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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.
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President Donald Trump and his advisers have been talking a lot lately about the strength of the U.S. dollar, saying it’s weighing on U.S. exports and hurting American manufacturers. Today, let’s take a step back and explore how we determine what makes the dollar “strong” anyway. Plus: Robocalls, the toy-to-movie pipeline and the latest tariff news.
The U.S. has averaged a recession every seven years since its founding. Australia, on the other hand, hasn’t experienced one in more than 25 years. So what gives? Today, we dig into the rules and chance governing the business cycle. Plus: What one city stands to lose when a GM plant shuts down, how negative interest rates work and President Trump’s relationship with new U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
A series of economic indicators are suggesting that businesses have pulled back their spending amid fear of a recession. But can talk of a recession make one happen? Plus: The latest Fed meeting minutes, virtual reality in the workplace and how an unexpected inheritance can complicate grief.
As AI algorithms improve, scientists are still facing some difficulties, including language translations. But first: There’s been a lot of talk about an economic downturn lately, and in the middle of it all is the American consumer. Turns out, consumer spending might just be what’s keeping the U.S. economy afloat. But can consumers save the economy from a recession? Then, the number of video streaming services is on the rise. We look into the growing monthly costs for consumers. Also, the latest drink of the summer: White Claw.
The Business Roundtable, a lobbying group comprised of about 200 CEOs, today announced a change in its definition of a corporation’s purpose: Shareholder value should no longer be their main objective, and they should prioritize customers and employees. This might just lead to a delicate balancing act to keep shareholders, customers and employees happy. We break it all down and what it could mean for the future of the corporate world.  Also, we take a closer look at the challenges surrounding cashless restaurants. Then: an interview with Jennifer Silva, on her book which examines the economic realities in the heart of coal country.
YouTubers have started monetizing one of the biggest consumer moments in a kid’s life: the first day back at school. But first: yield curve inversions, trade wars and recessions, oh my! Remember to take a deep breath while we break it all down. This week, Netflix reported its U.S. subscriber loss in almost eight years. What does that mean for the company’s future? Then, how oat milk entered the mainstream.
Markets panicked yesterday because the yield on 10-year government bonds dropped below that of 2-year bonds. Today, we’re gonna go deep on the different types of bonds, and why their differences matter. Plus: What high water in the Great Lakes is doing for the region’s economy, and why Pabst is getting in to the whiskey business.
More than 30 years ago Hamtramck, Michigan, was desperate for a GM plant, so desperate that the government used eminent domain to tear down a neighborhood. Today, we look back at how that plant got built — and what happened when the work slowed down. Plus, we’ll do the numbers on today’s huge Dow drop, WeWork’s IPO and the yield curve inversion.
After more than a decade apart, CBS and Viacom announced Tuesday that they are reuniting. Today, we look at how the new company, ViacomCBS, fits into today’s rapidly consolidated media environment. Plus, Trump’s holiday-driven tariff delay and why Tumblr lost so much value.
The protests in Hong Kong are now in their 10th week, grounding flights in one of the word’s busiest airports today. The tense situation is beginning to take a toll on the region’s economy — and it has potential to reach much further beyond that. Today, a crash course in what the region means for the global economy. Plus: Nike’s new subscription service for kids and pumpkin spice season? Already?
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Shani Lynn

Thanks! Loved it!

Jul 29th
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Primo Russell

Shani Lynn Great, love 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
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Dharam Sookram

the podcast has long stretches of no audio

May 8th
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Chris Horton

Dharam Sookram I think, and hope, that the farmers will come around. But they won't do it publicly, at least not at first, they'll do it at the ballot box. Why? Because no one will admit that they are wrong. They'll just walk away.

Aug 15th
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Bobby Mauger

Dharam Sookram Marketplace without Kai just isn't the same.

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
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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
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Strang3rDang3r

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
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Strang3rDang3r

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
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Benjamin Lyon

known unknown = the rest of the story :)

Jan 15th
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Zach Johnson

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

Dec 26th
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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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Matthew Chagan

30

Aug 8th
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Chris Horton

Mr. Kudlow's prognostication sounds all green grass and high tides. But he always left an a carefully placed out should he be wrong. He only seems to look at the big GDP numbers and ignores the scores of businesses that are currently being hurt by tariffs. The possibility that these tariff hurt businesses can result in lower future GDP is something he would not acknowledge. Lastly, it is almost impossible for the EU to take all the soybeans that China was taking simply due to the shear volume that China was taking.

Aug 4th
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John Slavin

Your interview with Ken Lango, Home Depot co-founder skillfully revealed a chilling insight into how the top one percent view the growing chasm between the weathly and the rest of society. Your gentle probing and (rightfully) respectful questions revealed a mindset that is rooted in an implicit bias. The foundation of the "we deserve to have nearly all and if they aren't rich they don't bias" seems ironclad....No matter how respectfully you guided Mr. Lango... He was unable to move towards a path outside his bubble of wealth and privilege. Women and men of great accomplishment deserve respect, even admiration. However, the disconnect from empathy and the sometimes harsh realities of the rest of society is omninous. That particular reality bubble floats beyond the reach of those below... Below reason itself.

Jun 2nd
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Richard Schoen

this did not happen overnight. Where were these guys a year earlier. Evidently nobody wanted to do anything until the house burnt down

Mar 20th
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iTunes User

Marketplace has been my PM drive home choice since David hosted the show (no, the other one). Kai and the current gang of reporters are the strongest ever, and now I grab the podcast at work and listen on the way home, no matter when I leave the office. I don't have to miss a thing. THIS, and The Onion :-), showcase what the deilvery method of podcasting can be; It's great for listeners, great for content providers, and great for advertisers (er, I meant underwriters. Those 30-second mentions with full contact information and product descriptions on NPR are not ads, you see. That would be illegal).

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

This podcast continually amazes me. Not only is it entertaining and informative, but the topics range all over the spectrum of our society. And they manage to squeeze all this news and information into a fairly brief podcast. At the end of each one I feel more in touch with the world. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

I've been paying for the Marketplace podcast on Audible for as long as I can remember, and it has been worth every penny, so imagine my delight to find out it is now available free of charge! Marketplace, and its once a week sister show, Marketplace Money, are both entertaining and informative. Kai Ryssdal has to be one of the finest radio personalities on air today, period. He has the perfect mix of smarts, quick wit and charisma that really makes the avid news fan want to stop and pay attention. Kai is the reason I got hooked on Marketplace and Marketplace Money, and the fantastic reporting week after week by everyone on the Marketplace staff is the reason I keep coming back for more! I can now get my Marketplace fix free of charge! That fact alone deserves 5 stars!! Kudos to the Marketplace team for creating a top notch talk radio show high-quality enough for me to be willing to pay for, and for doing the appropriate Marketplace thing by making it cost nothing to download. I promise Chris Farrell (Economics Editor and Personal Finance Expert) that I will put that extra $22.95 for my subscription into my retirement savings.

Aug 30th
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