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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.

The skies feel very friendly for airlines

13 hours ago
Tracey Samuelson

As an airline representative gives the boarding announcement for passengers who purchased tickets for seats with additional room, Alice Friedman stays seated in the gate area.

She opted not to purchase any of the extras the airlines offered on this flight, since it’s just a quick hop from New York to Massachusetts. But she has paid for additional space on longer flights to Europe, for example.

Like many travelers, Friedman has heard about the airline industry’s improving bottom line, which can make their push to upsell passengers feel a bit uncomfortable.

At Instagram, it's no longer hip to be square

Aug 28, 2015
Sally Herships

Until now, if you wanted to advertise on Instagram, you were kind of boxed in.

"You needed to receive prior approval from Instagram and have rather lofty budgets in order to be appearing on their platform," says Nate Carter, managing director with eEffective, an ad agency trading desk.

Marketplace for Friday, August 28, 2015

Aug 28, 2015

Another step in the evolution of the 21st century employee; the big, bad business of refugee smuggling; and Instagram's outside-the-box strategy.

Refugee smuggling is a big, bad business

Aug 28, 2015
Scott Tong

Europe's refugee and migrant crisis appears to be getting worse by the day. In Austria, a truck found full of decomposed bodies is now believed to have held 71 people, including 12 women and children. The police say they were likely refugees from Syria. And an estimated 150 people drowned off the coast of Libya when a boat enroute to Italy sank.

Weekly Wrap: The stock market, oil and Janet Yellen

Aug 28, 2015
Kai Ryssdal

Joining us to talk about the week's business and economic news are Nela Richardson from Redfin and the Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy. The big topics this week: stock market fluctuations, possible peril in China's economy, a 20-percent jump in oil prices and what is Janet Yellen thinking? 

How fear plays a role in our finances

Aug 28, 2015
Lizzie O'Leary and Raghu Manavalan

What was your reaction when you first saw the stock market drop earlier this week? Something like this?

Despite all the advice about playing the long game when it comes to the stock market, the first reaction a lot of us have when we see all that red is fear. David Zald is a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University, and it's his job to figure out what fear is and why it makes us do what we do.

China's growing, but not fast enough for some

Aug 28, 2015
Lizzie O'Leary and Raghu Manavalan

Though China is about 6,500 miles away from the U.S., uncertainty in the Chinese economy can create big changes in ours. This past week, big drops in the Shanghai Composite stock index created a mini-panic in our own economy.

Clayton Dube, director of USC's US-China Institute, says China's reach goes beyond the United States, too: 

One photographer, 35 years of campaign history

Aug 28, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Mukta Mohan

Jim Cole has photographed every New Hampshire primary since 1980. He's snapped photos of everyone from George H.W. Bush sticking his head out of an airplane to the Lobsterman who ran for president in 2000. He's back at it this time around for the Associated Press.

On how to get a good shot:

Jack Lew is a fan of both Hamilton and "Hamilton."

Aug 28, 2015
Carrie Barber and Tony Wagner


Joseph Kim's escape from North Korea

Aug 28, 2015
Lizzie O'Leary and Jenny Ament

Joseph Kim escaped from North Korea, one of the most isolated economies in the world, to the U.S. when he was 15 years old. Kim, now a college student in New York, recently wrote a book about his experience called "Under the Same Sky."

He was interviewed by Marketplace host Lizzie O'Leary.