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At Green House Data in Cheyenne, Wyo., energy efficiency is an obsession.

When someone enters one of the company's secured data vaults, they're asked to pause in the entryway and stomp their shoes on a clear rubber mat with a sticky, glue-like finish.

"Dust is a huge concern of ours," says Art Salazar, the director of operations.

That's because dust makes electronics run hotter, which then means using more electricity to cool them down. For data centers, the goal is to use as little electricity as possible, because it's typically companies' biggest expense.

Episode 576: When Women Stopped Coding

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Note: This episode originally aired in October, 2014.

Mark Zuckerberg. Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. Most of the big names in technology are men.

But a lot of computing pioneers, the ones who programmed the first digital computers, were women. And for decades, the number of women in computer science was growing.

But in 1984, something changed. The number of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged.

VCRs are about to be officially out of production

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Kai Ryssdal

This will make some portion of you say, "Wait, what are you talking about?" and some other portion of you feel really, really old.

Reports in the Japanese Nikkei Asian Review say that later this month the very last VCR ever is going roll off the assembly line at the last company making them: Funai Electric.

Parts are too hard to find, apparently.

In other news, Funai Electric sold 750,000 VCRs last year.

Facebook just announced the first full-scale test flight of its unmanned, high-altitude airplane, Aquila. The plane isn't finished yet — the 90-minute test flight assessed only its takeoff and low-altitude flying capabilities — but its ultimate goal is to provide wireless Internet to the ground as it flies.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg shared a video of the test flight.

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Kai Ryssdal

Joining us to talk about the week's business and economic news are Nela Richardson of Redfin and David Gura of Bloomberg. This week, they discuss Donald Trump's RNC speech and his economic plan.

Click the audio player above to listen to their conversation

Life among the upper, upper class in Brazil

19 hours ago

In just two weeks, the 2016 Olympics start in Rio de Janeiro, but it's anyone's guess whether Brazil is ready.

Marketplace for Friday, July 22, 2016

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We unpack the last five days of economic news with Nela Richardson of Redfin and David Gura of Bloomberg for the Weekly Wrap; more voices from the RNC; and continuing our coverage of race and income inequality with our series "How the Deck Is Stacked."

Musician Xenia Rubinos takes the Marketplace Quiz

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Raghu Manavalan

Think back to your first job. Maybe you learned a lesson that stuck with you or maybe you used the money you earned from it to make an impulse purchase you really, really wish you could take back.

The middle-class American vacation: a history

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Mitchell Hartman

There is a sprawling colony of tiny cabins, family bungalows, dining and lecture halls, and recreation facilities on the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado, that shows just how accessible and affordable regular vacations were for some middle-income Americans in the past.

Today, the 26-acre Colorado Chautauqua center, at the edge of public parkland near the popular Flatirons hiking area, operates as a nonprofit lodging and events facility (it is also a national historical site).

Marketplace Weekend for Friday, July 22, 2016

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Marketplace

On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, Marketplace Washington, D.C., reporters Kimberly Adams and Nancy Marshall-Genzer join Lizzie to go long and short on topics related to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Marketplace D.C. Bureau Chief Andrea Seabrook reports from Cleveland about political outsiders there. Later, listeners weigh in on compromises they've made in their financial lives, and CBS business analyst Jill Schlesinger gives some advice about how to make everyone happy in a financial negotiation.

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Marketplace Weekend Staff

In our latest Marketplace Edison Research Poll we found that a lot of you aren't taking vacations regularly.

That's why for this week's conversation, we're talking about vacation and work-life balance.

How do you balance your work and personal time?

Are you decisions based on money? Family? Guilt?

Overcoming racial and economic struggle in Philadelphia, Mississippi

Jul 22, 2016
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The 2016 Democratic National Convention begins Monday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Delegates of the Democratic Party will officially announce the nominee for president and vice president of the United States in the election.

On today's show, we'll talk about Donald Trump's assessment of the economy; the intersectional challenges that Latino victims of the Pulse shooting are facing; the reasons why some studios are reluctant to show footage of their upcoming films at Comic-Con; and a rankings shift in Bloomberg's list of the world's billionaires.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The news that sexual harassment allegations have cost Roger Ailes his job threatens to obscure Ailes' singular career and his almost unrivaled influence in the public sphere.

But no contemporary figure has done more to shape the intersection of American media and politics than Ailes, who, until Thursday, had been the Fox News chief since its very first day on the air in 1996.

In his long career, Ailes advised a succession of Republican presidents on how to gain power and maintain it — both on their payrolls and off the books.

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