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Marketplace for Thursday, May 26, 2016
May 26, 2016

Marketplace for Thursday, May 26, 2016


Trump vs. Sanders. Peter Thiel vs. Gawker. Georgia's "HERO" vs. Traffic. Plus: This election season is already breaking fundraising records.

Segments From this episode

The business of backing other people's lawsuits for profit

May 26, 2016
Investors pay a lawsuit's costs with the goal of sharing in a judgment.
Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, testifies in court during his trial against Gawker Media at the Pinellas County Courthouse on March 8. It was revealed this week that Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel was financing the campaign. It turns out, he's not the only investor who financially supports other people's lawsuits.
John Pendygraft-Pool/Getty Images

Trump talks energy in anxious oil country

May 26, 2016
In North Dakota, oil workers worry about low prices and rising pressure from climate change.
People watch as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally on May 26, 2016 in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Candidates and parties join to solicit bigger checks

May 26, 2016
A legal change since the last election paved the way for even larger donations.
US flags fly outside a polling station during Missouri primary voting at the First Baptist Church of Ferguson on March 15. Changes in campaign finance law means bigger contributions.

Global productivity numbers are in — cue the sad trombone sounds

May 26, 2016
The rates stays low, even years after the recession. Is this the new normal or a bad sign for the economy?
Erich Auerbach/Getty Images

Georgia's HERO drivers reduce road rage on highways

May 26, 2016
Georgia's Highway Emergency Response Operators keep the highways flowing smoothly
HERO assistant manager for operations Andre Todd began work at 4 a.m. and in just four hours, he's cleared three accidents.
Alison Guillory/WABE
Presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump might be debating soon.
Ethan Miller and Joe Raedle/Marketplace

What teachers in Greece think about the latest bailout

May 26, 2016
Many students don’t see a future for themselves in Greece, according to two educators.
Hundreds of school pupils demonstrate in central Athens on November 2, 2015, protesting against staff, books and infrastructure shortages. The union of secondary school teachers, OLME, was holding a three-hour stoppage to participate in the protest, demanding funds for education. 

Kimojis, Sheenojis...Kaimojis?

May 26, 2016
Everyone's getting on the custom emoji bandwagon. Why not Kai?
Charlie Sheen is the latest celeb to put out a line of custom emojis.
Tony Wagner/Marketplace and Brad White/Getty Images

Trump vs. Sanders. Peter Thiel vs. Gawker. Georgia’s “HERO” vs. Traffic. Plus: This election season is already breaking fundraising records.

Music from the episode

WKNDS The Stationary Set
Dangerous (feat. Joywave) Big Data, Joywave
What Do You Mean? Justin Bieber
Slugs Thru Ya Papaya Wu-Tang Clan, Killa Priest, Roc Marciano
Holding Out for a Hero Bonnie Tyler