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Marketplace for Thursday, March 17, 2016
Mar 17, 2016

Marketplace for Thursday, March 17, 2016

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As coal prices decline, bankruptcy looms for big coal producers; how Chipotle's brand faces changes after a series of noroviral outbreaks; and why weekly jobless reports matter

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SXSW 2016: virtual reality and...McDonalds?

Mar 16, 2016
South by Southwest is getting a large dose of VR this year... inside a happy meal.

What happened to Chipotle's unique selling proposition?

Mar 17, 2016
Chipotle's trying to deliver on its "fresh" brand while improving food safety.
Chipotle faces brand issues after their fresh and healthy image was tarnished by virus outbreaks. 
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

What happens when banking becomes alchemy?

Mar 17, 2016
If that is the case, then should we be worried?

Bankruptcy looms for biggest coal-miner in U.S.

Mar 17, 2016
Peabody Energy may join several other coal companies in bankruptcy court as coal demand and prices fall.
Coal is poured into a barge that will be moved to a steel plant in western Pennsylvania. 
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Where to turn when there's nowhere to turn

Mar 17, 2016
There are limited options for many people when hit with an unexpected expense.
The LIFT program in Los Angeles has a pilot program to provide small emergency grants to members facing unexpected financial emergencies.
Kimberly Adams/Getty Images

Weekly jobless claims are a number to watch

Mar 17, 2016
They can warn of recession--or of an economy about to surge.
 A job searcher holds an employment application as he attends the Choice Career Fair in West Palm Beach, Florida. 

 
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The Economist lists Donald Trump winning election as a global risk

Mar 17, 2016
The Economist rates a Trump presidency as a global risk
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University March 14, 2016 in Hickory, North Carolina. The North Carolina Republican primary will be held March 15.
(Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

China's 11 million tons of cotton might lead to cheaper jeans

Mar 17, 2016
China's 11 million metric ton stockpile of cotton is causing a fall in market prices.
Cotton pickers harvest a crop of cotton at a field in Hami, in China's far west Xinjiang region on September 20, 2011, The Chinese government planned a market-control strategy designed to support cotton farmers, with a sudden decline in export orders for China-made textiles and garments which in turn affect domestic cotton prices. Now they have too much.  
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As coal prices decline, bankruptcy looms for big coal producers; how Chipotle’s brand faces changes after a series of noroviral outbreaks; and why weekly jobless reports matter

Music from the episode

Stranger Dr. Dog
27 Jennifers Mike Doughty
Out of Touch - Video Mix Daryl Hall & John Oates
Irish Margaritas Harriet