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Marketplace for Friday September 05, 2014

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Tesla’s huge bet on a giant battery factory is a bet on the present while the future races on. Tesla is counting on fab efficiency to cut prices on an established type of battery, while research on new types makes it hard to even envision what other devices they’ll make possible in the near future. Plus, Goucher College in Baltimore switches its admissions policy to allow students to skip high school transcripts and submit a two-minute video instead. With liberal arts schools struggling to fill classes, will a play at “creativity” over grades boost the school’s attendance? Also, ABC has just announced the lineup for its 19th season of “Dancing With the Stars,” which includes 18-year-old YouTube sensation Bethany Mota. The Disney-owned network hopes to lure Mota’s 7 million-plus online followers back to prime-time TV, but will the strategy work? 

Segments From this episode

Good news! The unemployment rate is 6.1 percent

by Raghu Manavalan Sep 5, 2014
Bad news, the unemployment rate is (still) 6.1 percent.

Grunge and heroin chic: the '90s fashion reboot

by Kai Ryssdal Sep 5, 2014
"Champagne Supernovas" chronicles the way '90s trends upended high fashion.
Learning Curve

There aren't enough teachers with coding skills

by Blake Farmer Sep 5, 2014
Teachers learn to code on the fly as more districts incorporate digital requirements.
Learning Curve

A new way to apply to college: video

by Amy Scott Sep 5, 2014
Goucher College in Maryland tries to reach a broader spectrum of students.

Will Europe start spending more on defense?

by Stephen Beard Sep 5, 2014
With new threats from Russia and ISIS, belt-tightening could come to an end.

Heard of Bethany Mota? She's one of ABC's newest stars

by Queena Kim Sep 5, 2014
The network hopes to lure Mota's army of online followers back to prime-time TV.

Tesla bets on the present while the future races on

by Scott Tong Sep 5, 2014
Tesla is relying on fab efficiency to cut prices on an established type of battery.
Final Note

No one trusts anyone

by Kai Ryssdal Sep 5, 2014
I don't trust you.

Music from the episode

Street Clothes Fool's Gold
Animal Miike Snow

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