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Marketplace for Wednesday March 25, 2015

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Airing on Wednesday March 25, 2015: The Republican budget proposal  more a political document than a financial one, to be sure  is up for votes in Congress today and tomorrow. Like the president’s budget before it, this one is expected to find away around some of the spending cuts laid out under sequestration. The wiggling around and out of those across-the-board cuts started pretty much as soon as they were enacted, and is a good lesson in how federal spending works these days. We explore. Plus, the BBC today announced it is not renewing the contract of Jeremy Clarkson, host of the car show “Top Gear,” who is said to have assaulted his producer. The show is massively popular globally and brings in sales worth an estimated $50 million a year. The gruff Clarkson is a big part of its success despite complaints about his past comments on the show, which many viewers see as racist. We take a look at the business calculation of firing a controversial host.


Segments From this episode

Six Routes

Organizing India's Informal Workers

by David Weinberg Mar 24, 2015
Creating economic stability for India means transforming the informal economy.

The fight over America's rails

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Mar 25, 2015
A train whistle can evoke far-away places and adventure. Also, lawsuits.

The investors behind the Kraft-Heinz merger

by Stan Alcorn Mar 25, 2015
What happens when you combine two companies to make the world's fifth largest food and beverage company?

The sequester's not-so-stringent budget cap

by Tim Fitzsimons Mar 25, 2015
The Budget Control Act of 2011 is supposed to cap government spending.

BBC drops "Top Gear" host, risking losses

by Stephen Beard Mar 25, 2015
Is firing a volatile but popular host good business?
Final Note

Nielsen answers Netflix data mystery

by Kai Ryssdal Mar 25, 2015
Nielsen plans to release audience data for streaming television.

Meet the pen Obama uses to sign bills

by Kai Ryssdal Mar 25, 2015
A.T. Cross supplies all of the official White House pens.

Music from the episode

Lovely Day Bill Withers
It Comes Back To You Imagine Dragons
Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers) - Radio Edit Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers
It Gets Dark Holy Ghost!
Stolen Dance Milky Chance

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