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They're called "my wife," and it seems they've done it all: typed, transcribed and even researched for their scholar husbands.

And, through a hashtag that started last weekend, their work also started a conversation on the uncredited female labor in academia.

In February of last year, Alaskan Gov. Bill Walker signed an administrative order to help jumpstart mariculture, or sea farming, in the state. One Juneau couple is whipping up a recipe to make local kelp an enticing business and snack. They're part of a growing number of startups that see Alaska seaweed as a marketable food.

Kelp has become a big part of Matt Kern and Lia Heifetz's relationship.

A Forgotten Shipwreck Imperils Washington's Oysters

3 hours ago

Driving up the coast toward Bay Center, Wash., it's obvious when you start to approach Willapa Bay. Fifteen-foot high piles of empty shells begin to appear on the side of the road. This is an oyster town.

But it's also home to a sinking piece of history.

The older generation wants to know more about smartphones

7 hours ago
Danielle Stephens

Do you remember how weird it felt going from clicking physical keys on your phone to the seamless swiping of a touch screen? One group is trying to make it as easy as possible for older people to not only understand their smartphones, but enjoy the possibilities these phones can give them. The AARP is a nonprofit, social welfare organization that teaches a range of classes for seniors who want to learn about technology. One of the classes on offer is an introduction to Android smartphones, taught by Ismael Tubens.

Turns out that GDP growth in the U.S. for the fourth quarter was higher than initially reported. Diane Swonk, CEO of DS Economics, joins us to discuss whether this is a good sign for the upcoming year. Afterwards, we'll look at the different issues that Trump's pick for Labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, will have to tackle if he gets the position. And finally, we'll discuss how ride-sharing companies plan to court an older customer base.

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Elders don't need an app for a Lyft

12 hours ago
Carrie Jung

Phyllis Murchey is somewhat new to the Phoenix area. She moved to a Sunshine Retirement Living community from California about three months ago, and today she’s seeing a new doctor. At 91, she doesn’t have a driver’s license anymore, which can make transportation to appointments like this a little tricky.

“I have a daughter in Wittmann,” she explained. “But she works all week and can only come on Saturdays.”

SpaceX to make historic re-usable rocket launch

12 hours ago

Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans to launch a commercial satellite into orbit today using a recycled rocket booster. It’s the first time SpaceX will attempt to use one of its re-landed rockets. And the Falcon 9 would be the first liquid-fueled rocket sent into space using this method. 

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Millennials are helping to strengthen the home market

12 hours ago
Marketplace staff and Sabri Ben-Achour

The housing market continues to strengthen. Home prices nationwide were up 5.9 percent year-over-year in January, reaching a 31-month high.

Home sales also jumped to 5.5 percent in February — the strongest reading since April 2010, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

So what's behind the changes happening in the market?

Millennials are growing up

If you want to be loved, you don’t go to work for the Congressional Budget Office. The non-partisan agency’s job is to make economic projections and provide Congress with all sorts of budget data. Data that fails to account for all sorts of possibilities and invariably makes somebody unhappy. The agency earned the wrath of the new administration earlier this month, for instance, after projecting that the Republican health care bill would drive up the deficit and leave millions of people uninsured. Today the CBO will deliver a much bigger projection: its annual 30-year budget outlook. 

03/30/17: A business model for reused rockets

14 hours ago

As the Congressional Budget Office gears up to release its annual 30-year budget outlook, we'll examine the value in looking decades ahead. The forecast will predict what will happen if there are no changes to laws governing taxes and government spending. Afterwards, we'll discuss the factors leading to a strengthening home market, and then look at SpaceX's plan to launch a commercial satellite into orbit using a recycled rocket booster.  

03/30/17: Teaching older generations about tech

14 hours ago

Samsung has released its latest flagship devices, the Samsung S8 and S8 Plus, and unveiled its artificial intelligence assistant Bixby. Following Samsung's series of scandals in the past year, we'll look at what shape the company's in. Afterwards, we'll explore the AARP's use of seminars to educate older generations on how to use smartphones.

They come from places like Vietnam, China, Mexico and Guatemala, lured by promises of better-paying jobs and legal immigration. Instead, they're smuggled into the U.S., forced to work around the clock as bussers, wait staff and cooks, and housed in cramped living quarters. For this, they must pay exorbitant fees that become an insurmountable debt, even as their pay is often withheld, stolen or unfairly docked.

This episode first ran in 2015.

Get Out is a comic film. Get Out is a horror movie. Get Out is serious commentary. It's hard to say what exactly Get Out is, but it is definitely a blockbuster. Which is surprising, because it was made by a company which totally rejects the blockbuster model: Blumhouse Productions.