Marketplace

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

05-16-2014- Marketplace- Breadsticks or Biscuits

The co-head of Deutsche Bank told his traders to stop being ‘boastful, indiscreet and vulgar’. An interesting admission – but is it a realistic demand? Or is he really just asking them to take it offline? Plus, if you had Red Lobster on one side of the street and Olive Garden on the other, which one would you choose? And if you owned both those casual-dining chains, which would you choose to keep? Darden has decided to sell Red Lobster and revamp their Olive Garden franchise. We investigate. Also, a recent review of sales per square foot of U.S. retailers found Apple at the top of the list. Makes sense given how pricey its items tend to be. Ditto with Tiffany, which came in at No. 3. But what about the Murphy gas station chain, which came in second place? We look at how these stores ended up atop this list, and what show-rooming and online sales have meant for this kind of ranking.

05-15-2014- Marketplace- The Report Card

The starting point of the F.C.C.'s current rule-making is the apparent need for rules. And a starting point for that is Netflix alone comprising more than a third of all internet traffic because of streaming video. What's the effect on the system from giant users like Netflix and YouTube? Plus, the NCAA announced its plans to penalize more than 30 colleges for poor academic performance by their scholarship athletes. All are relatively small institutions, none in the wealthy power conference, and many are historically black colleges. We look at how the how the NCAA's academic support for athletes works. Also, Jill Abramson was let go yesterday as the executive editor for the New Yor Times. But before she was dismissed, her bosses brought in an executive coach to work with her. Executive coaches have become something of a fixture in companies, but do women have different issues to men?

05-14-2014- Marketplace- 21st Century Infrastructure

An insurance company’s suit against Chicago’s wastewater management system may be a harbinger of insurers forcing institutions and businesses to consider the effects of climate change. Plus, President Obama speaks today about the “need a 21st century transportation infrastructure” today, near New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge. Earlier this year, the transportation secretary did a Midwestern tour to tout infrastructure needs. It’s clear infrastructure is a political crutch these days, but that masks just how bad the nation’s infrastructure problems are. Also, we seem to be having a privilege moment. An essay on “check your privilege” written by a Princeton student has grabbed the national attention, to the point where the Kennedy School of Government will mandate first year students take a class on power and privilege. What’s going on?

05-13-2014 - Marketplace - Google Yourself

An EU ruling on privacy has big implications for Google and other search providers. We as what does the ruling means for Google’s operations in Europe, and what it might mean for other providers on that side of the pond. Also: Retail sales were disappointing, and maybe even surprising. Why the monthly retail sales number isn’t all that the market cracks it up to be. Finally, FHFA head Mel Watt gave his first speech today, and it look as though he wants to open up the mortgage market a bit. We unpack what the change in direction will mean to the housing recovery.

05-12-2014- Marketplace- The Center Aisle

The FCC is considering rules that would allow cable companies and other internet providers to strike deals with high-volume users like Netflix. We look at why shouldn’t the internet simply be regulated like a public utility? Plus, packaged food company Hillshire Brands announced it would acquire Pinnacle Foods for $6.6 billion today. This represents a battle for the center aisle of the supermarket. We report on how our buying patterns have changed when it comes to shopping in the center aisle, and what companies are doing to grab that market and make us buy more. Alos, this is television’s Upfronts Week where the networks unveil their new offerings in New York.  It’s evolved into a major event drawing networks, advertisers, producers and critics. We report on what goes into making a successful upfront and how that’s evolved. 

05-09-2014 - Marketplace - Beats

Apple is in talks to buy Beats, known for its trendy- and expensive- Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. IF it goes through, this would be Apple's biggest acquisition at a reported $3.2 billion. But Beats doesn't just make headphones. We look at Beats the company, its produts and services, and what it could offer Apple if te deal goes through. Plus, the breakdown of merger plans between Publicis and Omnicom is a reminder of how difficult it can be to execute a merger of equals that has the goal of a 50-50 arrangement. We investigate.