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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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If you live in the southwest, there’s a chance your mail may have been carried by a self-driving truck. Today, we look at why the Postal Service is looking toward a driverless future. Plus: what you need to know about corporate debt and the rise of rentable fashion.
Billionaire Robert Smith announced this weekend he will pay off all the student debt for the class of 2019 at Morehouse College, a historically black college in Georgia. Today, we look at the disproportionately high debt facing black students when they get out of school. Plus: What you need to know about the layoffs at Ford and India’s election.
It’s a spooky feeling: You’re discussing a TV show or a pair of shoes or whatever with a friend, then you open Instagram and see an ad for the exact thing you were just talking about. But it’s not like your phone is listening … right? Plus: How delivery apps are changing the restaurant business and the legacy of Grumpy Cat.
Just 10 days ago, it looked like the trade war with China was all but wrapped up. No more. The Trump administration has effectively blacklisted Chinese tech giant Huawei, which has potential to drastically disrupt the global tech supply chain and shoot the U.S. in the foot. Plus: What American businesses get out of tariffs, and what you need to know about the SAT’s new “adversity index.”
In most American cities, road repairs can tell you a lot about the communities that are prioritized and the communities that get left out. Oakland, California, is trying to change its approach, but not without controversy. Plus: What consumer confidence can (and can’t) tell us about actual consumption and the legacy of Alice Rivlin, the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office.
Losing a hospital can jeopardize the health of rural community and its economy. About 100 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and today, we look at how one Georgia community dealt with it. Plus: An investment in China that feels too good to be true, and the “internet of things” comes to … diapers.
The latest escalation in the trade war between the U.S. and China has some wondering if tensions will ever end. As we do the numbers for today (and you know we will), we look at how long the trade war will last. Then: Amazon’s delivery ambitions and the potential antitrust case against Apple. Plus, we look at a West Texas community that produces fracking sand, as the market’s been drying up.
American farmers thought it was going to be a pretty good week. Until President Donald Trump announced a tariff hike on Chinese goods. That hike went into effect today, so we see how farmers are feeling. Also: Uber started publicly trading today, off 7.5% on Day One, so we look at why investors seem skeptical about the ride-hailing business. Plus: a snapshot of economic life on America’s riverboats.
What was supposed to be a quick trip to urgent care became a lesson in how sick the medical system is for one mother and her two kids. But first: The latest trade deficit numbers are out. What do they say about ongoing trade negotiations with China? Then: How do IPOs like Uber’s impact already expensive housing markets? Also: The thirst for craft spirits.
We’re talking about “jobs.” The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in 50 years, but there may be something other than this economy’s tight labor market that explains why claims for unemployment benefits are so low. Then: Ride-share drivers are striking ahead of Uber’s initial public offering in search of better pay and job security. But it looks like autonomous vehicles are the industry’s future. Plus: We talk to a Los Angeles Times reporter about staffing season for TV writers after Hollywood writers fired their agents. Also: Why gender, and assumptions around gender, might play a role in your personal economy.
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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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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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