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In the Telemundo telenovela "Reina de Corazones," Pablo Azar plays a revenge-seeking son who poses as a valet driver to get even for his mother’s death. 

“The murderer is always the nice guy, the innocent one,” he said in one of the scenes, as he brandishes a gun in an immaculate South Florida living room. But Azar, with a self-described “good guy face” who usually is cast as a heart-throb or good-guy-turned-bad, is now playing a role he’s never been cast for on TV — union organizer.

Why you'll be seeing so much black on the red carpet

Jan 5, 2018

There's going to a lot of black on display at the Golden Globes this weekend. Many celebrities are expected to wear black to the red carpet in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment and abuse. Many will also be passing on the money they would get for wearing designer jewelry and clothing to support the Time's Up initiative. The initiative was started by more than 300 prominent female actors, writers and entertainment executives, and includes a legal defense fund for victims of sexual misconduct.

Pity the tax bills of America’s multinationals

Jan 5, 2018

During the next few weeks we'll be hearing from some of the world's largest companies about big, one-time write-downs against their financial results. Many are expected to warn that their profits will be hurt by the huge bills they have to pay to the IRS. It's part of the new tax law. But those write-downs are but small setbacks on the way to big windfalls.

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The start of a new year brings with it resolutions to eat better, get more exercise and think more about personal well-being. Before you sign yourself up for a year of yoga, there are some health basics to keep in mind.  As part of Marketplace Weekend's look into the industry of wellness, Dr. Jehni Robinson from the the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine shares five things you need to know about keeping yourself fit and healthy as 2018 gets under way.

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During the next few weeks you'll be hearing from from some of the world's largest companies about big, one-time write-downs against their financial results. Think multinationals like Microsoft, Alphabet and Johnson & Johnson. Many are expected to warn that their profits will be hurt by the huge bills they have to pay under the new tax law. But those write-downs are just small setbacks on the way to big windfalls. We'll explain. Then: everything you need to know about the rotisserie chicken boom (you're living in it) and this weekend's Golden Globes.

This time of year Moscow's onion domes are supposed to be covered in snow, but so far this winter has been a bust. 

Through Christmas and New Year's there were no flakes at all. That hasn't been great news for Russian landscape photographer Ivan Boiko. "It is indeed very untypical for this time of year and for this geography. It's quite a rare thing, I would say."

It hasn't even been that cold. Temperatures have averaged a relatively balmy 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Boiko's frustrated because he loves shooting winter scenes that show the texture of the snow and cold. 

The unexpected challenges of living in a food desert

Jan 5, 2018

You've probably heard the term food desert to describe a neighborhood where residents have little or no access to fresh and healthy food. Food deserts hit low-income communities hard, leaving their residents with few options and sometimes long distances to travel in search of healthy food.

Your grocer really wants you to have chicken tonight

Jan 5, 2018

Grocery stores would really love it if you had chicken for dinner tonight. Specifically rotisserie chicken. The cooked birds have become a grocery store staple over the last 20 years, and stores are increasingly relying on them to stay in the black. Marketplace host Amy Scott spoke with Annie Gasparro of The Wall Street Journal about the value of rotisserie chickens and the ways stores entice shoppers to buy them.

Can dynamic pricing work for yoga studios?

Jan 5, 2018

If you're booking a flight or a hotel, even buying tickets to a sporting event, odds are you're dealing with dynamic pricing. Businesses use dynamic pricing to fill seats (or beds), offering discounts at key times during a booking process to incentivize a purchase.

When it comes to insurance money, mental health is not treated equal

Jan 5, 2018

Had trouble finding a therapist who takes insurance? You’re not alone.

How about inpatient therapy for bipolar disorder or PTSD? Or a clinic for substance use disorder? Using insurance at any of these places can be a challenge.

01/05/2018: The industry of wellness

Jan 5, 2018

This week we dive into the industry that wants to make the better version of you. From workout routines to diets to therapy apps to food fads, the market has been flooded with wellness products. But have they actually changed the way we feel or the money we spend on health needs? And who has access? Those are the questions on our minds this week. We look at how the term wellness has evolved, why it's so hard to find mental health services that take insurance and apps that want to make you fit. Plus, food crazes, food deserts and the economics behind eating healthy.

01/05/2018: The final jobs report for 2017

Jan 5, 2018

(Markets Edition) The December jobs report has just been released,  revealing that the economy added 148,000 jobs and the unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent. We'll evaluate these numbers with Jay Bryson, managing director for Wells Fargo Securities, and then take a closer look at the report's data on the retail sector and wages. Afterwards, we'll discuss the Trump administration's proposal to give leases for offshore oil and gas exploration in places where it's currently banned, and then talk about the rise of natural gas prices following the East Coast's winter storm.

How much would it cost to learn to stand on your head?

Jan 5, 2018

We have almost made it through the first week of the new year, which means most resolutions have already kicked into gear. David Cooper from New York was among the listeners who shared their resolutions with us. Cooper said that his New Year’s resolution is “learn how to stand on my head via yoga.” We decided to figure out what that resolution might cost him.

U.S. employers add 148,000 jobs, unemployment rate stays at 4.1 percent

Jan 5, 2018

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U.S. employers added 148,000 jobs in December, a modest gain but still enough to suggest that the economy entered the new year with solid momentum.

The unemployment rate remained 4.1 percent for a third straight month, the lowest level since 2000, the Labor Department said Friday.

Hospitals across the country are seeing a sharp spike in the number of hospitalizations this flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It seems the strain of the virus that’s circulating is particularly vicious. That means higher costs for patients – and headaches for hospitals.

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The latest unemployment number for December comes out today (Friday, Jan. 5th). With the ranks of the unemployed declining in 2017, it’s getting harder for employers to add jobs and find qualified candidates to fill them. So some employers are starting to settle for candidates they might have overlooked in the past. Maybe employers are willing to settle for employees who don’t have all the skills they need and require training. Or maybe they’re willing to hire people without doing a rigorous background check.

(U.S. Edition) More than 200,000 jobs were added to the economy in both October and November, but that streak might not continue in 2018. On today's show, we'll discuss what job growth might look like in the upcoming year. Afterwards, we'll look at the the high costs of flu care as hospitals across the country see a spike in the number of flu hospitalizations, and then examine why the skills that workers pick up in retail might not translate to fulfillment centers.

In an office park in Burlington, New Jersey, there’s a warehouse operated by Radial, a firm that packs online orders — in this case, cosmetics — for retailers.

It’s a big building, about the size of seven football fields. And on the day I visited, it was busy, with more than a hundred workers grabbing products from plastic bins, packing them into boxes and sliding them onto conveyor belts to be shipped. 

I went to the fulfillment center to ask those workers a question: Where did you work before this?

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service ... For years, stock exchanges around the world have been jockeying to attract the potential public stock market debut of Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company Aramco. Today, a key legal hurdle was passed, inching the estimated $100 billion listing, expected to be the biggest in history, closer to a reality. Afterwards: we're only five days into 2018 and yet markets around the world, from Tokyo to London to New York, are hitting record highs. What’s behind the rally, and can it last?

01/05/2018: How does a tech accelerator work?

Jan 5, 2018

In the world of startups, getting venture capital funding isn't exactly easy. It's sort of a business of who-knows-whom. And getting in front of investors can be key. Enter the accelerator. These are for-profit business incubators that invest in groups of startups, give them advice and mentoring, and connect them with other investors. One of the biggest tech accelerators is Y Combinator. It has funded companies including Airbnb, Instacart and Dropbox. Marketplace Tech host Amy Scott talks with Michael Seibel, who leads Y Combinator's accelerator program.

Bomb cyclone. Weather bomb. Snow bomb.

What’s with all the weapons analogies for the storm dumping snow on the East Coast today? 

The bomb references may seem to have popped up out of nowhere this week, but the word has actually been used to describe powerful, rapidly intensifying winter storms for decades. 

S02-6: Who's regulating whom?

Jan 4, 2018

The U.S. Constitution doesn't mention corporations once. But if you want to talk about federal regulations, you have to talk about private enterprise, too. They're yin and yang, intertwined over centuries, locked in an eternal struggle. This week, we're tracing that history back to the 13 colonies, when corporations helped to create the basic framework of our democracy. And we hear how railroad companies, the country's first big homegrown corporations, regulated the people before the people regulated them.

The Tide is High

Jan 4, 2018

The damage inflicted on the United States by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria will likely make the 2017 hurricane season the costliest in our history. But what is the government doing to prepare for the storms yet to come? In this hour, Reveal goes to Texas, Louisiana and Puerto Rico to investigate the government policies that let people build in harm's way, make it difficult to move them to safety and fail to accurately tally the dead.

More than three months after Hurricanes Maria and Irma slammed their island, over a million Puerto Ricans are still without reliable power. But one recent day, Rosa López and José Quiñones finally left those ranks.

Congressional leaders met Wednesday with White House officials to explore the possibility of a legislative solution that would give lasting legal status to people currently benefiting from DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 

Both Republicans and Democrats have expressed a desire to bring DACA recipients — typically, undocumented migrants who were brought to the US as children, then grew up here — into the fold. But with a president who rode into office using anti-immigrant rhetoric, it’s unclear what kind of concessions might be made.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday moved to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off California for the first time in more than three decades.

The new five-year drilling plan also could open new areas of oil and gas exploration in areas off the East Coast from Georgia to Maine, where drilling has been blocked for decades. Many lawmakers in those states support offshore drilling, though the Democratic governors of North Carolina and Virginia oppose drilling off their coasts.

Well, it was great while it lasted. And boy did it last. The U.S. auto industry enjoyed a record, seven-year run of new car sales on top of sales. But in 2017, the party seemed to end. The key word here is “seemed.” Yes, sales did fall off by 1.8 percent. But in a number of ways the auto industry is still awfully healthy.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions today rescinded an Obama-era policy that helped legal marijuana thrive in parts of the United States. Sessions, a longtime critic of marijuana legalization, says it causes spikes in violence and crime. He has likened marijuana to heroin. What Sessions repealed today is known as the “Cole memo.” It discouraged federal prosecutors from bringing marijuana-related charges in states where the drug is legal. How will the change in policy affect the multibillion-dollar marijuana industry?

Spectre? Meltdown? The security flaws found in CPU chips this week sound pretty bad, and it's true that they affect basically all computing we do. We're kicking off today's show with everything you need to know, and how Intel and other tech giants can avoid these vulnerabilities in the future. Then: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama-era policy that helped legal marijuana thrive in parts of the United States. We'll look at what the order could mean for the nascent multibillion-dollar industry.

Oil is king in Iran's economy. 

So when unrest broke out in recent days in the country's key western oil-producing areas — including Khuzestan province — it sent a deep shudder through the Iranian regime. More than 80 percent of Iran's oil and gas reserves originate in Khuzestan.

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