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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.

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
Marketplace

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.

Marketplace

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.

When a $2 million pay cut is a symbolic blow

May 18, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

This final note on the way out, ending, in a way, where we started: Worker pay.

The board of directors at Viacom voted today to stop paying the salary of 92-year-old Sumner Redstone, its founder and chairman emeritus. Until this afternoon, Redstone made $2 million a year.

Symbolism here is everything. Redstone's worth something like $5 billion dollars. 

He just won a legal fight over his mental competency a couple of weeks ago.

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