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Actuality explores the inner workings of the new global economy. Brought to you by Marketplace® and Quartz, it’s a podcast that combines the best of our economic smarts. Hosts Sabri Ben-Achour and Tim Fernholz find the interesting in the important and the important in the interesting—and define the issues shaping our daily experience in the global economy. In Season Two, we explore the impossible, with: they said it couldn’t be done. From creating a perfect algorithm to a perfect workforce, we reveal the surprising answers to puzzles that once seemed impossible to solve. Join us for new episodes every other week when in season. Produced by American Public Media’s Marketplace and Atlantic Media’s Quartz. Twitter: @ActualityPod

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Actuality explores the inner workings of the new global economy. Brought to you by Marketplace® and Quartz, it’s a podcast that combines the best of our economic smarts. Hosts Sabri Ben-Achour and Tim Fernholz find the interesting in the important and the important in the interesting—and define the issues shaping our daily experience in the global economy. In Season Two, we explore the impossible, with: they said it couldn’t be done. From creating a perfect algorithm to a perfect workforce, we reveal the surprising answers to puzzles that once seemed impossible to solve. Join us for new episodes every other week when in season. Produced by American Public Media’s Marketplace and Atlantic Media’s Quartz. Twitter: @ActualityPod

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fabulously informative

By MajidH - Aug 20 2016
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This is a great show. Interesting topics discussed with humor and good info

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By Debate is fun. - Mar 20 2016
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Please denote the podcast's length and description….otherwise well done.

iTunes Ratings

59 Ratings
Average Ratings
45
7
2
2
3

fabulously informative

By MajidH - Aug 20 2016
Read more
This is a great show. Interesting topics discussed with humor and good info

Time and Description

By Debate is fun. - Mar 20 2016
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Please denote the podcast's length and description….otherwise well done.

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Actuality

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Actuality explores the inner workings of the new global economy. Brought to you by Marketplace® and Quartz, it’s a podcast that combines the best of our economic smarts. Hosts Sabri Ben-Achour and Tim Fernholz find the interesting in the important and the important in the interesting—and define the issues shaping our daily experience in the global economy. In Season Two, we explore the impossible, with: they said it couldn’t be done. From creating a perfect algorithm to a perfect workforce, we reveal the surprising answers to puzzles that once seemed impossible to solve. Join us for new episodes every other week when in season. Produced by American Public Media’s Marketplace and Atlantic Media’s Quartz. Twitter: @ActualityPod

Rank #1: Fear Fast Fashion

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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.

Nov 27 2015

20mins

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Rank #2: Robot Tastemakers

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They said it couldn't be done: Teaching robots good taste. "Actuality" visits Spotify, where algorithms tell 75 million users what to listen to. Then, Tim and Sabri talk with a world-touring musician and a critic to see if this trend will save the arts — or doom them."Actuality" is brought to you by Marketplace and Quartz. It explores the inner workings of the new global economy, combining the best of our economic smarts. Subscribe to the bi-weekly podcast on iTunes or your favorite audio app.

Mar 23 2016

24mins

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Rank #3: Grin and Bear It

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This week, Actuality pretends we’re happy! We talk about people paid to put a smile on, and the toll that emotional labor takes. Plus, a rogue banker reappears after 35 years on the lam.

Nov 13 2015

23mins

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Rank #4: Big Broccoli

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This week, Actuality bites into Monsanto's plans for a new, super-healthy breed of broccoli and what it means for our food supply—but the unexpected consequences may have more to do with the DOJ than GMOs. Plus, the Blob invades the Pacific.

Sep 18 2015

26mins

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Rank #5: The Devil Wears Nada

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This week, Actuality slips on metallic jeggings to examine the dubious record of former American Apparel CEO Dov Charney, how jerk bosses thwart business success, and why women get tasked to clean up the mess. Plus, the best time to buy German erotica.

Jun 26 2015

19mins

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Rank #6: Space Internet

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They said it couldn't be done: Internet in space. The dream of a totally connected world is still out of reach. Companies like OneWeb and SpaceX think a global swarm of satellites is the answer. The idea failed before — does it stand a chance today?

Apr 07 2016

19mins

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Rank #7: Cuba Libre

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This week, Actuality goes to Cuba. We'll hear how the U.S. decision to re-open relations is affecting the island nation — in its music, its growing private sector and its underground internet. Plus, a virtual visit to a coral reef.

Jun 12 2015

16mins

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Rank #8: Monsnoozin’

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This week, Actuality stays up past our bedtime to meet a man who slept just 4.5 hours a night for an entire year — and thrived. Then, we get soaked by the world's most economically important weather phenomenon. Plus, a Kazakh sleeping mystery.

Jul 24 2015

20mins

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Rank #9: GMOsquitoes

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This week, Actuality scratches that itch with a trip to Key West, Florida, where the only prescription for an outbreak of dengue fever may be genetically altered mosquitoes. Plus, battling giant robots from the U.S. and Japan disappoint Marketplace's Sabri Ben-Achour.

Jul 10 2015

21mins

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Rank #10: What's a deadline?

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This week, Actuality is mostly AWOL, but we bring news of next week's very special end-of-year episode.

Dec 12 2015

1min

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