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When campaigning, boots are cheaper than ads

Feb 8, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour

If you’re running for president and you’re looking at your war chest, you have to make constant decisions about how to divvy up your time and your money.  

“It’s called strategy,” said Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus.

 You can focus on rallies or expensive TV ads — $15 million dollars was spent at one local New Hampshire TV station in just the past 10 weeks. 

Tony Wagner

Millennials may be surpassing by Gen X in the workforce, but a new government report says they're not opening their own businesses quite yet.

Marketplace for Monday, February 8, 2016

Feb 8, 2016

A look at Beyonce's business 'Formation'; how volunteers on the ground are more valuable than campaign ads; and the Wealth & Poverty goes to poorest county in South Carolina.

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may have taken an extended paternity leave after the birth of his daughter, but generally, American men do not take more than a few days. Ninety-six percent of American men are back to work within two weeks of a baby's birth.

Employing young workers

Feb 8, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the hazards of judging the economy by the movements of the stock market; the Obama Administration's goal to bring down unemployment for young job hunters; and why infrastructure is important to jobs.

In its 2017 budget proposal to be unveiled on Tuesday, the Obama Administration is expected to call for spending almost $6 billion to help young people find their first jobs, especially those who are not in school and not employed.

The unemployment rate for those between 16-19 years old stands at 16 percent. While that's down from 19 percent a year ago, it is still much higher than the nation's overall unemployment rate, which ticked down to 4.9 percent in January.

The fight to 'unlock' the set-top box

Feb 7, 2016
Bruce Johnson

Thinking outside the box, or opening Pandora’s?

The Federal Communications Commission proposed a new technology mandate to “unlock” the set-top box. This is the device that consumer’s rent from companies such as Comcast to view their cable television. The proposal would allow consumers to watch TV channels on devices made by third-party developers, which would bypass the need to rent the cable company’s set-top box. 

Marketplace Tech for Monday, February 8, 2016

Feb 7, 2016

Airing on Monday, February 8, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about GE phasing out CFL bulbs; and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler joins us to talk about the proposed set-top box changes.