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

05-12-15 - Marketplace - Hack-A-Shaq

Airing on Tuesday, May 12, 2015: As the NBA playoffs proceed, the league is debating the Hack-a-Shaq — the deliberate fouling of the opposite team's worst free-throw shooter. We look at the impact of this strategy on advertisers. Next: with hospitals in the U.S. moving to electronic medical record systems, there's been a high demand for medical scribes. We explore what their role is and why they've become indispensable to doctors.   



05-11-15 - Marketplace - Television Sales

Airing on Monday, May 11, 2015: This week in Manhattan, some $20 billion of TV ads for the coming year will be bought and sold during a series of meetings people in business call the upfronts.  Though about 75 percent of TV ads were once sold during upfronts, advertisers have started to change their spending plans. We explore why. Next: the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries predicts oil prices will stay low for as long as a decade. Predictions can be wrong, of course, especially with a volatile commodity like oil, but what would a decade of low prices mean for the economy?

05-08-15 - Marketplace - Not in the Numbers

Airing on Friday, May 8, 2015: Friday's non-farm payrolls report showed that 223,000 jobs were added in April and that wages have barely grown. But some economists wish that more information was in the report. We talk with experts about what they think should have been included. Next: the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in custody following his arrest, is just one of the latest in a string of incidents involving alleged police brutality. In our series "Behind the blue line," we've been taking a step back to explore the job of policing—the changing technology, the training, the push for more workplace diversity. Today we'll take a look at workplace morale for your average cop. Officers are stressed and it's affecting how they do their jobs. But when Marketplace's Sally Herships sat down to talk to two veteran cops, she found out something surprising.


05-07-2015 - Marketplace - Whole Foods

Airing on Thursday, May 7, 2015: Whole Foods says it’ll start a new chain aimed at millennials. We explore why the supermarket chain is planning a spinoff. Next: as President Obama makes the case for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, we look at the last big trade deal that cast a long shadow on trade talks in this country—NAFTA. How does its legacy influence the public discourse, perception and politics around the TPP? We explore. 

05-06-2015 - Marketplace - Hospice Costs

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, 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. 



05-05-2015 - Marketplace - Trade Deal Secrecy

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.