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Donna Tam

The Italian government is trying to combat criticism over an infertility campaign that protesters said is ignorant of the country’s economic problems, and racist and sexist to boot.

Italy tried to celebrate its first "Fertility Day," today, but was met with criticism over its flyer, the Associated Press reported. The advertisement had four white adults smiling on a beach to illustrate good habits, with a contrasting group of young people, including one black man, smoking to illustrate bad habits.

Marketplace for Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sep 22, 2016

On today's show: Charlotte's strong but unequal economy, Mark Zuckerberg's 84-year plan to tackle disease and making sense of Yahoo's massive data breach. Plus: How to get to space without NASA's help.

A possible data breach at Yahoo

Sep 22, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about a possible Yahoo data breach; why Janet Yellen decided not to raise interest rates at the recent Fed meeting; and how Europe's tourism industry is doing amid fears over terrorism. 

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Blue Bell ice cream has a second listeria recall

Sep 22, 2016
Andy Uhler

Certain flavors of Blue Bell ice cream are being recalled because of listeria concerns. It’s the second time the company has had to take ice cream off the shelves, but this one is a little different. Blue Bell is only recalling products produced in an Alabama plant because they were made with a chocolate chip cookie dough supplied by a third party.

Lane Wallace

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, took to Facebook live on Wednesday to announce they’ll put $3 billion into an effort to “cure, prevent or manage” all diseases.

Much of the anger and anxiety in the 2016 election are fueled by the sense that economic opportunity is slipping away for many Americans. This week, as part of NPR's collaborative project with member stations, A Nation Engaged, we're asking the question: What can be done to create economic opportunity for more Americans?

Sam Beard

The long vacation season in Europe is winding down, and in  spite of the continent’s well-known problems — the festering debt crisis, the continuing influx of thousands of refugees and migrants across the Mediterranean, and the growing fear of Islamist terrorism —  European tour operators have had another good year.

Foreign holiday bookings are up more than 5 percent. But not every holiday destination is benefiting; there have been winners and losers.

France – one of the most visited countries  in the world – is one of the losers.

Two big stock buybacks revive a debate

Sep 22, 2016
Mark Garrison

Two big companies are setting fistfuls of money aside to buy up their own stock. Microsoft has announced a $40 billion buyback program, while also jacking up its dividend. Target plans a $5 billion buyback. Those are on top of existing multi-billion dollar share buybacks already happening at both companies.

Streaming now accounts for almost half of music revenue

Sep 22, 2016
Adam Allington

Revenue in the music industry is up, thanks in no small part to the explosive growth of streaming services, such as Spotify and Pandora.

After years of shrinking profits due to online piracy and falling prices, revenue is now up 8.1 percent for the first half of the year, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

That’s good news for record companies. However, the streaming companies are still over a barrel, said Andrew Sparkler of Downtown Music Publishing.

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sep 22, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the benefits that social media companies, like Twitter and Facebook, get from streaming political debates; wireless signals that can detect emotions; and AT&T's new patented technology that will able to deliver super-fast internet. 


On today's show, we'll talk about Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's $3 billion pledge to wipe out all diseases; a revenue increase in the music industry thanks to streaming; the 40th anniversary of the Vanguard mutual fund; and news that Maersk, a Danish shipping conglomerate, is splitting into two.

The U.S. Treasury Department has granted permission to Boeing and Airbus to export commercial planes to Iran, a Treasury spokesperson told NPR. The government has approved a deal — not yet finalized — for Boeing to sell IranAir 80 commercial passenger aircraft.

Chair Janet Yellen and her colleagues at the Federal Reserve didn't surprise anyone when they announced Wednesday they were not raising their benchmark interest rate. Fed policymakers decided to keep the federal funds rate in a range between one-quarter and one-half percent. That's where it's been since last December when the Fed lifted the rate a quarter of a point from near zero — where it had been left for seven years as the central bank tried to support growth coming out of the Great Recession.

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