Did you know Doritos were born in a Disneyland dumpster? Or that the Slinky was the happy accident of a naval engineer?
At Marketplace, we’re always curious about the brains behind the products that have become synonymous with American life, so we’re starting a new series called “Brought to you by…”
We’ll track down the innovators and inspirations behind the stuff you use every day and tell those stories on the radio and our website.
Since the solstice is on the horizon, we’re starting with stuff that Americans buy up and bring out every summer, from sunscreen to pool noodles to popsicles.
So what do you want to know about?
Tell us your favorite summer products in the comments below, and we’ll track them back down to their start.
Of the hundreds of migrants that U.S. border agents catch daily in the Rio Grande Valley, 20 percent are unaccompanied minors. Instead of catching lawbreakers, the agents say, they're baby-sitting.
On World Refugee Day, the United Nations' refugee agency is reporting that the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes grew to more than 50 million — a level unseen since World War II.
GOP Sen. Thad Cochran faces a tough runoff election against challenger Chris McDaniel, a Tea Party-backed state senator. Mississippi voters will decide whether Cochran gets a chance at a seventh term.
IRS commissioner John Koskinen appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee. He tells lawmakers how emails that possibly reveal scrutiny given to Tea Party groups vanished from IRS computers.
A preliminary analysis by the Congressional Budget Office says that a Veterans Affairs bill recently passed by the Senate could cost $50 billion per year. No lawmaker wants to vote against veterans, but the price tag has a lot of lawmakers nervous.
Jacob Siegel of The Daily Beast wrote about an insider with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, who is documenting the militant group's squabbles online. Siegel speaks with host Robert Siegel about what he learned of life inside ISIS.
The U.S. state department has issued its annual report on human trafficking. And the report includes a warning to American seafood importers: Clean up supply chains that include Thailand.
After a deal between Hamas and Fatah, the Palestinian Authority faces a puzzle: What do you do with an extra 40,000 employees? Thousands of Fatah workers want their posts back, which poses a problem for the government workers who have kept things running since the groups' split seven years ago.
In Pakistan, people continue to flood out of the mountains bordering Afghanistan. An estimated 200,000 people have abandoned their homes and livestock to escape a new phase of war underway in the North Waziristan tribal area.
President Obama says U.S. military personnel will advise Iraqi forces, not to serve in combat. But the proposal raises more questions: What are the rules of engagement? And how long will they stay?
Arlo Crawford's parents started the kind of small, organic farm that's now trendy, back before it was trendy. But it was his parents' dream, not his. He's now written a book about the experience.