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

02/06/2017: The retirement crisis

Nearly 100 tech companies, including giants like Apple, Facebook, Google and Netflix, filed a legal brief Sunday challenging President Donald Trump's travel ban. We'll look at what that brief can do and how much of it is symbolic. Plus, it's no secret that Trump watches a lot of cable news, and advertisers are catching on. Then, we'll look at two very different crises in this country: a lack of retirement savings and missing railroad crossings on GPS.

02/03/2017: Super Bowl ads are riskier than ever (and just as expensive)

President Donald Trump's latest executive order took the first steps toward whittling away on Dodd-Frank today. We'll look at that and what's ahead, plus what causes the job loss Trump campaigned on — and what doesn't. Then: After a bitter election and a rocky start to the year, making a Super Bowl ad is more of a gamble than ever. We'll look at how companies are spending their $5 million (at least) for 30 seconds this Sunday. Plus, more unintended consequences of Trump's travel ban and the growing winter biking trend.

02/02/2017: What makes a #sponsored Instagram post?

Productivity has been lackluster for a while, and it slowed down in the fourth quarter. We'll look at what that means ahead of the first new jobs report of the Trump administration tomorrow. Plus, we'll examine an unintended consequence of President Donald Trump's travel ban: potentially worsening a shortage of rural doctors. Plus, we'll learn how to parse ads and non-ads on Instagram and Norman Lear takes a phone call in the middle of our conversation about "One Day at a Time."

02/01/2017: The view of Trump from the Middle East

Former oil exec Rex Tillerson was confirmed as Secretary of State today, and Republicans rolled back regulations on the energy industry. Plus, Marketplace Weekend host Lizzie O'Leary is reporting from Dalton, Georgia on the future of jobs there under President Donald Trump. Plus, the view of Trump's travel ban from the Middle East and how trade policy affects $300 jeans.

01/31/2017: Businesses react to Trump's policies

We're leading off with two macro-economic stories today. First, currency manipulation: Trump and his aides have accused China, Japan and now Germany of benefiting from undervalued currency. Then, companies are trying to figure out how to navigate the new Trump era. Some are feeling pressure to move manufacturing back to the States, or take a stand on his executive order, and others just want to stay off his Twitter feed. Plus, a preview of this week's "Make Me Smart."

01/30/2017: Trump's immigration order — what now?

It's been a busy week, and it's only Monday. We'll tackle the business implications of President Donald Trump’s executive order Friday, which restricted travel for refugees and other migrants from seven mostly Muslim countries. We're looking at tech, tourism and local manufacturing economies. Plus, Delta's troubles and a look at the early life of Warren Buffett.