Marketplace Morning Report
Start your day with an up-to-the-minute report on the world of business and finance with host David Brancaccio.
Airing on Thursday, June 18, 2015: European finance ministers are meeting today to what to do about the situation in Greece. We'll talk about what action, if any, can be expected out of this meeting. And bird flu is sending the price of eggs higher, but oddly enough, it’s sending chicken prices lower. We'll talk about why. Plus, what happens when most of your city workers can’t afford to live in the city? We take a closer look at Marin County in California, where the high median home price forces many workers to commute from elsewhere.
Airing on Wednesday, June 17, 2015: We know that words matters, especially in the case of words on the way from the Federal Reserve. For more, we talk to Lindsey Piegza, chief economist at Stiefel Nicolaus. Plus, are we experiencing a baby bounce? While the great recession slowed down the birth rate in America, the numbers are coming back up. We'll also talk about the Port of New Jersey, where the roadways around it are so congested that picking up one shipping container and trucking it five miles can take all day.
Airing on Tuesday, June 16, 2015: Goldman Sachs gets into business with ... normal humans. Plus, in recent undercover tests, The Transportation Security Administration failed to detect weapons and explosives in 95 percent of trials — The TSA’s acting boss was immediately reassigned. We look at what it would take to improve the TSA. Next: In our series "Weak link: the state of infrastructure," the seismologist Lucy Jones explains why it’s important for scientists to learn how to tell stories and to engage the public in difficult but critical subjects like infrastructure.
Airing on Monday, June 15, 2015: With debt talks in Greece at an apparent impasse, interest rates there raise dangerously high. More on that. Plus, an FDA ban on transfats is expected as soon as next week. Companies have already greatly reduced their use, even while maintaining that they’re safe. We look at how much of a financial and logistical burden it would be to eliminate them altogether. Next: The average American leaves five vacation days on the table every year. We look at the reasons why we aren't using all of our paid vacation time.
Airing on Friday, June 12, 2015: With Twitter's CEO out, we'll take a look at the state of the blue bird, and where the company may have gone wrong. And we talk about whether the European financial system is prepared for the possibility of a Greece default. Next: the University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment report is out Friday It’s expected to be up modestly. Small business confidence is up as well according to earlier survey data from NFIB. A look at what the report says and why U.S. consumers seem so upbeat. Plus, in June, Brits celebrate the 800th anniversary of King John signing Magna Carta with mead, jousting, archery and banquets. The festivities are clearly designed as a tourist attraction, and lots of American visitors are expected. We cover the preparations and the American contribution.
Airing on Thursday, June 11, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about how the outbreak of MERS influenced macroeconomic policy in South Korea. More on that. Plus, the ACA made it illegal to deny someone health insurance based on a preexisting condition. But a recent New England Journal of Medicine reports that insurers are using drug pricing tiers to discriminate against patients with some preexisting conditions.