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Nov 25, 2013

Marketplace for Monday, November 25, 2013

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With a six-month agreement in place to thaw some of the restrictions on doing business in Iran, international firms are now making calculations about whether to get involved in that marketplace, or wait and see what comes next. Also, Yahoo! is hiring Katie Couric. It’s the latest in a number of high-priced recruitments by the internet company, but Couric is unusual. She’s older, she’s a TV icon, and she’s a host, not a reporter. Finally, the Affordable Care Act has turned insurance brokers into a legion of private navigators for individuals and families faced with insurance decisions. The brokers are frustrated by the law’s complications and the failures of healthcare.gov, but also have a wave of new business.

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Why your Thanksgiving turkey is so cheap

Nov 21, 2013
Some stores get customers in the door with discounted turkeys, and make their money on the rest of the meal's ingredients.

Who thought 30-year mortgages were a good thing?

Nov 25, 2013
Lending money for 30 years at a fixed interest rate isn't attractive to banks. So how did 30-year fixed-rate mortgages come to be the standard?

Iran: Politics creates a new emerging market

Nov 25, 2013
International firms are now making calculations about whether to do business in Iran.

Katie Couric fans can shout Yahoo!

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Nov 25, 2013
Katie Couric's hiring is the latest in a number of high-priced recruitments by Yahoo.

Insurance brokers: Obamacare is like.... (pick a metaphor)

Nov 25, 2013
As insurance brokers navigate the new system, they're not comparing it to a summer's day.

It's not the turkey's fault

Nov 25, 2013
Turkey isn't the source of your sleepiness.

Heaven in Rwanda

Nov 25, 2013
Josh Roxin and his wife Alissa moved to Rwanda for health and development, but opened a restaurant instead.

Spit, genes and the FDA

Nov 25, 2013
The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on the nation's biggest at-home DNA test kit company

With a six-month agreement in place to thaw some of the restrictions on doing business in Iran, international firms are now making calculations about whether to get involved in that marketplace, or wait and see what comes next. Also, Yahoo! is hiring Katie Couric. It’s the latest in a number of high-priced recruitments by the internet company, but Couric is unusual. She’s older, she’s a TV icon, and she’s a host, not a reporter. Finally, the Affordable Care Act has turned insurance brokers into a legion of private navigators for individuals and families faced with insurance decisions. The brokers are frustrated by the law’s complications and the failures of healthcare.gov, but also have a wave of new business.

Music from the episode