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Marketplace for Monday April 28, 2014
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Marketplace for Monday April 28, 2014

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The NBA operates a bit like McDonalds – the owners of the teams are basically franchisees. And the franchisees run the NBA. So could the other owners oust Sterling because he threatens their bigger business model? Plus, high school graduation rates in the U.S. have hit a new high, 80 percent, after a nearly decade-long campaign to raise graduation rates. What was done to raise the rate, and how valuable is the degree that more teenagers are getting. Also, new U.S. sanctions target the head of the state-controlled Russian oil giant Rosneft. We explain how U.S. and multi-national companies with U.S. ties, including BP, Exxon and Shell, are finding themselves affected by the move, and what options they have to protect themselves.

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In which Dove's 'Real Beauty' campaign faces real backlash

Apr 25, 2014
Dove's most recent ad campaign has been called "patronizing" and "hypocritical".

What if you found out your boss made racist remarks?

Apr 28, 2014
The NBA is investigating the legitimacy of a recording said to be of the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Team owner Donald Sterling of Los Angeles Clippers talks with team owner Peter Holt of the San Antonio Spurs as the SPurs host the Memphis Grizzlies during Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 19, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.
Ronald Martinez & Getty Images

Will Jupiter align with Mars?

Apr 28, 2014
Marketplace Datebook for Tuesday, April 29, 2014

If your company ID badge was a tracking device...

Apr 28, 2014
Inventors say badges let your boss know "how you really feel".

Border towns hit hard as fewer migrants cross

Apr 28, 2014
Fewer migrants crossing Arizona’s border mean a slump for towns that relied on the smuggling economy.

Can pandas jump the shark?

Apr 28, 2014
What it takes to reach "peak panda".

Clippers owner Donald Sterling suspended, fined

Apr 28, 2014
Why Donald Sterling matters to the NBA: Franchisee-owners are in charge.
Team owner Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers watches the San Antonio Spurs play against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 19, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

High-school graduation rate hits 80 percent for first time

Apr 28, 2014
High school graduation rates in the U.S. have reached 80 percent. What was done to raise the rate, and how valuable is the degree that more teenagers are getting?

Coal ash = environmental win (when you recycle it)

Apr 28, 2014
The toxic discharge from coal plants beats Portland cement when used in concrete.

How Russian sanctions could pinch Western companies

Apr 28, 2014
New sanctions take aim at the head of a Russian oil company in which BP has a big stake. BP’s stock fell after new sanctions were announced.

The NBA operates a bit like McDonalds – the owners of the teams are basically franchisees. And the franchisees run the NBA. So could the other owners oust Sterling because he threatens their bigger business model? Plus, high school graduation rates in the U.S. have hit a new high, 80 percent, after a nearly decade-long campaign to raise graduation rates. What was done to raise the rate, and how valuable is the degree that more teenagers are getting. Also, new U.S. sanctions target the head of the state-controlled Russian oil giant Rosneft. We explain how U.S. and multi-national companies with U.S. ties, including BP, Exxon and Shell, are finding themselves affected by the move, and what options they have to protect themselves.

Music from the episode

Fast As You Can Fiona Apple
Det haster! Casiokids