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We know that other people take your money, lie to you, and scam you. Do you ever do it to yourself?
No matter how bad or good your financial situation is, what's the one thing you will always spend money on? Do you feel guilty?
What is that one thing you refuse to give up?
This week, Lizzie O'Leary sits down for brunch with Jessica Pressler from New York Magazine and Ben Walsh from the Huffington Post to discuss the economic news of last week and what's on their plate this week (get it?).
Chris Black is a New York City-based brand consultant and the founder of Done to Death Projects. His Twitter feed offers "high level cultural commentary" on current events, pop culture, music, fashion, and more. Black spoke with Marketplace Weekend about navigating social media, the narcissism of selfies, and the cringe-inducing act of rereading your own Twitter feed.
"I think a lot of people in social situations are preoccupied with this stuff. Young people especially. When you've grown up with the internet and grown up with an iPhone, it's a very different mindset than someone like me or you," Black says.
His forthcoming book: 'I Know You Think You Know It All: Advice to Help You Stop Looking Like a Jerk in Public and Online' is available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
Listen to the full story in the audio player above.
The massive auto recall announced this week is different from most. It affects more than one-third of air bags on the road and there are no simple fixes, short of a full air bag replacement.
The announcement follows the positive Ebola test that came back Thursday night for Dr. Craig Spencer, who recently had returned to New York City after a stint with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea.
The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Writer Michael Schaub recommends a book that explores what it's like to run for office and live through all the dramatic ups and downs.
One bystander was also shot by. After an hours-long manhunt, police apprehended a 34-year-old suspect.
When President Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci hugged Dallas nurse Nina Pham on Friday, it was as much to combat the stigma surrounding the deadly virus as to celebrate her survival.
Part of the reason for the recent tumble in oil prices is the surge in production in the U.S. – namely, natural gas.
The process to extract it – fracking – is not universally popular. A referendum on the upcoming ballot deep in the heart of Texas, in a town called Denton, would ban fracking.
Marketplace's Scott Tong has been reporting from Denton this week.
"Drilling proximity to people's homes is the issue," Tong said
But how Denton residents feel about that drilling hinges on whether or not they own the mineral rights for their land. Those who do are collecting tidy sums from oil companies, who pay for leases to drill there. Those who don't see long days of loud activity 80 yards away, with little compensation.
Proponents of fracking are worried that a ban in Denton, only affecting 100,000 or so people, would invite copycats throughout the state of Texas. Likewise, other countries with significant shale formations are watching to see the health research and policy reactions that come out of Texas's fracking boom.
Residents who oppose fracking are vocal, speaking frequently with reporters. They're worried about unintended consequences: loud noise, pollution, and trucks moving in and out, diminishing the quality of life. The supporters have pored big money into opposing the referendum through ads and advocacy, but rarely put faces to those views.