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Nov 20, 2013

Marketplace for Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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It’s shaping up to be a good holiday for people looking to get a deal on consumer electronics. Best Buy says it’s preparing deep discounts – even if they put profit margins at risk – to win the holiday season. Rivals are expected to follow. Next, the FCC is moving toward allowing phone companies to replace their century-old land lines with internet-based phone service. Finally, our series The New Math of Health Care continues with a look at what 'value' means in the context of health.

Segments From this episode

Pushing patients to seek value, whatever that is

Nov 19, 2013
Changes in the insurance system are leading more consumers to consider what they expect in their health care and how much it is worth to them.

Battle lines are drawn in consumer electronics price war

Nov 20, 2013
Best Buy says it’s preparing deep discounts – even if they put profit margins at risk – to win the holiday season.

Landline phone, R.I.P.?

Nov 20, 2013
The F.C.C. is moving toward allowing phone companies to replace their century-old landlines with internet-based phone service.

A women's-only bank in India

Nov 20, 2013
India launches its first women-only public sector bank this week.

Black Friday line starts more than a week early

Nov 20, 2013
In Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, there's a guy already camped out in front of the local Best Buy.

Want to know how to taper? Ask a candle maker

Nov 20, 2013
We don't know when the Federal Reserve will trim its bond-buying policies that boost the economy, but we do know that tapering that program will be intricate work.

The skeletal remains of farm life on the Plains

Nov 20, 2013
A photographer and sociologist pair up to document the changing landscape of a once bustling farm region

It’s shaping up to be a good holiday for people looking to get a deal on consumer electronics. Best Buy says it’s preparing deep discounts – even if they put profit margins at risk – to win the holiday season. Rivals are expected to follow. Next, the FCC is moving toward allowing phone companies to replace their century-old land lines with internet-based phone service. Finally, our series The New Math of Health Care continues with a look at what ‘value’ means in the context of health.

Music from the episode

(Don't Let Them) Cool Off Peter Bjorn and John
Telephone DoM
This American Life (Instrumental) - Instrumental THE NEXT, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique