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Airing on Thursday, September 17, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about GM's settlement with the U.S. government; a drop in foreclosures for August; and the surprising amount of confidence investors have in the stock market.

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sep 17, 2015

Airing on Thursday, September 17, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Comcast's plan to expand its coverage to businesses; banks exploring the block chain; and Farhad Manjoo stops by to talk about mobile ad blocking in iOS 9.

Saving seniors hope for higher interest rates

Sep 17, 2015
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

Update: The Federal Reserve announced Thursday it will keep its interest rate target near zero.

Whenever a long-awaited increase happens, it will make some folks very happy: savers.

Altice has a vision for Cablevision

Sep 16, 2015
Marketplace staff

$17.7 billion

That's how much Altice, a European juggernaut in telecommunications, will pay for U.S. cable company Cablevision. It's part of an effort by the European company to expand into the American markets. As the New York Times reports, this latest move will put it just behind several major U.S. companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable.


Marketplace for Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sep 16, 2015

Knock, knock. Who's there? Inflation. Inflation who? Aren't you glad I didn't say interest rates again? Seriously, folks, we're looking at the good ride borrowers have had; the wages-poverty relationship; and the economics of live political debates.

Keeping medical IV’s safe

Sep 16, 2015
Lauren Silverman

As our devices get smarter, they also are at risk of more sophisticated cyber security attacks.

Think about the cars connected to the internet that make tracking trips and monitoring teen drivers easier. On one hand, they help make our lives easier, but now shutting the motor down with a few keystrokes is no longer science fiction.

Cars aren't the only machines to showcase the opportunities and risks of wireless. Medical devices are increasingly connected as well. Which means they're also increasingly vulnerable.

Kim Adams

Wednesday is the first day of the two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee. And Thursday, we'll know if the central bank will raise interest rates, which have been near zero since the financial crisis.

This guy implanted a computer chip in his hand ...

Sep 16, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios

GrindFest is a gathering of people who enjoy experimenting with electronic modifications to the human body —they are biohackers, or grinders. Dylan Matthews, a senior correspondent at was there and participated; he had a microchip implanted in his left hand.

On why he had a computer chip implanted in his hand: 

Networks cash in on debates

Sep 16, 2015
Sabri Ben-Achour

 It’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times. If you’re a cable or tv news network. 

Fox News’ Republican debate last month, with 24 million viewers, was the ninth-most-viewed cable program. Ever. The other eight were college football games. 

CNN is now staring a windfall in the face as it expects a record-breaking number of people to tune in for its debate.  

“This is going to be huge for CNN,” says Billie Gold, vice president and director of programming research at Dentsu Aegis. 

The Banker's Almanac: A guide to interest rates

Sep 16, 2015
Sam Weiner and Bridget Bodnar

The audio version of this story will be added shortly.

Comedian Sam Weiner is tired of waiting for the Federal Reserve to finally raise interest rates. So he's turned to the Banker's Almanac.

Will the Fed raise interest rates? For the answer, we can turn to our old friend, the Banker's Almanac.

Like the Farmer's Almanac, the Banker's version provides valuable predictions based on top-secret meteorological data and homespun claptrap.

Federal poverty measure unchanged from last year

Sep 16, 2015
Noel King

More than 46.5 million Americans are living below the poverty line, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Wednesday. The poverty rate held steady at 14.8%, and median income remained flat, a sign, economists say, that wages are not rising. Even those who have had a pay bump find themselves squeezed. 

Homeowners, techies will be sad when Fed raises rates

Sep 16, 2015
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

The Federal Reserve has started its big, two-day meeting, and on Thursday will make its latest announcement on interest rates.

With rates near zero for so many years, who's benefited? Basically, it’s been borrowers. 

We’re talking about people like 36-year-old Drew Wood of Minneapolis and his wife, Vanessa. They  have two kids, a Boston terrier and a very low interest rate on their mortgage.

“It was like, basically December 2012 that we bought this house — that was when we closed at 3.125 percent,” he says.

PODCAST: The hype surrounding the Fed

Sep 16, 2015
Molly Wood

On today's show, we'll talk about a possible merger between the two largest beer companies in the world; if Wednesday's Fed meeting will be more hype than action; and why everything about the U.S. military uniform is American made ... except for the shoes.

Airing on Wednesday, September 16, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about a possible merger between the world's two largest beer brewers; the outlook for FedEx; and a reshaping of how Fannie Mae looks at mortgages.

All in the family: the new mortgage math

Sep 16, 2015
Noel King

Fannie Mae is making changes to a mortgage product for middle- and low-income earners in order to better reflect the way many folks live now: with working parents, children or roommates who may not be the main mortgage borrower, but who pitch in money for rent, groceries and utilities.

Like 27-year-old Kristin Bjornsen. She is college-educated and works two jobs: as an editorial designer for a newspaper chain and a legal assistant. Despite the two jobs, she lives with her mom in Fort Lauderdale, in part, because her mom needed help paying the mortgage.