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China's bumpy path toward market reform

13 hours ago

On today's show, we'll talk about China's reforms aimed at giving markets more say in its domestic economy; new labeling requirements from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for packages of steak; and end-of-life care for your pets.

Todd Bookman

Paul Rozin has seen lots of dogs come and go during his 79 years. Suki, you get the sense, wouldn’t make his Hall of Fame.

“Among the dogs I’ve had,” Rozin said, “I would say she’s less than average in intelligence.”

But it seems what she lacks in brains, the shaggy white Cairn terrier more than makes up for in loyalty.

“She’s been a good companion and she’s surprisingly young. I mean, if you look at her, you wouldn’t think she was 15 years old. She’s pretty active,” he said.

Grilling beef today? Read this.

16 hours ago
Kim Adams

There are new labeling requirements from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that might show up on your package of steak. Producers now have to give you a heads up if your meat has been “mechanically tenderized.”

Meat producers know people like their meat tender, and so sometimes, they tenderize it for you. Tiny needles or blades pierce the meat so it is more tender after cooking.

Jessica Placzek

One sign of the tech boom: If you could code and had a pulse, you had a job. That’s changed, said Steven Bryan, an IT specialist who is unemployed.

“I actually never went looking for a job. Normally when something would disappear another door would open up,” Bryan said.

Bryan was at the NOVA Job Center in Sunnyvale, California. It provides career advice mostly to tech workers.

“The hiring itself has slowed down,” said Kris Stadelman, director of NOVA. But she adds that we ought to put that slowdown in perspective.

Another summer without a summer vacation

16 hours ago
Reema Khrais

You could say the United States is one vacation-challenged nation.

Only 44 percent of Americans say they will take a break this summer, according to a new survey by

“I think that it’s further proof that Americans are just very debt-adverse still, even though we’re past the Great Recession,” said Matt Schulz, an analyst with the website.

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, May 30, 2016

16 hours ago

On today's show, we'll talk about an auction next month for more than 24,000 Bitcoins; a new survey that reveals less than half of Americans plan to take a vacation this summer; and why Silicon Valley's slowdown is just "frothy" — not the sign of a bubble bust.

Marketplace Tech for Monday, May 30, 2016

16 hours ago

On today's show, we'll talk about the nonprofit VetTechTrek, a startup that helps veterans acquire jobs at tech companies; a Silicon Valley slowdown after last year's tech boom; and how social media is becoming the news outlet of choice for an increasing amount of Americans. 

That Trump vs. Sanders debate is already off

May 27, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

I called it a political fever dream yesterday — the idea that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders were eventually gonna wind up on a debate stage.

What do ya know? I was right.

Here's the press release out of the Trump camp today:

Social media censorship from around the world

May 27, 2016
Donna Tam

The Vietnamese government blocked its citizens from accessing Facebook this week during President Barack Obama’s visit to the country. The reason? The country wanted to quiet human rights activists, according to Reuters.

Marketplace Weekend Staff

It's wedding season, and this time of year can be pretty costly. Not just for all the people out there getting married (and their parents), but for their guests, who are shelling out a lot of cash on travel, outfits and gifts. 

We want to talk about how some of that money gets spent. For those of you who have already gotten married, tell us about some of the gifts you asked for and why. What was on your registry? What did people end up giving you? Did you feel comfortable asking for presents? Which gift do you still use? What's the most unusual thing someone gave you?