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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.

Marketplace Tech for Friday, September 30, 2016

9 hours ago

On today's show, we'll interview Volvo America CEO Lex Kerssemakers about the company's plans for semi-autonomous vehicles. Plus, we'll play this week's Silicon Tally with Michael Bellavia, an Emmy Award-winning video producer who heads the digital agency HelpsGood.


On today's show, we'll talk about Deutsche Bank's declining stock prices; reports of high consumer confidence; and how the migration of Puerto Ricans to Kissimmee, Florida is changing the community.  

Full interview: Volvo America CEO on driverless cars

10 hours ago
Molly Wood and Stephanie Hughes

Volvo is going all-in on self-driving cars.  The company has already announced its Vision 2020 plan, saying no one will be seriously hurt or killed in a Volvo by 2020. Yesterday in Detroit, Volvo announced that anyone will be able to buy a self-driving Volvo in five years. The company expects autonomous driving will be a $10,000  option on its cars by then. 

We spoke with Lex Kerssemakers, the CEO of Volvo North America, about the projected timeline for driverless car technology, and about Volvo's collaboration with Uber. 

Natalie Moore

Jordan Buckner grew up on the South Side of Chicago and is creator of Tea Squares, puffed millet-filled bites with raw almonds or pumpkin seeds infused with organic tea powder.

“For me it was important that we actually eat a lot healthier than eating the normal chips and candy that we often eat to kind of get through our day,” Buckner said.

Buckner is one of 35 small South Side businesses featured in a new Whole Foods Englewood store that opened this week.

Did Trump break the Cuba embargo?

21 hours ago
Donna Tam

Donald Trump’s company broke the U.S.-Cuba embargo in 1998 by sending consultants to the island to research a business venture, Newsweek reported today.

Viacom and CBS — a media re-merger?

22 hours ago
Mitchell Hartman

National Amusements, the media conglomerate controlled by the Redstone family, has publicly asked the boards of CBS and Viacom to consider a merger. Both companies are owned by National Amusements; they have separate boards, managements and stocks.

The suggestion comes as Shari Redstone, the daughter of Sumner Redstone, consolidates control over the media empire created by her now-ailing father, who is 93. 

FCC delays voting on set top boxes

22 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal

American cable television watchers have to wait a bit longer to unload the burden of their set top boxes.

The Federal Communications Commission was supposed to vote today on a proposal allowing cable subscribers to access TV through a free app, much like other media content. Minutes before the meeting, however, they removed the vote from the agenda. 

Alex King

After two years of some of the worst fires and smoke the Northwest has ever seen, this year Washington state’s Methow Valley got a break. But even without fires this summer, dozens of businesses didn’t make it through. And the fires still throw a long shadow.  

Sprinklers click, click on green pastures at Chuck Kisner's cattle ranch outside of Twisp.

Kisner says he spent years building up this operation. Then, in 2014, came the Carlton Complex fire.

Policing the streets with military hardware

23 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal

After Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson Missouri in 2014, police officers and law enforcement patrolled the streets, but often looking more like soldiers than cops. They are wearing military gear, driving military vehicles, and sometimes using military-grade weapons. The idea of the increasing militarization of American police departments is the subject of a new documentary called “Do Not Resist.” Its Director, Craig Atkinson, talked to host Kai Ryssdal about his film.

On the inspiration for this film:

Wells Fargo CEO grilled by angry House committee

Sep 29, 2016
Lane Wallace

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf faced hours of scathing questions from members of the House Financial Services Committee Thursday in a hearing about the bank’s use of sales quotas and history of opening unauthorized accounts. In an attempt to keep up with rigorous sales goals set by senior management, thousands of Wells Fargo employees opened as many as two million bank accounts or lines of credit without customers’ permission, over many years.