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
2:06 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

The Peace Corps wants ... baby boomers?

Rosemary and John and Bottcher in Paraguay.
Jenny Ament

According to the U.S. Peace Corps, 7 percent of its 6,818 volunteers are over the age of 50, and the international service organization would like to see that double. Retired volunteers, the agency says, bring unique life skills and professional experiences with them that allow them to instantly impact the communities they serve around the world.

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Business
11:01 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Making blue more black and brown

Members of the New York Police Department's 2014 class raise their hands while taking an oath at their graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden.
Mitchell Hartman

Incidents of racial bias by police, harsh treatment of black and Latino civilians by police and police shootings in questionable circumstances are continuing to generate protest and investigation across the U.S.

Many critics of contemporary law enforcement cite the continued dominance of police departments by whites, often in cities that have become majority black and/or Latino, as a significant cause of continued problems between police and the communities they serve.

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Business
11:00 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Why making movies isn't like making hamburgers

George Clooney as Frank Walker in the film "Tomorrowland." The film has been called a box-office disappointment.
Adrienne Hill

The summer movie season is not exactly off to a strong start. The Memorial Day weekend box-office take was one of the lowest in years.

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Business
11:00 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Will sponsors bail on the World Cup?

Mesut Ozil of Germany raises the World Cup trophy with teammates Kevin Grosskreutz, Roman Weidenfeller, Shkodran Mustafi and Erik Durm after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Adam Allington

Talk about a bad week for the “beautiful game.” The corruption charges against FIFA officials are off-putting, yet there is no other live global event that provides the marketing reach that an event like FIFA's World Cup offers.

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Business
11:00 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Making a home without a house

New encampments of homeless people are in plain sight in Los Angeles. Dennis Epping and Christine Boyer have pitched a tent above the Harbor Freeway, just a bridge away from downtown Los Angeles.
Jeff Tyler

The number of homeless people in Los Angeles County has grown 12 percent in the last two years. New encampments have sprouted on sidewalks across the city, including a dozen or so tents just across the 110 Freeway from Los Angeles' downtown — in plain-sight of commuters passing on their way to work.

"People go by us and think we're invisible," Dennis Epping, 44, says. "It's frustrating and degrading."

Epping shares a tent with Christine Boyer, 52. The couple has been together for more than a decade. In the past, when they fell on hard times, they could rely on family.

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Business
11:00 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Video: 'Game of Thrones,' Facebook and the GDP Explained

Marketplace staff

What's Gross Domestic Product? It’s like if Westeros from "Game of Thrones" had a Facebook page. Get it? You will.

Produced by Preditorial
Design and Animation by Fatdroid
Script: Paddy Hirsch
Director: Rick Kent
Producer: Mimi Kent

Business
11:00 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Marketplace for Friday, May 29, 2015

Business
11:00 am
Fri May 29, 2015

California's snowpack has run out

Low water levels are visible at the Los Capitancillos Recharge Ponds in April in San Jose, California.
Kai Ryssdal

This news is of primary interest to Californians and anybody who eats any of the fruits and vegetables that are grown here.

A chart out from the California snow survey showed that the California snowpack — you know, the source of a huge chunk of the water supply in this state — is at zero.

Zero percent of normal.

There's no water left up there.

Business
8:14 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Marketing to Millennials

Ronald McDonald looks into the stands from the court.
Eliza Mills

At Leo Burnett, the Chicago-based ad agency ranked 9th in the world, most meetings mention millennials. Mick McCabe, chief strategy officer at Leo Burnett, says that Millennials are "the topic du jour," and it shows in the agency's ads. 

Leo Burnett works with McDonald's, Coke, Allstate, Nintendo, Samsung and esurance. In recent years, their ads have introduced themes and characters meant to appeal to a younger audience, building status for newer brands that already skew young and revitalizing advertising for legacy brands. 

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Business
7:14 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Retirement: How it feels and how to pay for it

Retirement involves a balance of saving enough money and cutting expenses.
Lizzie O'Leary and Jenny Ament

Retirement. How does it feel? And how do you pay for it?

Lizzie O'Leary talks about the psychology of retirement with Nancy Schlossberg, the author of Revitalizing Retirement: Reshaping Your Identity, Relationships, and Purpose.

"Especially for men and women who are highly invested in their work, who love what they're doing, the thought of retirement creates some anxiety," Schlossberg says. 

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Podcasts

  • Friday, May 29, 2015 4:00pm
    Airing on Friday, May 29, 2015: What’s a multinational sponsor to do? Amid news that several FIFA officials have been indicted on corruption charges, we explore whether companies are likely to pull their sponsorships from future FIFA World Cup games. Next: With all the problems of race and policing around the country, one solution has to be to hire more minority police officers, right? A no-brainer. But it's not so easy, as Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman reports in this next installment of our series, "Behind the Blue Line: The Costs of a Changing Police Force."  
  • Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:00pm
    Airing on Thursday, May 28, 2015: The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, is proposing subsidized broadband internet access for millions of low-income Americans. We examine the thinking behind the plan and look at its prospects for becoming reality. Next: for more than a decade, the game World of Warcraft has been an unrivaled juggernaut among multiplayer online games. Yet some news this month has led to speculation that maybe World of Warcraft is showing its age. Marketplace explores. 
  • 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.