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.
The cost of casting a ballot this November can mean thousands of dollars for non-citizens; why Google is sending YouTube stars to livestream the Olympics; and Japan announced today a huge stimulus program that includes spending on infrastructure, an approach both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have both shown support for to accelerate economic growth, but is it worth it?
Why U.S. manufacturing companies tend to succeed in China while tech companies like Uber tend not to; how driverless cars might impact the car insurance industry; and Democrats are calling for reforming the Federal Reserve, but is that necessary?
Facebook and Google's mobile ad domination, the war over pool toys and Exxon's tanking profits. Plus: Work and housing discrimination toward LGBTQ people is still legal in 31 states. We look into the cycle of poverty, that helps create, particularly among trans people of color.
Marketplace's Dan Gorenstein follows the story of one public health advocate at the Democratic National Convention who came to lobby for the importance of combating infectious diseases; Hollywood usually casts men in the role of rich and powerful bankers on Wall Street, but the indie film "Equity" which opens Friday, stars a woman in a very different kind of Wall Street story; and why Boeing is considering halting production on the 747.
Kai talks with Ron Suskind and his son Owen Suskind about the new documentary film "Life, Animated" that follows their son's story of overcoming autism; Banks in Silicon Valley are trying to attract more customers by offering 24 hour approvals and zero-money-down mortgages.; and a group of students from Yale University is setting up Connecticut's first bail fund to pay the bail of low income people who would otherwise be stuck in jail for minor offenses
Facebook has pledged to build 1,500 units for general public housing in response to major housing shortages in Silicon Valley; New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority announced plans to shut down the L train for 18 months to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy; and why New York City may be at risk of losing its title as the world's financial capital.