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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.

How small businesses are affected by wildfires

9 hours ago
Andy Uhler

Peak fire season is just starting in Southern California as Santa Ana winds pick up. Four years ago, Central Texas went through the most devastating fire in the state’s history. 

Jarad Milton and his brother own close to 800 acres in a town called Smithville, in Bastrop County. 

“You know, there have been cattle constantly on the place since we got the place, basically,” he said.


Airing on Thursday, October 8, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund's annual meeting; Alcoa's decision to split into two companies; and we'll talk a look at racial disparity of wage garnishments.

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, October 8, 2015

9 hours ago

Airing on Thursday, October 8, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Google's so-called Accelerated Mobile Pages; Pandora’s acquisition of live event ticketing company TicketFly; and Kim Dotcom’s extradition trial in New Zealand.


Scott Tong

The international price of crude oil has rallied a few dollars this week, to more than $50 a barrel. The question is whether that is a sign of momentum, of a rebound in price after a year-long plunge.

This week brought evidence U.S. drillers and frackers are starting to cry "uncle." Low prices have them cutting production. The number of active drilling rigs is down, as are barrels of crude produced. It's arrived. Oil rigs are down, and so are barrels produced.

An old-school U.S. company lets its sexy side shine

9 hours ago
Mark Garrison

Aluminum giant Alcoa reports earnings Thursday afternoon, highlighting a moment of challenge and change for the firm. Aluminum prices are in the dumps, along with other commodities. But Alcoa now does a lot more than just old-school mining and aluminum production. So the company is preparing to split into two publicly traded companies: one focused on its legacy aluminum business and the other on high-performance materials — not just aluminum — used in jets and next-generation cars.

Marketplace for Wednesday, October 7, 2015

22 hours ago

Global trade, early childhood education and a talk with Ben Carson.

Just how much will that VW recall cost?

22 hours ago
Noel King

Volkswagen is expected to start recalling vehicles affected by the diesel emissions test scandal early next year.

Some 11 million cars worldwide are involved, and it's unclear whether a fix will require software changes or new hardware.

When a car company launches a recall, they have to pay for everything including trained technicians to fix the problem, customer outreach to let people know what's happening, shipping and storing new parts, lawyers, public relations and crisis management experts.

Dr. Ben Carson on the economy, taxes and debt

23 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

In one of his only in-depth interviews about the economy, retired neurosurgeon, author and Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson laid out what he sees as the biggest economic issues facing the country, and his ambitious plans to address them.

Full interview: Dr. Ben Carson on the economy

Oct 7, 2015
Kai Ryssdal

On Monday, Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talked with Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson about his campaign, the economy, and how he would change the government if he were elected.

Kai Ryssdal: Dr. Carson, good to have you with us.

Dr. Ben Carson: Good to be here.

Ryssdal: Here's the most basic question, sir, so I'll start with it first: Why do you want to be the president of the United States?

PODCAST: Swiping for employment

Oct 7, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about union workers in the U.S. notifying Fiat Chrysler of a possible strike; why it's a bad time for hedge funds; a new report that looks at improvement (or lack thereof) in public schools; and job hunting apps that take a page from Tinder.