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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

05/19/2017: TGIF

Honestly, what's there to say at this point? There was even more news related to President Trump, Russia and ousted FBI director James Comey this afternoon, to cap off a relentless week of compounding scoops and scandals. We'll do our best to figure out the economic effects of it all during the Weekly Wrap. Then: President Trump was on his way to Saudi Arabia this week, the first stop in a nine-day trip abroad. He'll be bringing with him a $100 billion deal with the Saudis to buy American planes, ships and munitions, and they're not the only ones. We'll talk about the delicate balance between arms deals and diplomacy. Plus: Uber for trucks and the lay of the land this summer movie season with The New York Times' Wesley Morris.

05/18/2017: Trade is center stage as Trump heads abroad

On the eve of his first trip abroad since taking office, President Trump took the first formal steps of renegotiating NAFTA. But is it the right time? And what will the U.S. get out of it? That's what we're talking about today before turning to Saudi Arabia. It's Trump's first stop on a whirlwind nine-day trip, and he's bringing a lot of CEOs with him. Plus: Roger Ailes, the founder and former CEO of Fox News, died today at 77. Ailes was, according to more than a dozen women, a serial sexual harasser who enabled others to do the same. But he was also a man who changed the United States and propelled Trump to the White House. We'll talk with Ailes biographer Gabriel Sherman. Plus: We covered stocks and currency under Trump already this week. So why not try to predict the future and complete the trifecta with a look at the bond market?

05/18/2017: Trade is center-stage as Trump heads abroad

On the eve of his first trip abroad since taking office, President Trump took the first formal steps of renegotiating NAFTA. But is it the right time? And what will the U.S. get out of it? That's what we're talking about today, before turning to Saudi Arabia. It's Trump's first stop on a whirlwind nine-day trip, and he's bringing a lot of CEOs with him. Plus: Roger Ailes, the founder and former CEO of Fox News, died today at 77. Ailes was, according to more than a dozen women, a serial sexual harasser who enabled others to do the same. But he was also a man who changed the United States and propelled Trump to the White House. We'll talk with Ailes biographer Gabriel Sherman. Plus: We covered stocks and currency under Trump already this week. So why not try to predict the future and complete the trifecta with a look at the bond market.

05/17/2017: That joke we made yesterday about markets? Not so funny now.

Leaving aside some late-breaking special (counsel) announcements, stocks seemed pretty immune to the chaos in Washington until today. But the dollar? Different story; it's at a seven month low, in fact. That's not to say currency traders are more on the ball than the folks in equities but... if the shoe fits? We'll talk about it, and today's big sell-off. Then: TV upfronts are wrapping up this week. All the networks are showing off their fall schedules which look... a lot like stuff we've seen before. Finally, we follow a cancer patient who's devoting his life to making drugs more affordable.

05/16/2017: Investors might be just too exhausted to react to Trump

In the past week, the president of the United States shared highly classified information with the Russians, after he fired the director of the FBI. That whole affair is still roiling as we taped this show. Before that, Congress pulled a major piece of legislation affecting almost 20 percent of the American economy off the House floor before a vote, then passed by the slenderest of margins. In different times, all this chaos would have spooked traders, shook up markets and maybe Washington in the process. So it's worth hitting pause and asking: What did the markets know? And when did they know it? Then: what you need to know about Ford's plan to cut 10 percent of its global work force, and the U.S. Postal Service's bid for Millennials. Plus, as the WannaCry cyberattack fades, a new story is emerging: Hollywood films held by hackers for ransom. What would it take for studios to pay up? Should they?

05/15/2017: Why pay a ransom in bitcoin?

Here's the thing about WannaCry, the ransomware attack much of the planet was dealing with today: it's been remarkably unprofitable for the perpetrators. Hackers asked for as much as $300 worth of bitcoin per infected user, and they've only netted about $55,000 for their efforts. Why use bitcoin as ransom payments? We'll talk about it. Then: 2017 is gonna be written about in the history books for a whole lotta reasons, one of which might be as a tipping point in the global economy. Following China's big infrastructure summit we'll sort through the state of negotiations around the world. Plus: why it's a good time to be a restaurant worker in Nashville.