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Marketplace for Thursday September 4, 2014

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The European Central Bank today made a surprise decision to cut interest rates and promote stimulus. Though some say this move comes too late in the day to be much help to European economies, others welcome the cut as a bold move. We look at the ramifications of the decision in Europe and for the U.S. Plus, the days of wild gains in productivity feel like so long ago. There was a huge dip in the first quarter, and revised figures out today show there’s only been slow growth in the last year. We put it into context. Also, facing off against Thursday Night Football… Shonda Rhimes!!! ABC has stacked its prime-time lineup with three dramas by the woman who has changed the look of prime time with her diverse casts. What do Rhimes’ dramas bring, and how’s ABC’s “It’s Shonda Night” strategy likely to work?

Segments From this episode

How to blow off steam – and the driver next to you

by Todd Melby Sep 4, 2014
Some oil boomtown pickup truck owners make a statement by "rolling coal."

The European Central Bank whips out the big guns

by Sabri Ben-Achour Sep 4, 2014
The ECB announced a surprise cut in interest rates.

ABC is betting big on Shonda Rhimes

by Queena Kim and Tony Wagner Sep 4, 2014
The network is promoting the showrunner as a star in her own right.

How productive are we? It depends on how you look at it.

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Sep 4, 2014
We've been stuck at around a 1 percent increase for the past few years, but the context has changed.
Final Note

Yelp gets a positive review from the courts

by Kai Ryssdal Sep 4, 2014
The company wins big on extortion claims.

Hotels jack up fees... and consumers continue to pay

by Sam Harnett Sep 4, 2014
As long as we keep coming back for the cheap rooms, fees won’t be going anywhere.

Venture capitalists connect with local doctors

by Dan Gorenstein Sep 4, 2014
How the relationship between doctors and patients becomes a business opportunity.

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