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Noel King

The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will soon have a new terminal, but it's not for regular folks. It's for celebrities, diplomats and wealthy travelers who are willing to spend bucks for their own lounge, security lines and the ability to avoid the rest of the flying public.

We thought travelers might find this unfair, but a quick trip out to LAX proved us wrong. Most people said they were fine with it, as long as it wasn't being built with their tax dollars.

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Love It Or Hate It, Black Friday Is Here

Nov 27, 2015
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Millennials don't take a gamble

Nov 27, 2015

On today's show, retailers attempt to keep up with our online ordering habits; why millennials don't like to gamble; and we have a profile of a Congolese surgeon who had to wait six years to receive asylum in the U.S.

Fear Fast Fashion

Nov 26, 2015
Sabri Ben-Achour and Tim Fernholz

This week, Actuality slips into some fast fashion and learns how it pushes your brain's buttons to make you buy. But the trick means hiding the true cost of the clothes — including some surprisingly bad news for the environment. Plus, bitter cats.

Retailers keep one eye on China ahead of the holidays

Nov 26, 2015
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

Before you do your holiday shopping, retailers do their own. They're looking for the best deals from suppliers. China devalued its currency, the yuan, to make its stuff even cheaper. That could save U.S. retailers a little money.

“I think most retailers are actually just going to enjoy the savings that they get and pass them straight to the bottom line,” said Bryan Gildenberg, chief knowledge officer for Kantar Retail.

Marketplace Tech for Friday, November 27, 2015

Nov 26, 2015

Airing on Friday, November 27, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about if the infrastructure around online ordering is in place to handle the anticipated volume; how Black Friday shopping habits have evolved in the digital age; and more on the dark web from our Codebreaker podcast.


Airing on Friday, November 27, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk a huge drop in Asian markets; retailers eyeing China this holiday season; and a seven acre patch of land in City Park that brings young together to farm.

Like Angry Birds, but for money

Nov 26, 2015
Sally Herships

Millennials like going to Vegas. After all, indulgence looks awesome on Instagram. And the food is #gr8. 

"There’s obviously a ton of experiences there, lots of things they can broadcast," said MaryLeigh Bliss, chief content officer with YPulse, a youth marketing research firm.

"But gambling is a huge issue," she said. "Right now the casino industry is literally throwing out there anything that they can to appeal to millennials and what they like."