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Award-winning Marketplace is public radio's daily magazine on business and economics news "for the rest of us."  Hosted by Kai Ryssdal, award-winning Marketplace is public radio's daily magazine of business and economics. Marketplace takes a fresh approach to business news covering  listeners from wallet to Wall Street. 

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The Consumer Price Index, if you take out food and energy, showed prices rising slightly. It climbed 0.2 percent, so year-over-year prices have climbed 2.2 percent. One of the reasons for the price hikes in November was rent. And you might not be happy to hear it, but it could well be another sign of how healthy the labor market is doing.

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This year has been the mighty superhero that rescued the movie industry from the villain that was 2017, when box office sales hit a 25-year low and summer blockbusters flopped. Box office revenue hit $11.1 billion this week according to Comscore, the company that tracks box office receipts. Revenue is also 10 percent ahead of last year.

Austin's getting an Apple II

5 hours ago

Apple quietly announced a new $1 billion, 15,000-employee campus to Austin, Texas. It did so without the media frenzy — and blowback — Amazon experienced with its East Coast expansion this year. We'll compare the two tech giants' approaches. Then: Nearly half of American chief financial officers believe the country will be in a recession next year. Are we ready? Plus, this year's record-breaking box office numbers.

Long before Craigslist and eBay, there was tradio.

On "tradio," a portmanteau of "trading" and "radio," people buy and sell their gently or not-so-gently used goods by calling into a live radio show. You'd think maybe e-commerce would have made that pointless by now, but tradio is still a thing on radio stations from Kernville, California, to Brady, Texas.

How do books get adapted into movies?

5 hours ago

It’s been a pretty good year for young adult novels in Hollywood  — look no further than the recent hit "To All the Boys I've Loved Before," which is getting a sequel on Netflix.

Universities regard football as the welcome mat to their institutions. And even schools in the NCAA Division II are taking it seriously enough to invest millions in the their athletic facilities.

Bipartisan agreement is a rarity in Washington, but a criminal justice measure is likely to become law with enough pledged support from both parties and President Donald Trump. Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has promised a vote before year’s end. Among its many provisions, the bill would shift thousands of federal inmates into transitional programs like halfway houses. Two years ago the Justice Department halfway houses were at capacity and that was before cuts last year. The influx means the federal government may start shifting more eligible inmates to home confinement. 

Division II sports programs vie for No. 1 venue

12 hours ago

China offers the U.S. an olive branch by unloading a bunch of soybeans. In a rare bipartisan move, legislators promise criminal justice reform that could mean early release from prison into transitional programs for many. Plus, a look at Division II colleges and the multimillion-dollar investments in their sports facilities.

There's wind in the sales of off-shore property

14 hours ago

Off-shore property on the East Coast goes up for sale in an effort to spur the move towards wind energy, classically Europe's thing. In a rare bipartisan move, legislators promise criminal justice reform that could mean early release from prison into transitional programs for many. Plus, one 2018 trend you might have missed: health care mergers.

Iran hackers hunt nuclear workers, US targets

15 hours ago

As U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of American officials tasked with enforcing them, The Associated Press has found — another sign of how deeply cyberespionage is embedded into the fabric of US-Iranian relations.

Can the EU sweeten Brexit to help Theresa May?

16 hours ago

From the BBC World Service… A day after surviving her party's confidence vote, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will meet with European leaders in Brussels to try to secure concessions to get her Brexit deal through Parliament. But what can they offer that will make it palatable to British politicians opposing it?

Tips for a successful office Secret Santa

16 hours ago

’Tis the season. Christmas music is playing through the stores full of people shopping for gifts and calendars are quickly filling up with holiday parties. And just as Santa has to figure out who was naughty and nice, most of us have to figure out who should make it on to our list — family, friends and, yes, even co-workers.

This week, Encyclopedia Britannica celebrates its 250th birthday. That's remarkable, but what may be more surprising is the simple fact that it's still around. The company went fully digital six years ago. No more tomes on shelves. That pivot is part of the company's history of being pretty revolutionary. When it began, Encyclopedia Britannica's founders published in English instead of Latin, making it a resource for the masses.

This week, Encyclopedia Britannica celebrates its 250th birthday. That's remarkable, but what may be more surprising is the simple fact that it's still around. The company went fully digital six years ago. No more tomes on shelves.

A week ago, SpaceX launched its 20th Falcon rocket, sending a supply capsule — also built by SpaceX — up to the International Space Station where it will be docked for the next several weeks. It's an operational capstone for the company that's come to lead the commercial space industry and is one of the world's highest valuated companies.

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