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Scott Tong

It’s been a rough year for the nation’s farmers. Profits in 2015 are projected to fall 38 percent below last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It would be the biggest one-year drop in 32 years. 

The big reason: commodity prices are tumbling. 

“The decline in prices is broadly across the entire set of commodities,” said Jeffrey Hopkins, a USDA economist.

Entertainment companies get serious about comedy

Nov 25, 2015
Adrienne Hill

If you watch a decent amount of television, you may have noticed there are a lot more stand-up comedians starring in their own specials.

HBO, Comedy Central and Showtime have been cashing in on funny for a while. Now Netflix is rolling out specials. NBC is launching Seeso, a comedy streaming service. Even video services like Vimeo are getting into the mix.

HBO touted "Amy Schumer Live at the Apollo" as the "comedy event of the year." 

Molly Wood

Earlier this week we talked to a mall manager in Butte, Montana. She hid it well, but I could tell she was a little bummed she had to work on Thanksgiving.

Well, in some malls across America, it's the managers who are making the stores stay open on the holiday.

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Noel King

At Flawless Damsels, a women's clothing and accessories store in Baltimore, the month of May is typically so lucrative that owner Taylor Alexander calls it "money making May." So the protests in April were especially gutting. 

"My business was completely vandalized and looted," Alexander said. "I was left with only the paint on the walls. I had no windows, no doors. I had to replace the floors because all of the glass that they broke."

How to use reward points on your credit card

Nov 25, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about how the American consumer is alive but not exuberant; Russia cutting off fuel supplies to Ukraine; and how turning in your credit card points for a quick domestic trip is often a foolish way to treat your rewards points.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Nov 24, 2015

Airing on Wednesday, November 25, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about how retailers plan to thwart malware that attacks backend security on in-store purchases; Dell's security woes; and more on the dark web from our latest episode of Codebreaker.

Airing on Wednesday, November 25, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Russia cutting off the gas for Ukraine; new FAA rules on drones; and a new startup that lets you purchase food from home chefs.

Startup creates neighbor-to-neighbor food sharing

Nov 24, 2015
Lesley McClurg

A new Bay Area start-up is trying to make a business out of neighbor-to-neighbor food sharing. You can order homemade dishes online and then pick them up from a neighborhood cook. This week’s menu includes sweet potato biscuits and pumpkin pie.

Emoji nails can soon be yours

Nov 24, 2015
Marketplace staff


That's how many drones the Consumer Technology Association predicts will be purchased this year. It's why the FAA is scrambling to put regulations in place on how the devices should be monitored. There's even more pressure in the coming months, as drones are expected to be a hot holiday gift.