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Donald Trump may be getting a TV network

Oct 17, 2016
David Brancaccio

An agent for Donald Trump has reportedly met with a financier on setting up a TV network.

The Financial Times says Trump’s son-in-law and campaign adviser, Jared Kushner, spoke about the idea of a Trump TV network as late as August with the New York investment banker Aryeh Bourkoff. Bourkoff is the founder of LionTree, a bank that does media deal financing.

David Brancaccio and Dong-ill Shin

This election season, Marketplace is casting its eyes toward the future, asking how the country can address long-term opportunities and threats — the ones that don’t fit into a single federal budget or election cycle. 

When (original) content is king

Oct 17, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

Netflix reports its third-quarter earnings on Monday, and the company’s numbers — especially how many new subscribers it added and old subscribers it lost — will be closely watched for signs of how many eyeballs the company is attracting with its big push into new original programming.

Netflix originally built its business streaming TV shows and movies that had already aired, but this is a multibillion-dollar bet for the online streaming giant to generate original content.

Cuban-American support for the GOP is eroding

Oct 17, 2016
Gigi Douban

When it comes to the Latino Republican vote, Cubans are a big deal.

"They’re certainly one of the most influential, if not THE most influential group of Latino Republicans," said Jens Manuel Krogstad, who studies Latino trends at the Pew Research Center. 

Adam Allington

The latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll shows that anxiety has increased despite the fact that 37 percent report that their personal situation has improved since last year.

This is somewhat counterintuitive given that we’re several years into a wide-ranging economic recovery, albeit one characterized by slow growth.

Marketplace Tech for Monday, October 17, 2016

Oct 17, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about rumors that Disney may want to acquire Netflix; the credibility of online polls; and the possibility of a Pokemon Go update that will include rare Pokemon you can't catch in the current version. 

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Sotheby's is auctioning the Nobel Prize in economics awarded to John Nash, the mathematician known both for his work on game theory and for his life story as portrayed in the movie A Beautiful Mind.

Both the gold medal and the handwritten certificate that came with it are up for sale, and Sotheby's estimates the award will bring in between $2.5 million and $4 million.

Law enforcement is increasingly worried about losing access to powerful tools for searching social media because of changing attitudes at the social media companies that allow the searches.

This past week brought so many strange and depressing political stories that you may not have had time to read business news.

So let's catch up. Here are three business-news stories you might find interesting:

Family, Food And Football Beat Out Shopping

Here's a turkey of an idea: Urge Americans to gobble down Thanksgiving meals and then rush to the mall.

More than 150 countries have reached a landmark deal in Kigali, Rwanda to reduce emissions of a powerful chemical used in refrigeration and air conditioning.

The U.N. calls this a "breakthrough" against climate change because the pact signed Saturday could prevent global temperatures from rising "up to 0.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century" – though some experts say the impact may fall short of 0.5 degrees.

Elizabeth Allen was at a happy hour for a San Francisco tech firm a couple of years ago, when a co-worker started forcing himself on her and the few other women at the party — again and again.

He was "giving us lots of hugs," Allen says, "trying to kiss me a few times; he grabbed my butt a couple of times." The women were outnumbered by men, some of whom looked on, bemused, as the women tried to signal their distress.

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Episode 729: When Subaru Came Out

Oct 14, 2016

In the early nineties, Subaru was in trouble. The cars were fine. They ran well enough. But sales had been slumping for years. Subaru was up against giants like Toyota and Nissan. And it was losing. It needed a way to stand out.

Expressing political beliefs with a yard sign is common. But business owners can hurt their bottom lines by advertising an opinion.

Political scientists and marketing experts generally advise against doing that, as we first reported during the 2012 election.

Despite the advice, some business owners are willing to risk a financial hit, depending on whether their customers agree with them.