Marketplace

Weekdays at 6 p.m.
  • Hosted by 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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June 30, 2015

6:27 PM
Hey Ya!
Artist : Outkast
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Label : Arista

Marketplace for Wednesday, July 29, 2015

3 hours ago

Airing on Wednesday, July 29, 2015: Amazon has stepped up what will be a relentless push to get its delivery drones in the air. The idea is to create a drone highway from 200 to 400 feet above the earth. So what will that look like? Marketplace explores. 

Airing on Wednesday, July 29, 2015: Overnight, about 2,000 migrants attempted to push themselves into the Eurotunnel terminal near the French city of Calais, but were pushed back. More on that. Plus, we'll talk about the Department of Agriculture's preparations for the fall migratory season, when it expects wildfowl infected with bird flu could bring a new wave of the disease. We'll also talk about the fancy, remote-controlled toilets that are popular in Japan, but have yet to take hold in the U.S.

Poultry industry seeks ways to prevent more bird flu

14 hours ago
Annie Baxter

Poultry industry groups and government officials continued a two-day convocation on bird flu in Iowa on Wednesday, trying to understand what caused an outbreak this spring to reach such a dramatic scale that it cost Midwestern poultry farmers 48 million birds. They’re also evaluating how to mitigate a potential outbreak this fall when migratory birds, the virus carriers, take wing.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, July 29, 2015

14 hours ago
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Airing on Wednesday, July 29, 2015: First up, we'll talk with Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, about the launch of Windows 10 and Microsoft’s attempt to build an operating system that works across tablets, phones, and PCs. Then, Julie Ask, Vice President at Forrester Research, will explain why the new Moto X will be available without a phone plan attached. We'll also hear about a way to reduce 1 percent of the overall energy consumption of the United States with a new type of clothes dryer.

A toilet for all techies

14 hours ago
Sally Herships

There's really no other way to describe them — the toilets of Japan are fabulous, and, high tech.

"Let's say you don't want to lift up the lid yourself, because it's dirty," explains translator Kaede Kawauchi. "Then you can just use the remote control to press a button and then it just kind of lifts up."

In Japan, toilets come with remote controls.

Toto has customers work with "advisers" to help figure out which product is right for them. (Sally Herships/Marketplace)

A low energy solution for drying clothes faster

14 hours ago
Emily Siner

Clothes dryers in the United States use about as much energy each year as the entire state of Massachusetts, according to an estimate from EnergyStar — which is part of the reason the Department of Energy is trying to develop more efficient home appliances.

Among those making significant progress is Ayyoub Momen, a staff scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

How did Volkswagen conquer the world?

Jul 28, 2015
Gigi Douban

Volkswagen's very public goal has been to be the biggest car maker in the world. And it reached that goal in the first six months of this year, selling 5.04 million vehicles and moving past Toyota.

If you think of Volkswagen’s car brands as if they were part of a stock portfolio, it would be pretty diverse. And that’s a good thing, says Thilo Koslowski, vice president and automotive practice leader at Gartner. 

"As a large company that owns multiple brands, it is important that you have to have a balanced approach,” he says, “a premium brand and volume brands.”

Microsoft hoping for a revival with Windows 10

Jul 28, 2015
Kim Adams

Microsoft is rolling out its new operating system, Windows 10, tomorrow. Analysts say the company is hoping for a smooth deployment that might mend fences with customers and businesses still bitter about the last big update in 2012.

The Fed and your feelings

Jul 28, 2015
Sabri Ben-Achour

Consumer confidence is one measure of how we feel about the economy – and our confidence was way down in July. 

You might think the Federal Reserve, which is meeting this week on interest rates, would be concerned with how we feel. But while feelings are important, on their own, an economy they do not make.  

“Consumer confidence is a low-ranking indicator to policymakers at the Federal Reserve,” says Richard DeKaser, corporate economist for Wells Fargo & Company.  “The Fed’s primary focus remains on two indicators: the labor market and inflation.”

Marketplace for Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Jul 28, 2015

Airing on Tuesday, July 28, 2015:  A key measure of consumer confidence is out today. The Fed is meeting Tuesday It doesn’t care how we feel about the economy. Fed decisions are all about the data. Why don’t our feelings matter? And should they? Marketplace explores. Plus, Volkswagen reached its goal: for the first half of 2015, it was the biggest car-maker in the world. What’s the value of being no.1 and how did Volkswagen get there? Marketplace explores. 

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