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, June 4, 2015: Marketplace's Tim Fitzsimons charts the history of the U.S. relationship to the metric system. Though most Americans don’t use this form of measurement, metric is the preferred system for trade and commerce in the country. Next: the potential merger between Dish and T-Mobile has to do with the value of the wireless spectrum—the capacity to stream loads of content to customers. We look at what's in it for the satellite provider and telecommunications company.
Airing on Wednesday, June 3, 2015: Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal meets with President Obama in the Oval Office to talk about free trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Next: Williston, North Dakota has undergone some oil booms and busts over the past several decades. Amid low oil prices, some are wondering whether the city is experiencing another bust or just a slowdown.
Airing on Tuesday, May 2, 2015: Are we surprised that health insurers want to raise rates? Before the Affordable Care Act, prices were all over the place. New rules aim to stabilize them, but it's tricky for insurers, who have to balance costs with consumers who have more choices. We explore. Next: A little look now inside the economy of making music for a living. Specifically, those folks who play music on subway platforms. For those musicians, as with so many others, it all comes down to location, location, location.
Airing on Monday, June 1, 2015: The Ted Cruz store has iPhone covers and polo shirts. Hillary Clinton’s pantsuit T-shirt is a best-seller. Why turn a presidential candidate’s name into products? And does all this merchandise need to be profitable or does it just need to spread the brand? We explore. Next: the award goes to … Instagram. At the Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards Monday in NYC, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom will receive the Media Award, giving us a chance to look at how Instagram has become the repository for fashion advertising by companies and individuals alike.
Airing on Friday, May 29, 2015: What’s a multinational sponsor to do? Amid news that several FIFA officials have been indicted on corruption charges, we explore whether companies are likely to pull their sponsorships from future FIFA World Cup games. Next: as we contemplate all the problems around the country of racial bias in policing, one solution has to be to hire more minority police officers, right? A no-brainer. But, it turns out, not so easy, as Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman reports in this next installment of our series, "Behind the Blue Line: The Costs of a Changing Police Force."
Airing on Thursday, May 28, 2015: The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, is proposing subsidized broadband internet access for millions of low-income Americans. We examine the thinking behind the plan and look at its prospects for becoming reality. Next: for more than a decade, the game World of Warcraft has been an unrivaled juggernaut among multiplayer online games. Yet some news this month has led to speculation that maybe World of Warcraft is showing its age. Marketplace explores.