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What makes the dollar strong?

Aug 23, 2019

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My Economy

Why this teacher works through the summer

by Maria Hollenhorst Jul 4, 2019
"I have to have a second job to help support myself," says Megan Johnson from Lansing, Kansas.
While many high school students are on summer break, their teachers are hard at work.
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Marketplace Tech Blogs

What "Armageddon" got right about space drilling, and what it (mostly) didn't

by Molly Wood Aug 16, 2018
Little about the 1998 blockbuster is true to life, but mining asteroids and comets is "humanity’s future, I’m pretty convinced of that," one expert says.
From left, Steve Buscemi, Will Patton, Bruce Willis, Michael Duncan, Ben Affleck, and Owen Wilson are on a mission to save Earth from an asteroid in “Armageddon.”
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Here’s one reason you pay more for gas in the summer

by Andy Uhler Jun 25, 2018
The gasoline you’re putting in your car now is different than the gasoline you bought a few months ago. The gas that’s fueling your summer vacation is the “summer blend,” which uses a different mix of ingredients and it’s more…

Rising gas prices could drive some to change travel plans

by Renata Sago Jun 14, 2018
Gas prices are on the rise just in time for summer travel. But will that give drivers second thoughts about hitting the road during the summer vacation season? Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Tech songs to fuel your summer

by Kristin Schwab Jul 17, 2017
A playlist of listener favorites, plus a few of our own.
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Ask A Manager

Are shorts now office-appropriate? Let's ask a manager.

by Lizzie O'Leary Jul 14, 2017
Alison Green weighs in on flip-flops, office culture and ... biting?
Shorts and flip flops at the same time, but not in an office.
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What to wear — and not wear — in the office this summer

by Marketplace Weekend Staff Jul 10, 2017
Yes, swimwear and cut-offs really are office no-nos.
Two men in swimsuits and floats pose during the WorldPride 2017 parade in Madrid on July 1, 2017. Even though summer temps might lead you to the pool, swimwear is probably not the way to dress for work.
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Summer movies are a bust at the domestic box office

by Eliza Mills Jul 7, 2017
It's not just you — films are really bad this season.
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Summer camp has grown into a very big business

by Ryan Kailath Jul 7, 2017
Millions of kids attend camps, which increasingly have to offer more than just color wars and swimming lessons to win customers
At the Admiral Farragut Academy summer camp a senior cadet instructs a younger camper on how to use a bow, circa 1950.
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In the world of ketchup, Heinz is the most iconic

by Lizzie O'Leary Jul 4, 2017
Heinz brand manager helps us understand how Heinz got where it is — and settles once and for all whether hot dogs are sandwiches.
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