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Marketplace for Friday October 17, 2014

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50% of Americans are either “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” they will contract Ebola, a study says. How is corporate America reacting? Plus, as the midterm elections approach, tech giant Google has spent $1.43 million on political donations this year, surpassing spending by Goldman Sachs, a bank well-known for its political links. We explore why Google is spending the money and where it’s going. Finally, Ron Klain is the new Ebola Czar. We explain the ultimate purpose of the job and why it’s better to be a Czar than a real government official.



Segments From this episode

A better battery is hard to invent

by Scott Tong Oct 17, 2014
Better batteries are the key to better consumer electronics and electric cars.

Citrus greening is hurting orange growers in Florida

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 17, 2014
The disease has no cure, and production is down in some Florida groves.

Why don't employers make it easier to apply for a job?

by David Weinberg Oct 17, 2014
Why don't employers make it easier to apply for a job?

Have you got what it takes to be a government 'Czar'?

by Adriene Hill Oct 17, 2014
Here's what you'll need to qualify for the job.

Google's PAC spends in search of political influence

by Mitchell Hartman Oct 17, 2014
Google's Political Action Committee has spent $1.43 million on political donations so far this year, more than Goldman Sachs. Why is the tech giant shelling out and where does the money go?
Final Note

Free Starbucks for life?

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 17, 2014
If you only plan on living another 30 years.

How to stop your people from freaking out about Ebola

by Dan Gorenstein Oct 17, 2014
Nearly half of Americans are “very" or "somewhat" concerned they'll contract Ebola
Weekly Wrap

Weekly Wrap: Volatility, always

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 17, 2014
Kai talks with John Carney and Linette Lopez for the Weekly Wrap.

Music from the episode

The Impression That I Get The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Missing Words Mark Ronson, The Business Intl
Homecoming Kanye West, Chris Martin
This Is Our Lot Wild Beasts

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