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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 Bad data killed the video star
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:00:00 -0500
China’s economic growth hit a 10-year low in the third quarter, the lowest since the financial crisis. Consumers are showing signs of consuming less. We'll look at what that means for the economy at large. Plus, we hear from an Irish farmer at the Northern Ireland border about how Brexit affects him. Then we'll tell you everything you need to know about Facebook's scandal involving a pivot to video. But first, we'll recap the rest of the week's business and economic news.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the budget deficit. At last count, it's up 17 percent over last year — the government spent $779 billion more than it collected in taxes. Seems we're paying the price for one of the biggest tax cuts in history. But wasn't that cut supposed to pay for itself? Then: African-Americans are more scared of a recession than white Americans, according to the latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll. We'll look at how communities of color are still recovering from the last recession. Plus, the big business of disaster cleanup.
audio China's secret weapon
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 15:00:00 -0500
A majority of Americans believe the United States is in a trade war with other countries, according to the latest edition of the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, which is out today. As trade tensions with China increase, so too has the concern that the country could weaponize its large holdings of U.S. debt, selling its reserves suddenly in an attempt to destabilize the U.S. economy. We'll talk about what that could mean for the trade war. Then, we talk with five participants from our poll about what financial security means to them. Plus, the big business of secondhand luxury with the CEO of The RealReal.
audio When does the deficit start to matter?
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 15:00:00 -0500
Corporate tax cuts from earlier this year have helped drive up the deficit, and lawmakers are debating ways to pay it down. We'll look at how the deficit works and how politicians like to use it. Then, the U.S. posted more than 7 million jobs in August. Why are so many of them in transportation? Plus, 10 years after the financial crisis, Americans are still less likely to own a home than before the crash. We'll look at what's keeping them out of the market.
Gibraltar, on the southern tip of Spain, is a British territory. It’s also one of Europe’s most prosperous economies. But could Brexit change all that? We'll take a closer look at the territory caught in the middle. Then, an unintended consequence of the trade war: As the Trump administration doles out $12 billion in aid for farmers hurt by tariffs, a lot of produce has found its way to food banks. Plus, what the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi could mean for the American and Saudi economies.
audio Here come the consultants
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 15:00:00 -0500
With an avalanche of tariffs to navigate, companies are facing a lot of uncertainty over how to plan ahead. Meanwhile, business is booming for trade consultants. We'll talk about it, but first: mortgage rates have hit a seven-year high, and Obamacare prices are dropping for the first time. What's going on? Plus, how nonprofits fund raise after scandal.
audio What's better than no fees? Negative fees.
Thu, 11 Oct 2018 15:00:00 -0500
Roughly one in three people in the United States have less than $5,000 in retirement savings, but for those lucky enough to have some money stashed away, the cost of investing has been getting lower and lower. Management fees for mutual funds have dropped to fractions of a percent over the last decade, and some funds have no fees. So what's driving the fee wars? What do institutions get out of it? We'll talk about it. Then, a conversation with Ahmir Khalib Thompson, better known as Questlove of the legendary Roots crew, about deciding to accept his biggest job offer. Plus, what you need to know about this week's market turbulence.  
audio Register to vote or die
Wed, 10 Oct 2018 06:00:00 -0500
We're a couple weeks away from the midterm elections, and it's crunch time for voter registration. Political organizations and campaigns have spent millions on voter registration efforts targeting young and diverse voters, but will it work? Also on today's show: Amid trade tensions, the value of the Chinese yuan has been falling against the dollar, which has both the United States and China worried. Plus: How YouTube is changing parenting and the entertainment industry for children.
audio R.I.P., Google Plus
Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:08:08 -0500
We hardly used ye. Google is phasing out its social platform Google Plus after a massive data breach. We look at how this could affect Google’s business model. Also on today's show, the International Monetary Fund predicted in its global economic forecast that trade disputes and turbulent emerging markets will slow global economic growth. And, are electric scooters all that bad, or are they a sign of where our transportation system is headed? A report on the electric scooter craze from Los Angeles. Plus, another installment of #HowWeChanged, the series exploring how the financial crisis changed people’s lives. This time we hear the story of a banker who left the chaos behind to live in a monastery.
audio Does anyone actually want a Facebook portal?
Mon, 08 Oct 2018 15:32:13 -0500
Yale economist William Nordhaus, along with New York University’s Paul Romer, received the Nobel Prize in economics Monday. We look at the consequences of putting Nordhaus’ research on the economic impact of climate change to policy. Then, Romer's work connecting technological innovation to economic growth has been influential across the globe, but perhaps not as influential as he would like. Also on today's show, we speak with Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood about Facebook’s newest gadget release amid users’ security concerns. And the U.S. Census Bureau needs to hire hundreds of thousands of workers to complete the 2020 census. But with a tight labor market, that may be a lot harder than it was back in 2010.
audio How do you sleep at night?
Fri, 05 Oct 2018 15:00:00 -0500
Unemployment is at a 40-year low and wages are starting to tick up, but the number of people working multiple jobs hasn’t changed in more than a decade. Why? Then: Mattress Firm has filed for bankruptcy, citing poor sales. The sleep business has changed a lot in recent years, in part because starting your own online bed-in-a-box company is really, really easy. Plus, as always, we'll review the economic news of the seven days gone by on the Weekly Wrap.
audio All I want for Christmas is a little help
Thu, 04 Oct 2018 15:00:00 -0500
Forecasts are predicting strong holiday sales this season, which means retailers, warehouses and other businesses are going to need more employees. But with a labor market this tight, we'll look at how companies are competing for seasonal workers. Then, more than a million children had their identities stolen last year, costing families $542 million. We'll look at what makes kids easy targets and what parents are doing about it. Plus, we'll take you to the world's biggest Elvis Presley festival. It isn't in Nashville or Graceland, but the seaside village of Porthcawl, Wales. 
audio Last CEO standing
Wed, 03 Oct 2018 15:00:00 -0500
Most of today's show is devoted to our conversation with Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase. We talked about what it was like managing the bank and tangling with the government during the financial crisis, and how he sees his role in today's economy. We also asked Dimon what keeps him up at night. President Donald Trump used the term "time value of money" to defend himself against a New York Times report debunking his self-made origin story and implicating him in tax fraud. But what does that actually mean?
audio Is a raise at Amazon a raise for the country?
Tue, 02 Oct 2018 15:00:00 -0500
Amazon will pay its American employees at least $15 an hour, the company announced today. With 250,000 employees and another 100,000 seasonal workers set to benefit all over the country, can the retail giant pressure its competitors to give out raises, too? We'll look at the potential macroeconomic effects, and what it's like to live on $15 an hour anyway. Then: The cosmetics industry is booming thanks to Instagram and YouTube, but makeup counters at department stores aren’t seeing more customers. How the new guard in makeup is replacing the old. Plus, how the new trade deal with Mexico and Canada will affect drug prices. 
audio NAFTA is dead, long live NAFTA
Mon, 01 Oct 2018 15:00:00 -0500
The Trump administration has struck a deal with Mexico and Canada to revise NAFTA, now called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. We'll bring you the details and see how the deal is playing down on the farm. Plus: Elon Musk stepped down from Tesla's board this weekend to settle fraud charges, but he'll stay on as CEO of the electric car company. We'll talk about the reasoning behind that move. Plus: In the 20th century, rent strikes were a common tactic to protest living conditions. In 2018's crowded housing market, they might make a comeback.
audio Your house is being towed
Fri, 28 Sep 2018 15:00:00 -0500
Thousands of people in California live out of their cars. And for those people, the threat of parking tickets is also the threat of losing their home. But first: We'll look at the week in business and economic news, and tell you everything you need to know about Tesla and the SEC. Plus: 28,000 public service workers applied for student loan forgiveness, but only about 4 percent got it. What happened?
audio Let's look at the big picture
Thu, 27 Sep 2018 15:00:00 -0500
As the United States and Mexico finalize details of a trade agreement, the Trump administration has written a rule that Mexican auto manufacturers pay workers a $16 hourly wage or face a 2.5 percent tariff. But the extra taxes might be cheaper than raising wages. We'll look at what a deal could mean for labor in Mexico, plus give an update on the World Trade Organization and trade talks with Japan. Then: 70 mm film is making a comeback in Hollywood, and that means there’s a revival in the fading film projectionist workforce. 
audio Everything is fine!
Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:00:00 -0500
According to the Federal Reserve, anyway. We'll play some of Chair Jerome Powell's statement from today's rate hike announcement and unpack how the central bank sees this economy right now. Then, with the NAFTA deadline looming, we'll look at how close the United States, Mexico and Canada really are to a deal. Plus, your tariff questions, answered by a customs broker.
audio Caught in the middle of a trade war
Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:00:00 -0500
Tariffs on more than 5,000 new Chinese products went into effect this week, and American importers are scrambling to catch up. The notice was so short that some shipments were on the water on the way to the United States when tariffs hit. We'll talk about how companies are dealing with the unexpected cost. Then: Why Arby's parent company wants to buy Sonic, and the dramatic drop in foreign investment last quarter. Plus, a conversation with Creative Artists Agency co-founder Michael Ovitz.
audio Mergers Monday
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:00:00 -0500
We're starting the week with two big mergers in the headlines: SiriusXM is buying the streaming music pioneer Pandora, and American fashion company Michael Kors is expected to buy Versace, the Italian fashion house. Those deals have more in common than you might think. Then, speaking of bilateral deals, Iowa's agriculture secretary wants the United States to "re-engage" in trade talks with China, Canada and Mexico, which are some of farmers' biggest customers. We talked with him about how his state is feeling the trade war. Plus: Why you should buy art from women.
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.