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Hosted by Kai Ryssdal, our leading business news radio program and podcast is about providing context on the economic news of the day. Through stories, conversations and newsworthy developments, we help listeners understand the economic world around them. Marketplace makes sense of the economy for everyone, no econ degree or finance background required. Marketplace doesn’t just report on the numbers, we take it deeper, adding context to what’s happening in the stock market and how macroeconomic policy can affect you and your business. Monday through Friday, our team speaks with a wide range of industry professionals– from small business owners to Fortune 500 CEOs, Marketplace breaks down complex topics related to business and the economy without industry jargon and over complicated explanations. 
Kai Ryssdal has led the program since 2005 and has hosted the program from China, the Middle East and dozens of cities across the United States. As a leading public media voice, Kai has been a trusted broadcaster for two decades and is the recipient of the DuPont-Columbia Award, a George Foster Peabody Award and an Emmy. Produced and distributed by American Public Media (APM) our popular business news podcasts are available worldwide on Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify, Stitcher, and RSS Feeds and any place else where you get your podcasts.
390 Episodes
China’s GDP rose 4.9% in the third quarter, driven in large part by a resurgence of consumer spending. Today, we’ll dig into China’s post-coronavirus economy. Plus: how the pandemic is changing pharmacies, the lithium rush and rising housing insecurity.
According to our Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, more than a quarter of Americans have recently moved or are considering moving, citing flexibility to work from anywhere and the need to be closer to family. On today’s show, we’ll look at what that moving means for the economy and whether the effects will stick. Plus: the latest consumer spending numbers, the racial wealth gap and what stockpiling does to the supply chain.
According to our latest poll with Edison Research, nearly half of Americans would find that bill at least somewhat difficult to cover. Today, we’re going to dive into more of our polling data, on household responsibilities and trust in government economic data. Plus, changes to Medicare and the problem with “optimism bias.”
The unemployment benefit system is complicated, even more so after the CARES Act. But there’s an acronym you might be seeing more and more, if you’ve been watching weekly jobless numbers: PEUC, or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. But what exactly is PEUC? We’ll explain. Plus, airline COVID testing and a deep dive into two important indicators: bank reserves and the Producer Price Index.
It has been nearly five years since China ended its one-child policy, but the number of births in the country last year was the lowest it’s been since 1961. On today’s show, we’ll look at why. Plus: Google without Chrome, voting rights lawsuits and Disney’s big restructuring.
Each year, it feels like Black Friday sales come earlier and earlier. And this year is no different — except it’s supply chain issues driving retailers to start their holiday sales before Halloween. We’ll talk about it. Plus: airline cash burn rates, pay adjustments for our new work-from-anywhere normal and one community battling a 30% unemployment rate.
Just when you thought the coronavirus relief bill negotiations couldn’t get any sillier, here we are. We’ll kick off today’s show talking about the state of play in Washington, D.C. Plus: IBM’s pivot to the cloud, Yelp’s attempts at fighting racism and why some businesses can’t seem to hire right now.
There are several companies racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine. But when one is ready, we’ll need a vast infrastructure of storage and labor to get it out. Today, we’ll look at the logistics of vaccination and what it will cost. Plus: workplace coronavirus testing, Zoom school substitutes and 5G. But first, how did the Biden campaign sell so many fly swatters so fast?
President Trump tried to restart negotiations for a piecemeal pandemic relief bill last night, after pulling the plug hours before. Still, all signs point to no additional aid before the election. On today’s show, we’ll look at what all this politicking costs individual Americans and the economy overall. Plus: holiday shopping in a pandemic, how your grocery stores work and why bad teeth can derail your career.
President Trump announced today that there’d be no additional coronavirus relief talks until after Election Day — he wants the Senate to focus on getting a new justice on the Supreme Court. Today, we’ll look at the needs of state and local governments and what Fed Chair Jerome Powell has to say about fiscal policy and recovery. Plus: the trade gap, campaign contributions and a hidden civil rights issue.
The uncertainty surrounding the health of the president and several members of Congress has implications for this COVID economy. Especially when it comes to the next round of stimulus and the future of the Paycheck Protection Program. Today, we’ll check in with some small businesses looking for clarity on PPP loan forgiveness. Plus: movie delays, college admissions and why the luxury watch business is booming right now.
The U.S. economy added a seasonally adjusted 661,000 jobs in September, and the unemployment rate dropped to 7.9%. That’s not bad news, but it’s not nearly as good as what we’ve seen in previous months. That means this is the hard part of coming back from the recession. We’ll talk about what that looks like. Plus: women leaving the labor force, H-1B visas and, oh yeah, Brexit. Remember that?
From coast to coast, unemployed workers and their families are facing an uncertain winter. On today’s show, what happens to a local economy when a major industry shuts down, and how furloughed workers are coping. Plus: the warehouse business, telehealth copays and the struggling bars in the pandemic.
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Recession alphabet soup


During last night’s presidential debate, you might (might!) have heard moderator Chris Wallace mention the distinction between a “V-shaped” and “K-shaped” economic recovery. On today’s show, we’ll look at what both letters symbolize. Plus: Massive layoffs at Disney parks, learning pods and taking back the streets in Los Angeles.
Millions of students are in college, but not at college, this fall. They’re living and taking classes 100% remotely, but plenty more are on campus for all in-person classes or a hybrid model. Today we’ll check in on how they’re doing, and look at schools that are suspending admissions to doctoral programs for the next academic year. Plus: consumer spending, the flower business and Amtrak.
That’s how one expert described what’s happening to airlines right now. Armageddon. On today’s show, we’ll look ahead to Thursday, when carrier’s bailout terms allow them to cut tens of thousands of jobs. But first, a conversation about race and the economy with Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic. Plus: grocery store algorithms, chip wars and murder mysteries.
At the United Nations General Assembly this week, China, which is the world’s largest polluter, pledged to become carbon neutral by 2060. Today, we’ll look at how that might work. Plus: California’s gas ban, piped-in crowd noise in sports and the history of voter suppression in the United States.
You might feel adrift in the pandemic and its resulting recession, but not more than the 300,000 commercial ship workers who are stranded at sea right now. On today’s show, we’ll look at their situation. Plus: free speech online, socially distanced Fashion Week and Hollywood’s comeback.
Florida voters said formerly incarcerated people should be able to vote. But the state’s courts said no — not unless those people pay off fines and fees. Now money is pouring into the state to pay off those fees and for the legal fight. We’ll talk about it. Plus: homeschooling, the FinCEN Files, airline bailouts and PPP fraud.
There’s a lot going on in the United States right now. The death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has reached 200,000. The election’s in 42 days. There are fires in the West, storms in the South and in D.C., and a bitter fight over Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court. Amid all that, negotiations over additional aid for farmers almost pushed the government into a shutdown. We’ll talk about it. Plus: TikTok, Quibi and the looming holiday shopping season.
Comments (33)

Patrecia Sapulette

That woman on your show, Karen or whoever her name is seemed so upset Kai 😁 especially towards the end. I'm an observer and still I like this podcast Kai and Molly!!

Oct 11th

Abigail Bomba

audio is messed up & unlistenable

Sep 23rd

Patrecia Sapulette

plot twist: Girl is brokenhearted about her home destruction etc. and wants to flee the area,but accepted the engagement in confusion about the situation. Later on the girl leave,and Brandon stay in his home...😋 haha.

Sep 15th



Jul 16th


Kai, why don't you say: Whites control the reigns of America's economy. Whites are behind the inequities in housing and the justice system. Whites are responsible for the poor medical outcomes for many minorities. All of this is true but its weird to say it that way. So why did you keep calling black people "blacks". You did it over and over. Why did you do that?

Jun 3rd

Louis Reynolds

The design of the American economy doesn't allow its majority of its workers to be sick and stay financially healthy.

Feb 28th

Vernon Shoemaker

My first thought was that tax cuts can be paid for with more Iranian sanctions, but I'm unsure of that. Then I wondered why you need to pay at all since the government is only creating a medium that circulates, why demand a returned portion with earned value. That is, printed money is worthless until it's immersed in an economy that creates value. Then there's the aspect of time. Expenditure is a timeline and revenue is a separate one and the difference is government debt, at each concurrent point. Unlike the Kansans who play that movie and close schools, the federal government doesn't have to annually balance because it's budget is included in the entire economy and if it's not too great a loser the economy supports it. Increased debt derived from shortfall that supposedly creates conditions for growth is dependent on growth to be negligible as a dead, unproductive portion. It's necessary because the private sector doesn't support and invest in certain necessary services, like war. I suppose tax has the same effect as inflation, but I'm unsure of that too.

Jan 22nd

Timothy Webb

love this show #NPR

Jan 1st
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Oct 22nd
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Dharam Sookram

love the new segment "Kai Explains"... why then do I rename it "Man-splaning, with Kai" everytime it comes

Oct 4th

Shani Lynn

Thanks! Loved it!

Jul 29th
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Mark Matthieu

Farmers are nervous and need help, but they will vote Trump again. Damn those ideologues

May 11th

Dharam Sookram

the podcast has long stretches of no audio

May 8th
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Mark Matthieu

This is such a great podcast. I'm always amazed at what they are able to do in such a short time.

Apr 26th

Mel Vis

Very disappointed in the cavalier and dismissive comments from Kai regarding the Mueller report. He lost his credibility as a journalist and gained a reputation for condoning illicit behavior. Confirms the belief that Wall street supports corruption.

Apr 20th


hell yeah El Ten Eleven used as intermission music! for anyone that wanted to know the song that starts at 12:15, its called My Only Swerving

Feb 15th


lol what a disingenuous and ridiculous assessment of this issue. are you kidding me? "yeah the federal government forces me to get their tenuous licensing and approval for my small business, but now the govt is shut down. they won't approve me, but they'll fine me or shut me down if I keep working, it really sucks." WELL WELL WELL, SOUNDS LIKE SMALL BUSINESSES LOVE REGULATIONS!! how STUPID is that logic. clearly this doesn't show that we need government regulators, it shows that we need competition in the regulatory and standards market (3rd party testing and licensing) because the government regulatory monopoly is unreliable and fails the second the idiots in Washington can't agree on how much further debt they're going to put our country in.

Jan 17th

Benjamin Lyon

known unknown = the rest of the story :)

Jan 15th

Zach Johnson

The sound does not work 100%. can hear but it's hard.

Dec 26th

John Roberts

What is the assertion that "another reason the medical industry relies fax machines; it's more secure than e-mail" based on? The entire story before that was about how insecure fax machines are, and then instead of a conclusion we get tossed an unsupported claim. If it's more secure than email then I would have hoped the rest of the story would have been "stop sending email and start using your fax machine again" but it wasn't because that doesn't make sense to anybody.

Aug 15th
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