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Life and death inside a Chinese 'cancer village'

May 19, 2016
Rob Schmitz

Three years ago, I sat beside the bed of Zhang Runxiang as the 42-year-old lay dying of uterine cancer. She and dozens of others in Liuchong village, a tiny hamlet in central China's Hubei province, have petitioned China’s government and complained on state-run television that they’ve had been poisoned by Dasheng chemical, a company that manufactures phosphate fertilizer on a hill above the village.

Two days after I visited Zhang, she died.

Wal-Mart profits beat expectations

May 19, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Wal-Mart's much higher-than expected-profits in the first quarter; an increase in the number of seven-figure homes; and prime-time ad real estate.

"Grey's Anatomy" cashes in on the Netflix Effect

May 19, 2016
Adrienne Hill

 It's a rare network drama that stays on top as long as "Grey's Anatomy."

The series, created by Shonda Rhimes and centered on the operatic love affair between doctors Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd, ends its 12th season tonight on ABC.

And the show is not only on track to finish as the network's top drama among advertiser-coveted 18 to 49 year olds, but as ABC's second-most-watched TV series overall this season, behind “Dancing With the Stars.”

One reason the series has endured is fans like 23-year-old Emily Pittinos, who has been watching on and off for years.

Ashley Milne-Tyte

Retailers have been releasing earnings the past week, and the big names like Macy’s and Nordstrom haven’t been doing so well. Meanwhile, big box stores like Target have weathered this winter better.

Department stores are feeling their age. Ken Morris of Boston Retail Partners said they can’t whisk new fashions to market like the nimble Spanish chain Zara. And unlike their rivals, they don’t know how to attract young buyers. He said he saw a Spanish-language TV ad for Target recently that had multigenerational appeal.

Million-dollar homes are no longer anything special

May 19, 2016
Mark Garrison

A million-dollar home may be out of reach for many Americans, but a new report from the real estate website Trulia says that in many major cities, seven-figure values are becoming common.

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Google's new messaging app, Allo; a study from Pew Research on the gig economy that reveals Uber and the like aren't as ubiquitous as you might think; and a movie about Tetris that has secured $80 million in funding.


On today's show, we'll talk about Bayer's bid for Monsanto; department store struggles and Target successes; and the rough spring for marketplace lending.   

Broadcast networks unveil a new season of failing up

May 19, 2016
Adrienne Hill

The annual mating dance between advertisers and the big broadcast networks — otherwise known as the Upfront — wraps up Thursday in New York.

For days, CBS, NBC, Fox  and the like have been parading their new shows in front of media buyers, who in turn have been placing their bets on the new season by locking in ad time.

Come fall, viewers will have their pick of new dramas and comedies about time travel, a sensitive dog with a Rodney Dangerfield complex, a series based on "The Exorcist" and dozens of other attempts at a hit.

EgyptAir flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo crashed

May 18, 2016
Marketplace staff

This story's text and headline have been updated.

From our partners at the BBC:

An EgyptAir flight that went missing between Paris and Cairo has crashed, French President Francois Hollande has confirmed.

The Airbus A320 disappeared from radar at 02:30 Cairo time (00:30 GMT), soon after leaving Greek airspace.

Museums: Wherefore contemporary art thou?

May 18, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour and Tim Fernholz

They said it couldn't be done: New art in old museums. Actuality visits an auction house to see a billion dollars of art sold in just a week and learn how this bubbling private market is changing staid public art museums in surprising ways.