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, May 6, 2015: While it's believed that hospice care at the end of life can save money, a report from the New England Journal of Medicine suggests otherwise. It found that for patients in nursing homes, spending went up by about $6,800 per patient. We explore the reasons why costs are so high. Next: there's been talk about the possibility that Microsoft—along with other tech giants—may purchase Salesforce.com, a site that offers "customer relationship management" tools. The company is worth $40 billion, and yet it doesn't make profits. We look at what Saleforce does, and find out why it's worth so much.
Airing on Tuesday, May 5, 2015: As the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership rumbles on, we explain one aspect – the secrecy surrounding negotiations. What role does it play in fueling the controversy around the trade deal? Next: Pharmacy chains such as CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid began moving into inner cities decades ago as supermarkets left those regions. We explore their impact on West Baltimore.
Airing on Monday, May 4, 2015: When executives run for office, their record in business can be a double-edged sword. They can cite their experience in executive decision making, but there are also plenty of bad business decisions that will get picked over. As former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina formally enters the 2016 race, we look at the political peril that comes with a business record. Plus: McDonald's plans on revamping the company by increasing the number of restaurants it franchises and buying back more shares.
Airing on Friday, May 1, 2015: Marketplaces collaborates with FiveThirtyEight to look at the world of podcast advertising. Turns out that the majority of ads in today's podcasts are from mid-sized companies that sell online. Next: some social media companies, including LinkedIn and Twitter, haven't been faring so well in the stock market. We explore why. Plus: Tesla unveiled the Powerwall — a big battery for your home — on Thursday in California. The battery will operate by using energy that comes from your roof's solar panels.
Airing on Thursday, April 30, 2015: China introduces deposit insurance on Friday. This has less to do with protecting Chinese bank customers' money and more to do with the Chinese government controlling the amount of risk that Chinese banks are taking. Plus: Secret, a social networking app that keeps its users' identities hidden, has just shut down. Now, Secret has announced it’s giving its investors their money back. We look at the reasons behind the unusual move and whether it will have ramifications for other start-ups.
Airing on Wednesday, April 29, 2015: The residents of Baltimore neighborhoods hit by rioting are still in cleanup mode today. There’s clearly an economic cost to the individuals whose property was damaged, but what about the broader economic impact of the social unrest there? We'll look at Baltimore's recent efforts to position itself as a tourism destination. Next: the Securities and Exchange Commission is going to demand that companies are more transparent about CEO pay, so that it's easier for investors see how salaries line up with the companies' stock performance. But CEO pay is already included in company reports. So what does this change, who does it benefit, and why is the SEC doing it now?