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Marketplace for Tuesday, May 31, 2016
May 31, 2016

Marketplace for Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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Today's episode goes inside Verizon's American call centers and inside the heads of American consumers. Plus: Only about half of welfare funding actually goes to cash assistance, work or child care. What happens to the rest?

Segments From this episode

How an oil shortage in the 1970s shaped today's economic policy

May 31, 2016
Meg Jacobs details the effects of U.S. dependency on foreign oil in her new book.
An attendant at a Texaco petrol station on 1st Avenue and 37th Street, New York, during a fuel shortage in June 1979.

 
Brian Alpert/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Why do welfare funds go to marriage counseling?

May 31, 2016
Our new podcast, "The Uncertain Hour" looks at the sometimes surprising places welfare cash ends up.
Instructors Cynthia Rayford and Scott Roby conduct a marriage counseling class in Oklahoma. 
Krissy Clark

Consumer spending surged in April. Why?

May 31, 2016
Is it pent-up demand or confidence in the economy? Either way, it's surprising.
A Toys'R'Us store in Miami, Florida, 2010. 
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Verizon's deal puts more U.S. call centers to work

May 31, 2016
The company's bringing 1,400 new jobs to the East Coast, and there are some advantages to running call centers in the U.S.
A call center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003.
William Thomas Cain/Getty Images
North Korean children learn to use the computer in a primary school on April 2, 2011 in Pyongyang, North Korea. 
Feng Li/Getty Images

Today’s episode goes inside Verizon’s American call centers and inside the heads of American consumers. Plus: Only about half of welfare funding actually goes to cash assistance, work or child care. What happens to the rest?

Music from the episode

Bloom ODESZA
It’s Alright Matt and Kim
Palace Chalice Mux Mool
Slow Boogie Various Artists