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Marketplace for Friday, May 27, 2016
May 27, 2016

Marketplace for Friday, May 27, 2016


Microsoft and Facebook — the social network you can't escape — are teaming up to build a fiber optics cable under the mid-Atlantic. Plus: what, me worry (about a trade war)?

Segments From this episode

New York farm workers want the right to a day off

May 27, 2016
Agricultural workers are marching across the state to demand better working conditions.
A group of farmworkers and activists is walking 200 miles across New York to advocate for a bill that would give farmworkers a day off, overtime pay, and the right to collective bargaining.
Eilis O’Neill/Marketplace

A battle for the airwaves that ruined a friendship

May 27, 2016
A conversation with Scott Woolley, author of "The Network."
 David Sarnoff (1891 - 1971), general manager of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA).
G. Adams/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Facebook's sea cable doesn't mean a push into telecoms

May 27, 2016
The new Marea submarine cable will run about 4,000 miles from Virginia to Spain.
Employees of ERDF (Electricity Network Distribution France) and Louis Dreyfus company install an electric submarine cable and optical fiber between Quiberon and Belle-Ile-en-mer, western France, on March 11, 2015. These days, tech companies are joining the push to lay undersea fiber optic cable.

Facebook widens its ad targeting

May 27, 2016
The company is expanding its ad reach and stepping up competition with Google.

Trump reignites a long-standing debate on trade

May 27, 2016
There are lots of reasons to care if there's a trade war.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts on May 2, 2016 in Carmel, Indiana.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

That Trump vs. Sanders debate is already off

May 27, 2016
Too good to be true? Debatable, but it's not happening either way.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders waits to be introduced at an event sponsored by Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago on September 28, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. 
Scott Olson/Getty Images

The next great global glut: plastic

May 31, 2016
Oil and gas are just some of the things gained from drilling. More natural gas also means more plastic
A Playmobil toy figure is covered with plastic granules at the playmobil toy factory in Dietenhofen on November 12, 2013 in Dietenhofen, Germany. 
Timm Schamberger/Getty Images

Microsoft and Facebook — the social network you can’t escape — are teaming up to build a fiber optics cable under the mid-Atlantic. Plus: what, me worry (about a trade war)?

Music from the episode

Let Me Blow Ya Mind Eve, Gwen Stefani
Grindin' Clipse
Antenna Bonobo
Young Folks Peter Bjorn and John