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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.

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.

Location:

Los Angeles, CA

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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.

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English

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261 South Figueroa Street #200 Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 621-3500


Episodes

Along with everything else, this pandemic is an infrastructure crisis

12/3/2020
We’ve been saying it for months: This pandemic is peeling back the layers of what’s broken in this economy and this country. Today, we’ll examine a medical system at its breaking point, an unpredictable retail landscape and the possibility of a double-dip recession. Plus: With new vaccines comes the risk of hackers. Your support makes our reporting possible – become a Marketplace Investor today to keep us going strong.

Duration:00:27:20

Where should more COVID-19 relief money go?

12/2/2020
A bipartisan group of senators proposed a $908 billion COVID-19 relief package Tuesday. The proposal comes after months of stalled negotiations on what the next package should be used for exactly. So on today’s show, we asked a few economists how the next round of relief money should be spent. Plus, an explanation of a physics theory that could help us understand post-pandemic recovery, and the role workplaces could play in coronavirus vaccine distribution. Your support makes our reporting...

Duration:00:27:39

A clear disconnect between the Treasury and the Fed

12/1/2020
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testified before the Senate Banking Committee about the CARES Act — and it pretty much sounded like they were talking about two different economies. Powell focused on the big picture, while Mnuchin stuck to the letter of the law. And that could make passing more COVID-19 aid even harder. Plus: Most states have been underpaying pandemic unemployment benefits, and Capitol Hill is still overwhelmingly white. Your support...

Duration:00:25:17

Biden’s economic think tank

11/30/2020
President-elect Joe Biden’s team Monday released the names of three people who will be on his Council of Economic Advisers. Cecilia Rouse, a dean at Princeton, has been tapped to lead the council. If confirmed by the Senate, she’ll be the first Black woman to ever chair the CEA. On today’s show: a look at how Biden’s economic team is coming together. Plus, a Wall Street data merger, a look at COVID-19 in food deserts and what’s up with 5G.

Duration:00:27:08

The holiday shipping crunch is coming

11/27/2020
Hordes of crazed Black Friday shoppers storming big-box stores for once-a-year deals? Not this year. The coronavirus pandemic has caused a shift to online holiday shopping as people try to stay home and stay safe. And that surge in e-commerce means a delivery crunch could be coming. Plus, why another NBA season is starting so soon.

Duration:00:25:04

Holidaying from home

11/26/2020
Most of us have spent the majority of this year from home. Working from home. Learning from home. And now, holidaying from home. On today’s show: We check in with some workers who will be celebrating the holidays from their work-from-home offices. Plus, what it’s like to be a senior on fixed income during the coronavirus pandemic.

Duration:00:26:29

Hurtling toward a fiscal cliff

11/25/2020
Between Christmas Day and the end of the year, a whole slew of government relief programs put into place to help Americans through the pandemic are expiring and there’s no extension in sight. Unemployment assistance, food programs, eviction bans and paused student loan payments will all end before the new year. On today’s show: millions of Americans are about to go over a fiscal cliff. Plus, how the pandemic affected our helium supply and a look at how toy drives are navigating COVID-19.

Duration:00:25:06

COVID restrictions are back, but there’s no aid in sight

11/24/2020
The coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen across the U.S., and states are starting to impose restrictions similar to those we had in the spring. One key difference this time: There’s no federal relief package. Without another round of something like the Paycheck Protection Program, the outlook for small businesses is bleak. On today’s show: We check in with restaurants preparing for lockdowns. Plus, a look at the future of the Housing Department and why dating apps are popular during the...

Duration:00:27:34

The economic EGOT?

11/23/2020
TFC: The Treasury, the Fed and the Council of Economic Advisers. Janet Yellen is the first to capture this economic version of the EGOT as President-elect Joe Biden reportedly tapped the former Federal Reserve chair to lead the Treasury Department. Yellen, who was the first woman to lead the Fed, would be the first woman to serve as Treasury secretary. On today’s show: We take a look at what Yellen’s appointment means for the shaky U.S. economy. Plus, around 1 in 5 U.S. hospitals are facing...

Duration:00:27:25

Why the Treasury wants its money back

11/20/2020
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told the Federal Reserve Thursday that he wants his money back. Well, not his money, but rather $455 billion from the CARES Act. The money supported about a half a dozen Fed programs that stabilized credit markets. On today’s show: a look at what the Fed was using that money for, and what it could still do as the pandemic rages on. Later: California has new workplace safety rules, and home births are on the rise during COVID-19.

Duration:00:27:17

It’s about to get even harder for renters

11/19/2020
A report out from Harvard shows the economic fallout from the pandemic is hitting the lowest-income renters especially hard. And two policies that have helped keep renters in their homes — an eviction moratorium and extended unemployment benefits — are set to expire next month. On today’s show: the coming rental crisis. Plus, a conversation with the president of the New York Fed, and why Starbucks and Home Depot are raising employees’ wages.

Duration:00:25:31

Can unemployment insurance be fixed?

11/18/2020
The deluge of unemployment claims overwhelmed state unemployment systems across the United States at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Laid-off workers waited hours on hold, online application portals crashed and applications sat in the system for weeks or months in limbo. Antiquated equipment and systems have made it a challenge to get aid to the people who need it. On today’s show: Can we fix the unemployment system in the U.S.? Plus, Boeing’s 737 Max planes have been approved for...

Duration:00:27:13

The U.S. is excluded from a giant new trade deal

11/17/2020
China and 14 other countries — including economic powerhouses Japan and Korea — signed a trade deal over the weekend that covers a third of the global economy. One country not included? The United States. The U.S. has tried to deal with China’s influence over trade before. The Obama administration negotiated the Trans-Pacific Partnership with Pacific Rim countries, but President Trump torched that agreement at the beginning of his term. On today’s show: The U.S. is on the outside looking in....

Duration:00:27:31

Another round of lockdowns

11/16/2020
The coronavirus continues to surge across the U.S., with more than a 100,000 new cases each day over the past week. Washington, Oregon, New Mexico and the city of Chicago have all issued stay-at-home orders, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday the state is “pulling an emergency brake” on its reopening plans. On today’s show: We check in with the small businesses preparing for another round of lockdowns. Later, why cardboard boxes are in high demand and the odds of a free trade...

Duration:00:27:24

Who’s in charge of the U.S. economy right now?

11/13/2020
No, seriously, who is in charge of the economy right now? President Donald Trump? President-elect Joe Biden? Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell? With millions of Americans still unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic, another relief package couldn’t come soon enough. Powell said Thursday that “we’re recovering, but to a different economy.” We kick off today’s show with a look at who’s taking charge of economic recovery. Later, why kayaks are sold out everywhere and a look at the lessons...

Duration:00:27:30

A “taste of normalcy” for some Baltimore students

11/12/2020
On a normal school day, there would be 850 students learning inside John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore. But these are not normal times. A total of 65 students are at the school these days; it’s one of 15 hubs the district opened to serve students who are struggling with remote learning. And priority is given to children who are homeless or have parents who can’t work from home. On today’s show: a moment of normalcy for about 1,000 of Baltimore’s most vulnerable students. Plus,...

Duration:00:27:16

Eight months in, hospitals are struggling with staffing

11/11/2020
“It just feels relentless; it feels never-ending. It’s frustrating,” one nurse at a hospital in St. Louis said of coronavirus. Eight months after the pandemic began, COVID-19 is surging again in the U.S., with more than 100,000 new cases every day for more than a week. The entire country is essentially one big hot spot. And while hospitals have available beds, they don’t have enough people to staff them. On today’s show: Hospitals are struggling to meet demand during the current coronavirus...

Duration:00:27:26

Still struggling to find work

11/10/2020
Unemployment fell in October, and people have been coming back to the workforce after losing jobs earlier in the pandemic. But finding a job isn’t getting any easier: There are nearly twice as many job seekers as there are job openings. On today’s show: a look at the struggle to find work during COVID-19. Later, an explanation of “market distortion,” and an Iowa farmer tells us how a Biden presidency could affect her.

Duration:00:28:15

The Biden team is ready to go

11/9/2020
Democrats spent the weekend dancing in the streets after news outlets called the presidential race for former Vice President Joe Biden. And while President Donald Trump has yet to concede, the Biden team hit the ground running, launching a transition website and announcing a COVID-19 task force. On today’s show: What are President-elect Biden’s plans for the coronavirus and the economy? Later, we hear about the importance of transparency and diversity in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trials and...

Duration:00:27:38

Think calming thoughts

11/6/2020
It’s been a long week. The stress of the election coupled with the pandemic has a lot of us looking for ways to calm down anywhere, including our phones. Calm, a meditation app, topped Apple’s health and fitness category on Election Day — and the other mindful apps weren’t far behind. On today’s show: a look at the business of calm. Also: why jobs recovery is losing momentum, mortgage forbearance is still high and the tie between health insurance and employment.

Duration:00:27:42