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Airing on Friday, February 5, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about the upcoming jobs report for January; and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina joins us to talk about growth for new businesses, and ABC's decision to not include her in Saturday's Republican debate. 

The Super Bowl, or El Gran Juego?

Feb 4, 2016
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Andy Uhler

Last week Nielsen reported that this season’s NFL games averaged 1.7 million Hispanic viewers – up 17 percent since the 2012 season. Stephen Master, head of the global sports group at Nielsen, said that number was even higher in households where Spanish is the dominant language.

“Their viewership increased 28 percent over the last five years," he said, "which is pretty phenomenal.”

Marketplace Tech for Friday, February 5, 2016

Feb 4, 2016
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Marketplace

Airing on Friday, February 5, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about a slowdown in iPhone production in China; and Sophie Bushwick, the project editor at Popular Science who covers DIY, tech, and science news, joins us for this week's Silicon Tally.

Pick a card, not just any card

Feb 4, 2016
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Katie Long

As part of our series Pro Tool, we're looking for that must-have device in your line of work, be it a pair of scissorsnotebook, or 

Productivity is anemic, so are wages

Feb 4, 2016

The Department of Labor reported on February 4 that labor productivity rose at a 0.3 percent rate year-over-year in 2015. Productivity fell 3.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to the previous quarter.

“You’re seeing productivity growth rates less than 1-fourth of what we were seeing in the 70 years before the Great Recession,” said economist Patrick Newport at IHS Global Insight.

On Thursday, Shell released its full year report that showed an 80 percent drop in earnings from 2014 to 2015. The company's earnings fell steeply from $19 billion in 2014 to $3.84 billion in 2015.

Members of Congress at a Thursday hearing wrestled with questions about why the prices of some old drugs are rising so fast.

Much of the session held by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was dominated by Martin Shkreli, the bad-boy former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals who earned notoriety by raising the price 5,000 percent for the drug Daraprim, a treatment for toxoplasmosis.

For the first few minutes of his appearance on Capitol Hill Thursday morning, pharma bad boy Martin Shkreli was the soul of decorum.

He sat placidly, hands clasped, a polite smile fixed upon his face, as members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee fired questions at him.

And to every question he gave the same answer:

Morocco has officially turned on a massive solar power plant in the Sahara Desert, kicking off the first phase of a planned project to provide renewable energy to more than a million Moroccans.

The Noor I power plant is located near the town of Ouarzazate, on the edge of the Sahara. It's capable of generating up to 160 megawatts of power and covers thousands of acres of desert, making the first stage alone one of the world's biggest solar thermal power plants.

The British car show Top Gear will have a fresh central cast when its 23rd season airs in May – but many TV fans will see a familiar face on the show, which announced Thursday that it has hired Matt LeBlanc, the former Friends star, as a new co-host.

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