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North Korea has 28 websites

Sep 22, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

We've been talking today about the big Yahoo hack affecting a half-billion users.

A hack like this would never happen in North Korea — besides the whole "totalitarian state" thing, we learned this week that the country effectively has 28 websites. For perspective, there are 140 million .com and .net sites.

Charlotte's economy is strong but inequality remains

Sep 22, 2016

Charlotte, N.C. is recovering from a second night of protests over the police shooting of 43-year-old Keith Scott, an African-American man  on Tuesday. Tear gas was used, businesses were damaged and Governor Pat McCrory has issued a state of emergency.

During Wednesday night’s protests, Aria Tuscan Grill evacuated all 40 of its guests.

“Because our ventilation started pumping the tear gas into the restaurant,” said Andrew Shook,  the restaurant's assistant general manager.

Lorne Matalon

The Colombian state and the guerrilla movement known as FARC, the Spanish acronym for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia,  are scheduled to sign a peace accord Monday (September 26).   

Yahoo confirms hack of 500 million user accounts

Sep 22, 2016
Marketplace staff

Yahoo confirmed today that the information from at least 500 million user accounts was stolen by a “state-sponsored actor” in late 2014.

How to get to space without NASA

Sep 22, 2016
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

There was a time in the not too distant past when space – the getting-there part, at least – was something that only super power nations had the resources to attempt. But in 1996, Peter Diamandis launched the XPRIZE – a monetary prize to be awarded to the first group of private citizens to reach suborbital space.

Non-GMO soybeans are a lot of work

Sep 22, 2016
Annie Baxter

In the late 90s, many farmers went all in on biotech crops, whose genetics have been tweaked to do things like repel insects or resist herbicides. Today, about 90 percent of the corn and soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified.

But as crop prices falter, and some Americans express wariness about GMOs, farmers are increasingly interested in non-biotech crops.

Jack Bruns, a farmer in Valley City, North Dakota, is among them. About 10 years ago, he decided to grow some non-biotech soybeans. His motivation was simple: “To make more money!” he said.

Donna Tam

The Italian government is trying to combat criticism over an infertility campaign that protesters said is ignorant of the country’s economic problems, and racist and sexist to boot.

Italy tried to celebrate its first "Fertility Day," today, but was met with criticism over its flyer, the Associated Press reported. The advertisement had four white adults smiling on a beach to illustrate good habits, with a contrasting group of young people, including one black man, smoking to illustrate bad habits.

Marketplace for Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sep 22, 2016

On today's show: Charlotte's strong but unequal economy, Mark Zuckerberg's 84-year plan to tackle disease and making sense of Yahoo's massive data breach. Plus: How to get to space without NASA's help.

A possible data breach at Yahoo

Sep 22, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about a possible Yahoo data breach; why Janet Yellen decided not to raise interest rates at the recent Fed meeting; and how Europe's tourism industry is doing amid fears over terrorism. 

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Blue Bell ice cream has a second listeria recall

Sep 22, 2016
Andy Uhler

Certain flavors of Blue Bell ice cream are being recalled because of listeria concerns. It’s the second time the company has had to take ice cream off the shelves, but this one is a little different. Blue Bell is only recalling products produced in an Alabama plant because they were made with a chocolate chip cookie dough supplied by a third party.

Lane Wallace

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, took to Facebook live on Wednesday to announce they’ll put $3 billion into an effort to “cure, prevent or manage” all diseases.

Much of the anger and anxiety in the 2016 election are fueled by the sense that economic opportunity is slipping away for many Americans. This week, as part of NPR's collaborative project with member stations, A Nation Engaged, we're asking the question: What can be done to create economic opportunity for more Americans?

Sam Beard

The long vacation season in Europe is winding down, and in  spite of the continent’s well-known problems — the festering debt crisis, the continuing influx of thousands of refugees and migrants across the Mediterranean, and the growing fear of Islamist terrorism —  European tour operators have had another good year.

Foreign holiday bookings are up more than 5 percent. But not every holiday destination is benefiting; there have been winners and losers.

France – one of the most visited countries  in the world – is one of the losers.

Two big stock buybacks revive a debate

Sep 22, 2016
Mark Garrison

Two big companies are setting fistfuls of money aside to buy up their own stock. Microsoft has announced a $40 billion buyback program, while also jacking up its dividend. Target plans a $5 billion buyback. Those are on top of existing multi-billion dollar share buybacks already happening at both companies.