Marketplace Morning Report

Start your day with an up-to-the-minute report on the world of business and finance with host David Brancaccio.

Recent Episodes

09/20/2017: The saga to repeal Obamacare continues

(Markets Edition) Yep, the effort to repeal Obama-era health care reform is back. We'll talk about a new bill from Republican Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham that'll get rid of the mandate requiring you to buy health insurance. Afterwards, we'll take a brief look at the major stock indexes this morning, and then discuss how women are faring in the global workforce. Plus: A conversation with Americares' vice president of emergency response, Garrett Ingoglia, about how the nonprofit prepares in the event of a natural disaster.

09/20/2017: What Puerto Rico is doing to help evacuees

(U.S. Edition) Though much of Puerto Rico was spared from Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria is now bearing down. We'll take a look at the efforts the territory is making to shelter evacuees. Afterwards, we'll discuss a new report that shows nearly 9 out of every 10 U.S. students have adequate internet bandwidth in their classrooms — a huge increase from four years ago when less than 10 percent did. How'd the digital divide get narrowed so quickly? Plus: We interview Gillian Thomas, a senior staff attorney with the Women's Rights Project at the ACLU, about the push to prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.

09/20/2017: A merger between giants amid global pain in the steel industry

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service ... U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to bolster the nation’s steel industry but we’ll tell you why a merger between two giants suggests that pain in the sector are global. Afterwards, we’ll take a dive into the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s assessment of the world economy, which suggests the global growth outlook might be brighter, but it doesn’t necessarily mean sustained growth just yet. Then, we’ll take you to Bavaria and detail the connection between beer and elections as we chat with a small business owner about the local economy ahead of this weekend’s German elections.

09/19/2017: How'll retail fare over the holidays?

(Markets Edition) Toys 'R' Us has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which means it's going to try to restructure the business instead of shuttering its operations. We'll look at how the company has struggled with debt since 2005, when private-equity firms took over in a $6.6 billion buyout. Next, we'll talk about a possible upswing in the seasonal job market, and then discuss how Macy's fulfillment centers could be an opportunity for the tens of thousands of retail workers who lost their jobs this year. Finally, we'll report on the major stock indices, which are mixed this morning.

09/19/2017: The management firm where employees rate each other

(U.S. Edition) Toys "R" Us is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, meaning it's going to try to reorganize in order to pay back its $5 billion of debt. We'll take a look at how the toy giant ended up in this jam. Afterwards, the head of Bridgewater Associates — Ray Dalio — joins us to discuss the unconventional methods his hedge fund uses to evaluate employees and their ideas.  That includes a system where employees rate each other, in real time, during meetings.

09/19/2017: Trouble in Toyland

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service ... Toys R Us, the largest U.S. toy chain, has filed for bankruptcy protection. We’ll explain what it means for the retailer’s global stores and the future of bricks-and-mortar toy selling. Afterwards, we’ll chat about how the People’s Bank of China’s consideration to open its capital markets to foreigners could be a negotiating tactic with the U.S. Then, ahead of this weekend’s elections, we’ll take you to a city in east Germany that is struggling to compete with the capital might of the western part of the country.