Marketplace

Weekdays at 6 p.m.
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.

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Business
11:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Marketplace for Tuesday, May 5, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with leaders from the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the US Embassy in Beijing on November 10, 2014. 
Marketplace
Business
12:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Business
11:00 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Marketplace for Monday, May 4, 2015

McDonald's announces its goals Monday to attempt and turn the company around after slumping stocks. 
Marketplace
Business
10:41 am
Mon May 4, 2015

The Avengers' best superpower might be merchandising

Actors Robert Downey, Jr. and Jeremy Renner Join Marvel Entertainment Executives to ring The NYSE Opening Bell In Celebration Of "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" last week.
Edmund Morris

Sales of "Avengers" merchandise lept from $325 million in 2013 to over $1 billion in 2014. Marketing licensed products to adults is responsible for a big chunk of that.

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Business
9:12 am
Mon May 4, 2015

The changing role of Advanced Placement classes

North County High School junior Nevay Archuleta is taking two Advanced Placement courses this year. Her school pushes all students to take at least one of the AP classes it offers.
Amy Scott

Luis Romero has taken so many Advanced Placement courses, he can barely remember them all. AP Computer Science, Human Geography, U.S. Government, World History — the list goes on.

He may sound like a “typical” teenager in a “typical” high-achieving high school, but not that long ago, Romero would have stood out at North County High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland, a diverse school in a working-class suburb of Baltimore.

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Business
8:21 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Your Wallet: What are you chasing?

Greyhounds race in Heat 1 of the GRNSW Country Challenge Appin Cup at the Appin Way race meeting in Sydney, Australia. 

What are you chasing in your financial life? Retirement? Savings?

Will you catch it? Tell us about your race.

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Business
5:10 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Inside the weird world of podcast advertising

Microphones and other equipment in a recording room.
Stan Alcorn

This story was produced in collaboration with FiveThirtyEight.

The most listened-to podcasts come mostly from public radio: "Serial," "Invisibilia," "This American Life." But the ads? 

"Many of our advertisers are the same ones that you hear on Howard Stern," says Lex Friedman, who heads up ad sales at Midroll. "Literally, you hear Casper mattresses and Audible and Squarespace and ZipRecruiter." 

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Business
11:00 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Microsoft wants to guess your age

A photo of Kai's interview with Barack Obama, run through Microsoft's "How Old Do I Look?" tool.
Kai Ryssdal

I know I was a bit rough on Microsoft yesterday, saying they didn't do anything cool anymore.

Well, it's amazing what a difference a day can make. They're working on a new facial recognition tool that lets you upload a picture of yourself — or anyone else — and it tells you how old it thinks you are.

Business
11:00 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Marketplace for Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bank workers walk outside the headquarters of the Bank of China in the Xidan district of Beijing. 
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Business
9:24 am
Thu April 30, 2015

A warehouse dash with Rent the Runway

Spools of thread used for repairs at the Rent the Runway warehouse.
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

Wednesday at Rent the Runway’s Secaucus warehouse is its busiest day of the week.  The company offers designer clothing as short-term rentals to its customers, at a fraction of the cost it would take to purchase the item. But since most of their customers are renting for events that take place on Saturday, Wednesday becomes the key day when items that have been rented are returned and need to be sent out again for the following weekend.

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Podcasts

  • Tuesday, May 5, 2015 4:00pm
    Airing on Tuesday, May 5, 2015: As the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership rumbles on, we explain one aspect – the secrecy surrounding negotiations. What role does it play in fueling the controversy around the trade deal? Next: Pharmacy chains such as CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid began moving into inner cities decades ago as supermarkets left those regions. We explore their impact on West Baltimore. 
  • Monday, May 4, 2015 4:00pm
    Airing on Monday, May 4, 2015: When executives run for office, their record in business can be a double-edged sword. They can cite their experience in executive decision making, but there are also plenty of bad business decisions that will get picked over. As former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina formally enters the 2016 race, we look at the political peril that comes with a business record. Plus: McDonald's plans on revamping the company by increasing the number of restaurants it franchises and buying back more shares. 
  • Friday, May 1, 2015 4:00pm
    Airing on Friday, May 1, 2015: Marketplaces collaborates with FiveThirtyEight to look at the world of podcast advertising. Turns out that the majority of ads in today's podcasts are from mid-sized companies that sell online. Next: Tesla unveiled the Powerwall — a big battery for your home — on Thursday in California. The battery will operate by using energy that comes from your roof's solar panels. 
  • Thursday, April 30, 2015 4:00pm
    Airing on Thursday, April 30, 2015:  China introduces deposit insurance on Friday. This has less to do with protecting Chinese bank customers' money and more to do with the Chinese government controlling the amount of risk that Chinese banks are taking. Plus: Secret, a social networking app that keeps its users' identities hidden, has just shut down. Now, Secret has announced it’s giving its investors their money back. We look at the reasons behind the unusual move and whether it will have ramifications for other start-ups.  
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015 4:00pm
    Airing on Wednesday, April 29, 2015: The residents of Baltimore neighborhoods hit by rioting are still in cleanup mode today. There’s clearly an economic cost to the individuals whose property was damaged, but what about the broader economic impact of the social unrest there? We'll look at Baltimore's recent efforts to position itself as a tourism destination. Next: the Securities and Exchange Commission is going to demand that companies are more transparent about CEO pay, so that it's easier for investors see how salaries line up with the companies' stock performance. But CEO pay is already included in company reports. So what does this change, who does it benefit, and why is the SEC doing it now?