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, 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?
Airing on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015: The president’s budget is out today, a $4 trillion blueprint for how the U.S. should spend its money. The budget is also a signal that there may be one area where the administration and Congress can compromise: corporate taxes. Plus, what were the ad makers thinking? According to Nationwide, its Super Bowl ad titled “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up” was a push to highlight preventable accidents at home as the No. 1 killer of children. The day after, it's the most buzzed about ad, but not necessarily in a good way. Is all publicity really good publicity?
Airing on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015: Home ownership fell to its lowest level in many years. One reason for that? As households form, they rent before they buy, so housing can be a lagging indicator. Plus, in response to consumer outrage, Intuit has reversed changes to its TurboTax program that had effectively resulted in a 50 percent price increase for many filers. How did the company royally misread its market and can it recover?