Marketplace

Mondays-Fridays, 6:30-7 p.m. on KUAR
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In-depth reporting that's transformed the way listeners understand current events and view the world. Every weekday, hear breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special - sometimes quirky - features.

05/22/2017: Cereal may no longer be a breakfast staple

11 hours ago

As part of a wider shakeup at Ford, the car company is replacing CEO Mark Fields with Jim Hackett, a former leader of the company's self-driving car unit. We'll explore more of Hackett's background and why investors wanted Fields out. Afterwards, we'll look at the decline of cereal and then dive into the wind power boom happening in Texas.

Joy! Kinder Eggs are coming to America

11 hours ago
Jana Kasperkevic

Starting in 2018, anyone in the U.S. will be able to pick up a Kinder Egg without having to worry about incurring the wrath of the Food and Drug Administration. Except, this Kinder Egg will look slightly different than its outlawed cousin.

Jana Kasperkevic

People buy a lot of stuff. As the global middle class grows from 2 billion people in 2010 to 5 billion in 2030, we are bound to buy even more stuff. That means companies will have to produce more even as natural resources are dwindling. As a result, many manufacturers are trying to come up with a long-term sustainability strategy to replace the old “take, make, dump” business model.

Ford to fire CEO Mark Fields

13 hours ago
Marielle Segarra

Ford is replacing CEO Mark Fields. The auto company’s stock price and U.S. market share have been falling, and last week it announced plans to lay off 1,400 people. 

Take a stroll down the cereal aisle at your local grocery store, and check out the Lucky Charms. General Mills, the cereal’s maker, has an attention-grabbing promotion right now: It’s giving away 10,000 boxes with nothing but those brightly colored marshmallow pieces inside. It raises health and nutrition issues, and also points to some serious challenges facing cereal in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace. And that explains one possible reason for this sugar-coated promotion: Cereal sales have fallen 3 percent a year since 2012, the market research firm IBISWorld says.

Andy Uhler

John Dudley lives in Comanche, Texas, and wears a couple of hats: He's a cattle rancher and a wind farmer. We met on his 20,000 acres in the Texas hill country. His land holds more than half of the 87 turbines that make up the vast Logan’s Gap Wind Farm. His brown Herefords roam among the giant stalks, as they spin up to 40 stories overhead.

“Yeah, we put up some turbines, and that changes the way the hilltops look," he told me. "But we think that will probably be instrumental in allowing us to continue to own our family lands.”

The Trump administration is expected to release its detailed 2018 budget tomorrow. According to “near-final” documents leaked to the Washington Post last week, the proposed cuts include more than $10.5 billion in federal education initiatives. On the chopping block are more than $1 billion in grants that fund after-school and summer programs for low-income kids. 

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Marketplace

Over the past several weeks, we've been exploring aspiring tech hubs across the country. Cities — big and small — want to be the next Silicon Valley. Well, what about Phoenix, Arizona? It's becoming a hotbed of startup activity that has attracted the likes of Uber, Waymo and Intel. We'll take a look at the city's strengths, along with some of the challenges it faces on the way.

05/22/2017: Ford to fire CEO Mark Fields

16 hours ago
Marketplace

With Ford's stock down from 2014 levels, the company is gearing up to remove Mark Fields as CEO. We'll take a look at some of the criticisms that investors had about Fields, and who he's being replaced by. We'll also take a close look at one Rhode Island after-school program that faces closure over Trump's budget cuts. Plus: a look at the peripheral industry that's sprung out of crowdfunding, which includes crowdfunding consultants, social media managers and marketers.

The long tradition of being bored at work

May 19, 2017
Bridget Bodnar

In this commentary, we hear from author Mary Mann, who ponders why we're bored at work and what it means about your job in her book, "Yawn: Adventures in Boredom." 

Boredom is this sort of irritated restlessness. A lot of times, people will avoid talking about boredom because it's kind of embarrassing. Nobody really wants to admit that they get bored.

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