Marketplace for Wednesday, November 18, 2015

7 hours ago

Codebreaker - Is It Evil? Ep 2: Internet Porn

17 hours ago
Bruce Johnson and Clare Toeniskoetter

A man whose job is scrubbing porn from the web; adult film star Stoya's battle against free, pirated porn; and the dirty history of tagging. Listen, decode and decide: Is internet porn evil?

Advertisin' in the rain

17 hours ago
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about the downturn in contractors breaking ground on new houses; the two diverted flights from the U.S. to Paris due to threats; and a piece of installation art that could be a money maker for Restoration Hardware.

How the Rain Room may pay off for Restoration Hardware

18 hours ago
Adrienne Hill

It's high season in the high-end art world, and while most buyers aren't in the market for a $170 million Modigliani or a $100 million Picasso, "there's huge growth in the art market," said Philip Hoffman, who heads the Fine Art Fund Group, an art investment house. Companies like Restoration Hardware and Amazon are increasingly trying to get a piece of that growth.

But first they have to get the attention of the art crowd. 


Airing on Wednesday, November 18, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Yahoo being scrutinized over fantasy sports; why shopping for healthcare may mean savings, but also changing doctors; and why we may be too careful about not touching our savings accounts.

Home construction rises — slowly, slowly

18 hours ago
Mitchell Hartman

This story has been updated to reflect new residential construction data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that housing starts fell 11 percent in October from the previous month. Housing permits rose 4.1 percent. Over the past year, economic conditions for homebuilders and homebuilders’ level of optimism about future construction have both improved gradually.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, November 18, 2015

18 hours ago

Airing on Wednesday, November 18, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Square’s forthcoming IPO; how retailers and consumers are adjusting to the chip card roll-out; and adult content on mobile phones.

Full interview: Dr. Ben Carson on the economy

Nov 17, 2015
Kai Ryssdal

This interview originally aired on October 7, 2015. 

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talked with Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson about his campaign, the economy, and how he would change the government if he were elected.

Kai Ryssdal: Dr. Carson, good to have you with us.

Dr. Ben Carson: Good to be here.

Ryssdal: Here's the most basic question, sir, so I'll start with it first: Why do you want to be the president of the United States?

Data encryption under increased scrutiny after Paris attacks

Nov 17, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, a conversation that's been bubbling in the tech world has just gone supernova. For months now, security officials have been arguing with tech companies over encryption. Companies like Apple, Google, and WhatsApp have started to encrypt their customers' messages and emails as a privacy measure. But the government is worried that such encryption prevents it from gathering information about things like terrorists planning major attacks -- or any other crime, for that matter.

Kim Adams

The open border policy in some European countries is looking more and more vulnerable. The Schengen Agreement, as it’s called, is facing harsh criticism from the right in Europe following the recent Paris attacks. What to do about Schengen is on the agenda for an emergency European Union summit on Friday. Several countries have already temporarily closed — or increased screening — at borders, and there are calls to toss the agreement altogether.