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It is one of the most recognizable shows on television — a mainstay for nearly a half-century, with a theme song promising, "Sunny day, sweepin' the clouds away."

Yet dark financial clouds have hovered over Sesame Street's parent company in recent years.

More bad news for Yahoo

Oct 13, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

Things are going from bad to worse for Yahoo.

Of course, you'll remember Verizon signed a $4.83 billion deal to buy Yahoo before Yahoo discovered a half-billion emails had been hacked back in 2014. Today, Verizon general counsel Craig Silliman said the company has "reasonable basis" to believe the breach is enough to let Verizon back out of the deal.

Is the Trump brand transitioning or dying?

Oct 13, 2016
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

Donald Trump is a walking, talking human brand. When he sneezes, the brand catches a cold. Robert Passikoff, president of the research firm Brand Keys, can pinpoint exactly when the Trump brand started to suffer.

“The minute he became the designated candidate for the GOP," he said. "That was when the real damage began.”

At that point, more consumers started taking seriously Trump’s comments about Muslims, Mexicans and now women.

Gigi Douban

You can blame social media for many, many hours of wasted time, but here’s one positive: increased voting. After Facebook added a short message in September encouraging users to register to vote, numbers rose dramatically across the nation. 

For four days, the social media giant had a “Register Now” button that sent users to a federal voter registration site. And states couldn’t be happier.

Lane Wallace

CEO John Stumpf’s resignation, announced Wednesday, doesn’t come close to ending the troubles at Wells Fargo. The bank is still the subject of criminal probes and boycotts. It's also facing at least two class-action lawsuits from workers who say they were fired, not for participating in the fake account scandal, but for refusing to participate.

After last month's televised congressional hearings, Wells Fargo's top executive, John Stumpf, had become the face of the company's sham-accounts scandal. He retired Wednesday.

Stumpf's downfall was the latest twist in a strange, yearlong tale about huge corporations taking their sterling reputations, tarnishing them and then frantically trying to restore luster.

Experts say undoing the harm won't be easy; great reputations can take decades to build.

Can Wells Fargo come back from its fake accounts scandal?

Oct 13, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about whether Wells Fargo will be able to cope with the backlash against the fake accounts scandal; new research that shows drug coupons help manufacturers with sales; and what makes a piece of artwork valuable. 

Kim Adams

When the presidential candidates aren’t discussing the latest scandal or leak, the issue of jobs comes up pretty regularly. It’s an area where you can find some agreement between the candidates: Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump want to increase infrastructure investment as a way to create more jobs.

Scott Tong

Samsung company officials and regulators are still searching for a definitive reason to why the company’s Galaxy Note 7 phone overheated and exploded. The company killed production following a sequence of disastrous events: explosion, recall, more explosions, sales halt.

To many battery experts, an early moral is the perils of the arms-race to thinner, more energy-packed batteries for all types of mobile devices.

Marketplace for Thursday, October 13, 2016

Oct 13, 2016
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

Our new poll shows economic anxiety is up, and one in four Americans don't trust economic stats coming from the government. Plus: is the Trump brand dying, or just changing? Finally, the scandal is far from over for Wells Fargo — fired employees are suing.

Farmers, more than anyone else, manage America's land and water. They grow crops or graze cattle on more than half of the country's land outside of Alaska.

Kai Ryssdal

It’s been a year.


A long year, both in this economy and in the campaign.


Last October, Marketplace launched our first-ever national economic survey, the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll. We did it so that we could find out and track — over time — how people are feeling about the economy all through this election year and heading into the voting booth. And find out we did.


One of the biggest questions around self-driving cars is about safety. In the blink of an eye would the vehicle, say, endanger the occupant to save another driver or pedestrian? There are any number of answers for a variety of scenarios. Mercedes-Benz, the world's oldest carmaker, says as its vehicles get smarter, it will program its self-driving models to make the lives of the occupants the priority.

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Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf resigned on Wednesday following outcry over a fake accounts scandal within the company. In order to meet sales quotas, employees had opened more than 2 million accounts and credit cards for customers without their knowledge