Marketplace

Marketplace

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Hosted by Kai Ryssdal, our flagship program is all about providing context on the economic news of the day. Through stories, conversations and newsworthy numbers, we help listeners understand the economic world around them.


Holiday hiring hustle and bustle
Nov 15 • 25 min
Holiday shopping season is upon us, and many retailers are rushing to hire seasonal workers. Today, we look at how companies decide how much extra help they need and what happens when they get it wrong. Plus, what you need to know about the Trump…
A year after the Camp Fire, life is still on hold
Nov 14 • 27 min
Last November’s Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. Given the massive scale of what was lost, there are thousands of survivors who still need serious financial help to put their lives back together. But getting…
Today’s *other* big Congressional testimony
Nov 14 • 28 min
While you were busy watching the impeachment hearings, Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell was testifying before Congress with a warning: While a Recession is less likely now than it was earlier in the year, current fiscal policy and national debt isn’t…
Are states ready for a recession?
Nov 12 • 25 min
The unemployment rate is at near-record lows, but if that changes, it will mostly fall to states to pay unemployment benefits. That’s what happened in the Great Recession, but many states had to borrow to make up the gap. Plus: What you need to know about…
Rebuilding Paradise
Nov 11 • 25 min
The town of Paradise, California, is still trying to recover from the deadly and destructive Camp Fire that broke out in November 2018, killing 85 people and destroying more than 13,000 homes. In the days and weeks after the fire, residents were worried…
WeWork-ers are trying to organize without a union
Nov 8 • 28 min
Former WeWork head Adam Neumann walked away with a $1.7 billion payout when he was forced out of the company. Now, ahead of the planned layoffs of thousands of workers, WeWork employees are organizing to make demands of management. It’s not the only…
The recession that wasn’t (yet)
Nov 7 • 27 min
The risk of a possible recession appears to have died down. So what happened? And are regular business owners and consumers feeling any better about the economy? We look into it. Then, what you need to know about Xerox’s offer to acquire HP and other cash…
Working hard or hardly working?
Nov 6 • 27 min
Productivity was down 0.3% last quarter, which isn’t a seismic change, but it’s part of a downward trend. Americans are working hard, so why are they working in the slow lane? We look into it. Plus: how climate change is affecting the wine industry, why a…
Feeling the trade war on the farm
Nov 5 • 25 min
We’re taking the macro and micro angles on the trade war today. First, looking at the factors that caused the U.S. trade deficit to fall more than 4% to $52.5 billion. Then zooming in to look at how farmers in Montana are stinging from the hit on their…
‘Tis the season (for open enrollment)
Nov 4 • 25 min
Halloween’s over, so you know what that means … it’s open enrollment! And this year, the marketplace has more “skinny” health care plans. But one person’s cheap, streamlined coverage package is another person’s “crappy insurance.” Plus: Why the government…
Deadspin’s death spiral
Nov 1 • 27 min
Once upon a time, Deadspin was a go-to website for sports, culture and news. Then a private equity company bought it. After being told to “stick to sports,” staff protested by quitting en masse. The disaster says a lot about what happens when private…
Segregation’s legacy lingers
Oct 31 • 27 min
Chrishelle Palay never expected to be living in Kashmere Gardens, a historically black neighborhood in Houston that’s still struggling with the legacy of segregation and neglect. Then her great-aunt died and left her house to the family. On today’s…
What we buy — and why
Oct 30 • 27 min
Retail may be changing, but so are consumers. That’s why we’re launching “How We Shop,” a new series looking at how, what and why we buy. To kick it off, we follow a shopper who takes frugality to the next level. Plus: The streaming wars carry on, and the…
Who’s setting expectations on Wall Street?
Oct 29 • 25 min
Every earnings season, when companies announce how well a quarter went for them, you’ll see a pretty common headline: whether or not a given company beat or missed Wall Street’s expectations. But what exactly are “expectations,” and who makes them? Plus:…
Who pays for California’s wildfires?
Oct 28 • 25 min
The governor of California declared a state of emergency yesterday after wildfire forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate. Wildfire season across the entire western part of the country is becoming more intense and more expensive every year — the federal…
Shanghai’s mountain of trash
Oct 25 • 25 min
How does a city of 24 million do its recycling? Shanghai began requiring its households, companies and public institutions to sort recyclables out of the 33,000 tons of refuse they generate each day. On today’s show, we’ll look at how much progress…
Literal and figurative headwinds
Oct 24 • 26 min
The word “headwinds” showed up in no less than 18 companies’ quarterly earnings reports released today. So let’s talk about what that word, and “tailwinds” really means for companies. Plus: why the Boeing 737 Max is weighing down Southwest, and why…
Rural America is an internet desert
Oct 23 • 25 min
Many, many rural Americans lack access to affordable broadband internet access, and it’s a real drag on the economy. State and federal governments spend hundreds of millions every year to address the problem, but it’s not always clear where the money…
What those scam robocalls actually do
Oct 22 • 25 min
Have you received a Chinese-language robocall lately? Or a hundred of them? Federal authorities say these computer-generated scams, which began targeting American phone lines two years ago, are on the rise again. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to…
What does a “Thanks …” email mean??
Oct 21 • 25 min
Whether because they want to or because they need to, more Americans are working past 65 and even 75 years old, which means we now have the most age-diverse workforce we’ve ever had. There are four, sometimes even five distinct generations working side by…
Gas prices, explained
Oct 18 • 25 min
After a drone strike hit the Aramco oil facility in Saudi Arabia in September, the price for a barrel of oil surged by nearly 20%. You may have noticed a spike for gasoline, too. But what exactly determines the price for a gallon of gas? That’s our latest…
The GM strike could be almost over
Oct 17 • 25 min
United Auto Workers presidents from around the country are meeting in Detroit today to vote on a deal that could end the monthlong General Motors strike. But even if that vote passes, rank-and-file workers need to approve it, too. We bring you the latest.…
Inside an Amazon fulfillment center
Oct 16 • 25 min
Amazon’s massive warehouses have a reputation for being hard places to work. Today we’re taking a tour, and it’s not an exclusive or an investigation — Amazon wants the public to come in. We tell you why and what we saw. Plus: New discretionary spending…
How much can one school provide?
Oct 15 • 25 min
For years, Oyler School has been trying to provide for students’ basic needs in one of Cincinnati’s poorest neighborhoods. Now, leaders are looking outside the school and trying to improve the local job market. Plus: The International Monetary Fund…
How much can a school remake the neighborhood it’s in?
Oct 14 • 25 min
Cincinnati’s Oyler School serves one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Community leaders have used public and private money to add a food pantry, health clinics and more so students could focus on learning. Graduation rates have been steadily ticking…
The nest is full
Oct 11 • 26 min
According to Census Bureau data, about 37% of Californians age 18 to 34 still live with a parent. In more expensive parts of the state, that number is much higher. Today, we look at the factors making living at home the new normal for some young adults.…
What it’s like to be a foster parent during the opioid crisis
Oct 10 • 25 min
We talked a bit yesterday about West Virginia, which has the highest rate of children in foster care in the nation, thanks largely to the opioid crisis. Today, we’re continuing that story by looking at some of the challenges facing foster parents there.…
In West Virginia, the opioid crisis is straining the foster care system
Oct 9 • 27 min
As many American parents struggle with opioid addiction, the number of children put into foster care in the U.S. is steadily increasing. West Virginia has been hit particularly hard: 70% more children entered foster care there in six years, and most of…
What’s your data worth?
Oct 8 • 26 min
If a service is free, the saying goes, then you’re the product. Most of us have come to accept that when you’re using social media or a free email client, you’re giving up some data in exchange. But what if you got paid for giving up some of that…
Remember pensions?
Oct 7 • 26 min
General Electric will freeze pensions for 20,000 workers and offer pension buyouts to another 100,000 former employees. Today, we trace the decline of the once-common benefit. But first: We check in on the state of the trade war and the autoworkers’…