Marketplace Weekend

Marketplace Weekend is an informative, fun, interactive program that leverages Marketplace's talent and reporting strength across all platforms. Host Lizzie O'Leary guides listeners through the most fascinating economic stories of the week – exploring what happened, why it matters, who it affects and what happens next – through lively and engaging conversations on air and online.

Recent Episodes

12/19/2014 Marketplace Weekend - Algorithms

This weekend, we focus on algorithms, in business, love, and crime. Lizzie O'Leary talks with Guru Hariharan, CEO of Boomerang Commerce, about how online businesses use data and algorithms. Christian Rudder, co-founder of OkCupid, discusses algorithms in love...and what happens when someone lies in their online dating profile.  Marketplace Tech host  Ben Johnson tells Lizzie the story of a Google algorithm that discovered a ring of car thieves. What happens when algorithms start to learn? Lizzie and Patrick Surry of travel site Hopper talk about the best ways to use algorithms to your advantage while shopping for airfare. How do you game the system. And as 2015 approaches, what are your thoughts about indulgence? Is there anything you try to keep from yourself? 

12/12/2014 Marketplace Weekend - Creation

This weekend, we focus on creation, in the job market, our moneys, and our lives. Three people tell their stories of working in growing industries: retail, manufacturing, and healthcare. Lizzie O'Leary talks with Sarah Watt House about signs of wage growth in the November jobs report. Marketplace Senior Editor and host of Marketplace Whiteboard Paddy Hirsch talks about another side of job creation how to count the number of unemployed people in the U.S.  Lizzie and Marketplace Tech host  Ben Johnson head to the kitchen to discuss how professional cooking products trickle down to the consumer market. Gavin McIntyre, co-founder of Ecovative, describes how his company makes packaging, furniture, and surfboards...out of mushrooms. And how do you budget for the holiday season? 

12/05/2014 Marketplace Weekend - Gentrification

This weekend, Lizzie O'Leary talks with Krissy Clark and Lindsay Foster Thomas of Marketplace's Wealth and Poverty desk, about York & Fig, a project focusing on gentrification. Michael Bashaw of Whole Foods explains how the chain chooses locations, and Lizzie and Trulia economist Jed Kolko go to Starbucks...on opposite sides of the country. Ben Johnson explains how to understand gentrification using Google Maps. And, how does gentrification impact your personal finances? 

11/28/2014 Marketplace Weekend - Consumption

This weekend, Lizzie O'Leary talks with Marketplace's Noel King about the G-word: gentrification. Ben Johnson explains how to stay secure while shopping on Cyber Monday. Lizzie talks about sustainable protein with cricket farmer Andrew Brentano, and has grasshopper tacos for brunch at The Black Ant in New York City. YouTube star Sam Tsui explains his rise to fame in a niche market. And, 'tis the season: how do you balance helping others with your own financial needs? 



11/21/2014 Marketplace Weekend - Comfort

This weekend, Lizzie O'Leary speaks with Marketplace's Amy Scott about Generation Z and their economic ambitions. Deena Fidas of the Human Rights Campaign discusses coming out at work and how it impacts business and personal career trajectory. Lizzie has brunch at Best Buy with a manager working on Black Friday, and Marketplace Tech's Ben Johnson explains how to use dynamic maps to get home for Thanksgiving. How do you make Thanksgiving work for your budget? Is a holiday meal the best time to bring up money? 

11/14/2014 Marketplace Weekend - Transitions

This weekend, Lizzie O’Leary speaks with Marketplace’s Adrienne Hill about how data impacts education. Lizzie goes for a walk in Washington DC with a special guest to understand what walkable cities mean to the aging population. The New Yorker’s John Cassidy and Slate’s Alison Griswold talk wage stagnation, online shopping, and mayo over brunch. How do you make money pursuing your passions? Why doesn’t anyone go to the bank anymore? And is it even possible to achieve perfect work-life balance?