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Men responsible for your office chills

11 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal

The newspaper of record explains why women are more often cold in office buildings than men are.

BloomNation is changing the way we send flowers

11 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal and Mukta Mohan

Have you ever used a flower wire service like 1-800-FLOWERS, Teleflora or FTD and had flowers arrive late, with the wrong message, or look nothing like the picture? Until just a few years ago, your only options for purchasing flower arrangements were wire services, or going to a local florist.

AT&T's new bundle could shake things up

11 hours ago
Mark Garrison

We’re getting a look at what AT&T plans to do with DirecTV after buying it for $48.5 billion. Monday, AT&T announced its plan to bundle TV and mobile phone service into a package with an introductory rate of $200 a month. It’s a bundle that’s different from existing ones.

“The new AT&T bundle is unique in that it’s a nationwide bundle,” says Brett Sappington, director of research at Parks Associates, a consulting firm that focuses on digital technology.

What if Medicare could bargain over drug prices?

11 hours ago
Kim Adams

The government health care programs Medicare and Medicaid turned 50 this year. But, more recently, back in 2003, the feds expanded Medicare to include a prescription drug benefit. The law establishing that benefit specifically prevented Medicare from directly negotiating the prices for those drugs, which some say translates to higher costs for the program. The Obama administration and some members of Congress want to change that, but— not surprisingly, drug companies say things are just fine as they are.

Mixed martial arts star gives fans quick thrill

11 hours ago
Annie Baxter

Fans of mixed martial arts, or MMA,  might've missed a phenomenal fight this past weekend, if they'd blinked. Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, an American, knocked out Brazilian challenger Bethe Correia in the first 34 seconds of their bout  in Rio de Janeiro.

“I turned around to her after I knocked her out and I said, ‘Don’t cry,’” Rousey said at a press conference following the fight.

Marketplace for Monday, August 3, 2015

11 hours ago

The word of the day today? De-carbonization. Look it up if you don't believe us. And, AT&T and DirecTV's recently announced TV and mobile phone service bundle could change the way cable companies do business. 

Scott Tong

The President rolled out Monday the much-anticipated centerpiece to his climate change plan. It envisions an overhaul in power plants, what they burn, and the broader electricity system. It's ambitious. But to people in and around the power sector, this revolution is already well underway. Not because of the Environmental Protection Agency, but the market. 

As recently as 2012, Michael Liebreich, chairman and founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, had a blurry vision of a clean energy future. Today, it's in auto-focus.

Egg prices are up, but chicken breast is not

13 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal

The avian influenza that's been doing great damage to chicken and egg farms in parts of the U.S. has changed the economics of animal-based protein a bit. The price of eggs almost doubled from May to June, and has made them more expensive than chicken breasts for the first time on record.

Ed Fryar is CEO of Ozark Mountain Poultry in Rogers, Arkansas. He raises and sells chicken meat. 

"Business is still doing well," says Fryar. "It's not as good as it was earlier in the year, but we are still making money."

Don't blame millennials for their financial woes

15 hours ago
Janet Nguyen

Despite attaining higher education levels than previous generations, millennials are earning significantly less money, according to the New York Times — and the future looks bleak.

PODCAST: Electric car pollution

21 hours ago
Molly Wood

On today's show, we'll talk about the new consumer spending numbers out for June — they were the lowest they've been in four months. Plus, for some years now driving an electric car has been viewed by many as the ultimate badge of environmental consciousness. Yet, a growing body of research now suggests that electric cars might actually produce more pollution than a comparable gasoline-powered car.