Flight myths, booking tips, and how to spend your points

10 hours ago
David Brancaccio

According to legend, Tuesday mornings are the best time to buy plane tickets. In reality, it's not so simple to game the system. But there are ways to become a savvier consumer.

Mark Orlowski travels a lot for his real job running the non-profit Sustainable Endowments Institute. So much so that he's acquired a set of tools and tricks for flying comfortably and cheaply. 


Airing on Wednesday, February 10, 2016: We'll talk about stocks in Deutsche Bank recovering; Fed chair Janet Yellen's first appearance on Capitol Hill since raising interest rates; and how to debunking the myths of airline points.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, February 10, 2016

10 hours ago

Airing on Wednesday, February 10, 2016: On today's show, we'll we'll talk about Tesla's earnings report; Slack's diversity report; and Android creator Andy Rubin’s new venture, Playground.

'Greedy,' 'heartless' ... but also, 'on-time'

10 hours ago
Nova Safo

"Greedy," "unpleasant," and "heartless." Those are among the top adjectives used by respondents to a new Harris Poll survey to describe what they think of their cable companies.

It's no secret that cable companies are among the most despised among customers. But the companies appear to be listening, if judging from recent reversals in their fortunes. Charter, Comcast and Time Warner all reported pay TV subscriber gains in the last quarter of 2015.

Fashion Week is adapting to a changing economy

22 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal

The twice-yearly ritual known as New York Fashion Week starts Thursday, but it's entirely possible it's not going to be the same kind of ritual much longer. Designers and fashion houses are having to change how they work as the economy changes around them. Elizabeth Holmes is a senior style reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

On Burberry releasing their clothes at the same time of the fashion show:

How can we tell if a recession is upon us?

23 hours ago

It's safe to assume that the "R" word will come up in Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony in front of Congress tomorrow. That "R" word is recession.

New York Times senior economics correspondent Neil Irwin said the possibility of a recession is slight. But how can we tell if a recession is upon us? 

What's Janet Yellen thinking?

Feb 9, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour

We have a little game we like to play, well, Kai likes to play, called: What is Janet Yellen thinking — in five words?

We will find out when she testifies before the House Financial Services Committee tomorrow, but for now, here’s what several economists had to say:

“Did I make a mistake” in raising rates? — Gad Levanon, managing director of macroeconomic and labor market research at the Conference Board. (His answer, which he also thinks is Yellen’s answer, fyi, is “I don’t think so.”)

Is OPEC still doing its job?

Feb 9, 2016
Scott Tong

Crude oil traded in the U.S. fell nearly six percent today, to less than $28 a barrel.  One reason: The International Energy Agency reported the world’s oversupply may be about to get even worse. The IEA reports production from Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, all members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC),  increased, as supply growth outpaced demand growth. One question now is whether OPEC is still doing its historic job.

Mars Inc. is so over artificial coloring

Feb 9, 2016
Andy Uhler

Mars, Inc., the candy company behind treats such as M&Ms, Skittles and Snickers, plans to phase out all of the artificial coloring in its “human food products” (the company also makes pet food). Natural coloring is something Mars already does in much of Europe, but not here in the U.S. The company's statement said it was responding to consumer demands - people want healthier choices, even in their candy. 

A university confronts bias in faculty hiring

Feb 9, 2016
Amy Scott

Tyson King-Meadows loves a good sports metaphor. He’s chair of the Africana Studies department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. On a recent afternoon he used Michael Jordan and the 1984 NBA draft to make a point.

“What number was Michael Jordan drafted?” he asked the room. “Just guess.”

Jordan was picked third.

“Do we know who number one and number two were?” King-Meadows said. “That’s the point. He was passed over. He went third. He will go down as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.”