Every weekday on Marketplace, Kai Ryssdal hosts a lively and unexpected exploration of the day’s business and economic news from Wall Street to your wallet.
Airing on Friday, May 1, 2015: Marketplaces collaborates with FiveThirtyEight to look at the world of podcast advertising. Turns out that the majority of ads in today's podcasts are from mid-sized companies that sell online. Next: some social media companies, including LinkedIn and Twitter, haven't been faring so well in the stock market. We explore why. Plus: Tesla unveiled the Powerwall — a big battery for your home — on Thursday in California. The battery will operate by using energy that comes from your roof's solar panels.
Airing on Thursday, April 30, 2015: China introduces deposit insurance on Friday. This has less to do with protecting Chinese bank customers' money and more to do with the Chinese government controlling the amount of risk that Chinese banks are taking. Plus: Secret, a social networking app that keeps its users' identities hidden, has just shut down. Now, Secret has announced it’s giving its investors their money back. We look at the reasons behind the unusual move and whether it will have ramifications for other start-ups.
Airing on Wednesday, April 29, 2015: The residents of Baltimore neighborhoods hit by rioting are still in cleanup mode today. There’s clearly an economic cost to the individuals whose property was damaged, but what about the broader economic impact of the social unrest there? We'll look at Baltimore's recent efforts to position itself as a tourism destination. Next: the Securities and Exchange Commission is going to demand that companies are more transparent about CEO pay, so that it's easier for investors see how salaries line up with the companies' stock performance. But CEO pay is already included in company reports. So what does this change, who does it benefit, and why is the SEC doing it now?
All the talk these days is about the likelihood of the U.S. Congress avoiding a fiscal cliff. You know who’s not worried? Warren Buffett. Plus, his views on the next Treasury Secretary, Oreos for breakfast, and taxing the rich.
From the archives: You know who’s not worried about the fiscal cliff? Buffett.
Airing on Tuesday, April 28, 2015: Tyson announced that it will stop routine feeding of antibiotics to chickens. But the USDA reports the dispensing of antibiotics to livestock like cattle and hogs continues to grow. Plus, Charles Koch says his company, Koch Industries, will no longer ask job applicants to check a box attesting to whether or not they’ve been convicted of a felony in the past. He joins a national movement that seems progressive on its face, yet includes a number of prominent right-wingers. What’s in it for these companies to “ban the box”?