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.
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.
With the Dow at 18,000, GDP at 5 percent, and consumer spending and sentiment up, is the stock market a good reflection of the economy? Plus, Nicaragua, one of the poorest nations in the Americas, broke ground on a cross-country canal that it hopes will compete with its rival in Panama. Discussed for centuries, the canal is expected to be built in five years – by a Chinese company. As the project begins, there are concerns about an increasing commercial Chinese footprint in Central America.
Airing on Monday December 22, 2014: Why don’t the OPEC countries cut production and thereby boost prices for the oil they sell? Also, pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts chooses a new hepatitis C drug from AbbVie pharmaceuticals as the exclusive option for its patients. We look at how pricing works for hepatitis C drugs and ask if this deal might usher in more overall price competition among drug companies.
Airing on Friday December 19, 2014: The U.S. has promised a "proportional" response to North Korea over the "state sponsored" Sony hack. What might that look like? Plus, after a couple years in the making, the framework for a government college ratings system is out. We look at how hard it is to create a bang-for-your-buck ratings system for American colleges and universities.