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Marketplace for Monday, December 16, 2013
Dec 16, 2013

Marketplace for Monday, December 16, 2013

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Google is buying Boston Dynamics, which is famous for making cool robots like that mecha-cheetah you've seen on YouTube. Next, the coming ad blitz from health insurers is the surest sign yet that Obamacare is working, and isn’t going anywhere. Also, the United Nations is launching its largest appeal ever for humanitarian aid to Syrians – even though its earlier appeal is only 60 percent funded. Finally, millions of Europeans under the age of 30 are unemployed and not in school or some sort of job training. In Europe, the economic downturn seems to have hit the youth the hardest.

Segments From this episode

What kind of shopping mall is successful today?

Dec 16, 2013
Malls have become more nimble, offering specialized services and experiences you can't find online.

Why you shouldn't be afraid of Google's new robots

Dec 16, 2013
Google is buying Boston Dynamics, which is famous for making cool robots like that mecha-cheetah you've seen on YouTube.

A new pitch for humanitarian aid to Syria

Dec 16, 2013
The United Nations is launching its largest appeal ever for humanitarian aid to Syrians.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the media at an end-of-year press conference on December 16, 2013 at UN headquarters in New York City. The Secretary-General spoke about global challenges and UN successes of 2013.
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The selling of health insurance

Dec 16, 2013
Have you spotted them yet? Health care insurance ads. If you haven't seen any, just get ready -- there's a coming ad blitz.

NSA phone data mining is likely unconstitutional

Dec 16, 2013
A federal judge ruled against domestic phone data-mining.

Young Greeks struggle with lack of work

Dec 16, 2013
Many Greeks in their late twenties or early thirties live at home, dependent on their parents.

Dr. X stitches together brand name merchandise and art

Dec 16, 2013
Darren Romanelli, aka Dr. X, specializes in blending, art and fashion with branding and marketing.

Being stalked by consumer products

Dec 16, 2013
Commentator Beth Teitell says she feels stalked -- by online ads.

Google is buying Boston Dynamics, which is famous for making cool robots like that mecha-cheetah you’ve seen on YouTube. Next, the coming ad blitz from health insurers is the surest sign yet that Obamacare is working, and isn’t going anywhere. Also, the United Nations is launching its largest appeal ever for humanitarian aid to Syrians – even though its earlier appeal is only 60 percent funded. Finally, millions of Europeans under the age of 30 are unemployed and not in school or some sort of job training. In Europe, the economic downturn seems to have hit the youth the hardest.

Music from the episode

God Made the World Cold Cave
Spectacular - Instrumental Dujeous, Sharon Jones
Love Jones J Dilla
Love Jones J Dilla