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Marketplace for Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Dec 31, 2013

Marketplace for Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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From coffee to copper to corn, the price of commodities has fallen over the past year. Why has this happened and why do the prices of products remain so high? Next, a sad farewell to those who left us in 2013, from industry-changing successes like "Breaking Bad" to new products no one wanted, like Watermelon Oreos. Also, an intense oil-train fire in North Dakota demonstrates the scale of explosions and fire that can occur, as the nation’s rail system marks just the fifth anniversary of the modern moving-oil-by-rail era. Finally, while everybody is watching football on New Year’s Day, doctor’s offices are frantically planning for the onslaught of new patients in the new year.

Segments From this episode

Will the latest oil-train fire make people rethink anything?

Dec 31, 2013
An intense oil-train fire in North Dakota demonstrates the scale of damage possible when oil is moved by rail.

Why 2014 will be the year of the small deal

Dec 31, 2013
Put the 'Grand Bargain' in the rear view mirror.

Coffee beans are cheaper, so why isn't my Starbucks?

Dec 31, 2013
From coffee to copper to corn, the price of commodities has fallen over the past year.

Doctors brace for Obamacare patients

Dec 31, 2013
The medical industry is busy with last-minute preparations as millions of new patients sign up for health insurance;

Where to spend New Year's? Boise or Brasstown, N.C.?

Dec 31, 2013
At midnight, a $10,000 foam potato will drop in Boise, Idaho.

Watermelon Oreos: A reason to remember 2013?

Dec 31, 2013
As we close out the year, we say goodbye to industry-changing successes like "Breaking Bad" and to new products no one wanted, like Watermelon Oreos.

Why bicyclists and hybrid drivers should pay more taxes

Dec 31, 2013
Some states and cities are considering fees for commuters who don't pay gas taxes.

Peace talks in world's newest state involve oil revenue

Dec 31, 2013
Talks of mediation between the government and rebels could end fighting in South Sudan.

From coffee to copper to corn, the price of commodities has fallen over the past year. Why has this happened and why do the prices of products remain so high? Next, a sad farewell to those who left us in 2013, from industry-changing successes like “Breaking Bad” to new products no one wanted, like Watermelon Oreos. Also, an intense oil-train fire in North Dakota demonstrates the scale of explosions and fire that can occur, as the nation’s rail system marks just the fifth anniversary of the modern moving-oil-by-rail era. Finally, while everybody is watching football on New Year’s Day, doctor’s offices are frantically planning for the onslaught of new patients in the new year.

Music from the episode

Still in Love Song The Stills
Motion Sickness Hot Chip
Still D.R.E. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg