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Marketplace Tech for Friday, November 25, 2016

Nov 24, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk to Business Insider's Ben Gilbert about the market for virtual reality, and play this week's Silicon Tally with with Geoffrey Fowler, personal technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal. 


On today's show, we'll talk about the increase in automation at big retailers and fast-food chains; a rise in fish farms, or aquaculture; and a new pay-by-the-minute cafe in New York.

Marketplace for Thursday, November 24, 2016

Nov 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! On today's show we're straddling turkey day and Black Friday with stories about football, gift cards and Ikea. Plus, a farm program in southern Oregon that lets former drug addicts grow nutritious food for their families. 

Andy Uhler

The National Football League has been playing games on Thanksgiving since 1920. But the Detroit Lions were the first team to really embrace the Thanksgiving day game.  They've been playing on Turkey Thursday since 1934. And what began as a ploy to fill a stadium on a day when fans didn't have to go to work , has grown into a full-blown tradition of turkey and pigskin and big money for the NFL.




Some states would rather stick with Obamacare

Nov 24, 2016
D Gorenstein

Republicans may be pushing to repeal and replace Obamacare. But some states, which operate their own health-insurance exchanges rather than having the federal government do it, are more interested in strengthening the Affordable Care Act than tearing it down.  California, for instance, has become a model for Obamacare. But state exchanges are subsidized by federal dollars and it's unlikely states will be able to maintain their exchanges on their own if the government pulls the plug.



Farming program aims to help addicts and their families

Nov 24, 2016
Melanie Sevcenko

In southern Oregon, the city of Medford has a high concentration  substance abuse. It’s even earned the nickname "Methford.” One of the problems that comes with drug addiction is child abuse and neglect. But the local Family Nurturing Center wants to prevent that,  so it started the Farm & Food Program.

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Daisy Palacios

Once the dishes are cleared and everyone's made their way to one couch or another this Thanksgiving, thoughts turn to the holidays.

Lots of our American Christmas traditions were actually established during World War II, but since then it's all changed. A lot. Everything from the decor to the shopping to the music, and how far we travel to see our increasingly scattered families. But back then, a fair number of the traditions revolved around scarcity ... And hope for better days.

China's Ctrip to purchase Skyscanner for $1.7 billion

Nov 24, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about news that the Chinese travel site Ctrip is purchasing Britain's Skyscanner for $1.7 billion; data that show the percentage of underwater homeowners has decreased to 10 percent; and the high demand for language teachers in Germany.  

Strict bans on ivory trade are aimed at preventing elephant poaching. But the state and federal measures are causing unintended consequences for Alaska Natives who legally hunt walruses and carve their tusks for a living.

Among dozens of tables at a recent craft fair in Fairbanks, Alaska, the glitter and gleam of Dennis Pungowiyi's ivory stands out. He has everything from small sculptures of birds to curved cribbage boards etched into tusks.

While North Dakota's Standing Rock Sioux Tribe continues to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, it's a somewhat different situation 150 miles northwest. There, alongside the same river, pipelines and oil development are for the most part welcomed on a different reservation.

On Fort Berthold, tribal members live right on top of pipelines — more than 4,000 miles crisscross the reservation, home to the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes that together call themselves MHA Nation.

Home equity helping people build household wealth

Nov 24, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

Remember the housing crisis? Well, for many American homeowners, it’s now squarely in the rear-view mirror. A report from RealtyTrac finds that the percentage of homeowners who are underwater — meaning they owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth — has fallen to about 10 percent. It was 28 percent at its peak in 2012. The main reason: home prices have been rising, for years, helped by low mortgage rates. So homeowners have been able to build wealth through the equity they have in their homes.

Berlin seeks German language teachers for refugee students

Nov 24, 2016
Veronia Zaragovia

Germany has accepted about 240,000 refugees so far this year, and one way it is trying to help them adapt to their new culture is by teaching them German.

Berlin offers intensive German lessons to refugee students in public schools. About 12,000 kids are learning the language, more than double the number who enrolled last year.

This influx of students means German language teachers are in hot demand.