Dec 26, 2012

Marketplace for Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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Jeremy Hobson goes to the gun buyback event in downtown L.A. to talk to Mayor Villaraigosa about how to keep firearms off L.A.’s streets. Meanwhile, Stephen Beard reports on what gun control looks like in Europe. The housing market in…

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Starbucks wants Congress to 'come together' on fiscal cliff

Dec 26, 2012
The company is asking its employees in the Washington, D.C., area to write the words 'come together' on people's coffee cups, apparently in reference to the fiscal cliff talks.

In U.K., a different kind of gun control

Dec 26, 2012
A look at Europe's gun laws, which are much stricter than in the U.S.

Chicago lags in U.S. housing recovery

Dec 26, 2012
The latest figures on the U.S. housing market show a turnaround is taking hold. But Chicago is a stubborn outlier on the road to recovery.

Gun buyback program underway in Los Angeles

Dec 26, 2012
Angelenos traded in automatic weapons and handguns in exchange for $100-$200 grocery gift cards at a buyback event. The mayor says they've picked up over 10,000 weapons. But gun owners aren't giving up all their firearms.

How much does a good boss really matter?

Dec 26, 2012
It’s harder than you’d think to measure the value of a boss. But some enterprising economists have done just that -- and the news is good.

Another Silicon Valley perk -- free shuttle service

Dec 26, 2012
Silicon Valley tech companies are known for their posh employee benefits. Among the latest, free shuttle bus service from SF to the Valley is transforming life for tech commuters.

Netflix, Amazon typify corporate 'coopetition'

Dec 26, 2012
Whether it’s Netflix and Amazon, or Apple and Google, companies that start off cooperating can turn into fierce competitors.

Jeremy Hobson goes to the gun buyback event in downtown L.A. to talk to Mayor Villaraigosa about how to keep firearms off L.A.’s streets. Meanwhile, Stephen Beard reports on what gun control looks like in Europe. The housing market in the U.S. continues to rise, but one state — Michigan — has missed out on home price gains. We take a look at the private transportation system in Silicon Valley. Dan Bobkoff explores what happens when competitive companies — like Netflix and Amazon — have to depend on each other. And Freakonomics Radio’s Stephen Dubner talks about the best way to motivate your employees to be more productive.

Music from the episode

Super Rich Kids Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt
Golden Brown The Stranglers
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa Vampire Weekend

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