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The award-winning Marketplace is public radio's daily magazine on business and economics news "for the rest of us." The 30-minute program — with an irreverent reporting style all its own — airs weekday evenings on more than 320 public radio stations nationwide and boasts the largest audience for any business program in the United States on radio, cable or network television.

In conjunction with Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Money, this trio of financial programming covers listeners from wallet to Wall Street.

Oil prices are down, and so is exploring for oil

8 hours ago
Scott Tong

Global oil discoveries in 2015 cratered to a 70-year low. Drillers found 2.7 billion barrels of crude, the lowest amount since 1947, according energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie. 

Low oil prices mean companies can only afford to drill half the exploratory wells they normally do.

"The dip we're seeing in exploration activity, the dip that we're seeing in discovered volumes, that will come home to roost in a decade," said Julie Wilson, director of global exploration research at Wood Mackenzie.

What should the bathroom of the future look like?

8 hours ago
Marketplace staff

For our Secretary of the Future series, we asked a bunch of experts what the public restrooms of the future might look like.

It's a potentially awkward topic, but as we've seen this year, the humble bathroom is the source of much debate and our experts found a lot of room for improvement.

The bathroom of the future will be smarter

8 hours ago
Lane Wallace

This election year, Marketplace is casting its eyes toward the future, asking how the country can address long-term opportunities and threats — the ones that don’t fit into a single federal budget or election cycle. We'll imagine and ask you, if the next president were to appoint a Cabinet member to worry about future generations, what would be job one? Got an idea? Tell us here

EU responds to criticisms over Apple tax ruling

8 hours ago
David Brancaccio

Right now she may not have many fans in parts of Cupertino, California or Dublin, Ireland,  but the European Union's competition commissioner, Margarethe Vestayer,  is explaining why she thinks Apple should pay Ireland $14.5 billion in back taxes.

Vestayer is a Danish politician who has also turned up the heat on other powerful companies, from Russia's Gazprom to Starbucks. She joined us from Brussels to talk about the decision and what comes next. 

On whether the EU is targeting US companies:

Homeland Security rethinking private detention centers

9 hours ago
Adam Allington

Donald Trump plans to give a major speech in Arizona on Wednesday on the subject of immigration reform.

As the debate over immigration continues in the campaign trail, the government is taking a new look at how it runs immigration detention centers. The Department of Homeland Security is re-evaluating its use of contractors to oversee these facilities.

The news comes on the heels of a similar move from the Department of Justice last week.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, August 31, 2016

9 hours ago

On today's show, we'll talk about the tough run for cloud services provider Box since it went public last year; interview the CEO of Coursera, a tech company that offers massive open online courses, about its new business subscription model; and hear from European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager about Apple's $14.5 billion tax bill. 


On today's show, we'll interview the European Union's competition commissioner, Margarethe Vestayer, about why she thinks Apple should pay Ireland about $14.5 billion in back taxes; talk about the Homeland Security's re-evaluation of how it runs its immigration detention centers; and a post-recession milestone for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Delta Air Lines CEO talks power outages, TSA lines and 'being Delta'

Aug 30, 2016
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

Back in May, Delta Air Lines got a new CEO. He came with a familiar face. Ed Bastian was the company's CFO whose career highlights included leading Delta through bankruptcy and restructuring years before.  

But before he did that ... Bastian quit Delta.

How driverless cars could end up saving Uber

Aug 30, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Apple's plans to appeal the European Union's order that it pay Ireland $14.5 billion in back taxes. Plus, we'll interview one economist on why he thinks Uber's current business model is doomed to fail.

Why the US is on Apple's side in EU decision

Aug 30, 2016
Reema Khrais

On Tuesday, Apple was ordered to pay Ireland as much as $14.5 billion in back taxes. That’s because the European Union ruled that the tech giant gave special and illegal tax treatment to the country.

Shortly after the decision, the U.S. Treasury Department expressed disappointment.

“The commission’s actions could threaten to undermine foreign investment, the business climate in Europe, and the important spirit of economic partnership between the U.S. and the EU,” the department said in a statement.