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

01-24-14 Marketplace - Whole wheat everything

Emerging markets are in turmoil today, but none more so than Argentina. The country’s currency dropped 11 percent against the dollar yesterday, and the country’s economic situation is now so dire that some experts are predicting 30 percent inflation this year alone. Plus, as the Obama considers how to regulate the new legal marijuana business, they are encouraging them to put their money into banks. We ask: If marijuana money isn't in banks now, where is it? And finally, the FDA is getting ready to overhaul nutrition labels for the first time in 20 years. How does what’s on that little box of numbers drive what food companies make -- and what we eat?

01-23-14 Marketplace - Paycheck to Paycheck

Does the government live paycheck to paycheck? Actually, it's worse -- payday loan to loan. Next, a monetary flow of another, more reliable sort: The fundraising race for the 2016 presidential election kicked off in earnest today when the largest liberal super PAC – Priorities USA Action – announced that it has already  begun raising money for a presidential run by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She hasn’t even declared yet! Finally, Detroit wants immigrants to help turnaround their faltering economy.  Other cities have used attracting immigrants as a growth strategy: Has it worked?

01-22-14 Marketplace - 19th century Amazon

The fifth anniversary of the markets’ bull run will soon be upon us. On the principle that “all good things come to an end,” is it time to expect a correction? Later: Sears is closing its store in downtown Chicago, and we take this occasion to consider what Sears and its competitor, Montgomery Ward, were to consumers in the late 1800s: Amazon. And finally: Butterfinger's newest peanut butter-stuffed candy looks - or rather, tastes - familiar. Why would they try to challenge the icon of their industry? We break down this "better" Reese's.

01-21-14 Marketplace - Picking up the tab for fraud

With mass credit card hacks in the news (looking at you, Target and Nieman Marcus), we take a look at who picks up the tab for fraud. Who's got a financial interest in credit card safety? Later, oil consumption in the U.S. grew more than in China last year, though thirst remains high in both countries. Finally, as departing Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke weighs where to rest his hat, we look at a likely option: think tanks.

Marketplace - 01/20/2014

What do traders and market-watchers do when some major global markets, like Wall Street, close and others remain open? Only a small number of uninsured people have signed up through the government healthcare exchanges so far. What will that mean for the future of the ACA? Wish you had Fridays off? Malaysia’s southern state of Johor is making Friday officially part of the weekend. The unintended consequences of using chemicals to kill rats, and a look at the latest technology that can help job seekers and employers find their perfect match.