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Artist Linn Meyers' studio sits tucked in the backyard of an old house in Washington, D.C. "I've been here since 2002," she says. "It used to be a carriage house." The artist is a little embarrassed by the overgrown ivy that covers the studio ("I know it's bad for the brick."), but she hasn't had much time for yardwork: For the past 11 weeks, she's been working on a major, site-specific installation at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum.

A plan to make egg production more humane

Jun 16, 2016
Gigi Douban

The United Egg Producers plans to end the practice of culling male chicks at laying-hen hatcheries by the year 2020.

The laying industry — farmers who produce the eggs in your refrigerator — has no use for male chicks. But hundreds of millions of them hatch each year in the facilities that breed laying hens. When the male chicks are just a day old, they're killed.

Rob Schmitz

The subway from downtown Shanghai to the city's new Disneyland Park takes an hour and a half.

Or you could travel to the park the way friends Yang Meng and Dong Yixian did: driving hundreds of miles from rural Shanxi province in a cross-country pilgrimage to Mickey and friends.

“It was totally worth it," said Yang with a smile. "We were at the park from 8 in the morning to 10 at night. When we first entered, we couldn’t stop staring at everything. It’s very well done.”

Sears crumbles as buybacks go up

Jun 16, 2016
David Brancaccio

In our series "The Price of Profits," we're exploring corporations. What are they for? Whom are they for? And how that impacts the economy and you.

Scott Tong

  Even your casual baseball fan knows the Chicago Cubs are having a historic season — after more than a century without a World Series title.

What people may not know is that several decades ago, the ball club was subject to a defining lawsuit on how corporations are governed. Who has the power to make big strategic decisions: shareholders or directors?  We caught up with lawyer Bill Shlensky, who's retired in Texas, to find out how the lawsuit played out. 

LA County wants homelessness emergency declared

Jun 16, 2016
Andy Uhler

Los Angeles County has some 47,000 homeless people. For a bit of context, the whole state of California has about 115,000. L.A. County spent almost $1 billion on homeless adults last year. L.A. Second District County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who is spearheading a proposal for state emergency funds, said there's no doubt in his mind that this is an emergency.

"The crisis is upon us, and it’s worsening as we speak,” he said. 

Online grocery shopping could add growth to the cart

Jun 16, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour

Why drag your screaming children through the aisles of a grocery store, like a swarm of small chubby locusts gnawing on things you don’t want to buy, when you can just have all your groceries waiting for you to pick up? It’s a question Kroger is asking (though probably not in that way) in at least a dozen markets. 


On today's show, we'll talk about the shape of the world's markets; the opening of Shanghai Disneyland; and the baseball lawsuit that defined how corporations are governed.  

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, June 16, 2016

Jun 16, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about online radicalization in the aftermath of the Orlando, Florida shooting; look at possible changes to WEAs (Wireless Emergency Alerts); and examine the kinds of personal information that presidential campaigns are able to collect.

UnAmerican Football

Jun 15, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour and Tim Fernholz

They said it couldn't be done: Soccer makes it in America. Actuality can't turn on the TV without seeing a soccer game — what gives? We talk with U.S. players Crystal Dunn and Matt Besler to figure out how global football became a media cash cow in America.

The streets around the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., are slowly coming back to life — slowly.

Police removed one of the roadblocks a few blocks away from the gay nightclub Wednesday, allowing local traffic to drive past a makeshift memorial of flowers, balloons, candles and crosses for the 49 victims, to within view of the club.

Alex Brehm was standing by the door of a still-shuttered 7-Eleven, watching scores of federal and local law enforcement officials work the scene, thinking about what's next for his home and the city of Orlando.

Forrest Full of Shares

Jun 15, 2016
Marketplace staff

Your mate Paddy Hirsch was just enjoying a box of chocolates at the bus stop when he started thinking about how they're kind of like shares in a company.

"The Price of Profits," our series with Business Insider, looks at what happens when profits become a company's product. For more, visit

2016: A Corporation Odyssey

Jun 15, 2016
Marketplace staff

It was just a normal night in the Marketplace offices... until HAL had a few questions about our ongoing series "The Price of Profits." Specifically: What's a corporation? Luckily your mate Paddy Hirsch was around to answer his questions.

Pharma: an industry shaped by shareholder value

Jun 15, 2016
Dan Bobkoff

There’s a new way of doing business for much of Big Pharma. 

Instead of relying on their own expensive laboratories, they also buy drugs or their makers and focus on getting treatments through the Food and Drug Administration and onto your TV screens. Then, raise prices every year. Move overseas for tax advantages. And reward shareholders by buying back billions' worth of shares.

It wasn’t always like that.