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A short history of the post-Super Bowl TV show

Feb 5, 2016
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Tony Wagner

"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" just has a packed slate of guests for his live episode Sunday following the Super Bowl.

Colbert is the first late night host to directly follow the game; that enviable time slot is usually reserved for promising young shows the network wants to give a big ratings boost. The Super Bowl pulled in a record 114 million viewers last year, and it's about the best lead-in you could ask for, but it's not a ratings guarantee.

The U.S. economy added just 151,000 jobs in January while unemployment dropped slightly, to 4.9 percent, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Economists had expected to see about 190,000 new jobs.

The unemployment rate, which has held steady at 5 percent the past few months, dropped slightly to 4.9 percent. It's the first time unemployment has fallen below 5 percent since the recession.

Marketplace for Friday, February 5, 2016

Feb 5, 2016

Breaking down the January jobs report; the last installment of "My Economy" from the border; and how a troubled economy and the Zika virus are impacting Brazil's annual carnival.

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My Economy: Economic aspirations in a borderland

Feb 5, 2016
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Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios

Bowie High School sits just 100 yards from the U.S-Mexico border. It’s one of the oldest operating high schools in El Paso, Texas. Students have a view of Juárez from their basketball courts.

Why disappointing jobs numbers aren't all bad news

Feb 5, 2016

On today's show, we talk about weaker jobs numbers than expected (and why it's not all bad news); growing viewership of the NFL from Hispanic fans; and a magician tells us about the most magical deck of cards money can buy.

Productivity is anemic, so are wages

Feb 4, 2016

The Department of Labor reported on February 4 that labor productivity rose at a 0.3 percent rate year-over-year in 2015. Productivity fell 3.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to the previous quarter.

“You’re seeing productivity growth rates less than 1-fourth of what we were seeing in the 70 years before the Great Recession,” said economist Patrick Newport at IHS Global Insight.

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Marketplace

Airing on Friday, February 5, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about the upcoming jobs report for January; and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina joins us to talk about growth for new businesses, and ABC's decision to not include her in Saturday's Republican debate. 

The Super Bowl, or El Gran Juego?

Feb 4, 2016
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Andy Uhler

Last week Nielsen reported that this season’s NFL games averaged 1.7 million Hispanic viewers – up 17 percent since the 2012 season. Stephen Master, head of the global sports group at Nielsen, said that number was even higher in households where Spanish is the dominant language.

“Their viewership increased 28 percent over the last five years," he said, "which is pretty phenomenal.”

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