Marketplace Tech Report

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

Recent Episodes

04-24-2015 Marketplace Tech - To merge or not to merge

Airing on Friday, April 24, 2015: First up, we'll talk with Marketplace's Molly Wood about the issues surrounding the Comcast merger. And how well have you kept up with the week in tech news? It's time for Silicon Tally! This week, host Ben Johnson takes on Fred Benenson, data lead at Kickstarter and the creator of an all-emoji translation of Moby Dick, for an emoji-themed challenge.

04-23-2015 Marketplace Tech - The First Computer

Airing on Thursday, April 23, 2015: First up, Erna Alfred Liousas, analyst at Forrester, joins us to talk Facebook earnings. Plus, Jill Bronfman, Adjunct Professor of Law at the UC Hastings Institute for Innovation law, talks about national cybersecurity legislation. We'll also speak with Sydney Padua about her graphic novel, "The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer."

04-22-15 - Marketplace Tech - The cost of police body cameras

Airing on Wednesday, April 22, 2015: First up on today's show, Marketplace’s Senior Tech Correspondent, Molly Wood, talks about how — after a year of big breaches — companies at the RSA security conference are on high alert. Plus, the police have been in the news a lot of late—As well as on Twitter, youtube and Facebook. So over the next few weeks we'll be taking a look at how our nation's police force work in our series "Behind the blue line: the costs of a changing police force." Today: a look at the growing call for body cameras. President Barack Obama this past December proposed spending hundreds of millions to equip police departments. This proposal is currently on hold but would it be money well-spent? And will it be enough to cover costs after the cameras start rolling?  

04-21-2015- Marketplace Tech-Mobilegeddon

Airing on Tuesday, April 21, 2015: First up, we'll talk with Lindsey Turrentine, Editor-in-Chief of, about Mobilegeddon. Then, David Chao, Co-Founder and General Partner at DCM Ventures, join us to talk about investing in the marijuana market. And Keith McCarty, CEO and founder of Eaze (“Uber for pot”), on building technology for the marijuana market.

04-20-2015 Marketplace Tech - The Shade Room

Airing on Monday, April 20, 2015:  First up, we speak with Chester Wisniewski, Senior Security Advisor at Sophos, about the RSA security conference, which starts today. Next, Jenna Wortham, staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, joins us to talk about The Shade Room, Instagram’s TMZ. 


04-17-2015 Marketplace Tech - The sharing economy

Airing on Friday, April 17, 2015:  First, we talk with Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman of the FTC, about regulating the sharing economy. And this week, we play Silicon Tally with Annalee Newitz, Editor-In-Chief of Gizmodo.