Marketplace Tech Report

Marketplace Tech is a daily 4-minute show exploring how technology is shaping our lives.

Recent Episodes

03-30-2015 Marketplace Tech - The Kleiner Perkins trial

Airing on Monday, March 30, 2015: First up, we talk with Marisa Kendall, reporter for The Recorder, about the Kleiner Perkins trial. Next, we take a look at Northeastern University's plan to launch a series of educational hubs embedded directly in select companies across the Bay area – starting with Silicon Valley. The Boston college says the program takes a unique hybrid approach - part online, part face-to-face instruction - and aims to draw in more women and minorities to the STEM field. How does it plan to do that? Also, Marketplace’s Tobin Low brings us an audio postcard from the maker of MiMu Gloves, a gestural instrument that works like a wearable theremin.

03-27-2015 Marketplace Tech - EU vs Silicon Valley 2.0

Airing on Friday, March 27, 2015:  We take a look at the European Union's upcoming investigation into how e-commerce sites like Amazon operate in its twenty-eight countries. There’s a concern that these companies are violating the EU’s antitrust laws by blocking cross border trade. Next, we talk with Pai-Ling Yin, a Social Science Research Scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, about the proliferation of livestreaming services. And Ben Richmond, contributing editor to Vice’s Motherboard, joins us for this week's Silicon Tally! 



03-26-2015 Marketplace Tech - On Swatting and Doxxing

Airing on Thursday, March 26, 2015: First up, we talk with William McGeveran, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, about selling customer data in the RadioShack auction. Next, we take a look at Microsoft new policy that all (U.S.) vendors with 50 employees or more must offer their employees 10 days paid vacation and 5 days sick leave, or some combination thereof.  What impact might this have, and beyond publicity, what’s in it for Microsoft? And we'll also speak with Sarah Jeong, a tech policy journalist, about doxxing and swatting. 

03-25-2015 Marketplace Tech - It's Complicated: Tech in Saudi Arabia

Airing on Wednesday, March 25, 2015: First up, we talk with Molly Wood, Tech Columnist for the New York Times, about the expansion of Facebook Messenger. Next, Ben talks with Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al-Saud, a member of the Saudi royal family, about retail training for Saudi women and why social media can be a complicated tool in Saudi Arabia.


03-24-2015 Marketplace Tech - The Smart Yard Is Here

Airing on Tuesday, March 24, 2015: First up is Nidhi Kalra, Information scientist at the RAND Corporation, to talk about autonomous vehicles. Next, we ask why Big tobacco wants us to know that E-cigarettes are bad for us. What’s driving this public health message? Also, Ben speaks with Lindsey Turrentine, Editor-in-Chief of, about the Internet of things in your yard. 


03-23-2015 Marketplace Tech - Science Fair 101

Airing on Monday, March 23, 2015: The long-awaited student privacy bill from the Federal government is expected to land today. Early indications are it will be better for the education tech industry than for parents or student-data privacy advocates. Firs up, we discuss what to expect from this legislation. Next, we move onto the White House’s fifth annual science fair, which is happening today. Marketplace's Adriene Hill talks with Norm Brennan, a science teacher at the Mirman School, about how technology is changing science fairs.