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Marketplace for Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Jun 17, 2015

Marketplace for Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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Airing on Wednesday, June 17, 2015:  In our installment of “The Weak Link,” Marketplace explores the 710 gap — a five-mile stretch of highway in LA  that has been fought over for almost 60 years. Issues surrounding the highway include NIMBY-ism, bureaucratic tangles, haves vs. have nots, regional politics and lots and lots of money. Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal explains. Plus: as a part of "The Weak Link" series, we also take a look at the aging cast iron water pipes under the streets of Los Angeles. Many are corroding and they're dangerously vulnerable in big earthquakes. Turns out they're installing earthquake-resistant pipes just a couple blocks from our studios here. Quake-prone Japan has been manufacturing and installing them for 40 years now but they're rare in the U.S.  The L.A. Department of Water and Power is now trying them out as part of a pilot project. Reporter Sarah Gardner walked over to the installation site to see what all the fuss is about. 

 

 

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An algorithm that matches kidney patients and donors

Jun 17, 2015
Stanford economics professor's formula has helped save a lot of lives.

Health care costs? Let's talk

Jun 17, 2015
Vets offer a price range for treatments. Can we ask our doctors for the same?

Three things to know from the Fed’s press conference

Jun 17, 2015
First up: No interest rate hike, for now.

The bond market does what it wants

Jun 17, 2015
The 10-year Treasury note didn't care much about the Fed's statement.

California says Uber driver was employee

Jun 17, 2015
The labor commission ruling could substantially affect Uber's business model.

L.A. installs water pipes that can survive disaster

Jun 17, 2015
The Japanese-made pipes don't pull apart at the joints when the earth moves.

Closing the 710 freeway gap

Jun 17, 2015
A look at one of Los Angeles County’s most persistent infrastructure controversies.
The gap between the 710 and 210 freeways near Los Angeles.
Tony Wagner/Marketplace

Airing on Wednesday, June 17, 2015:  In our installment of “The Weak Link,” Marketplace explores the 710 gap — a five-mile stretch of highway in LA  that has been fought over for almost 60 years. Issues surrounding the highway include NIMBY-ism, bureaucratic tangles, haves vs. have nots, regional politics and lots and lots of money. Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal explains. Plus: as a part of “The Weak Link” series, we also take a look at the aging cast iron water pipes under the streets of Los Angeles. Many are corroding and they’re dangerously vulnerable in big earthquakes. Turns out they’re installing earthquake-resistant pipes just a couple blocks from our studios here. Quake-prone Japan has been manufacturing and installing them for 40 years now but they’re rare in the U.S.  The L.A. Department of Water and Power is now trying them out as part of a pilot project. Reporter Sarah Gardner walked over to the installation site to see what all the fuss is about.