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

05/08/2017: Now that the French election is over, it's time to focus on Mexico

Emmanuel Macron easily won France's presidential election over the weekend, but he has a rough road ahead. Parliamentary elections are next month, and the rest of Europe will be watching. We'll look at what comes next, then turn to Mexico, where U.S. President Trump's plans for a border wall and continued uncertainty over NAFTA have triggered a national conversation there about the American border and economic freedom not seen in years. Plus: a whopping fourth of Starbucks' sales come through its mobile app, but that app could be vulnerable to fraud. 

05/05/2017: A hundred-some days of big promises

It's jobs day, and a strong showing for April wrapped up a pretty packed week for business and economic news. We'll talk about health care, the fed and unemployment all on the Weekly Wrap. Then, we'll dig into why wage growth isn't keeping pace with jobs and bring you the latest on the French election. Plus, the view on Trump's first 100 days from a breakfast table in Erie, Pennsylvania, as part of our series The Big Promise

05/04/2017: We don't know what the health care bill costs, and neither does Congress

After several false starts and a few amendments, Republicans in the House finally passed their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. The bill is on its way to the Senate and still without scoring from the Congressional Budget Office. That means we don't really know what the bill could cost or who could lose coverage, and Congress doesn't really know what they voted for. We talked with Doug Elmendorf, who was running the CBO when Obamacare was under debate, and he called the vote "a terrible mistake." Then, we'll talk about the latest from Brexit and Puerto Rico's debt crisis. Plus: President Trump is heading back to New York for the first time since he took office, and his old neighborhood on Fifth Ave. in Manhattan might look pretty different.

05/03/2017: The "Trump Effect" on the Fed

There's a lot of arm-twisting and horse-trading going on between the House and the White House this week, trying to push a new health care bill through. But there's a fundamental economic reality going on here: Lawmakers are trying to change the healthcare market and ignoring market forces. Then: The news out of the Federal Reserve was no news, but looking ahead, you can expect a hike and President Trump to fill as many as five vacancies on the Board of Governors. We'll talk about it. Plus: NAFTA's effect on Texas cattle and disappearing chicken nuggets in Los Angeles schools. 

05/02/2017: Government shutdowns are never good for the economy

The current mantra with President Trump seems to be look at what he does and not what he says. But words (and facts) matter, and this morning the President tweeted that America needs "a good 'shutdown' in September to fix mess!" The mess being, it's clear from the context, the trouble the White House is having getting its agenda through Congress. We can argue about how a shutdown might help or hurt the President's agenda, but there's no question it would be bad for the economy. Plus, we'll talk about #VanLife and the string of bad earnings reports for American car companies (they aren't related).

05/01/2017: We avoided a government shutdown. Now what?

After we avoided a government shutdown Friday, this weekend Congressional negotiators reached a trillion-dollar deal to keep things going 'til the end of the fiscal year, five months away. It's not exactly a budget, it's more "catch-as-catch-can." We'll explain how the process got so toxic and partisan on the show today. Then: another executive is out at Fox News just as Bloomberg enters in a new deal with Twitter to get off TV entirely. Plus: can you boost the economy with old buildings? We'll talk with the CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.