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Marketplace® is the leading business news program in the nation. Host Kai Ryssdal and our team of reporters bring you clear explorations of how economic news affects you, through stories, conversations, newsworthy numbers and more. Airing each weekday evening on your local public radio station or on-demand anytime, Marketplace is your liaison between economics and life. Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal is part of the Marketplace portfolio of public radio programs broadcasting nationwide, which additionally includes Marketplace Morning Report®, Marketplace Weekend®, and Marketplace Tech®. Visit marketplace.org for more. From American Public Media. Twitter: @Marketplace
feed audio The 5G cold war
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:00:00 -0500
Which country will be the first to implement the next generation of wireless technology? The race to 5G is on between the United States and China. The questions is, who foots the bill? Also on today's show: Love 'em or hate 'em, electric scooters are gaining ground. California Gov. Jerry Brown says adult electric scooter riders won’t have to wear helmets starting Jan. 1. The new law is a big victory for companies like Lime and Bird, which have had tense relationships with city governments on issues like crowding and pedestrian accidents. Plus, we're joined by Leigh Gallagher from Fortune Magazine and Rachel Abrams from the New York Times for the Weekly Wrap.
audio The home renovation show boom and bust
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:00:00 -0500
The trade war with China is raging on, but the markets seem unbothered. As the Dow and the S&P 500 hit new highs this week, we look at why the markets don’t seem to be impacted by the trade war. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom is facing its own trade woes with Brexit only six months away. How will Britain’s shipping industry change? We go to Britain’s largest port to find out. Also on today's show: Before "Fixer Upper," there was "Flip This House," "Flip That House" and "Flipping Off," but the flipping stopped when the recession hit. We speak to Steven Kurutz, New York Times features reporter, about how home renovation shows have reflected the housing crisis. 
After the dust settled on the Great Recession, financial institutions ended up paying over $200 billion in settlements to the U.S. government and people affected by the crisis. Some settlement deals broke records. But where'd that money go, and was it enough? As part of our ongoing coverage of the 10 years since the crisis, Divided Decade, we'll try to find out. Then: The federal government announced it will cap refugees entering this country at 30,000 next year, a record low. We'll look at Erie, Pennsylvania, one economy that relies on refugees to stay afloat. Plus, we'll talk about manufacturing's dirty little secret: Most factories don't know where their supply chains come from, making the impact of tariffs tough to predict.
audio Use-it-or-lose-it season
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:00:00 -0500
China and the U.S. traded more tariffs since just yesterday, and many companies have said they’ll pass the cost onto consumers. So when can Americans expect a price hike? We'll talk about it, and interview a tile industry spokesman who supports the tariffs. Then: With the budget expiring at the end of the month, federal agencies are hurrying to spend their budgets before time runs out. Some are taking things down to the literal last minute. Plus, hard truths with rapper and author Dessa.
audio Tariffs, but make it fashion
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:00:00 -0500
The Trump administration will impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products next week as President Donald Trump first threatened in June. Hundreds of people have testified and submitted written comments about their impact, including Julia Hughes, president of the United States Fashion Industry Association. We'll chat with her, as well as Canadian aluminum producers stinging from the trade war. Plus: A conversation with Tender Greens CEO Denyelle Bruno.
audio The day the bank fell
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:00:00 -0500
When Lynn Gray went home on Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, she was expecting that her employer, Lehman Brothers, would be purchased over the weekend. Barclay’s and Bank of America were both considering saving it from bankruptcy. Things changed quickly. Gray's on the show today to tell us what it was like being in the building when Lehman fell and helped set off a worldwide crisis. Plus, a forensic accountant was a key witness in the trial of Paul Manafort. But what, exactly, is forensic accounting? We'll explain. But first, we talk about the past seven days of financial news in the Weekly Wrap.
audio "We function very well in chaos"
Thu, 13 Sep 2018 15:00:00 -0500
President Donald Trump rejected the government’s assessment of the death toll from Hurricane Maria this morning. "3,000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico," he tweeted, accusing Democrats of inflating the number. Those statements are not grounded in fact. What is a fact is that the island was devastated, and thousands did die because of a lack of electricity, shelter, food and water. With that in mind, we talked with chef José Andrés today about his experience feeding thousands of Puerto Ricans in the storm's wake. But first: Between wildfires and the approach of Hurricane Florence, many Americans are expected to rebuild damaged homes. But demand for building materials, alongside tariffs on wood and steel, could drive costs up. We'll look at what happens when trade wars and disaster recovery collide. Plus, can the Apple Watch disrupt Life Alert?
audio The software that changed the economy
Wed, 12 Sep 2018 15:00:00 -0500
You probably haven't heard of Michael Osinski. He's an oyster farmer in upstate New York. But before he did that, in the '80s, he wrote the software that helped banks securitize mortgages — software that would contribute to Lehman's collapse and to the financial crisis at large. We'll bring you his story today, but first a look at e-cigarettes. The FDA is giving  manufacturers like Juul 60 days to come up with a game plan addressing teen vaping, threatening to pull products if they don’t comply. Then: the sociology of white privilege.
audio How banks got "too big to fail"
Tue, 11 Sep 2018 06:00:00 -0500
The phrase "too big to fail" is closely associated with the financial crisis of a decade ago, and it was used as a justification for government bailouts. It wasn't always this way. There was a time when most banks were small, and they liked it that way. Today, just six banks manage more than half the assets in the entire U.S. banking industry. We'll trace how it happened, and talk to the owner of a very different "Lehman" business about what it was like living through 2008. Plus, we'll answer more listener questions about trade and take a look at just how well FEMA's prepared for hurricane season.
audio The most dramatic bankruptcy in history ...
Mon, 10 Sep 2018 15:00:00 -0500
... It's one that continues to this day. The massive investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed 10 years ago this week, helping to set off the global financial crisis. A lot of you know that story, but what you might not know is that Lehman is still around today. We'll take some time today to look at its legacy and talk with three of the men tasked with trying to contain the damage: Hank Paulson, Tim Geithner and Ben Bernanke. But first: CBS CEO Les Moonves resigned this week amid another wave of sexual harassment allegations. The company said it will donate $20 million from Moonves' severance package to the #MeToo movement, but what's that actually mean? Plus, how the trade war is affecting big auto companies' plans.
audio Bernanke, Geithner and Paulson (encore)
Mon, 10 Sep 2018 06:00:00 -0500
Lehman Brothers collapsed ten years ago this week. We'll talk more about it on Marketplace later today, but now we're bringing your our full interview with Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke, and New York Fed President Tim Geithner, who later served as Treasury Secretary. This spring, they talked with Kai about Lehman weekend, and the race to respond to the financial crisis. This interview is part of Marketplace’s coverage of the ten-year anniversary of the financial crisis called Divided Decade, a year-long project exploring what happened, why it matters now and how the aftermath will continue to have an impact on Americans’ economic future.  
audio Hello? Is it sheets you're looking for?
Fri, 07 Sep 2018 15:00:00 -0500
Today’s jobs day, but this time we're more interested in wages: the Labor Department said pay is rising faster than it has since 2009. We'll look at what's (finally) driving that change and how long it can last. Then: Amid all the trade talk, let's not forget about one of Finland's biggest exports: heavy metal. The Scandinavian nation boasts more than 50 metal bands for every 100,000 citizens, more than any other country. We'll take a look at why. Plus: Why J.C. Penney is getting in the bedding business with Lionel Richie.
audio How the government took over Fannie and Freddie
Thu, 06 Sep 2018 15:00:00 -0500
A decade ago this week, the government agreed to take over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to help stabilize the housing market. We'll take a look back at how it all happened and interview Freddie's CEO. But first: Wage growth is sluggish by most measures, but a new report from the White House says those figures don't tell the whole story. Plus: What have we learned a year after the Equifax data breach? 
audio Nobody likes thinking about a financial crisis
Wed, 05 Sep 2018 15:00:00 -0500
We continue our conversation with Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari, and instead of looking back at the financial crisis 10 years ago, we look forward to potential economic what-if scenarios. Kashkari thinks uncertainty in emerging markets could spark a new crisis, so we'll take a closer look at the plunge of currencies abroad. Also, a look back to FEMA’s response to Hurricane Maria. According to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, FEMA wasn’t ready to handle the disaster. We talk about why that was the case. Plus, how much do you spend in a week? We sat down with Refinery29’s Work & Money Editor Lindsey Stanberry about the website's Money Diaries series.
audio The biggest bailout in history, 10 years later
Tue, 04 Sep 2018 15:00:00 -0500
Neel Kashkari runs the Minneapolis Fed now, but 10 years ago he was in charge of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, also known as the bank bailout. We talked with Kashkari about how TARP architects put a pricetag on the bailout, how his life changed after the crisis and what Congress would do if another one hit. Then, why Nike chose Colin Kaepernick as the new face of Nike's "Just Do It" campaign. Plus, what you need to know about political ads on Facebook.
audio No days off NAFTA talk
Mon, 03 Sep 2018 17:23:00 -0500
Trade talks with Canada resume Wednesday, and the stakes of a NAFTA agreement without Canada are high  trade between the two countries is worth $670 billion. But that's not in line with what the President tweeted over the weekend, which stoked a debate over Canada's inclusion in NAFTA. We're also looking ahead to this week's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing beginning Wednesday where social media executives will be in the hot seat talking about what they're doing to prevent meddling in U.S. elections. Plus, back-to-school is fully in swing, so we continue our conversation with former Education Secretary Arne Duncan on how the education policy landscape has changed. And ... a look into what your internet service provider knows about you.
audio The art of no deal
Fri, 31 Aug 2018 15:00:00 -0500
Earlier this week, the United States and Mexico reached a trade agreement as apart of the North American Free Trade Agreement overhaul. Then it was Canada's turn. But after three days of talks, the United States and Canada have no deal. Will Canada walk away? We'll get into it with the Weekly Wrap. Speaking of negotiations, the British government has yet to strike a Brexit deal with the European Union, its largest trading partner. With the official Brexit Day approaching, Marketplace’s Stephen Beard reports on what the economic reality of a no-deal Brexit might look like. And we have another installment of our series #HowWeChanged, looking at how the 2008 financial crisis altered lives. Today, the story of a woman whose experience during the recession reminded her of living through the Great Depression when she was a teenager. (08/31/18)
audio Welcome to hell (it's in New York)
Thu, 30 Aug 2018 15:00:00 -0500
There's a group of three by three blocks in Manhattan containing 70 businesses that sell alcohol, most of them with a full liquor license. We talked with the locals, who call it "Hell Square." But first: After finding refuge in Turkey, many young Syrians had to put their education and career plans on hold. Now some are discovering new passions, while others are just dealing with a new economic reality. Plus, the latest on inflation numbers and an exit interview with American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks.
audio Trade war on a stick
Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:00:00 -0500
We're headed to the Minnesota State Fair today, not for the live music or seed art or the fried cheese curds, but for trade talk. The fair is abuzz with talk of the trade war, as the state's iron mines enjoy some relief and its farmers feel the sting of retaliatory tariffs. Then: Reflecting workplaces everywhere, gubernatorial candidates Cynthia Nixon and Andrew Cuomo are fighting over the room temperature for tonight’s debate in New York. We'll look at this summer AC battle of the sexes. Plus, how VCs think and the big business of pilgrimages.
audio "A mass-delusion event"
Tue, 28 Aug 2018 15:00:00 -0500
Kai Ryssdal's in Minnesota today to chat with Neel Kashkari, the Minneapolis Fed president who presided over the bank bailout back in 2008. We'll have the full conversation next week, but today you can hear him talk about watching TARP fail to pass Congress the first time and the "mass-delusion event" that lead to the financial crisis. It's all part of our series, Divided Decade, marking the 10 years since that crisis. But first: The Trump administration announced a trade deal with Mexico, but a statute on presidential authority may cause a debate in Congress that could be an obstacle. We'll tell you what you need to know. Plus: Brett Kavanaugh and the Chevron Doctrine.     
audio When is a trade deal not a trade deal?
Mon, 27 Aug 2018 15:00:00 -0500
Today, actually. President Donald Trump got Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on speaker phone in the Oval Office to announce a new potential trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Wait, you might be saying to yourself, NAFTA has three countries in it. Whither Canada? We'll tell you everything you need to know. Then, why Uber is investing in bikes. Plus, we'll talk with the comedian behind "The Headless Women of Hollywood," a blog that explores sexism in movie advertising.
audio It's not just a dorm, it's their first home
Fri, 24 Aug 2018 15:00:00 -0500
As new college students across the country start moving in, we're taking a look at the booming dorm-in-a-bag business. Turns out there's a lot of money in making a 170-square-foot cinder-block box feel like home. But first: It's been a wild week for political news, but the economic news was no slouch either. We'll break it all down in the Weekly Wrap. Plus, how more intense and frequent wildfires are changing firefighters' jobs.  
audio Would impeachment really tank the stock market?
Thu, 23 Aug 2018 15:00:00 -0500
In a week that's seen the looming threat of impeachment and the longest bull market ever, President Donald Trump has said the former would crash the latter. We'll kick off today's show by examining whether presidential scandals can really affect markets. Then, a conversation with Jo-Ann Stores CEO Jill Soltau, who's rallying customers to speak out against tariffs. Plus, what it's like to be black in the fashion industry and why "The Big Bang Theory" will likely be a big moneymaker for years after it goes off air.
audio Houston, a year after Harvey
Wed, 22 Aug 2018 15:00:00 -0500
A year ago this week, a storm named Harvey left Houston underwater for days. A year on, many neighborhoods are just beginning to rebuild, and residents face a tough decision: take any insurance or FEMA money and rebuild, or cut their losses and leave. We're on the ground there. But first, let's do the numbers on today's Federal Reserve meeting minutes, which mentioned trade 21 times, up from seven last month, and expressed unease about inflation. We'll go inside the talks happening right now with China, the European Union and Japan. Plus, we'll do the numbers on the longest bull market in history.
audio In other news ...
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:00:00 -0500
The Environmental Protection Agency released details today of its plan to replace the Obama-era rules governing carbon emissions from power plants. This proposal gives a lot of concessions to the coal industry and is a step toward ending what the president calls the "war on coal." But even if this plan makes it through the long, dirty fight to become law, how much difference can regulatory changes make to the coal industry in the face of rapidly evolving market forces? Also on today's show: You guessed it, tariffs. We get insight on steel tariffs from industry insiders. Later in the show, we talk about immigration south of the border. Many migrants cross through Mexico hoping to enter the United States, but Mexico’s incoming president has a plan to curb the flow. 
audio Tariffs on trial
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 15:00:00 -0500
This morning, the U.S. Trade Representative opened six — yup, six — days of public hearings into President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs on Chinese imports. The hearings are to let companies and trade groups affected by those tariffs weigh in, and we talk to two experts who are testifying. Today in Elon Musk news: JPMorgan Chase lowered the target price on Tesla’s stock. But what exactly is a target price, and what happens when analysts change them? We have answers. Also on the show, we talk to actress and director Regina King about her career in Hollywood. (08/20/18)
audio So ... you ever record anyone at work?
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:00:00 -0500
No judgement if you did. Verbally promised promotions can go up in a poof of smoke and proving a boss or co-worker is abusive is a lot easier when you have solid proof. But there are a few things you should think about before you hit that record button. Then: Public transportation doesn't cost a lot of money, but for people who rely on it to get to work, transit can cost a lot of time. We'll look at "time poverty" and how it affects American workers. Plus, we do the numbers on the streaming TV arms race.
audio Is it the economy, stupid?
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:00:00 -0500
Republicans are betting on the strong economy to sway voters in November’s elections, but will that work? This time around, maybe not. Also on today's show: A dispatch from Turkey, where Syrian refugees-turned-entrepreneurs are working to stay afloat in their new country. Plus, we talk with author and journalist Thomas Page McBee about navigating the power of voice as a trans man in the workplace. (08/16/18)
audio What if we just do MAFTA and CAFTA instead?
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 15:00:00 -0500
It's been a year since the United States started NAFTA renegotiations with Canada and Mexico. Since then, Mexico has elected a new president and the U.S. has engaged in several controversial trade maneuvers. So are we any closer to signing a new deal? We'll catch you up. Also on today's show: We're hearing a lot from Elon Musk these days but what’s happening with Tesla and its board? Plus, another installment of our series Corner Office. This time we talk to Colin Hunter, co-founder and CEO of Alton Lane, about the future of men’s fashion retail.
audio Can Greece finally finance itself?
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:00:00 -0500
The Greek government is declaring the end of its financial crisis and will celebrate Bailout Exit Day on Aug. 20. But how do the Greek people really feel about their economy? We went to Greece to find out. Meanwhile, in America, banks have been warned by the FBI that ATM hacks are on rise. We tell you what you need to know. Also on today's show: Slavery is an ugly part of America’s business history, one often ignored. A new book, "Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management," examines this and the connections between slavery and capitalism. Author Caitlin Rosenthal walks us through her findings. (08/14/18)