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 Friday, Feb. 13, 2015: European leaders are meeting to work out the thorny problem that is the Greek debt. Greece Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is an economist who specialized in game theory, so we look at what game theory is and whether Varoufakis is indeed using it in his ongoing negotiations.
Airing on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015: What happens when your ship comes in, and there’s no one there to unload your goods? We look at the ripple effect of the West Coast port strike. Plus, the choices are shrinking when it comes to online flight and hotel booking services. Weeks after snapping up Travelocity, Expedia announced a $1.6 billion buyout of another competitor, Orbitz, and competing giant Priceline is buying up smaller brands like Kayak. Who’s benefiting from all this? Also, we look at the new $17.5 billion International Monetary Fund loan package given to Ukraine. "It's a tough program, and it's not without risk," says the IMF chief.
Airing on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015: New dietary guidelines say cholesterol-rich foods like eggs, lobster and shrimp aren’t necessarily bad for us after all. What kind of ripple effect will these latest guidelines have in the food business? Plus, with Jon Stewart leaving "The Daily Show," we look at the corporate importance of the program in the Viacom universe. Also, the president wants to commit ground troops to combat ISIS. What does that mean in terms of soldiers and logistical support?
Airing on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015: Home Depot announces it will hire 80,000 temp workers for its spring season. We take a look at seasonal jobs and ask how many become permanent positions at Home Depot and similar companies. Also, software giant Microsoft completed the largest corporate bond sale of the year yesterday, selling $10.75 billion of its debt to investors. Why would the company do this now and what does the move say about the economy? Plus, since a half-billion online searches a month are for health ailments, Google says it will place the most accurate answers at the top of search results when people appear to be self-diagnosing. How will Google accomplish this? And what is the downside to turning to Google instead of your family doctor?
Airing on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015: "NBC Nightly News" took a ratings hit last week amid the Brian Williams controversy. At 36 percent, it was a big dip, but declining viewership for all network evening news shows isn’t, well, news. How relevant is the evening news in the 24/7 information era and do the networks see a good reason to continue their investment? Plus, Greece is at loggerheads with other eurozone nations over the terms of its bailout. The country’s tough-talking finance minister said that if Greece is forced out, the eurozone could unravel. Is Greece such a cornerstone, and why are other eurozone nations so reluctant to see it go?
Airing on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015: Goldman Sachs came in dead last in Harris Poll's annual corporate reputation survey. What does this mean for the company? Plus, the Labor Department's January jobs report shows a slight rise in unemployment along with rising wages and solid jobs growth. Who are the new members of this workforce and what jobs do they hold? Finally, Pope Francis will share his economic beliefs with the U.S. in a September address to Congress.