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 Thursday, July 2, 2015: One of Chicago's remaining black-owned banks is in danger of closing, a reality that's part of a national trend. Unlike the more segregated days when these banks were founded, African-American customers can now take their business elsewhere. But black-owned banks provide a link to a proud history, and research says, they may do something a lot more important. Marketplace's Dan Weissmann has the story. Next: forget the baking soda volcano. Science fairs these days are about developing apps, designing a better hazmat suit or figuring out how to reclaim wastewater. And why stop there? How about getting a patent and some venture backers too? The U.S. Army is trying to help budding inventors do just that. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.
Airing on Wednesday, July 1, 2015: Puerto Rico is in dire financial straits. So what, you might shrug. Well, if any of your money is invested in a municipal bond fund, you might own Puerto Rican bonds and they could take a hit. Marketplace's Adam Allington finds out who’s vulnerable. Next: Speaking today in Tennessee, President Obama will try to court conservative states to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. We unpack his sales pitch on using federal dollars to help states’ bottom lines.
Airing on Tuesday, June 30, 2015: Puerto Rico is in dire financial straits, with its governor saying it cannot pay its $72 billion in debt. He wants to defer payments and negotiate with creditors. We look at what Puerto Rico's options. Next: President Obama announced Tuesday that he will update labor rules to allow workers extra pay for work beyond 40 hours. Marketplace's Scott Tong looks at who, exactly, will be eligible for overtime. Plus: in another sign that for-profit schools are feeling the heat, the University of Phoenix is making big cuts to its associate degree programs, closing some campuses and, for the first time, establishing admissions requirements. Marketplace explores the reasons why.
Airing on Monday, June 29, 2015: Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal is bringing the news to you from the Aspen Ideas Festival. First: Kai talks to David Leonhardt of the New York Times about the breaking news of the day and what it has to do with mobility. Next: Kai talks to Charles “Lil’ Buck” Riley, a dancer who specializes in a style of street dance called “jookin’” and Jose Ferriera, the CEO and founder of Knewton, a digital education company about how education can change your life.
Airing on Friday, June 26, 2015: The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling expanding marriage rights to same-sex couples changes the financial landscape for gays and lesbians in the U.S. We tally the implications when it comes to taxes, federal benefits, job mobility and so on. Next: This could be another record breaking weekend at the box office, with three huge movies primed to haul in millions. Hollywood is having quite the summer and it has barely started. But can it last? Marketplace explores.
Airing on Thursday, June 25, 2015: The Department of Education is bailing on its giant college ratings system, but plans to launch a website this summer that will let users compare colleges against a series of yet-unnamed criteria, which may include employment and earnings data and graduation rates. How useful will the site be for students? Marketplace explores. Next: Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal talks to Funny Or Die CEO Dick Clover and President Mike Farah for Marketplace's newest installment of "Conversations from the Corner Office." The team talks about surviving the recession, taking risks and attracting A-list talent,