Marketplace

Weekdays at 6 p.m.
  • Hosted by Kai Ryssdal

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.

Making sense of good job growth and stagnant wages

9 hours ago
Mitchell Hartman

The Labor Department reported on Friday that the U.S. added 173,000 jobs in August, with the unemployment rate falling to 5.1 percent. In July, the economy added 215,000 jobs and unemployment held steady at 5.3 percent. Average hourly earnings rose 0.2 percent month over month.

A pothole for bike-sharing programs: bike helmets

9 hours ago
Gigi Douban

There are so many reasons people don’t ride bikes. It’s too hot. It’s too cold. I look ridiculous in spandex. These are what people in the bike world call “barriers to cycling.” Among the most common?

Why gas prices are likely to keep falling

9 hours ago
Andy Uhler

The national average of gas prices keeps falling. Prices are expected to reach their lowest Labor Day levels in a decade. In a lot of the country, the price at the pump is inching under $2 a gallon, which is leading a lot of Americans to take road trips this weekend. 

Sonification

9 hours ago
Sabri Ben-Achour and Tim Fernholz

This week, Actuality plugs into the weird world of sonification — making data into sound. Pythagoras tried to do it with cosmic spheres. Today, sonification pioneers are making music from climate change and cheeseburger data. Plus, can you be allergic to Wi-Fi, and is that a disability?

A tale of two small-business exporters

9 hours ago
Tracey Samuelson

A sign above the entrance to the Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company reads, “Welcome to the nut house.” Inside, the Hawaiian-based small business with a staff of 55 processes 2.5 million pounds of nuts per year.

“We have to put these products somewhere,” says president Richard Schnitzler. “We sell them locally, but we really, really need to get more into Asia and other places.”

He already sells to a handful of countries. Customs can be complicated, he says, and tariffs add expenses, but he’d like to export more.

Marketplace Tech for Friday, September 4, 2015

9 hours ago
Marketplace

Airing on Friday, September 4, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Microsoft's overseas data warrants; luxury ecommerce; and Erin Ryan of Jezebel joins us for Silicon Tally.

Airing on Friday, September 4, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about the wild week for oil prices; the record low prices for gas; and a look at two small-business exporters and how they might be affected by the Transpacific Trade Partnership.

The UK is under pressure to take more refugees

20 hours ago
Sam Beard

One image has brought home the scale of the tragedy unfolding in Europe. It’s of a small lifeless body on a Turkish beach. The 3-year-old boy drowned as he and his family, fleeing the war in Syria, attempted to reach Greece. This one image has sparked international outrage and piled even more pressure on European leaders to do more to help the refugees flooding into their continent. 

Why is in-flight Wi-Fi so slow?

20 hours ago
Molly Wood and Mukta Mohan

If you're a business traveler who's been wanting to catch up on Twitter while you’re up in the air, you’ve probably wondered why the Wi-Fi is so bad … and why it’s so expensive. That’s because there’s only one major company in the game. Gogo controls 80 percent of the country’s in-flight Wi-Fi. Today, the company provides service on more than 2,000 commercial aircraft including American, Delta, United, Virgin America, Alaska Air and Air Canada. Yet, service tends to be slow.

Kim Adams

Most countries and various international organizations have procedures in place to handle refugees, but they are overwhelmed by the flow of people into Europe right now. There hasn’t been a global crisis on this scale since World War II.

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