Marketplace Tech Report

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

Recent Episodes

12-22-14 Marketplace Tech - Connected cars

Airing on Monday, December 22, 2014: First up on today's show, Will Oremus, Senior Technology writer for Slate, talks about the future of connected cars. And from the archives, we revisit a conversation with Neil Young about his Pono high-resolution audio player, recorded at this year's SXSW.

12-19-14 Marketplace Tech - The hacker race

Airing on December 19, 2014: Will the unprecedented Sony hack set off an arms race among hackers to one up the North Koreans? Plus, we talk with Jonathan Zittrain, law professor and co-founder of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, about legal issues underlying the Sony hack. And how well have you kept up with the week in tech news? It's time for Silicon Tally! This week, digital dating consultant Laurie Davis.

12-18-14 Marketplace Tech - Farm tech

Aired on Thursday, December 18, 2014: First up, we talk to Stephen Cobb, security researcher at ESET, about Sony’s decision to pull The Interview. Then, Andrew Bartels, research analyst at Forrester, talks about the tech industry’s reaction to the volatile ruble. And when you think of "salary negotiations," picking apples and cherries isn't the first job that comes to mind. Individual farmworkers don't control much about their work environment. But in Washington's Yakima Valley, growers and workers alike say the growing use of cell phones has shaken up the labor market.

12-17-14 Marketplace Tech - The Simpsons and the VCR

Aired on Wednesday, December 17, 2014: First up on today's show, Molly Wood, Technology Columnist at the New York Times, talks about Apple’s iPod music antitrust suit. And Bill Oakley, a TV writer and producer who wrote for The Simpsons, joins us to talk about freeze frame jokes and VCR technology on the 25th anniversary of the first episode of The Simpsons.

12-16-14 Marketplace Tech - Hollywood vs. Silicon Valley

Aired on December 16, 2014: First up, Lindsey Turrentine, Editor-in-Chief of, talks about how social networks use games to make sure their users keep coming back for more. And Russell Brandom, a reporter for The Verge, on what the Sony hack revealed about Hollywood’s fraught relationship with Silicon Valley.

12-15-14 Marketplace Tech - Attacking drought with tech

Aired on Monday, December 15: On today's show, Saadia Muzaffar, tech entrepreneur and CEO of TechGirls Canada, talks about diversity in tech (or the perceived lack thereof). And if you haven't heard, California is experiencing a serious drought. It's also the home of that cradle of innovation, We look at what the tech sector is doing to attack the drought.