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 Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015: Home Depot announces it will hire 80,000 temp workers for its spring season. We take a look at seasonal jobs and ask how many become permanent positions at Home Depot and similar companies. Also, software giant Microsoft completed the largest corporate bond sale of the year yesterday, selling $10.75 billion of its debt to investors. Why would the company do this now and what does the move say about the economy? Plus, since a half-billion online searches a month are for health ailments, Google says it will place the most accurate answers at the top of search results when people appear to be self-diagnosing. How will Google accomplish this? And what is the downside to turning to Google instead of your family doctor?
Airing on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015: "NBC Nightly News" took a ratings hit last week amid the Brian Williams controversy. At 36 percent, it was a big dip, but declining viewership for all network evening news shows isn’t, well, news. How relevant is the evening news in the 24/7 information era and do the networks see a good reason to continue their investment? Plus, Greece is at loggerheads with other eurozone nations over the terms of its bailout. The country’s tough-talking finance minister said that if Greece is forced out, the eurozone could unravel. Is Greece such a cornerstone, and why are other eurozone nations so reluctant to see it go?
Airing on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015: Goldman Sachs came in dead last in Harris Poll's annual corporate reputation survey. What does this mean for the company? Plus, the Labor Department's January jobs report shows a slight rise in unemployment along with rising wages and solid jobs growth. Who are the new members of this workforce and what jobs do they hold? Finally, Pope Francis will share his economic beliefs with the U.S. in a September address to Congress.
Airing on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015: Greece’s prime minister and finance minister are traveling around Europe meeting with senior European officials and leaders to persuade them to back the new government’s plans for changing the conditions of Greece’s bailout. We look at how much success they’re having. Plus, following the Anthem hack, we examine the hierarchy of hackable data. What is most valuable to hackers?
Airing on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015: Automakers are reporting big sales and big profits, and we look at the reasons for this resurgence. Plus, you'll soon have one less place to buy your pens and pencils: Staples announced its $6.3 billion purchase of Office Depot. Finally, Gilead Sciences released quarterly results today. We look at how drug prices move from the sticker price to the discounted price.
Airing on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015: Now that Standard & Poor's has settled and been fined, what's next for ratings agencies? Plus, the Federal Communications Commission is nearing a decision on regulating the Internet as a public utility. We examine what that means for the consumer. Finally, both UPS and FedEx are increasing their fuel surcharges despite low oil prices. What’s behind the move?