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

o9-16-13 - What's going on down at the Federal Reserve?

People are asking who the next Fed chair will be: we want to know more about what he or she actually does. And while Colorado is one of the best-prepared states when it comes to handling snow and hail, it's not set up to deal with torrential rain.

09-13-13 Marketplace - Twitter's IPO and Sarah Jessica Parker's new shoes

Twitter is going public. It announced the news yesterday, in a tweet, and now the world is all a-twitter about how good an investment the company might really be. Problem is, no-one quite knows how it makes money, and the company isn't telling. At least, not yet. Oh, and Sarah Jessica Parker has a new shoe line. Better late than never.

09-12-2013 Marketplace - Airline fees rise and Kenya finds liquid gold

In this episode, airline have helped airlines return to profitability, but a dollar earned on fees isn't necessarily the same as a buck made from a flight reserveation. Kenya finds a huge supply of water, and As Tina Brown departs the Daily Beast, we ask what it takes to make it in the conference business.

09-11-13 Marketplace - How the one percent are getting richer

The rich are getting richer, but in different ways. Sports boosters can be great for a university, but their financial support comes at a high price. And a landmark environmental law comes under attack in California, as legislators complain the law has been abused.

09-10-13 Marketplace Syria oil

Trouble in Syria is roiling oil markets. But Syria doesn't produce any oil, begging the question why the tiny Middle Eastern country's issues are having such an outsize effect on the global economy. Today the Dow Jones Industrials drops Alcoa, Hewlett Packard, and Bank of America, and adds Goldman Sachs, Nike and Visa. The apparently random and arbitrary changes highlight the shortcomings and limitations of the index, and raise the question why the Dow remains such an enduring economic indicator. Magazine covers can make or break celebrities, and the covers of big publications like Vogue or Vanity Fair can make news. Deciding what makes a cover is a tough business, and there's a whole lot at stake for everyone involved.