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Marketplace for Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Dec 3, 2013

Marketplace for Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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Dow Chemical says it’s getting out of the commodity chemical market so much that it may drop 'Chemical' from its name. Overseas competitors can produce these chemicals much more cheaply. And so will pass from U.S. manufacturing a class of products without which life is hard to imagine.  Ziploc bags. Nylon (in DuPont’s case). Then, sales of pickup trucks helped the Big Three U.S. automakers beat analysts’ expectations for November sales. We look at how those sales figures play out in the U.S. job market, and whether workers have been recalled to build those vehicles.

 

Segments From this episode

Scientists quit their day jobs, head over to YouTube

Dec 3, 2013
Now that top science channels get hundreds of millions of views on YouTube, there's potential for savvy scientists to earn big money.

Dow: Time for an industry built by plastics to move on

Dec 3, 2013
Dow Chemical says it’s shifting away from the commodity chemical market so much so that it may drop 'Chemical' from its name.

Why more auto sales don't mean more auto jobs

Dec 3, 2013
Sales of pickup trucks helped the Big Three U.S. automakers beat analysts’ expectations for November sales.

One student's path to an elite university

Dec 3, 2013
For George Alvarez, the decision to apply to Johns Hopkins was a "happy accident." Most low-income, high-achieving high school students don't apply to any selective colleges.

Look at what we bought!

Dec 3, 2013
A final note in which you lose a little faith in humanity.

Why pecan pie potato chips spur grocery sales

Dec 3, 2013
Notice an abundance of peppermint and eggnog flavored foods at the grocery store this time of year? Here's why.

Dow Chemical says it’s getting out of the commodity chemical market so much that it may drop ‘Chemical’ from its name. Overseas competitors can produce these chemicals much more cheaply. And so will pass from U.S. manufacturing a class of products without which life is hard to imagine.  Ziploc bags. Nylon (in DuPont’s case). Then, sales of pickup trucks helped the Big Three U.S. automakers beat analysts’ expectations for November sales. We look at how those sales figures play out in the U.S. job market, and whether workers have been recalled to build those vehicles.

 

Music from the episode

The Seed (2.0) The Roots, Cody Chesnutt
God Made the World Cold Cave