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 Wednesday, June 17, 2015: In our installment of “The Weak Link,” Marketplace explores the 710 gap — a five-mile stretch of highway in LA that has been fought over for almost 60 years. Issues surrounding the highway include NIMBY-ism, bureaucratic tangles, haves vs. have nots, regional politics and lots and lots of money. Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal explains. Plus: as a part of "The Weak Link" series, we also take a look at the aging cast iron water pipes under the streets of Los Angeles. Many are corroding and they're dangerously vulnerable in big earthquakes. Turns out they're installing earthquake-resistant pipes just a couple blocks from our studios here. Quake-prone Japan has been manufacturing and installing them for 40 years now but they're rare in the U.S. The L.A. Department of Water and Power is now trying them out as part of a pilot project. Reporter Sarah Gardner walked over to the installation site to see what all the fuss is about.
Airing on Tuesday, June, 16, 2015: Amid the confusing welter of deadlines, institutions, egos and last-minute talks, we look at where we stand in the Greek debt crisis. It’s an issue that never seems to leave the headlines or come any closer to resolution. Next: everybody knows Californian is going through one of its worst droughts and how it emphasizes the state's reliance on imported water. What's less apparent is how vulnerable the aging water infrastructure is, especially in Southern California. As part of our series "Weak Link," sustainability reporter Sarah Gardner has a different kind of California water story — one that just might "shake" you.
Airing on Monday, June 15, 2015: As more schools invest in technology, a new sort of digital divide has emerged. Kids may have access to the internet and the latest devices in class, but almost a third of families don't have broadband access at home. Marketplace's Amy Scott returns to Oyler School in Cincinnati, where kids are getting a taste of what they've been missing. Next: if you’ve watched “The Sopranos,” you’ve seen the Pulaski Skyway in the opening credits. The New Jersey bridge, the country's first "superhighway," is falling apart. And when a $1.2 billion rehab is complete, the skyway will still be obsolete. As part of our series "Weak Link," we explore.
Airing on Friday, June 12, 2015: The huge transformers that make high-voltage transmission lines possible are expensive, custom-built, not made in America and vulnerable to terrorism, vandalism and nature. So a group of utilities is creating a strategic transformer reserve. Next: last week's huge federal hack has cast light on an unspoken truth about cybersecurity: security companies — in fact all companies — have decided that cyber crime is now a fact of life. You can’t stop it, so all you can really do is mitigate. What does that mean for corporations trying to secure their data, and how does it play out in the security business? We explore.
Airing on Thursday, June 11, 2015: Retail sales numbers out today look encouraging, but with a background of still-sluggish growth, there are good reasons to be skeptical. How good an indicator of America’s economic state are these numbers? We explore. Next: Marketplace is spending some time this week looking at the issue of affordable housing through the lens of Marin County, a region just north of San Francisco where housing is unaffordable for many. Marin resident George Lucas of Star Wars fame just recently announced plans to use $100 million of his own funds to build a couple hundred units of aimed at lower-income residents on a piece of land he owns called Grady Ranch. Yesterday we heard from folks who say it's exactly what Marin needs. But not everyone has embraced the idea. Marketplace's Krissy Clark from our Wealth & Poverty desk spent some time with those who oppose the plan.
Airing on Wednesday, June 10, 2015: Big Pharma is the biggest lobbying force on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We explore whether opening up trade will drive prices down or allow pharmaceutical companies to raise costs instead. Next: Marin County in California has some of the nation's most expensive real estate. That's why some residents are excited about affordable housing projects like Toussin Senior Apartments. But getting the 13-unit complex built took 19 funding sources, each with its own rules. From Marketplace's Wealth & Poverty desk, Krissy Clark has the story.