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 Wednesday December 31, 2014: As nonprofits work hard to get your end-of-year donations, some will also try to get something else: permission to share your information with other charities. Plus, the weight-loss industry is on a diet of its own. Weight Watchers has endured seven straight quarters of losses. Jenny Craig got dumped by Nestle. NutriSystem’s sales have been falling since 2008. One big reason? The growth of fitness trackers and weight-loss apps.
Airing on Tuesday December 30, 2014: How AirAsia will handle the insurance payouts to families of victims. Plus, the federal government’s final reckoning of the auto-industry bailout shows it lost $9 billion on an $80 billion investment. So what did the industry and the economy get for that $9 billion?
Airing on Monday December 29, 2014: It's Black Monday, the day after the end of the NFL regular season when many losing teams fire their coaches, starting a mad dash to hire new ones. Plus, Greece faces economic uncertainty after its parliament today rejected the presidential candidate put forward by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. Finally, the search for the AirAsia airbus with 162 people on board continues over Indonesian waters. What do we know about this airline?
Is 2015 the year we all get a raise? Disney tries its hand at darker movies with "Into the Woods." And a guide to buying all the things money can't buy.
Airing on Thursday December 25, 2014: Ugly holiday sweaters have a renaissance ... a must-have Christmas toy still tops gift lists three decades later ... and why you can copyright music but not a recipe.
Airing on Wednesday December 24, 2014: It's been a while since we've seen the kind of volatility that the market is experiencing right now. Many say this particular period could signal the end of the bull market. Plus, Sony’s "The Interview" will open in some 200 movie theaters on Christmas Day. It also will be available via video on demand. We look at the economics of a theatrical release competing with streaming services. Finally, we look at the business of releasing a Christmas album. How much money do these artists actually make? Hint: not much.