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In conjunction with Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Money, this trio of financial programming covers listeners from wallet to Wall Street.

A possible strategy change for the financially strapped United States Postal Service.

The USPS is in some trouble, as you may have heard. Billions in deficits every year more billions in pension liabilities.

The Finnish post office is in the red, too, and has a plan. Posti, as the Finnish postal service is called, will start mowing customers' lawns starting next month.

Joining us to talk about the week's business and economic news are Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post and John Carney of the Wall Street Journal. The big topics this week: interest rates, global markets and China's slowing economy.

The Lowline experiments with natural sunlight underground

16 hours ago
Lizzie O'Leary and Bruce Johnson

Part-public park, part-mad scientist experiment, The Lowline in the Lower East Side of New York City hopes to bring natural sunlight and gardens indoors and underground. Using mirrors, lenses and aluminum in a formerly abandoned building, co-founders James Ramsey and Dan Barasch Dan hope to turn their 1,000-square foot experiment into a 60,000-square foot public park and garden open to the public.

You can read more about the park's plans at their website:

California makes an expensive primary appearance

17 hours ago
Sabri Ben-Achour

To the many unexpected things in this presidential campaign cycle, add California.

“This is the first time a California presidential primary will make a definitive difference since the 1972 Democratic primary,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.

Usually, by now, the winners of the national primaries are pretty much figured out and they can just snooze through California's June primary. But on the Republican side especially, things aren't quite figured out. That means the state's 172 GOP delegates have suddenly become very important.

Marketplace for Friday, April 29, 2016

17 hours ago
Marketplace staff

Unpacking this week's business and economic news with the Weekly Wrap; the cost of California's impact on this election cycle; and introducing The Uncertain Hour, a podcast from the Marketplace Wealth & Poverty Desk that looks at the impact welfare reform 20 years after changes took place.

The taxpayer-funded pop album all about welfare

17 hours ago
Marketplace staff

President Bill Clinton signed welfare reform — officially known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act — into law 20 years ago this summer.

It was one of Clinton's key campaign promises, and it's still seen as one of his big domestic policy achievements. But with two decades of hindsight, what effect has welfare reform actually had? What do we really know about it?

Rovi buys TiVo for $1.1 billion

18 hours ago
Adrienne Hill

There was a time, not that long ago, when TiVo was so cutting edge that it was a verb. As in: "I TiVo'd the Janet Jackson Super Bowl halftime show." 

"It's remarkable how quickly the TV upstart, TiVo, is now no longer relevant," said James McQuivey, a media analyst at Forrester Research. "And, it's simply because television is being rethought."

Marketplace Weekend Staff

In the wake of Prince's death, the people handling his estate realized that the star didn't leave behind a will, meaning that there are lots of questions still to be answered about Prince's back catalog and his assets. 

That inspired us to ask our listeners: what experiences have you had with wills? Do you have a will? Why, or why not? What will you leave behind? What questions do you have about wills? 

We want to know what you think? 

Marketplace Weekend for Friday, April 29, 2016

20 hours ago
Karen Clark, Caitlin Esch and Gina Delvac

On this week's episode, Newsweek's Zoë Schlanger and Marketplace's Adriene Hill go long and short on the news of the week. We hear from listeners about what paid family leave means for them, and author David Wheelan discusses his book, Naked Money. Lizzie and Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson explore Manhattan's forthcoming Lowline park, and we preview the new podcast The Uncertain Hour. 

The Conversation: Paid family leave

20 hours ago
Eliza Mills

Every week, we ask our listeners questions about how economic and financial issues are impacting them in their everyday lives. Last week, we asked you what paid family leave means for you, and whether you think it should be provided by the government.

We heard back from a wide variety of people. Some wrote to us to say they think paid family leave should be determined by employers and employees – not funded at all by state or federal taxes, and not mandated by the government.