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Marketplace Weekend Staff

In the wake of Prince's death, the people handling his estate realized that the star didn't leave behind a will, meaning that there are lots of questions still to be answered about Prince's back catalog and his assets. 

That inspired us to ask our listeners: what experiences have you had with wills? Do you have a will? Why, or why not? What will you leave behind? What questions do you have about wills? 

We want to know what you think? 

Marketplace Weekend for Friday, April 29, 2016

Apr 29, 2016
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Karen Clark, Caitlin Esch and Gina Delvac

On this week's episode, Newsweek's Zoë Schlanger and Marketplace's Adriene Hill go long and short on the news of the week. We hear from listeners about what paid family leave means for them, and author David Wheelan discusses his book, Naked Money. Lizzie and Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson explore Manhattan's forthcoming Lowline park, and we preview the new podcast The Uncertain Hour. 

The Conversation: Paid family leave

Apr 29, 2016
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Eliza Mills

Every week, we ask our listeners questions about how economic and financial issues are impacting them in their everyday lives. Last week, we asked you what paid family leave means for you, and whether you think it should be provided by the government.

We heard back from a wide variety of people. Some wrote to us to say they think paid family leave should be determined by employers and employees – not funded at all by state or federal taxes, and not mandated by the government.

ExxonMobil and Chevron profits slide on low oil prices

Apr 29, 2016
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Marketplace staff

From our partners at BBC Business:

ExxonMobil reported Friday a 63 percent slide in first quarter profits, following low crude oil prices and weak refining margins.

The company reported a profit of $1.8 billion — it is its lowest quarterly profit since 1999, and a sharp decline from $4.94 billion for the same period last year.Revenue dropped 28 percent to $48.7 billion, but it had strong results from its petrochemicals division.

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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

With more than 1,300 breweries producing some five-and-a-half thousand different types of beer, Germany is serious about the amber nectar. There's even a word for it – bierernst – which means "deadly serious" and translates literally as "beer serious."

On today's show, we'll talk about the complicated relationship between CalPERS and tobacco; a lousy earnings season; and "Teach Children to Save Day," brought to you by the American Bankers Association. 

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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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David Brancaccio

There are a lot of choices to make when you file for Social Security — when to file, whether to suspend, when to collect. 

Teaching kids the power of the piggy bank

Apr 29, 2016
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Sally Herships

Today is "Teach Children to Save Day," an unofficial holiday sponsored by, yes, the American Bankers Association. With interest rates so low for so long, savings haven't been a big priority. The personal savings rate has been hovering around 5 percent for three years. So it seems hard for any of us, kids or adults, to save.  

Some consumers are like sharks, constantly circling banks on the hunt for an interest-bearing account that offers an extra fraction of a percent. 

Full interview: CloudFlare's CEO on TOR and politics

Apr 29, 2016
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Bruce Johnson

CloudFlare is a company that helps people and companies all over the world keep their websites online in a way that makes those sites quickly accessible and secure. There's been a dust-up recently between CloudFlare and The Onion Router, or TOR project. TOR is the set of tools that helps people use the internet anonymously — good guys and bad guys. CloudFlare has made it more difficult for TOR users to access sites it hosts.

Matthew Prince is CEO of CloudFlare, and spoke with us Friday. 

Listen to the full interview above.

Staying connected while on the go

Apr 29, 2016
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Mark Orlowski

Imagine never needing to scour for Wi-Fi at hotels or airports, nor having to search for coffee shops offering Wi-Fi when you’re abroad. Or, the ultimate image of a busy traveler: having the ability to send emails from your laptop while aboard a plane awaiting takeoff (before the cabin door is closed, of course).

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