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Marketplace for Friday September 12, 2014

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As the U.S. prepares to attack ISIS militarily, what implements of financial mass destruction does America have at its disposal to damage the fund-raising efforts of a non-state actor? Plus, logic suggests that a television show that receives high ratings, even on a cable channel, would have some longevity. But that’s not the case with the A&E show, Longmire. The show was abruptly cancelled after three seasons, despite millions of loyal viewers. Why did they pull the plug on Longmire? Also, the boardroom battle between Starboard  and Darden, parent of Olive Garden, is heating up as a shareholder vote nears. Starboard, the activist hedge fund trying to take control, released a 300-slide presentation yesterday on what it will do to increase shareholder value. Get ready for fewer breadsticks and saltier pasta water. 

Segments From this episode

The sweet story behind the U.S. Senate 'candy desk'

by David Gura Sep 12, 2014
A legacy of Sen. George Murphy, "an old song-and-dance man" with a sweet tooth.

What can the U.S. do to attack ISIS financially?

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Sep 12, 2014
Can America effectively damage the fund-raising efforts of a non-state actor?

Writing a recipe for change at Olive Garden

by Amy Scott Sep 12, 2014
The activist hedge fund eyeing Darden's board suggests adding salt to pasta water.

"Longmire" lost out because of its older viewers

by Queena Kim Sep 12, 2014
Advertisers aren't targeting the show's demo, but that could be short-sighted.
Final Note

A spot of . . . coffee?

by Kai Ryssdal Sep 12, 2014
Who drinks more coffee, cops or journalists?
Weekly Wrap

Weekly Wrap: Hubub at Apple

by Kai Ryssdal Sep 12, 2014
Kai talked with Felix Salmon and Leigh Gallagher about the week that was.

That extra chair in your home office? Rent it out

by Sally Herships Sep 12, 2014
A startup does for home offices what Airbnb does for spare couches.

Music from the episode

Sad Machine Porter Robinson
Alone In My Home Jack White

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