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Viewmaster goes VR

22 hours ago
Molly Wood

This Black Friday, everything old is new again.

Remember the Mattel Viewmaster from your childhood?

You'd put those round little picture reels in it, and click through to see 3-D images of animals and the pyramids in Egypt and all sorts of cool places and things. It debuted in 1939, at the World's Fair, and you could argue it was kind of a very early virtual reality viewer.

Molly Wood

Joining us to talk about the week's business and economic news are Catherine Rampell from the Washington Post and Felix Salmon from Fusion. The big topic this week: what's the state of Black Friday in 2015, and should retailers be concerned? Plus, we look at Pfizer's latest attempt at a corporate inversion.

Sunday nights aren't what they used to be

23 hours ago
Beth Teitell

Until now, Sunday had held its own in our shifting world. Never mind that Thursday has been declared the new Friday, and Cyber Monday is the new Black Friday, and Christmas starts in October, and TV shows premiere in summer and schools begin in August.

Sunday night was Sunday night. Only the doctors and drug dealers were on call. But now we’re all on duty all the time, and that includes Sunday night—which has turned into the new Monday morning.

D Gorenstein

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 86 million American adults have prediabetes, and of those, as many as a third will become diabetics within five years.

Beginning January 1, 2015, virtually all private insurers must cover services — with no copay — that help people with elevated blood sugar levels change their diets and increase their physical activity.

Health officials hope the change in coverage will drive down diabetes rates.

New law updates guidelines for space industry

Nov 27, 2015
Molly Wood and Kim Adams

Before heading off for Europe this week for climate change talks, President Obama signed a several bills into law.

Marketplace for Friday, November 27, 2015

Nov 27, 2015

The month or so between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is huge for charities. But when you make a year-end donations, you could be contributing personal information to marketers too. Plus, new guidelines for the commercial space industry and LAX's new terminal for the rich and famous.

Data sharing generates revenue for some charities

Nov 27, 2015
Annie Baxter

Americans making their year-end contributions to charities might be surprised to learn their information might be shared, especially if they're small-time contributors.

“It's going to cost a lot of money to kind of move you through the funnel to be a more high-end, committed donor,” said Sandra Miniutti with the watchdog group Charity Navigator. “So a quick way for them to generate some additional revenue off of you is to sell your personal information.”

Noel King

The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will soon have a new terminal, but it's not for regular folks. It's for celebrities, diplomats and wealthy travelers who are willing to spend bucks for their own lounge, security lines and the ability to avoid the rest of the flying public.

We thought travelers might find this unfair, but a quick trip out to LAX proved us wrong. Most people said they were fine with it, as long as it wasn't being built with their tax dollars.

Millennials don't take a gamble

Nov 27, 2015
Noel King

On today's show, retailers attempt to keep up with our online ordering habits; why millennials don't like to gamble; and we have a profile of a Congolese surgeon who had to wait six years to receive asylum in the U.S.

Fear Fast Fashion

Nov 26, 2015
Sabri Ben-Achour and Tim Fernholz

This week, Actuality slips into some fast fashion and learns how it pushes your brain's buttons to make you buy. But the trick means hiding the true cost of the clothes — including some surprisingly bad news for the environment. Plus, bitter cats.