Actuality

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Actuality explores the inner workings of the new global economy. Brought to you by Marketplace® and Quartz, it’s a podcast that combines the best of our economic smarts. Hosts Sabri Ben-Achour and Tim Fernholz find the interesting in the important an...Show More
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0:00 | Sep 20th, 2016

We are fondly wrapping up production of our podcast Actuality, which was a joint venture between Marketplace and Quartz. The idea for a co-produced podcast came from a shared sensibility around covering business and the economy–a natural outgrowth of...Show More

20:21 | Jun 30th, 2016

They said it couldn't be done: The "male pill." Actuality asks why men haven't seen a new reversible contraceptive in centuries—and if we need one. We found out why Big Pharma gave up on a male pill, and meet people who want to make it happen anyway.
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21:51 | Jun 16th, 2016

They said it couldn't be done: Soccer makes it in America. Actuality can't turn on the TV without seeing a soccer game — what gives? We talk with U.S. players Crystal Dunn and Matt Besler to figure out how global football became a media cash cow in A...Show More

22:25 | Jun 1st, 2016

They said it couldn't be done: Ending the American war on marijuana. This week, Actuality tells the ugly truth about cannabis prohibition and peeks at the green shoots of the nascent legal weed industry — but can the architects of a new market avoid ...Show More

16:16 | May 19th, 2016

They said it couldn't be done: New art in old museums. Actuality visits an auction house to see a billion dollars of art sold in just a week and learn how this bubbling private market is changing staid public art museums in surprising ways.
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24:23 | Mar 23rd, 2016

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18:39 | Jan 14th, 2016

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42:03 | Dec 18th, 2015

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01:03 | Dec 12th, 2015

Quartz and Marketplace prepare for the end of the year.

20:30 | Nov 27th, 2015

Quartz and Marketplace race into the world of fast fashion.

11:51 | Nov 26th, 2015

Quartz and Marketplace look at the current refugee crisis.

23:45 | Nov 13th, 2015

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27:26 | Oct 30th, 2015

Quartz and Marketplace find out littering exists in space, too.

22:48 | Oct 16th, 2015

Quartz and Marketplace look at the state of homelessness starting in the 1970s.

26:48 | Oct 2nd, 2015

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26:28 | Sep 18th, 2015

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18:05 | Sep 4th, 2015

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21:20 | Aug 21st, 2015

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23:23 | Aug 7th, 2015

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20:31 | Jul 24th, 2015

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21:30 | Jul 10th, 2015

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19:35 | Jun 26th, 2015

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16:59 | Jun 12th, 2015

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16:14 | May 22nd, 2015

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17:30 | Apr 3rd, 2015

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