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

Marketplace Weekend for Friday, September 23, 2016

This week, Andrea Seabrook and The Atlantic's Gillian White play the Long and Short game. We also look at pressure cookers, fertilizer and other everyday items that can be used to make weapons, and the ways we can start keeping tabs on them. Listeners call in with the questions they've always wanted to ask about money, plus Lizzie catches up with Flint schools Superintendent Bilal Tawwab as kids head back to school. Television cooking personality Alton Brown takes the Marketplace quiz. The New York Times' Quentin Hardy explains why data centers are opening up across rural America, but aren't bringing any new jobs. Finally, a conversation with Christine Moellenberndt, Reddit's on-site anthropologist.

Marketplace Weekend for Friday, September 16th, 2016

On this edition of Marketplace Weekend, Andy Uhler and Lindsey Turrentine, editor in chief of, talk with host Lizzie O'Leary about Ikea and the makeup industry in this week's Long and Short. Stephen Beard reports on the first new power plant to open in the United Kingdom in 20 years, and Kimberly Adams talks about new census data that reports median household incomes have increased. Listeners call in to talk about money and education, and senior education correspondent Amy Scott weighs in on college affordability. WBEZ's reporter Natalie Moore talks about the link between poverty, segregation and violence in Chicago. Plus, filmmaker John Bennardo discusses his new film "The 2 Dollar Bill Documentary," and we hear an interview with the band "Survive," which is responsible for the popular original score to the Netflix hit "Stranger Things."


Marketplace Weekend for Friday, September 9, 2016

On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, Marketplace's Reema Khrais and Andrea Chang of the LA Times go long and short on for profit colleges, meal delivery boxes, Chipotle and travel to Cuba. We hear stories from a Star Trek event in New York City, and Marketplace senior tech correspondent Molly Wood talks Apple and headphone jacks. Marketplace's Lewis Wallace reports on police interaction with people with disabilities, and writer Roxanne Gay takes the Marketplace Quiz. 

Marketplace Weekend for Friday, September 2nd

On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, the Los Angeles Times' David Lazarus guest hosts and plays the Long and Short game with Marketplace's Kimberly Adams and the Root's Danielle Belton. We hear from a woman juggling multiple jobs to make ends meet. Listeners call in to talk about how they are spending their money on education, plus David chats with Lizzie O'Leary to learn about the reporting she's been doing on college affordability with PBS Newshour and Frontline. We hear about Uber's attempt to break into an unexpected market: Public transit. Comedian Eric Andre stops by the studio to share some insights and take the Marketplace Quiz. Then we learn about the stock market, for sneakers, and we stop by  Vladivostok in Russia and find out why Chinese tourists are flocking there.

Marketplace Weekend for Friday, August 26th

On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, the Los Angeles Times' David Lazarus fills in for Lizzie O'Leary and plays the "Long and Short" game with Marketplace's Raghu Manavalan and Deadspin's Hamilton Nolan. The Los Angeles Times' California Economy reporter Natalie Kitroeff explains how American workers could benefit from Mexico's manufacturing boom. Listeners call in to talk about how money has changed their communities, and Manuel Pastor, the director of the University of Southern California's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity explains the good and bad of gentrification. David and Marketplace's Molly Wood discuss the future of streaming sports and live events after NBC ran into problems during the Rio Games. New York  Magazine's Heather Havrilesky takes the Marketplace Quiz. Benjamin Seibold, a professor at Temple University, gives us some hope when it comes to traffic jams. Plus, we learn about Leigh-on-Sea, the happiest place in Britain.

Marketplace Weekend for August, Friday 19th

On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, Molly Wood talks with Marketplace's Andy Uhler and the Los Angeles Times' deputy business editor Dan Beucke tell us what they're bullish and bearish on in this week's news. We hear from a low wage worker on how she makes ends meet. Vox's David Roberts talks with Molly about the future of autonomous trucks, and what that might mean for the trucking industry. Listeners call in to talk about the ways money changed their communities, and journalist Susie Cagle explains the gentrification happening in Oakland, California. Marketplace's Amy Scott has the story of two women dealing with the welfare system from Marketplace's podcast The Uncertain Hour, and Molly talks with professor Zeynep Tufekci about how social media has become an integral part of political campaigns.