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Phoebe Unterman

Even though the Big Mac isn’t as relevant as it used to be, McDonald’s still sells plenty of them — 500 million Big Macs are sold per year in the U.S. alone and the iconic burger is available in almost 100 countries, according to The New York Times.

Sam Beard

First it was Brexit. Then Donald Trump’s presidential election victory. Where will the next politico-economic bombshell fall? It could be in Italy over the weekend. On Sunday, Italians vote in a referendum on constitutional reform. And the result could — conceivably — produce turmoil in financial markets.

JaeRan Kim

It’s December, and if you’re heading out to do some shopping right now, you’ll notice a few things. One, there will definitely be annoying holiday music playing. Two, pretty good deals on coats, if you can find them. Three, for a lot of the country, it doesn’t feel like December weather-wise. Warmer winters are shrinking the market for winter clothing — and for the shares of companies that make it.

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Unemployment dropped by 0.3 percentage points, to 4.6 percent, last month — the lowest rate since 2007 — according to the monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Your office could be making you sick

Dec 2, 2016
Lizzie O'Leary and Eliza Mills

In offices across the country, someone is probably sneezing, spreading a cold that's been going around. It sometimes seems like when one person at work gets sick, it's only a matter of time before everyone does.

One potential reason why is the office itself. Most of the buildings we work in are completely sealed off from the outside world, in part to help save on heating and cooling costs.

But this can also mean that when someone gets sick, the germs just circulate through the ventilation system. 

Marketplace Weekend for December 2, 2016

Dec 2, 2016

On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, a look at President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks and potential future policy. Plus, a discussion of the Dakota Access Pipeline and a report from Scott Tong on fracking. Later, Wired science contributor Zoë Schlanger talks about office microbiomes and why they could be making you sick. The band Local Natives takes the Marketplace Quiz. 

A look at the conflict at Standing Rock

Dec 2, 2016

For months, protesters have been in a standoff in North Dakota over a nearly $3.8 billion energy project called the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protesters are concerned the pipeline could harm the water supply near the Standing Rock reservation. The Energy Transfer Partners, the company who wants to build the pipeline, has said they will not re-route the project. Dan Gunderson, correspondent for Minnesota Public Radio, has been reporting from the Standing Rock protest camps. He sat down with us to break down the conflict. 

The economy that Trump inherits

Dec 2, 2016
Kai Ryssdal and Andrea Seabrook

New numbers out this week point to a strengthening U.S. economy. The unemployment rate is at its lowest since the Great Recession and economic growth is ticking up. How will Trump's administration build on this? Kai and Andrea take stock of the recovery and Trump's latest Cabinet pick, retired Marine General James Mattis. Got questions about the transition, who's in and who's out? Tweet them to us @Marketplace, @KaiRyssdal and @RadioBabe. 

The band Local Natives takes the Marketplace Quiz

Dec 2, 2016
Hayley Hershman

No matter who you are, you've probably had a rough day at the office that changed your perspective, or maybe you made an impulse purchase you really, really wish you could take back. This week, musicians Taylor Rice and Kelcey Ayer from the band Local Natives take our money and work-inspired personality questionnaire based on those experiences. 

Local Natives' latest album, "Sunlit Youth," is out now.

Marketplace for Friday, December 2, 2016

Dec 2, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

On today's show: We're joined by Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post and Sudeep Reddy of the Wall Street Journal for the Weekly Wrap.  Also, jobs numbers are out for the month of November — they're looking good, but not all jobs were created equal in this market. We look at what the job market looks like for skilled and unskilled workers. Lastly, President-elect Trump has nominated retired Marine General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense. We talk with military expert Dr. Emily Simpson about why she thinks Mattis is not a good fit for this role. 

A $720 pair of Nikes that will tie its own laces

Dec 2, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the November jobs report and how the Federal Reserve might react to it; Louisiana's goal of helping kids with financial literacy; and $720 self-tying sneakers. 

On Donald Trump's visit to Carrier in Indiana on Thursday, he mentioned a phone call that he made to the CEO of United Technologies, the air conditioning company's parent. As Trump describes it, that call led to Carrier announcing it will not move as many jobs to Mexico as it had planned.

"We can't allow this to happen anymore with our country. So many jobs are leaving and going to other countries, not just Mexico," Trump said.

What’s next for Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz?

Dec 2, 2016
Lane Wallace

Shares in Starbucks were sharply down early Wednesday on the news that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is stepping aside as CEO. He’ll stay with the company to focus on the high-end coffee market, and COO Kevin Johnson will step into the chief executive role. Howard Schultz has spoken to our show a few times, including a recent conversation about the company’s media pursuits.

Emily Siner

The resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn. are trying to come to terms with the loss of life and property from the wildfires that swept through the community this week. At least 11 people died and 700 buildings were destroyed.

But many people who lost their homes and businesses don’t even know it yet, because they’re still waiting to be allowed back into their neighborhoods.

Reema Khrais

Today, President Obama will meet with incoming United Nations chief Antonio Guterres. Guterres will step into the Secretary General role in January. That’s also when we’ll see a new administration in Washington. What could U.N.-U.S. relations look like under President Trump? 

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