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Marketplace for Thursday, October 24, 2013
Oct 24, 2013

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After the Deepwater Horizon debacle, the Obama administration decided that it would integrate all complex contracts in-house, and have one person coordinate  big projects like that. It hasn’t worked, mainly because the very people who are qualified to do that job, would rather make the big money in the private sector.  Cable television nearly did in TV Guide Magazine. But a few years ago a private-equity firm took it over and remade it. And German Chancellor Angela Merkel is outraged at possible bugging of her mobile phone by the U.S.   European leaders meeting in Brussels will discuss how to respond to allegations of U.S. spying. Possible retaliations include suspending the transfer of  bank data and withdrawal of cooperation on an EU-U.S. free trade deal.

Segments From this episode

German's angry about NSA spying. But what can they do?

Oct 24, 2013
At a meeting in Brussels, European leaders are discussing possible retaliations, including suspending the transfer of bank data and withdrawal of negotiations over free trade.

TV Guide still exists??? Yep, and it's profitable

Oct 24, 2013
Cable television nearly did in TV Guide Magazine. But a few years ago a private-equity firm took it over and remade it.

Obamacare: What we have here is a failure to integrate

Oct 24, 2013
After problems with the Coast Guard's massive Deepwater acquisition program, the federal government has moved away from hiring outside systems integrators, opting to coordinate big projects in-house.

How rooftop solar and big utilities can co-exist

Oct 24, 2013
Rooftop solar installations cut into utilities' revenue, but still use their expensive grid and and rely on them for backup power.

Bankers go to boot camp

Oct 24, 2013
USAA goes to unusual lengths to ensure its staff understand their customers.

American Futures: Welcome to Eastport, Maine

Oct 24, 2013
For our American Futures series, Kai & co. head to the easternmost city in the U.S.

What is the "American Promise"?

Oct 24, 2013
A new documentary film chronicles the journey of minority boys through a predominantly-white, private education system.

After the Deepwater Horizon debacle, the Obama administration decided that it would integrate all complex contracts in-house, and have one person coordinate  big projects like that. It hasn’t worked, mainly because the very people who are qualified to do that job, would rather make the big money in the private sector.  Cable television nearly did in TV Guide Magazine. But a few years ago a private-equity firm took it over and remade it. And German Chancellor Angela Merkel is outraged at possible bugging of her mobile phone by the U.S.   European leaders meeting in Brussels will discuss how to respond to allegations of U.S. spying. Possible retaliations include suspending the transfer of  bank data and withdrawal of cooperation on an EU-U.S. free trade deal.

Music from the episode

Hot Damn Sonicbloom
Who David Byrne, St. Vincent
This American Life (Instrumental) - Instrumental THE NEXT, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique