

May 2, 2014
Marketplace Datebook for the week of May 5, 2014

Making it to the 1 percent is more common than you think

May 2, 2014
About one in eight Americans become part of the 1 percent for at least a year.

Georgia latest state to drug-test welfare applicants

May 2, 2014
A bill signed in Georgia this week will allow drug testing of some welfare applicants. How has this worked in other states?
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal answers questions from the media during a news conference at the Capitol building on February 11, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Spider-Man vs. the box office

May 2, 2014
Spidey hits the big screen today, and, there is lots riding on the $250 million investment by Sony.

Wages are flat now, but maybe not for long

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May 2, 2014
What will it take to get wages a-risin’?

Are smart-toilets upon us? Sadly, no.

May 2, 2014
Surveillance society appears to have gone just a step too far.

Weekly Wrap: Improving job growth

May 2, 2014
Kai talks to John Carney from the Wall Street Journal and Catherine Rampell from the Washington Post.

OK, so the top line on the jobs number looks pretty good, but it’s clear that for the most part, wages are stagnant. And wage growth is an important part of the economic growth equation. Sabri Ben-Achour reports on why wages are still flat, and what it will take to get them a-risin’. Plus, Spidey hits the big screen today, and, there is lots riding on the $250 million investment by Sony.  We’re gonna get beyond the Hollywood-is-all-about-tentpoles angle and look at the degree to which movies have become companies unto themselves, and what’s at stake if they botch it.  In Sony’s case, a hedge-fund predator at the door, for starters.  Also, this week Georgia governor Nathan Deal signed a bill into law that allows drug testing of welfare applicants by state employees.  The idea is to save the state money by revoking assistance to those who test positive.  Georgia isn’t the first state to do this. How has it worked elsewhere? 

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