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Martin Shkreli, the former pharmaceutical executive who inspired wrath when he raised the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent, appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday for a hearing on prescription drug prices.

But his testimony was far from fruitful.

What does it really mean to be a progressive?

Feb 4, 2016
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

As the race for the Democratic presidential nomination wears on, it's becoming something of a race to win the mantle of progressivism, with both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders claiming the progressive values, but that term has always been tough to define.

The progressive movement started in the late 1800s.  It was an effort to get away from political bosses and make government more professional. 

Marketplace for Thursday, February 4, 2016

Feb 4, 2016

Clinton and Sanders debate who's more progressive; another installment of "My Economy" from the Juarez border; and how Jägermeister is trying to broaden it's brand beyond college bros. 

My Economy: Life between two countries

Feb 4, 2016
Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios

About 70,000 people commute back and forth between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico every day to visit family, shop, work and go school.

The Paso Del Norte port of entry is one of three international bridges in El Paso and one of the busiest border pedestrian crossings between Texas and Mexico. It has multiple car lanes, as well as pedestrian lanes going both directions. Here's what that walk looks like in 30 seconds:

D Gorenstein

For the second time in two weeks, Congress set its sights on generic drugs. Members of the House Oversight Committee are worked up over some of the price gouging we’ve seen in the past six months.

Part of what got us to this point, where a company like Turing Pharmaceuticals jacked up the price of a drug 5000 percent, is a Kafkaesque backlog of generic drug applications at the FDA.

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Fiorina demands spot in ABC debate

Feb 4, 2016
David Brancaccio

Battles over the presidential candidate debates — how many there are, the ground rules, and who is included — are a running theme of this election season.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new, stricter limit on salmonella bacteria in poultry products. It's a new attempt to make headway against one of the country's biggest, and most intractable, food safety problems.

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, February 4, 2016

Feb 3, 2016

Airing on Thursday, February 4, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about the changing world of fintech; and Christina d’Avignon, the founder and CEO of Ringly, joins us to talk about a collaboration with MasterCard to create wearable payables.

For-profit college troubles showing up at DeVry

Feb 3, 2016
Annie Baxter

The DeVry Education Group, parent company of DeVry University, one of the nation's biggest for-profit colleges, reports its second quarter earnings Thursday.

DeVry is getting hit by several industry trends, including a weaker revenue picture and legal troubles.

Enrollments at for-profit colleges have been falling lately, according to Stephen Burd with New America, a public policy institute.

“More students went to the schools during the recession and now that the recession is over, a lot of those students are going back into the workforce,” he said.