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Jan 9, 2014

Marketplace for Thursday, January 9, 2014

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It's a little known historical fact that when it was created 110 years ago, the Department of Commerce was actually called the Department of Commerce and Labor. It's a reflection, perhaps, of the relationship between those two parts of the economy. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker stops by to talk about growing the American export economy as one way to keep American businesses competitive. Next, T-Mobile is offering big incentives to try and get you to leave your phone carrier. But to do so, you've got to change the family plan, the data plan, get a new phone, etc. Even where there's a better deal out there, consumers don’t always make the switch because it’s just too much trouble. Also, an increase in heroin use has been reported in many states. This week, Vermont's governor devoted his entire state of the state speech to the problem.

Segments From this episode

Congress is hated, but people still love to visit

Jan 9, 2013
Congress is enduring historically-low popularity ratings – so why do hordes of tourists still visit the Capitol?

China rolls out plan to clean its air - will it work?

Jan 9, 2014
China has some of the worst smog in the world – impacting the lives of more than a billion people as well as the bottom line for the world’s second biggest economy.

Commerce Secretary: Immigration reform would bring in $1.4 trillion

Jan 9, 2014
U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker sits down to talk about the state of the American economy and what she thinks it will take to get it back on track.

For first time, most of Congress is worth more than $1 million

Jan 9, 2014
A report shows that more than half of Congress members are millionaires.

Heroin's back - but prescription opiates are still a bigger problem

Jan 9, 2014
An increase in heroin use has been reported in many states, in part in response to government efforts to restrict access to prescription opiates.

T-Mobile tries to make plan-changing painless

Jan 9, 2014
Cellular phone carriers like T-Mobile offer incentives to switch networks, but for some consumers it's too much of a hassle.

Are we safer from Ponzi schemes now?

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Jan 9, 2014
A lot has changed since Bernard Madoff defrauded $17 billion. Has it made a difference?

Small business perspective on 2014 optimism

Jan 9, 2014
Private sector hiring is up, mostly among small businesses. One business owner gives her perspective.

It’s a little known historical fact that when it was created 110 years ago, the Department of Commerce was actually called the Department of Commerce and Labor. It’s a reflection, perhaps, of the relationship between those two parts of the economy. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker stops by to talk about growing the American export economy as one way to keep American businesses competitive. Next, T-Mobile is offering big incentives to try and get you to leave your phone carrier. But to do so, you’ve got to change the family plan, the data plan, get a new phone, etc. Even where there’s a better deal out there, consumers don’t always make the switch because it’s just too much trouble. Also, an increase in heroin use has been reported in many states. This week, Vermont’s governor devoted his entire state of the state speech to the problem.

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