Marketplace for Thursday, June 18, 2015
Jun 18, 2015

Marketplace for Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Airing on Thursday, June 18, 2015: If you had to grade our nation's electricity infrastructure (that is, the power grid) what grade would you give it? One top engineering organization has handed down a D+.  That's right; our system of power plants, poles and wires is aging and unreliable. As a part of our series "The Weak Link," Marketplace sustainability desk reporter Scott Tong examines the power grid. Next: Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal talks to Stephanie Savage, the woman who brought the book “The Astronaut Wives Club” to ABC as a summer mini-series. You might remember Stephanie from her previous shows "Gossip Girl" and "The O.C." 

Segments From this episode

When the power grid fails

Jun 18, 2015
Three storms in Connecticut knocked out some residents' power for more than a week

Mattel wheeling out miniature Tesla Model S

Jun 18, 2015
As part of its Hot Wheels brand, Mattel is coming out with a miniature Tesla Model S.

Fitbit goes public without breaking a sweat

Jun 18, 2015
Share prices surged early Thursday after the fitness tracker hit the floor.

The Greeks are getting tired of crisis talks

Jun 18, 2015
Marketplace's Stephen Beard talks to people in Greece about the economic crisis.

What we talk about when we talk about the grid

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Jun 18, 2015
The country's electrical grid is extensive, but also vulnerable and aging.
Arjuna Soriano/Marketplace

Pope Francis: climate, economics, and values

Jun 18, 2015
The pope offers a moral interpretation of the global economy.

Stephanie Savage and 'The Astronaut Wives Club'

Jun 18, 2015
Stephanie Savage created "Gossip Girl." Her latest project is 'The Astronaut Wives Club."
Stephanie Savage is the creator behind ABC's new series "The Astronaut Wives Club," adapted from Lily Koppel's book "The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story."  
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Airing on Thursday, June 18, 2015: If you had to grade our nation’s electricity infrastructure (that is, the power grid) what grade would you give it? One top engineering organization has handed down a D+.  That’s right; our system of power plants, poles and wires is aging and unreliable. As a part of our series “The Weak Link,” Marketplace sustainability desk reporter Scott Tong examines the power grid. Next: Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal talks to Stephanie Savage, the woman who brought the book “The Astronaut Wives Club” to ABC as a summer mini-series. You might remember Stephanie from her previous shows “Gossip Girl” and “The O.C.” 

Music from the episode

Yet Again Grizzly Bear
My Silver Lining First Aid Kit