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

09/12/2014 Marketplace Weekend - On the Road

This weekend, a trip through Portland: What happens when a city once affordable starts growing up? Then, could you give up your car? A person who lives in the autopia of Los Angeles says goodbye to freeways. Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson tells us what the future of technology looks like from TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. Did you ever want to work for NASA growing up? We talk to one person about the not so glamorous side of space travel. And Huffington Post's Ben Walsh and Jessica Pressler from NY Mag join us for brunch. 

09-05-2014 - Marketplace Weekend - Control

This weekend, Lizzie O'Leary talks with Medgar Brown, the CEO of Balmed Holdings in Sierra Leone. How is the Ebola outbreak affecting the region? Marketplace's Krissy Clark explains why Americans have seen zero wage growth in the last 40 years. Storyteller Joey Slamon tells us the money lessons she learned from her grandma. Marketplace Tech's Ben Johnson and Lizzie take part in a push-up contest and show off the latest in tech that helps you get fit. Americans spend almost $60 billion for their pets ... where is all that money going? And if your grocery bill is rising, Lifehacker's Kristin Wong tells us her favorite grocery store hacks to save. 

08-29-2014 Marketplace Weekend - Work

This weekend, we look at work in America. What was your first job? Did you learn anything from it? Starting September first, companies in the European Union can't make or import vacuums that generate more than 1600 watts of power. Lizzie O’Leary speaks with vacuum shop owner Patricia Ware about what that means for her store. Pope Francis is attracting a lot of attention to the Catholic Church, but the church has a recruiting problem. A lot of its clergy its aging. Lizzie O’Leary speaks with a young clergy member. Since the recession a lot of workers have had to cover for eliminated jobs and reduced headcount. What do you do if you're wearing one too many hats in the office? Personal Finance writer Farnoosh Torabi gives advice to workers.What do you do when the bubble bursts? Writer Brian Finkelstein explains. And Reuters’ Ben Walsh and Jessica Pressler from New York Magazine look back on the last week in news and discuss what’s on their plate in the future. 

08-22-2014 Marketplace Weekend - Duality

This weekend, journalist Simran Sethi explains how her upbringing impacts the way she uses money now. Plus, we talk with Marketplace's Noel King and Linday Foster Thomas to recap their trip to Ferguson, Missouri and tell us about their experience. Also we look at the rising cost of school supplies being handed off to parents. What's more, good public schools are also causing massive spikes in home costs in desired district. Is the price worth it? We investigate. Then, Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson talk about a few app that hep you discover a neighborhood and city. And after, writer Gwen Moran explains why women who ask to  work at home to take care of kids while on the clock are viewed more unfavorably than men who make the same request. Plus, Scotland is about a month away from a vote on whether it would like to be independent from the UK. What's the impact on business in the country?

08-15-2014 Marketplace Weekend - The New Playbook

This weekend, Lizzie O'Leary speaks with Anjili Raval from FT about the uneven housing recovery in the U.S. We hear from your stories of health care and give the Affordable Care Act a checkup with Chad Terhune of the LA Times. Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson lends his voice acting skills to crowd-sourced errand website Fiverr. Will Grant from the BBC tells us the story of Las Patronas, a group of Mexican women helping migrants. What's next for the NCAA antitrust lawsuit? We put it in context. Band Future Islands learns to let go of their D-I-Y playbook. And Marketplace's Stacey Vanek Smith and author Zac Bissonnette join Lizzie for brunch.

08-08-2014 Marketplace Weekend - Liquid-ity

The massive drought across the west is hurting businesses and farmers across the country. We take a look at how some groups are making money off the drought. Plus, according to a recent study from the Urban Institute, an estimated 1 in 3 adults, around 77 million people, are so far behind on their debt that their account has been placed in collections. We'll talk with David Lazarus, Consumer columnist from the LA Times, an explore what you can do to get back on your feet. Actress and musician Alicia Witt tells us a time about when she played a costly prank on her dad, and Jessica Pressler and Business Insider's Joe Weisenthal join Lizzie for brunch.