Marketplace

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.

Recent Episodes

06-25-2014- Marketplace- Oily Cracks

The US economy shrank at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the January-March quarter, according to the latest figures from the Commerce Department. Its estimates a month ago indicated the first-quarter contraction was just one percent. We explore the limited significance of the latest gloomy figures in the current climate of optimism. Also, turns out there may be a crack in the U.S. ban on oil exports, something producers in fracking regions are currently lobbying for. And the ultralight oil produced by fracking is what’s seeping through that crack. Fracked oil is so light that refineries aren’t set up to handle it, intensifying a surplus that already exists because of high production. We investigate.

06-25-2014- Marketplace- Oily Cracks

The US economy shrank at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the January-March quarter, according to the latest figures from the Commerce Department. Its estimates a month ago indicated the first-quarter contraction was just one percent. We explore the limited significance of the latest gloomy figures in the current climate of optimism. Also, turns out there may be a crack in the U.S. ban on oil exports, something producers in fracking regions are currently lobbying for. And the ultralight oil produced by fracking is what’s seeping through that crack. Fracked oil is so light that refineries aren’t set up to handle it, intensifying a surplus that already exists because of high production. We investigate.

06-24-2014- Marketplace- Politicians Definition Wealth

A new Brookings report out today suggests that the crisis surrounding student loans may not be what we think it is. The report is based on data from the last 20 years and says that certain areas are worse than others. Graduates, for example, are in tougher spots than undergraduates. We look at where the problems with student loans are most acute. Plus, the Export-Import bank, whose charter is expected to expire at the end of September, faces a dire future as both the White House and Republicans call for its end. What is it and what are its main functions? We explain. Also, we look at how politicians talk about wealth when they talk about wealth: Did you work your way up, did you earn every dollar, or were you just lucky? And does it matter whether it looks like you earned every dollar? There’s earning a lot of money, and there’s being paid a lot of money.

06-24-2014- Marketplace- Politicians Definition Wealth

A new Brookings report out today suggests that the crisis surrounding student loans may not be what we think it is. The report is based on data from the last 20 years and says that certain areas are worse than others. Graduates, for example, are in tougher spots than undergraduates. We look at where the problems with student loans are most acute. Plus, the Export-Import bank, whose charter is expected to expire at the end of September, faces a dire future as both the White House and Republicans call for its end. What is it and what are its main functions? We explain. Also, we look at how politicians talk about wealth when they talk about wealth: Did you work your way up, did you earn every dollar, or were you just lucky? And does it matter whether it looks like you earned every dollar? There’s earning a lot of money, and there’s being paid a lot of money.

06-23-2014- Marketplace- A Carbon Tax?

The White House hosts a Summit on Working Families today, to draw attention to the fact that the US actually has a pretty poor record on paid family leave. It's an important issue in an election year. But to ensure public attention, the summit comes with its own celebrity guest- Mad Men's Christina Hendricks. She will probably get the attention, but there are some real issues here. Plus, Henry Paulson, the prominent Republican and former Treasury Secretary, says global warming will be a bigger crisis of its kind than the financial crisis, and it's time to adopt a carbon tax. Economist Paul Krugman says sure, but politically that's not going to happen. Do you support "second-best" solutions? We look at the higher cost of second-best solutions. 

06-23-2014- Marketplace- A Carbon Tax?

The White House hosts a Summit on Working Families today, to draw attention to the fact that the US actually has a pretty poor record on paid family leave. It's an important issue in an election year. But to ensure public attention, the summit comes with its own celebrity guest- Mad Men's Christina Hendricks. She will probably get the attention, but there are some real issues here. Plus, Henry Paulson, the prominent Republican and former Treasury Secretary, says global warming will be a bigger crisis of its kind than the financial crisis, and it's time to adopt a carbon tax. Economist Paul Krugman says sure, but politically that's not going to happen. Do you support "second-best" solutions? We look at the higher cost of second-best solutions.