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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.


On today's show, we'll talk about Trump's choice for Labor Secretary; the difficulties of treating patients who are socially isolated; Italy's struggles to rescue its third-largest bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena; and a new paper that found just over half of 30-year-olds earn more than their parents did at a similar age — down from 90 percent in 1970.

OPEC woos other nations into production-cutting plan

10 hours ago
Lane Wallace

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed this week to cut production for the first time in eight years. That could mean oil prices will go up. But that depends on whether OPEC can convince a bunch of other non-cartel countries to agree to the cut. The cartel has invited 14 other countries to a meeting to discuss cuts this weekend in Vienna. So far, a handful have agreed to meet, including the big one, Russia. Click the above audio player to...

Italy looks to EU to help oldest bank

10 hours ago
Sam Beard

Italy is demanding that the European Union give it more time to rescue the country’s third-largest bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena. The rescue was thrown into last-minute confusion after a national referendum on constitutional reform went against the government and triggered the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Founded in the 15th century, Monte dei Paschi is the world’s oldest bank, but not the most venerable. It is Italy’s most dangerously indebted lender and could pose a...

Marketplace Tech for Friday, December 9, 2016

11 hours ago

On today's show, we'll talk about a new report from Ford showing that trust is increasingly important for users and that people care less than ever about owning stuff; play this week's Silicon Tally with Benjamin Ahr Harrison, co-host of "The Greatest Generation" (a podcast about "Star Trek: The Next Generation"); and look at surveillance cameras that are used on...sharks.

Dan Kraker

Long-time mine workers on Minnesota's Iron Range often say they're used to the ups and downs, the booms and the busts of the notoriously cyclical mining industry. "I've been laid off seven times from KeeTac in 17 years," said Tony Drazenovich, 47, referring to the mine where he works, Keewatin Taconite, one of two Minnesota mines owned by U.S. Steel. "That's a lot of layoffs." But most of those layoffs were short, he said. And that's what he anticipated for this one, too, when he was laid off...

Kai Ryssdal

President-elect Donald Trump issued a series of tweets last night which went after Chuck Jones, a leader of the local steelworkers union in Indianapolis who has been critical of the deal Trump brokered with Carrier. We spoke with James Briggs of the Indianapolis Star to see how the city was reacting to the news. How the state of Indiana feels about Chuck Jones: Yeah, well I think Chuck Jones has a lot of support in Indianapolis, regardless of what people think of his politics. He's had a big...

New surgeon general report says vaping is a threat to kids

Dec 8, 2016
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

The surgeon general issued a report today on kids, and e-cigarettes. The report calls e-cigarettes an emerging threat to the health of our youth. And they’re getting more popular by the day, with more high school students than adults using e-cigarettes. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says e-cigs hurt developing brains by affecting the capacity for attention and learning.

There is an award for the prettiest money

Dec 8, 2016

As the year comes to a close, there are some awards to be given out. Naturally, we all are familiar with the big ones for movies and music, but how about for money? Starting in 2004, the International Bank Note Society has handed out the award for “Bank Note of the Year”. Past winners have included Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, and a three year run for Kazakhstan. The United States has only scored a single nomination. James Tarmy is a reporter at Bloomberg whose most recent piece is titled “...

What can an oil industry ally do to the EPA?

Dec 8, 2016
Scott Tong

President-elect Trump made it official this morning: he’s picked an oil industry ally from Oklahoma to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Scott Pruitt is attorney general in Oklahoma, where he sued the EPA to challenge regulations on power plan emissions and oil and gas industry leaks of methane, a greenhouse gas. An oil CEO headed his re-election campaign. And Pruitt let a drilling company draft his correspondence to Washington. But where are market forces leading the energy industry,...

Carl's Jr. and the Department of Labor

Dec 8, 2016
Kai Ryssdal and Andrea Seabrook

Trump is expected to tap Andy Puzder, a fast-food CEO, to head up the Labor Department. Kai and Andrea break down his views on robots, wages, and overtime pay. Plus, the impact of Trump's tweets on our economy.