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Apart from winter, music is coming

Dec 19, 2016
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

Sadly, we've got a ways to go yet before the next season of Game of Thrones, coming summer of next year, according to HBO.

In the meanwhile how about a chat with the composer of the score for Game of Thrones. Ramin Djawadi is his name and he’s the composer for a bunch of other TV shows and movies you'll recognize, HBO’s new hit Westworld and Iron Man to name a couple.

Why you should want your surgeon to play video games

Dec 19, 2016

At the start of the procedure, the first thing Dr. Komal Bajaj has to get past is a thick band of nose hairs.

She gently maneuvers the endoscope through the nasal passage, trying to open up the patient’s airway. A slight blunder with her handling causes a blob of mucus to stick to the side of the camera attached to the endoscope, obstructing her vision.

The patient’s heartbeat picks up, the breathing intensifies. Bajaj accidentally touches the vocal chords with the endoscope, which causes the patient to cough – and it’s game over.

Marketplace for Monday, December 19, 2016

Dec 19, 2016

Following the theme of his administration so far, President-elect Donald Trump (it's official now) has named a budget hawk to the budget office. Also, we continue our coverage of Dayton, Ohio with two small business owners who have very different takes on Trump. Plus, why women may make better doctors and the taxes Apple doesn't want to pay a country that doesn't want them.

Lane Wallace

Greg Knox of Knox Machinery north of Cincinnati is looking forward to Jan. 20. For him, the biggest issues are taxes and trade: he sells highly automated machine tools, and he says over the years, a lot of his would-be customers, manufacturers, have suffered due to competition from Asia. He employs about 50 people, and says he’s counting on Trump to even the playing field for American manufacturers by strong-arming China on currency issues, and raising tariffs on imports.

Kim Adams

A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows enrollment is down 1.4 percent since last fall. For-profit institutions were hit the hardest, with enrollment down 14.5 percent. Experts say that’s partly to do with the big players in the industry — ITT Tech and Corinthian — closing their doors, but it also has to do with changing demographics and unemployment rates. 

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Venezuela overturns 100-bolivar banknote ban

Dec 19, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about a drop in undergraduate enrollment; a reinstatement of the 100-bolivar banknote; what the presidential transition means for souvenir shops; and news that the head of the International Monetary Fund has been found guilty over the misappropriation of funds.

The Marketplace Superhero Show

Dec 19, 2016
Marketplace staff

Editor's note: If superheroes were real, what would Marketplace sound like? That's the idea behind this special edition of our show. Check out our episode guide below to get a sneak peek of each story and then click on the audio player below to hear the full show. Enjoy!

The trinket transition

Dec 19, 2016
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

There are really two transitions happening in Washington, D.C.  The real-life transfer of power from Barack Obama to Donald Trump. And then there’s the trinket transition. 

At the Washington Welcome Center, a souvenir shop in downtown Washington, Donald Trump hats are selling out. Hillary Clinton is on clearance.

Assistant store manager Michelle Washington points to a forlorn stack of T-shirts, sporting Clinton’s face.

Report finds wealth gap continues into retirement

Dec 19, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

We hear a lot about the income gap between top executives and workers, and it turns out that gap continues after retirement, too.

The Institute for Policy Studies reports the 100 CEOs with the biggest retirement plans each have anywhere from $25 million to nearly $1 billion set aside by their employers in individual pension and tax-deferred accounts.

But among American workers with a 401(k), said report author Sarah Anderson, the median retirement-account balance is just $18,433.

Italy looks to China to preserve Roman heritage

Dec 19, 2016
Sam Beard

Amid the traffic noise in central Rome, pedestrians bustle obliviously past what appears to be a patch of derelict land, covered with crumbling brickwork and overgrown grass. It takes a trained observer – like Philip Ditchfield, a British archaeologist who lives in this city, to look a little closer.


On today's show, we'll talk about Ireland's decision to appeal the EU's order that Apple pay the country $14 billion in back taxes; the disparity in retirement savings between top-earning CEOs and many Americans; and Italy's struggles to conserve its architectural heritage. 

Marketplace Tech for Monday, December 19, 2016

Dec 19, 2016

On today's show, we'll look at a simulation center in New York that helps medical professionals hone their skills. Plus: we'll travel back in time to 1999 to check out the very first emoji, which are now on display at the Museum of Modern Art