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Marketplace for Thursday, November 28, 2013
Nov 28, 2013

Marketplace for Thursday, November 28, 2013

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The consternation over Black Friday's creeping into Thanksgiving might lead you to believe Thanksgiving has always been a sacred (though secular) space for Americans. Yeah. Not so much. Then,  we look at the economics of food philanthropy. Clothing retailer H&M says it's developing a plan to ensure that the people that make their clothes will earn a living wage by 2018.  This week, a judge ruled that Sriracha-maker Huy Fong Foods had to partially shut down because of offensive orders coming from their Southern California factory. And, five years on from the worst of the foreclosure crisis, the federal government still owns close to 200,000 homes not yet on the market. Rowan Moore Gerety reports. 

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Shopping: As American as apple pie on Thanksgiving

Nov 28, 2013
Stores are opening up earlier than ever this Thanksgiving, in an effort to lure shoppers. Not everyone is happy about it.

Sriracha factory feeling heat from its neighbors

Nov 28, 2013
Sriracha hot sauce’s unique burn has been drifting out of its factory and into the surrounding neighborhood of Irwindale, CA.

At food banks, digital donations go farther

Nov 28, 2013
While food banks would never turn away that can of about-to-expire lima beans, those donations come with a lot of overhead.

Tenants fight to stay in foreclosed homes

Nov 28, 2013
Nearly half of people living in foreclosed homes are actually renters

Why Thanksgivukkah = marketing gold!

Nov 28, 2013
The intersection of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah make for huge marketing opportunities.

Will H&M make good on its "living wage" promise?

Nov 28, 2013
Clothing-retailer H&M has said it's drafting a plan to pay its textile worker a "living wage" by 2018.

An economic turkey throwdown

Nov 28, 2013
You may know former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker as the guy who tamed inflation, but apparently, he cooks a mean Thanksgiving turkey.

'Thaksinomics' tries again in Thailand

Nov 28, 2013
What's been the impact of populism in Thailand?

The consternation over Black Friday’s creeping into Thanksgiving might lead you to believe Thanksgiving has always been a sacred (though secular) space for Americans. Yeah. Not so much. Then,  we look at the economics of food philanthropy. Clothing retailer H&M says it’s developing a plan to ensure that the people that make their clothes will earn a living wage by 2018.  This week, a judge ruled that Sriracha-maker Huy Fong Foods had to partially shut down because of offensive orders coming from their Southern California factory. And, five years on from the worst of the foreclosure crisis, the federal government still owns close to 200,000 homes not yet on the market. Rowan Moore Gerety reports. 

Music from the episode

Sunday - Instrumental 9th Wonder, Keisha Shontelle, Chaundon
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