Marketplace Money

Every weekend, Marketplace Money brings the week’s economic headlines home by looking at matters of personal finance with wit and wisdom.

Recent Episodes

04/11/2014 Marketplace Money - Tick-tock for taxes

This week on Marketplace Money, guest host Lizzie O'Leary and tax attorney Kelly Phillips Erb give tax advice for last-minute filers. Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson tells us about the final days of Windows XP and why you should really, really upgrade if you still use it. Lizzie O’Leary and LA Times Consumer Finance Columnist David Lazarus answer questions from our listeners. Matthew Boesler, Business Insider reporter, tells us about the impact of food inflation on food prices, personal finance expert Farnoosh Torabi gives us her tips for spring cleaning, and poet Doug Kearney tells us what he learned about money growing up.

04/04/2014 Marketplace Money - The costs of being cheap

This week on Marketplace Money, guest host Lizzie O'Leary and personal finance expert Jill Schlesinger tackle questions from our listeners. We're all trying to save money, but there are some times when being cheap costs you more in the long run. Personal finance writer Daryl Paranada tells us about times when spending can actually help you save. The latest monthly jobs report is released, more people are quitting their jobs but the unemployment rate continues to drop from the height of the recession. Good news or bad news? Tim Wu tells us about how the rise of convenience means we're spending more time than ever under the "tyranny of tiny tasks." And even if you write for one of the most successful shows in TV history, your parents are still gonna give you advice. "The Simpsons" writer Michael Price tells us about what he learned from being raised by parents who weren't exactly thrilled with the idea of a career in theater.

03/28/2014 Marketplace Money - Work in America

This week on Marketplace Money, guest host Lizzie O’Leary presents a special collaboration with the Your Money section of the New York Times called “Work in America.” Marketplace reporters Mitchell Hartman and Adriene Hill and Times reporters Tara Siegel Bernard and Paul Sullivan join the program to examine the personal finance issues surrounding young workers, temporary/freelance employees, gender discrimination in the workplace and mid-career workers who want to change professions. Also, Helaine Olen, author of “Pound Foolish” explores the challenges of being in the workforce at retirement age and Kimberly Palmer, author of “The Economy of You,” offers tips on how to successfully take on a side gig or start a second career.

03/21/14 Marketplace Money - Gentrification

This week, guest host Lizzie O’Leary and personal finance expert Lauren Lyons Cole answer listeners’ questions about money. Plus, we explore the tensions that arise in neighborhoods where gentrification has caused both economic and cultural shifts and discuss how raising the minimum wage would affect the day-to-day lifestyles of families and individuals. Also, who do you tip and why? A new Starbucks app makes it easy to add gratuity to your purchases, but just because it’s convenient, does that mean people will pay?

03/11/14 Marketplace Money - Privacy in the digital age

Guest host Lizzie O’Leary talks with Marketplace reporter Dan Gorenstein about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. With the March 31st deadline, what should you remember about coverage options and possible penalties? Also, Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson checks in from the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX to talk about protecting your personal information in the age of data breaches. Actor Doug Jones reflects on how his family influenced his financial habits, personal finance expert Liz Weston answers callers’ questions, and we explore the implications of having an aggressive personality at work.


03/07/2014 Marketplace Money - Personal Finance Party

This weekend, guest host Lizzie O’Leary and reporter Nancy Marshall-Genzer discuss the impact of President Obama’s federal budget proposal. How does the budget impact our wallets? Plus, Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson discusses the latest tech in money. Personal finance expert Louis Barajas answers listeners’ questions about saving and spending. Also, musician Andrew WK contemplates the personal finance behind partying, we examine whether networking actually works for everyone and listeners tell us how their music buying habits have changed over the years.