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Nov 23, 2012

Marketplace for Friday, November 23, 2012

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Walmart announced today that it's had its best Black Friday ever. Meanwhile, shoppers at some stores passed workers who'd walked out. It seems Superstorm Sandy is, in fact, giving a boost to the economy. We hear about fans of the Florida Marlins who were upset by the team's latest trades. One community college is cutting hours for some its faculty in order to comply with the Affordable Care Act. An art college in Maryland has found a new way to feed its students while also cutting costs. And Kai Ryssdal talks to Quartz reporter Matt Phillips about why nearly 80 percent of all U.S. currency in circulation is $100 bills.

Segments From this episode

Black Friday sales aren't always the best deals

Nov 23, 2012
A study says rather than lining up for those doorbusting deals today, you could do just as well by shopping at other times of the year.

Amid shopping, Wal-Mart protesters question wages

Nov 23, 2012
Wa-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, had impressive Black Friday sales, including more than 1.3 million televisions. Outside some stores, employees and supporters picketed for higher wages and better benefits.

In holiday season, Sandy repairs continue -- and add up

Nov 23, 2012
Hurricane Sandy caused damage and pain across several states. With the clean-up still in its first stages, rebuilding and repairing could become an economic boost.

New health care law hits the job market

Nov 23, 2012
When the Affordable Care Act takes effect in 2014, some employers may cut workers' hours to avoid providing benefits.

Marlins shed All-Star talent; fans feel betrayed

Nov 23, 2012
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig approved a trade this week that sent the Miami Marlins' highest-priced talent to the Toronto Blue Jays. This comes not long after taxpayers built the Marlins a fancy new stadium.

More $100 bills in circulation than ever before

Nov 23, 2012
About 80 percent of U.S. currency is now printed in the $100 denomination. Surprised? Quartz reporter Matt Phillips explains how this came to be.

Why Black Friday persists

Nov 23, 2012
The Weekly Wrap breaks down why people continue to shop in stores on Black Friday and whether a breakup of the euro might actually happen.

Walmart announced today that it’s had its best Black Friday ever. Meanwhile, shoppers at some stores passed workers who’d walked out. It seems Superstorm Sandy is, in fact, giving a boost to the economy. We hear about fans of the Florida Marlins who were upset by the team’s latest trades. One community college is cutting hours for some its faculty in order to comply with the Affordable Care Act. An art college in Maryland has found a new way to feed its students while also cutting costs. And Kai Ryssdal talks to Quartz reporter Matt Phillips about why nearly 80 percent of all U.S. currency in circulation is $100 bills.

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