Marketplace

Every weekday on Marketplace, Kai Ryssdal hosts a lively and unexpected exploration of the day’s business and economic news from Wall Street to your wallet.

Recent Episodes

07-28-15 - Marketplace - Unfeeling Fed

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. 

07-27-15 - Marketplace - Funding fantasy sports

Airing on Monday, July 27, 2015: The fantasy sports website DraftKings has raised $300 million in new funding. Investing in these virtual leagues is becoming a way for TV sports networks to cash in on live programming and expand their footprint. Plus, the tech startup boom has come to cities like Venice and Santa Monica in what's come to be called Silicon Beach. We look at what the Southern California tech world has to offer. 

07-24-15 - Marketplace - Amazon Expectations

Airing on Friday, July 24, 2015:  Amazon reported earnings yesterday, and its stock price soared. Today it has a market value very similar to that of Wal-Mart. Yet Amazon’s quarterly profit was only a fraction of Wal-Mart's. How can that be? Marketplace explores. Plus, lots of people on the parched West Coast are hoping that predictions of a strong El Niño this winter will prove correct, because a season of hard rain is needed. Others remember El Niño as just that — a season of hard rain — and are concerned about a winter of floods and mudslides.

 

07-23-15 - Marketplace - Hospitals and insurers vie for supremacy

Airing on Thursday, July 23, 2015: Health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna are closing in on a $48 billion merger, just days after Aetna announced plans to acquire Humana for $37 billion. These deals could help insurers navigate the changes brought about by healthcare reform, but how will they affect consumers? Next, it's not easy doing business in China these days, with the stock market and property values falling. U.S. companies are having to adapt to a more mature Chinese economy.  

07-22-15 - Marketplace - California's broken gas market

Airing on Wednesday, July 22, 2015: Global oil prices are half what they were a year ago, but you’d never know it in California, where regular gas is $4.50 a gallon. We explain California’s broken market, where special requirements for anti-smog gas blends limits the state to gas refined locally, and environmental  pressure has limited the number of refineries.  Next: "I am Cait," premieres this Sunday. The docu-series that chronicles former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner's transformation into the female Caitlyn promises to be a ratings blockbuster for the E! Network. Where would E! be without the Kardashians? Marketplace explores. 

07-21-15 - Marketplace - Rural Matchmaking

Airing on Tuesday, July 21, 2015: Rural states have a lot of jobs, but don't have the skilled or professional workers to fill them. That's why states like Wyoming, South Dakota and Idaho have recently started their own Tinder of sorts —job-matchmaking programs to try and convince their expats to come back home. Next: Gold prices have hit a five-year low. What's been causing the drop? Marketplace explores.