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Other people scam you. Do you ever do it to yourself?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-10-24 15:55

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?

Confess! Send us an email, or reach us on Twitter, @MarketplaceWKND


Weekend Brunch: Volatility, AirBnB, and Kenny G

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-10-24 15:31

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?).


Clouds Darken for America’s Blue-Chip Stocks

“The Dumbest Person in Your Building Is Passing Out Keys to Your Front Door!”

Kenny G Goes Radical With Hong Kong Protest Cameo

Cancer-killing cells made in the lab

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 15:27
Scientists from Harvard Medical School have discovered a way of turning stem cells into killing machines to fight brain cancer.

Picasso Museum sees grand reopening

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 15:21
Picasso Museum in Paris reopens after a five-year renovation

VIDEO: Using Facebook to get a pay rise

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 15:13
BBC News speaks to the creators of Smarpshare, who want employees to become brand ambassadors for their firms.

VIDEO: Paris's Picasso museum reopens

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 15:13
Paris's world-renowned Picasso museum is reopening after being closed for five years.

US golf boss sacked in Poulter row

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 15:10
Ted Bishop, president of the PGA of America, is sacked after calling Ian Poulter a "little girl" on social media.

The hardship posting to end all hardship postings

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 15:05
The hardship posting which may have inspired an English idiom

Have Jedis created a new 'religion'?

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 15:04
Have Jedis created a new 'religion'?

Used car buyers 'need more support'

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 15:03
Better protection is needed for consumers buying used cars, says a commission studying the high level of complaints against the sector.

Cost of driving licence to be cut

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 15:01
The cost of getting a driving licence is being cut following a recent public consultation, the government says.

How to stop looking like a jerk in public

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-10-24 14:59

 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

Listen to the full story in the audio player above.

No Quick Fixes For Drivers Affected By Air Bag Recall

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-24 14:58

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.

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New York, New Jersey Will Quarantine All Travelers With Ebola Contact

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-24 14:51

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.

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Google boss sets new skydive record

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 14:35
Google executive Alan Eustace breaks the world altitude record for a parachute jump set two years ago by Felix Baumgartner.

For The Midterm Elections, A Book On 'What It Takes' To Win

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-24 14:00

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.

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UPDATED: 2 Police Deputies Killed, Another Shot By Assailant In California

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-24 13:32

One bystander was also shot by. After an hours-long manhunt, police apprehended a 34-year-old suspect.

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Fighting The Stigma Of Ebola With Hugs

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-24 13:28

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.

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How to reduce your Inheritance Tax

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-24 13:26
How to keep the tax man at bay when you pass it on

Denton, Texas debates a fracking ban

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-10-24 13:23

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.