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Marketplace for Thursday June 19, 2014
Jun 19, 2014

Marketplace for Thursday June 19, 2014

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The World Cup is taking steps to provide more commercial breaks for advertising. How does advertising work in a giant sporting event that features continuous play except for halftime and flops? Plus, American Apparel's board of directors forced out CEO and founder Dov Charney. It's the latest parting with a problematic CEO, from Men's Wearhouse to Groupon.  What calculations and strategy are used when it's time to dump your company's founder? Also, JK Rowling’s new book “The Silkworm” is out today.  Amazon is in a dispute with Hachette, her publisher, and has removed pre-order buttons for her book and those of other Hachette authors from its site. Walmart and some independent booksellers are taking advantage by promoting the books heavily and offering big discounts. We look at their strategy.

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Ever feel like you need a bigger boat?

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The Groundlings: comedy's proving ground

Jun 19, 2014
The Groundlings has launched some of the biggest comedy in recent history.

Iraqi violence adds to the Middle East refugee crisis

Jun 19, 2014
Humanitarian organizations have found it difficult to raise money for victims of the conflict in Syria. Now, a growing crisis in Iraq adds more vulnerable people.
A displaced Iraqi woman feeds her baby in a UNHCR tent at a temporary camp set up to shelter people fleeing violence in northern Iraq on June 17, 2014.
Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

Amazon wasn't the place to buy J.K. Rowling's new book

Jun 19, 2014
Independent book stores promote Hachette titles to win business away from Amazon.

No, companies don't usually fire their founders

Jun 19, 2014
American Apparel's Dov Charney ouster was a rare move.

The first microchip goes on auction, no one buys it

Jun 20, 2014
The first integrated circuit was estimated to sell for $1 million.

The World Cup is taking steps to provide more commercial breaks for advertising. How does advertising work in a giant sporting event that features continuous play except for halftime and flops? Plus, American Apparel’s board of directors forced out CEO and founder Dov Charney. It’s the latest parting with a problematic CEO, from Men’s Wearhouse to Groupon.  What calculations and strategy are used when it’s time to dump your company’s founder? Also, JK Rowling’s new book “The Silkworm” is out today.  Amazon is in a dispute with Hachette, her publisher, and has removed pre-order buttons for her book and those of other Hachette authors from its site. Walmart and some independent booksellers are taking advantage by promoting the books heavily and offering big discounts. We look at their strategy.

Music from the episode

Go Bang SBTRKT
Melting Pot Booker T. & the M.G.'s
Animal Miike Snow
Animal Miike Snow