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Marketplace for Thursday, May 2, 2013
May 2, 2013

Marketplace for Thursday, May 2, 2013

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Tomorrow we’ll learn how many Americans were unemployed in April. Today, we explain what the rate at which Americans quit their jobs says about the labor market. On the web, GM and Mountain Dew have pulled ads perceived to be offensive. Were the ads the result of pressure to make a big, edgy splash; or weak vetting for digital ads; or possibly a more deliberate strategy?

Segments From this episode

Would you get a tattoo of your company logo for a raise?

May 2, 2013
If you work for Rapid Realty in New York City, it's a possibility.

Why the Fed wants you to quit your job

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May 2, 2013
The rate at which Americans are quitting their jobs is rising. That can be a good sign for the economic and labor market outlook.

The risks of making online ads

May 2, 2013
GM and Mountain Dew have pulled ads perceived to be racist. Were the ads the result of pressure to make a big viral splash, or of weak vetting for digital ads?

The sequester cuts and a steelworker's job prospects

May 2, 2013
It's been nearly a year since Richard Crowe was laid off from his job as a steelworker. And because of the sequester, his unemployment check was cut 10 percent. But a new job might be in his future.

As Obama visits Mexico, the slippery topic of oil comes up

May 2, 2013
President Obama visits Mexico today and will hold talks with President Enrique Pena de Nieto. Among the likely topics: Mexico's vast oil and gas reserves. Production could increase with foreign funding, but that is a touchy move in Mexico.

Ending foreign oil dependence won't solve all our energy woes, says Michael Levi

May 2, 2013
In his new book "The Power Surge," Michael Levi says ending our dependence on foreign oil won't solve all our energy and economic woes.

Jodi Arias trial is a big revenue generator for media

May 2, 2013
The high-profile prosecution of a Phoenix-area woman has cost taxpayers nearly $1.7 million in legal fees. But local and national media outlets have seen a ratings boost due to the coverage.

Can black-owned franchises help narrow the wealth gap?

May 2, 2013
Barriers to minority franchise ownership remain, but some black entrepreneurs are leading the way.
Ronald Smothers in front of Denny's on Crenshaw Blvd in Los Angeles, Ca.  He has owned and operated this franchise store for seven years.
John Ketchum/Marketplace

Tomorrow we’ll learn how many Americans were unemployed in April. Today, we explain what the rate at which Americans quit their jobs says about the labor market. On the web, GM and Mountain Dew have pulled ads perceived to be offensive. Were the ads the result of pressure to make a big, edgy splash; or weak vetting for digital ads; or possibly a more deliberate strategy?

Music from the episode

Yet Again Grizzly Bear
Champions Dan The Automator, Rakaa, Aceyalone
Enough Dujeous
Let's Call It Off - Single Version Peter Bjorn and John
Anything New Bibio