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Marketplace Tech for Monday, February 1, 2016

Jan 31, 2016
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Airing on Monday, February 1, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about Google results; we'll talk with Brian Clegg, author of the book “Ten Billion Tomorrows: How Science Fiction Technology Became Reality and Shapes the Future"; and an app that’s being used to report results in the Iowa caucus.

A machine with a soul

Jan 31, 2016
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As part of our series Pro Tool, we're looking for that must-have device in your line of work, be it a pair of scissorsnotebook, or

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Airing on Monday, February 1, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about unemployment in Iowa; Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, joins us to talk about how low oil prices are affecting the global economy; and we'll talk about a machine with soul and soles.

Iowa's jobless rate more impressive than its economy

Jan 31, 2016

As Iowa attracts national attention during Monday night’s presidential caucuses, so, too, may the state’s enviable unemployment rate of 3.4 percent, one of the lowest in the nation.

But Iowa State University economist Dave Swenson cautioned against equating the rate with a strong economy.

“Iowa is not a fast growing economy,” he said. “It grows slower than the rest of the nation.”

"Full employment" is a phrase economists use to explain how the job market recovers from a recession. We'll be hearing this phrase a lot as the Labor Department releases the latest jobs data on Friday. It's expected to show that employers added even more workers in January.

But the phrase doesn't tell the full story for millions of Americans either still out of work or who are looking for something better than part-time work.

What is full employment and what does it mean?

One month down, two to go.

For unemployed adults in 22 states, that's how long they can count on help with the grocery bills: Starting this January, they have three months to find a job or lose their food assistance.

SNAP benefits — formerly known as food stamps — have been tied to employment for two decades. Unless they are caring for children or unable to work, adults need to have a job to receive more than three months of benefits.

Can drone racing be the next NASCAR? That's what Nick Horbaczewski is banking on. He is the CEO of the Drone Racing League, and he has lined up millions in venture capital to bring his vision to reality.

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Atlantic City has been in decline for decades. And now the state of New Jersey has made a deal with the city to take over its finances and try to turn the formerly high-rolling town around.

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