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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12:00 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Predicting algae levels on Lake Erie

A jar with water collected from Lake Erie on August 4, 2014. That summer, Toledo, Ohio area residents faced a two day ban on drinking tap water due to algae related toxins.
Annie Baxter

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association are hoping to arm communities with resources in the event of another water crisis on Lake Erie this summer. 

Algae blooms, caused by excessive phosphorus from pollutants like farm fertilizers, made water in the Toledo area undrinkable last summer. When the algae die, they produce a toxin, which can make water unsafe to drink. 

“These blooms, cynobacteria, they like it hot. They don't grow very well when it's cold,” says Richard Stumpf, a NOAA oceanographer. 

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Business
12:00 am
Thu May 28, 2015

The long arms of the right to be forgotten

US Internet giant Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond (C) is flanked by panel members at the start of a meeting of the Advisory Council to Google on the Right to be Forgotten in Paris on September 25, 2014. 
Sabri Ben-Achour

A year ago, a European Court said people had a right to demand Google take down certain search results about them. The right to be forgotten was born.

“That idea is spreading in some areas,” says Jennifer Granick, Director of Civil Liberties for the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.

Most recently, Google is challenging a ruling by Mexican authorities that Google Mexico must remove embarrassing—but true—search results about a prominent businessman there.

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Business
12:00 am
Thu May 28, 2015

How tobacco tax revenues affect free preschool

Declining revenues from tobacco taxes are threatening preschool subsidies for disadvantaged families, including those in Los Angeles.
Deepa Fernandes

Tobacco tax revenues that pay for California preschool and other early childhood services are steadily declining as users give up smoking, and a scramble is on to find another source of funding.

The tale of the shrinking funding source — now down to $350 million this year from $650 million in 1998 — starts at tobacco shops like Drive Thru Cigarettes. Tucked inside a strip mall on Huntington Drive in Duarte, the business and other nearby shops have seen sales drop to a trickle. 

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Business
12:00 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dessert menu.
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Business
12:00 am
Thu May 28, 2015

The risks and rewards of selling dinner reservations

The dining room at The Eddy, a New York City restaurant that sometimes sells reservations in partnership with the app Resy.
Tracey Samuelson

The Eddy, in New York’s East Village, is the kind of place that manages to make tater tots feel fancy — they're made with bacon and topped with an English pea puree. The décor is modern, but also a bit rustic, and since its dining room only has 30 seats, reservations tend to book up.

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Business
12:00 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, May 28, 2015

With Atlas, Facebook is using its data to target ads all over the web.
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Business
11:00 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Justice department moves on FIFA corruption

Longtime FIFA President Sepp Blatter has not been indicted on corruption charges, but he may have a lot of questions to answer.
Kai Ryssdal, Alberta Cross and Robert Garrova

Early this morning Zurich time, Swiss police arrested seven top officials from FIFA, the international organization governing soccer. What’s more, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced today that the Department of Justice will indict some FIFA executives, including former Vice President Jack Warner.   

“They corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and to enrich themselves,” Lynch said in a statement. The U.S. charges include racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud.

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Business
11:00 am
Wed May 27, 2015

After purchase, Re/code gets Vox's secret weapon

Co-executive editors of Re/code Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher speak at conference about Vox Media's purchase of the news site.
Nova Safo

In purchasing the tech news site Re/code, Vox Media is adding to its portfolio of news sites — and giving Re/code access to its "secret weapon."

Much has been made of Vox's content management system, Chorus. Most online news outfits have systems that are chaotic behind the scenes thanks to decades of updates and adjustments, says newspaper industry analyst Ken Doctor.

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Business
11:00 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Mixed feelings for landfill run deep in Tennessee

The site of the Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash disaster at the Kingston Fossil Plant in December 2008. Coal ash from the spill was hauled to a Perry County landfill.
Gigi Douban

Back in 2008, an estimated 1.1 billion gallons of toxic coal ash was released into the Emory River in Tennessee when a dam breached at the Kingston Fossil Plant. It was the biggest coal ash spill in the nation. Much of that coal ash was hauled to a landfill in Perry County, Alabama. Residents of the poor, mostly African-American county have filed a lawsuit saying they're suffering as a result of the coal ash. But the landfill is also a vital part of the local economy.

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Business
11:00 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Cleveland looks to firms to help fund police reform

The city of Cleveland is looking to local businesses to help fund police reforms mandated by a Department of Justice deal.
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

The U.S. Department of Justice started investigating the Cleveland Police Department in 2013, concluding in a report last December that the department used unreasonable and sometimes unnecessary force.

Cleveland has reached an agreement with the DOJ that avoids a long, expensive court fight. But, “Everything has to be paid for," says Steven Dettelbach, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.  

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Podcasts

  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015 4:00pm
    Airing on Wednesday, May 27, 2015: The city of Cleveland has agreed to a police reform package with the Department of Justice. The deal involves more community policing and better training for using force and dealing with the mentally ill. The changes will be costly, and the mayor says he'll look to the business community to help pay for them. We look at who the mayor will approach for funding and how local businesses might respond. Next: Vox Media acquires Re/code, giving the news site access to Chorus, Vox's content management system. Chorus brings all the moving parts of an online newsroom into harmony and helps it target ads.             
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 4:00pm
    Airing on Tuesday, May 26, 2015:  Prices are up for sales of both existing houses and new houses, suggesting that no matter how hard it is to afford a house these days, there are more buyers than sellers, leaving a lot of room for new construction. But are there just not enough houses available? We explore. Next: a much more even match in the cable industry. Charter has purchased Time Warner for $55 billion. So what will these giants do to keep consumers around? We take a look.   
  • Monday, May 25, 2015 1:15pm
    Airing on Monday, May 25, 2015: Reporter Krissy Clark from Marketplace's Wealth & Poverty desk explains why a large number of military families are reliant on food stamps, guest host Adriene Hill heads to the Vista Theatre to see how a one-screen venue decides what movie to play (while staying in business), and author Reid Mitenbuler looks at how bourbon became America's whiskey.
  • Friday, May 22, 2015 4:00pm
    Airing on Friday, May 22, 2015: The nation’s poultry industry is facing an unprecedented avian flu epidemic.  Millions of birds have been slaughtered to try and contain the disease, which is causing an egg shortage. Next: consumer prices, as measured by the Labor Department, ticked up 0.1 percent last month — a bit more if you discount big swings in food and energy costs. We look at why some things get removed from the “core” rate and why the Federal Reserve, for example, uses a different measure when trying to assess inflation.  
  • Thursday, May 21, 2015 3:00pm
    Airing on Thursday, May 21, 2015: This week’s oil spill off Santa Barbara’s coast may be small, but this is where the modern environmental movement in the U.S. had an awakening. A large oil spill in the region back in 1969 helped spur the creation of groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council. Next: CVS is seeking to buy pharmacy services provider Omnicare for about $13 billion, including debt. We look at the thinking behind the bid.