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

05/29/2017: America's parks are in danger of being "loved to death"

You might be spending the long weekend relaxing with family, paying respect to fallen servicemembers, or getting outside. But if you're enjoying a national park this weekend, maybe think twice about pulling out your smartphone. 2016 was the third record-breaking year in a row for the National Park Service, but all that extra traffic from selfie-snapping tourists can harm the places they visit. Plus: What's at stake of the U.S. pulls out of the Paris climate agreement. Then: California's drought has all but ended, but some wells are still dry, forcing some of the state's poorest people to pay a premium on water.

05/26/2017: What it was like to rent from Jared Kushner

The European leg of President Trump's trip abroad got off to a rocky start yesterday when, in a meeting with G7 officials, the president was reportedly critical of Germany's trade practices. The main gripe, it seems, was about the number of German cars sold here, but that's just one slice of a pretty huge trade relationship. We'll talk about it, plus the drama back home at the Department of Education, which is considering handing some of its student loan business to the Treasury. Plus: A look at Kushner Companies, the family real estate business where Jared Kushner worked before taking a role in the White House.

05/25/2017: What, me worry?

We've talked a lot about the economic anxiety normal Americans face every day, but today we're casting and eye toward economic anxiety in and about Washington. First, the White House's budget. There are some assumptions that don't quite add up, but today Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reiterated his confidence that tax cuts, deregulation and trade policy will ratchet up economic growth. But what if it doesn't? Then: Mnuchin and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney both testified on Capitol Hill this week to sound the alarm about the deb limit. They're worried Congress might have to raise it sooner than expected. We'll explain what's going on. Plus: a California prison town's big bet on pot to save its economy.

05/24/2017: The CBO has spoken

The Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the American Health Care Act today. That's the revised version, passed by the House already. The CBO says this bill will leave 23 million people without insurance by 2026, while reducing the deficit by $119 billion. The last version scored by the CBO came out to a million more uninsured, but a steeper deficit reduction. We'll get some initial analysis from Vox's Sarah Kliff. Then, we'll return to Pennsylvania for our series The Big Promise, exploring how health care is propping up Erie's faltering manufacturing economy. Plus, a conversation with PayPal CEO Dan Schulman. 

05/23/2017: Trump's budget math doesn't quite add up

They call it "A New Foundation for American Greatness," we just call it the White House budget proposal. Whatever you want to call it, Trump's budget guy Mick Mulvaney presented it today with a focus on three percent economic growth. We talked to several experts who say the whole plan is based on assumptions and math that doesn't quite add up, not to mention a tax plan that isn't done yet. Then, we'll dig into the White House's proposed cuts to the USDA and Obamacare. Plus: how the mess at Penn Station ripples through the economy of the entire East Coast.

05/22/2017: It's not hard to get into Mar-a-Lago, if you're a hacker

With President Trump abroad this week, the business news agenda was set early this week by Ford. The American car maker announced over the weekend that CEO Mark Fields will be replaced by Jim Hackett, who most recently headed the company anonymous car division. We'll talk with executive chairman Bill Ford about it, plus we'll get some perspective from the Wall Street Journal's car critic. Then: Trump's clubs and resorts are exclusive and pricey, but if you're a hacker it's easy to get in and that could create a big national security problem. Plus, could you name the only bank in this country indicted for mortgage fraud after the financial crisis? You've probably never heard of them, because they weren't too big to fail.