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Michelle Maternowski

Strong internet connections can play a huge role these days in the economic viability of an area.  As growing numbers of devices and systems are being connected to the internet, cities across the country are looking to keep up with what’s called the Internet of Things, or IOT. Milwaukee is no different.

Finally, Disney introduces a Latina princess

Jul 21, 2016
Adrienne Hill

Elena is a thoroughly modern Disney princess. No time for true love. No obsessing over magical kisses.

She’s a sword-wielding, magical-cat-riding 16-year-old, trying to do right by her kingdom and her family.

She's also Latina.

"While I was immersing myself in the world of Disney princesses," said Craig Gerber, the show's creator and executive producer, "I quickly saw the need, desire and demand for a Latina princess."

In Greece, business people see some improvement

Jul 21, 2016
Sam Beard

When Marketplace visited the Dioptra publishing house in Athens a year ago, Greece seemed on the brink of economic collapse.

Businesses were grinding to a halt. Dioptra’s boss, Costas Papadopoulos, was unsure whether his company would survive.

One year later, things are a bit better — but only a bit.

“We still don’t know what we’re doing or where we’re going. We feel that here in Greece, it’s a crime to be a businessman,” he said.  

What will the Fed do next?

Jul 21, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

Since the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee met in mid-June, the following things have happened:

Tide is testing a detergent subscription

Jul 21, 2016
Ashley Milne-Tyte

Unilever is buying Dollar Shave Club for $1 billion, and it’s not the only company betting on subscription success. Procter & Gamble has decided if you can get millions of subscribers to sign up for razors, maybe you can do the same thing with … laundry detergent.

Those Tide pod things you put in the machine are the latest in company subscriptions. P&G is calling its initiative the Tide Wash Club and is test marketing it in Atlanta.

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, July 21, 2016

Jul 21, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Peter Thiel's decision to back Donald Trump; whether tech makes people more politically active; and the amount of electricity that Google's data centers use.


On today's show, we'll talk about how the remaining presidential candidates are doing in terms of campaign spending; when the Fed might raise interest rates next; and how businessmen in Greece are doing following the height of the country's debt crisis last year. 

Airbnb, the popular site that lets people rent rooms and houses, is hoping to fight racism and discrimination on its platform — and it's recruited former Attorney General Eric Holder to help.

The company has spent more than a month reviewing its policies, after widespread reports of a pattern of bias against people of color looking to rent rooms.

Couresty of the Small Business Administration

Small businesses are a vital part of Wisconsin's and the nation's economies. When these businesses struggle, it often portends deeper issues for the economy at large.

Access to tools and networking needed to start and grow your own business can be difficult to attain without the proper resources.

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The U.S. Department of Justice has filed civil complaints seeking to recover a billion dollars' worth of art, real estate and other assets bought with money allegedly stolen from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.

Ford and tequila — an unlikely paring

Jul 20, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

A new partnership between Ford and Jose Cuervo.

Yes, Jose Cuervo, the tequila Jose Cuervo.

Turns out once the tequila's made, there's a bunch of really fibrous agave plant stuff left over.

Ford says it could use it to make wiring harnesses or cup holders, maybe.

This week, actress and comedian Leslie Jones quit Twitter after receiving a barrage of targeted racist, sexist and otherwise abusive messages following the release of the all-female remake of Ghostbusters.

Sam Beard

Last year – at the height of the Greek crisis – Marketplace spoke with Spiros Kontogiannis in his flower shop  next to the parliament in Athens.  He was pessimistic then about the prospects for his family, his business and his country. One year later he is still rather gloomy. His flower business isn’t blooming.