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The world has reached a milestone on renewable energy

6 hours ago

On today's show, we'll talk about news that renewable energy has surpassed coal as the largest source of power capacity; efforts from private companies and local governments to improve infrastructure; and a startup that plans to produce bike locks that will make thieves vomit if they try to steal your vehicle. 

David Brancaccio

A super PAC with an allegiance to Donald Trump has been courting Pennsylvania's Amish community.

The Amish, who embrace simple living and reject modern conveniences, have historically been supportive of Republicans. But Trump isn't a conventional Republican nominee, said the Economist Magazine's Rosemarie Ward

Ward was recently in Amish Country near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She joined us to talk about the group's political leanings and how they might perceive Trump. 

Kim Adams

The National Basketball Association will, this season, become the first professional sports league to offer a regular schedule of live games delivered in virtual reality. At least one NBA League Pass game per week will be live-streamed in virtual reality. The move could be a big deal for the NBA and other sports. What is the technology involved?

Private companies pay to improve border crossings

9 hours ago
Monica Ortiz Uribe

At the border crossing in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, nearly 200 trucks a day move thousands of Dell computers assembled at a factory in Mexico into the United States. The company also moves materials south needed to assemble its computers.

"For some time Dell has been anxious… to increase the volume going south bound to its manufacturing facility in Mexico," said Karl Laskas, who heads up global trade for Dell.

The one thing holding the company back? Limited hours at the port of entry.

JaeRan Kim

Ships are big polluters, and next week, maritime nations could require them to use fuel that generates less sulfur content. But that kind of fuel is expensive, and the shipping business is in a bit of a slump just now. So shipping companies are begging for more time.

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, October 25, 2016

11 hours ago

On today's show, we'll talk about the NBA's partnership with the company NextVR to broadcast games in virtual reality; a startup called Phone2Action, which aims to connect smartphone users to their lawmaker via app; and how we should look at AT&T as a company amid news it plans to purchase Time Warner. 

How YouTube became YouTube, told with YouTube videos

23 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

Remember how Larry Page and Sergey Brin started Google in a garage? That garage belonged to Susan Wojcicki. The Palo Alto native eventually became Google's 16th employee. She ran Google's AdSense program for years and was then tapped to run YouTube, the video-sharing website that Google bought in 2006.

Girl Scout cookie cereal is coming next year

Oct 24, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

This needs to be filed under "Too Much of a Good Thing."

General Mills is teaming up with the Girl Scouts to turn Girl Scout cookies into breakfast cereal. We know there will be a Thin Mint variety, as well as Caramel Crunch, which seem to be based on Samoas.

It's hitting shelves come January 2017.

Doctors cut costs by getting to know their patients

Oct 24, 2016
D Gorenstein

The healthcare landscape is changing, even as Obamacare bumps along.

In the past six years, we’ve seen the rise of Accountable Care Organizations, now numbering more than 800, where doctors or hospitals work together to streamline care. For physicians that means they now get some compensation through contracts that reward improving health and controlling costs, as opposed to simply making money for every service provided regardless of the outcome or expense.

Donna Tam

Bob Dylan, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature earlier this month but has yet to acknowledge the honor publicly, will have to give a lecture in order to receive the nearly $1 million purse attached to the prize.