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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

Description:

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

Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan for the economy

1/15/2021
We’re pretty much at the tipping point between the Trump and Biden economies. President-elect Joe Biden, set to officially take office Wednesday of next week, released his “American Rescue Plan” Thursday night. The $1.9 trillion proposal calls for ramped-up COVID-19 vaccine distribution and aid for Americans still struggling during the pandemic-caused recession. On today’s show: how the plan could impact the economic recovery. Plus, big banks are doing well and a conversation with outgoing...

Duration:00:26:23

Economic recovery: one step forward, several steps back

1/14/2021
In positive economic news, President-elect Joe Biden announced his “American Rescue Plan” Thursday — a $1.9 trillion proposal to stabilize the economy and get COVID-19 under control. But pandemic unemployment continues to be a tale of two economies. The unemployment rate among the highest-paid workers is around 5%, while the rate among low-wage employees is as high as 20%. Sustained unemployment could lead to increased homelessness, with one study predicting homelessness could be twice as...

Duration:00:26:54

How those $600 checks are being spent

1/13/2021
It’s been a few weeks since the second round of COVID-19 relief started going out. Americans are spending those $600 checks on everything from tattoos and nice dinners to paying rent and electricity bills. The checks were meant to stimulate the economy, but also to provide economic relief to those seriously hurting during the pandemic. On today’s show: We check in with how a few people are using the money. Plus, how baby bonds could help close the racial wealth gap and why Netflix plans to...

Duration:00:25:18

Businesses big and small aren’t feeling great about the state of things

1/12/2021
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the biggest American business lobbying group and a typically reliable supporter of conservative and Republican politicians, said Tuesday that President Donald Trump “undermined our democratic institutions and ideals” last week. A chamber leader also said some members of Congress “will have forfeited the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Period. Full stop.” Small business owners aren’t feeling great about things either, with optimism at a seven-month low....

Duration:00:26:52

Corporate America is standing up to Trump

1/11/2021
Following last week’s armed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, corporations are starting to pull financial support from President Donald Trump and certain Republicans. JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs are suspending political donations in general for at least six months. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and Marriott are suspending donations specifically to Republicans who objected to the certification of the presidential election. And PGA of America pulled a championship tournament from a...

Duration:00:27:04

Jobs, jobs, jobs

1/8/2021
The U.S. economy lost jobs for the first time since April, shedding 140,000 positions, the December jobs report showed. And long-term unemployment ticked up to 37% — quadruple what it was before the pandemic. It’s unclear if businesses will start hiring again anytime soon, as the COVID-19 rages across the United States. On today’s show: The worsening pandemic will continue to slow jobs recovery. Plus, how the vaccine rollout is going in rural America, and restaurant workers in Washington,...

Duration:00:26:36

A series of disconnects

1/7/2021
The stock market is not the economy; this we know. But the market seems completely disconnected from events happening in the United States. After Wednesday’s pro-Trump insurrection, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at a record high. And again Thursday, after 787,000 Americans filed first-time unemployment claims, markets closed at record highs. On today’s show: A look at the disconnects between the markets, the economy and our democracy. Plus, social media platforms are putting...

Duration:00:25:24

The ramifications of Trump supporters storming the U.S. Capitol

1/6/2021
Extreme supporters of President Donald Trump gathered for protests at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, which turned violent as hoards of people broke into the U.S. Capitol Building. Lawmakers, in session to certify the 2020 presidential election, were forced into hiding and tear gas was deployed in the Capitol Rotunda. On today’s show: What this unprecedented day means for the U.S. economy going forward. Plus, more PPP loans are on the way and colleges are slow to reopen.

Duration:00:27:26

Small businesses are figuring out the year ahead

1/5/2021
As we enter the second calendar year of COVID-19 life, small businesses are taking stock and adjusting their pandemic plans. The economic crisis brought on by the pandemic has shuttered more than 160,000 small businesses. And a December survey found that 1 in 4 small business owners might have to close permanently in the next six months if economic conditions don’t improve. On today’s show: How the pandemic has altered small business owners’ plans — and lives. Plus, health care is a hard...

Duration:00:26:53

Pandemic wage gains were just a fluke

1/4/2021
Wages have been rising during the COVID-19 pandemic, but economists say it’s just a fluke. While most higher-paid professionals have been able to work from home, millions of lower-paid service workers lost their jobs and income. And the gap between the haves and have-nots will widen even further as the economy recovers. On today’s show: Economists predict wages are likely to stagnate for returning service workers. Plus, Google’s employees unionize, and we check in on small business owners...

Duration:00:25:19

What we might see in the new year

1/1/2021
Relief is finally on the way in the form of $600 checks to Americans who qualify. But that might be too little, too late for those hurting the most during this economic crisis. On today’s show: A look at how more relief might play out with a new Congress and a new administration in the White House. Plus, Texas food banks say they could be short millions of pounds of food and Congress lets paid sick, family and medical leave mandate expire. Your support makes our reporting possible — become...

Duration:00:25:05

Looking to 2021

12/31/2020
2020 is finally coming to a close. This year has been historic: the COVID-19 pandemic, a summer of long overdue racial reckoning, the 2020 election and the ongoing economic crisis. We’ll begin the new year with millions of Americans out of work. The highly anticipated Jan. 5 runoffs in Georgia will decide control of the Senate. And, like always, the fate of the U.S. economy rests in consumers’ hands — and wallets. On today’s show: We look back at the year that was, and how the problems of...

Duration:00:26:51

Relief checks are starting to arrive

12/30/2020
The Treasury Department is starting to distribute the $600 relief checks Congress agreed to in the latest COVID-19 relief package, and the IRS said it began making direct deposits into bank accounts Tuesday. For those who don’t have an account on file with the agency, paper checks or prepaid debit cards will be sent out. On today’s show: Those prepaid cards have advantages and drawbacks. Plus, Congress finally bans surprise medical bills and how 2020 became the year of the hobby. Your...

Duration:00:26:49

How those $600 checks are likely to be spent

12/29/2020
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked an effort Tuesday by Democrats to raise the next round of relief checks to $2,000. So Americans will be getting $600 checks this time around. In the spring, people spent only about a third of the relief money. But nine months into the pandemic, millions of Americans are still out of work and unemployment benefits are dwindling; it might not be so easy to hold on to the money now. On today’s show: Americans are likely to spend their stimulus on...

Duration:00:26:29

Trump finally signs the relief bill, but the delay is causing confusion

12/28/2020
President Donald Trump finally signed the COVID-19 relief bill Sunday, nearly a week after Congress passed the package. But two key federal unemployment programs lapsed during the delay, and that’s leading to some confusion around unemployment benefits. Now it’s unclear if people will end up receiving crucial unemployment benefit payments this week. Also, a look back at this year’s “she-cession,” what the relief package has to do with climate change and holiday sales were better than...

Duration:00:27:40

Working from home? Take a break … if you can

12/25/2020
With the COVID-19 relief bill still in limbo, we talk about how people working from home are attempting to take care of their mental health. It hasn’t been easy. Also, the travel industry is hurting, even during the holidays. Then we look at how a Black-owned puzzle company has managed to piece together success as a small business during the pandemic.

Duration:00:26:22

Still in limbo

12/24/2020
While Congress did finally pass a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package this week, President Donald Trump is refusing to sign it. Millions of Americans hold their breath as the programs keeping them afloat are about to expire; meanwhile, the president has gone to Florida. On today’s show: States are now fighting over which should receive workers’ income taxes as state and local budgets crumble due to the coronavirus. Plus, churches are filling gaps in the social safety net even more during...

Duration:00:26:59

Where does the economy go from here?

12/23/2020
Congress finally got it together and passed a COVID-19 relief package this week. But let’s do some numbers. Consumer spending fell nearly half a percent last month — the first decrease since April. Personal income also fell by a little over 1% — the third decline in four months. And with more Paycheck Protection Program money on the way, small business owners haven’t forgotten that the first rollout wasn’t exactly smooth. On today’s show: Even with more COVID relief, the economy, businesses...

Duration:00:27:09

Is Congress just kicking the can down the road?

12/22/2020
The $900 billion coronavirus relief package that Congress passed Monday is one of the largest stimulus bills in U.S. history. It includes special access to food stamps extended for six months, $300 per week in extra federal unemployment benefits through March, and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance funded into April. Still, that’s just a “drop in the bucket” for one restaurateur whose business has struggled through the pandemic. On today’s show: Will this relief package be enough? Plus, a case...

Duration:00:27:19

Finally, some relief (probably)

12/21/2020
Congress at last reached an agreement on a second round of COVID-19 aid. The $900 billion package, if passed, will bring immediate relief to millions of Americans still struggling through the pandemic-induced financial crisis, including those who are months behind on rent. The deal also includes money for cultural institutions, like indie movie theaters. On today’s show: the impact of the coming relief money. Plus, when teachers should get the coronavirus vaccine and why one lender wants...

Duration:00:27:11