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 Thursday, May 14, 2015: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has plans to roll out certifications for foods that are "GMO-free"—at the request of a multinational food company. We explore why the move has prompted backlash from some groups. Next: candidates gunning for the U.S. presidency often release their own books, despite the fact that many of the ones authored by presidential hopefuls have short shelf lives. We look at why they’re still being written.
Airing on Wednesday, May 13, 2015: California’s water situation is so critical that state officials are about to restrict water even to those with the most senior water rights. One issue California has to deal with in its drought crisis is a complex systems of rights, whereby some people have more rights to water than others. Next: Facebook launches “instant articles,” which the social media giant says are 10 times faster than the loading time of standard mobile web articles. We explore what the implications are of a quicker loading time.
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.
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?
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.
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.