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Marketplace® is the leading business news program in the nation. Host Kai Ryssdal and our team of reporters bring you clear explorations of how economic news affects you, through stories, conversations, newsworthy numbers and more. Airing each weekda...Show More
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25:50 | Oct 30th, 2017

...and paying taxes on things (or not paying taxes on things) always leaves one. That’s probably why special counsel Robert Mueller is starting with indictments of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and his business associate, Rick Gates, on c...Show More
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25:56 | Aug 7th, 2017

A lot's changing about America's place in the global economy. NAFTA negotiations are starting next week in Washington, and President Trump has already withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In a lot of ways, it's the total opposite of the late...Show More
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25:51 | Sep 16th

With new reports of people getting sick and politicians vowing to crack down on electronic cigarettes, the industry leader, Juul, is looking for new research on the health effects of its products. But the vaping giant has had difficulty finding scien...Show More

26:00 | Sep 13th

Forever 21 is expected to close 100 stores as part of a bankruptcy filing. Big anchor stores like Sears have been struggling for a long time, so what’s left? The American mall looks pretty different these days. Plus: The federal deficit has passed $1...Show More

26:06 | Sep 12th

The European Central Bank cut interest rates to -0.5 percent. President Trump praised the decision, as he’s been pushing the Federal Reserve to do the same. Today, we compare the economic situation in the U.S. and abroad and explore how negative rate...Show More

25:38 | Sep 11th

A California bill that would reclassify many independent contract workers as employees is on track to becoming law. It would affect hundreds of thousands of people in the gig economy — not just those who deliver food and give rides, but also nail sal...Show More

25:54 | Sep 10th

There’s another Democratic presidential debate on Thursday, and hopefuls that reach the stage will have done so by meeting polling and donation requirements. It’s just one reason why candidates spend a lot of time and energy hitting you up for cash, ...Show More

25:57 | Sep 9th

… But those tweets do affect markets, and JPMorgan is launching a new index to track the impact of a presidential tweet. Plus: dispatches from the supposed “worst place to live in America,” and is bigger still better for American companies?

26:28 | Sep 6th

A growing number of adults are willing to pay to do kid stuff: smashing their faces into cake, watching Saturday morning cartoons, doing scavenger hunts. Today, we dive into the big money of feeling little again. Plus, we recap the jobs report and ex...Show More

26:42 | Sep 4th

As uncertainty looms about how Britain will leave the European Union, a trade deal with the United States would help make up for any loss of business with the EU and show the country isn’t cutting itself off completely. Today, we look at how a trans-...Show More

27:15 | Sep 3rd

President Donald Trump says his tariffs on Chinese goods will create manufacturing jobs in the United States, but the opposite may actually be happening. We’ll look into it, and how businesses are affected by new tariffs. Plus: Taylor Swift’s staying...Show More

26:30 | Aug 26th

“For all of the Fake News Reporters that don’t have a clue as to what the law is relative to Presidential powers, China, etc., try looking at the Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977. Case closed!” President Donald Trump tweeted this weekend. Today,...Show More

26:15 | Aug 23rd

President Donald Trump and his advisers have been talking a lot lately about the strength of the U.S. dollar, saying it’s weighing on U.S. exports and hurting American manufacturers. Today, let’s take a step back and explore how we determine what mak...Show More

26:12 | Aug 22nd

The U.S. has averaged a recession every seven years since its founding. Australia, on the other hand, hasn’t experienced one in more than 25 years. So what gives? Today, we dig into the rules and chance governing the business cycle. Plus: What one ci...Show More

26:32 | Aug 21st

A series of economic indicators are suggesting that businesses have pulled back their spending amid fear of a recession. But can talk of a recession make one happen? Plus: The latest Fed meeting minutes, virtual reality in the workplace and how an un...Show More

27:36 | Aug 20th

As AI algorithms improve, scientists are still facing some difficulties, including language translations. But first: There’s been a lot of talk about an economic downturn lately, and in the middle of it all is the American consumer. Turns out, consum...Show More

28:34 | Aug 16th

YouTubers have started monetizing one of the biggest consumer moments in a kid’s life: the first day back at school. But first: yield curve inversions, trade wars and recessions, oh my! Remember to take a deep breath while we break it all down. This ...Show More

26:18 | Aug 15th

Markets panicked yesterday because the yield on 10-year government bonds dropped below that of 2-year bonds. Today, we’re gonna go deep on the different types of bonds, and why their differences matter. Plus: What high water in the Great Lakes is doi...Show More

26:00 | Aug 15th

More than 30 years ago Hamtramck, Michigan, was desperate for a GM plant, so desperate that the government used eminent domain to tear down a neighborhood. Today, we look back at how that plant got built — and what happened when the work slowed down....Show More

26:18 | Aug 13th

After more than a decade apart, CBS and Viacom announced Tuesday that they are reuniting. Today, we look at how the new company, ViacomCBS, fits into today’s rapidly consolidated media environment. Plus, Trump’s holiday-driven tariff delay and why Tu...Show More

25:42 | Aug 12th

The protests in Hong Kong are now in their 10th week, grounding flights in one of the word’s busiest airports today. The tense situation is beginning to take a toll on the region’s economy — and it has potential to reach much further beyond that. Tod...Show More

25:18 | Aug 9th

Former retail giant J.C. Penney is a now a “penny stock” and is at risk of being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange. Today, we look at what happens when a company gets delisted. Plus: the future of gig economy workers in California and the unw...Show More

25:48 | Aug 8th

Online shopping has made returns easier than ever — but all that stuff can pile up, and it’s not always in the best shape. Today, we dive into the growing secondary market for your online returns. Plus: How the trade war is affecting food and the gro...Show More

25:45 | Aug 7th

As we enter the dog days of summer, several states are offering sales tax holidays. Officials say if you give people a temporary tax break, they’ll spend more at local retailers, and not just on school supplies. But do they really work? Today we dig ...Show More

25:46 | Aug 6th

GM announced last fall it would shut down manufacturing at some of its plants. About 15% of its workforce would get laid off, and there were new jobs available for workers willing to relocate. We follow one family for whom following GM didn’t feel li...Show More

25:45 | Aug 5th

Usually when the markets have a day like today, we like to say, “Take a deep breath, calm down.” Not today. We’re in uncharted territory now. We catch you up on everything you need to know about China’s escalating tariffs and the race to the bottom f...Show More

27:16 | Aug 2nd

President Trump says China is bearing the costs of tariffs his administration has imposed on Chinese goods. That’s … not how it works. Today, we look at the effects of the trade war on consumers. Plus: the ice cream sandwich turns 120 and what the py...Show More

26:05 | Aug 1st

Illinois and New Jersey just banned employers from asking for job applicants’ salary history. At least 18 states and as many cities have adopted similar bans. Today, we look at the effort to fix pay gaps in race and gender, and how businesses are res...Show More

25:28 | Jul 31st

Well, it happened. The Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis. It was a quarter point. Markets reacted. We’re still here. So what’s gonna happen next? Today, we look back to 2008, explore negative interest ra...Show More

25:21 | Jul 23rd

The White House and Congress have reached a bipartisan deal by raising the debt ceiling and increasing spending by nearly $50 billion for the upcoming year. Today, we look at whether either party really cares about the national debt — and whether it ...Show More

25:52 | Jul 22nd

Workplace messaging platform Slack has gone public, and now boasts 10 million daily users. But is it any closer to replacing email? We talked with CEO Stewart Butterfield about how his company has evolved as big competitors like Microsoft and Cisco a...Show More

25:14 | Jul 19th

On July 20, 1969, the world watched as man set foot on the moon. But 50 years later, you can see the legacy of the Apollo missions in today’s tech. In fact, the mission to put a man on the moon was deeply tied to the birth of Silicon Valley. Today, w...Show More

25:44 | Jul 18th

Lawmakers have just days to pass a budget deal before they leave for the August recess. Today we look at what’s in the deal, and what’s holding it up. Plus: How cities are dealing with the heat wave, and how Netflix lost American subscribers for the ...Show More

25:28 | Jul 17th

The Chinese government claims low inflation, but people in the financial hub of Shanghai complain that the cost of living is rising much faster. Last available figures put the average monthly wage in the city at 7,200 yuan or $1,047. Today, we look a...Show More

25:23 | Jul 16th

Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple were on the defensive in Washington today, as Congress held hearings touching on cryptocurrency, election interference, antitrust concerns and more. It was a lot to take in, so we’ll spend sometime at the top of the...Show More

27:31 | Jul 15th

Professionals keep losing to Pluribus, an AI poker player that’s learned a new strategy for a bot: bluffing. Today, we look at what this kind of breakthrough could mean for artificial intelligence overall. Plus: the business of Prime Day and a new st...Show More

26:12 | Jul 12th

More than half of American workers don’t use all their paid vacation days, and when they do, it’s with a fair amount of guilt. Plus: Alexander Acosta’s legacy at the labor department and a woman who found a career in counting cards.

25:18 | Jul 11th

You hear it all the time: White House officials, pundits and lawmakers will claim a piece of legislation will “pay for itself.” President Donald Trump’s economic adviser Larry Kudlow said just this week that big 2017 cuts were two-thirds of the way t...Show More

25:28 | Jul 10th

How about “Rate cut coming in July”? The Federal Reserve is sending strong, consistent signals that it’s gonna happen. Today, we’ll break down everything you need to know. Then: A new report shows most immigrants who entered the country legally are h...Show More

25:55 | Jul 9th

A proposal from House Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage received a mixed report from the Congressional Budget Office. Today, we look at how data and politics are shaping the debate. Plus: Ross Perot’s legacy and the big business of posting ...Show More

25:28 | Jul 8th

It’s been widely agreed that politicians ought not dabble in monetary policy. But that’s a norm that’s becoming less normal. Arthur Laffer and other critics of the Federal Reserve are saying it should be controlled by the president and Congress. Toda...Show More

29:29 | Jul 5th

The World Cup brings together the best of the best in the realm of women’s soccer and for fans of the game, the U.S. national side has done nothing but impress and people are taking notice. Jerseys are flying off the shelves and the Women’s Professio...Show More

25:32 | Jul 4th

If discussing money is still a strange thing for you, maybe we can help. According to data from our eighth Marketplace Edison Research poll, younger people are talking about salary at work. We dive into local minimum wage increases and hear a teacher...Show More

29:29 | Jul 3rd

You’ve waited months for a glimpse of the latest movie blockbuster. The trailer comes out, you watch it … and it contains most of the major plot twists. Studios spend hundreds of thousands of dollars making the trailers in an attempt to get more peop...Show More

25:59 | Jul 2nd

It’s a short week on Wall Street: Markets close early Wednesday and stay closed over the July 4 holiday. That includes after-hours trading. Today we dig into what goes on after the closing bell anyway. Plus, Christine Lagarde’s appointment as head of...Show More

25:51 | Jul 1st

It’s a no-win scenario: You rush to the emergency room, pay a co-pay, then get hit with a surprise bill — hospital was in network, but the doctor wasn’t. One study found that mismatch happens in as many as one in five ER visits, and it’s a source of ...Show More

27:25 | Jun 28th

Open office plans give the workplace a hip, collaborative vibe. That’s why they’re popular. But the distractions that come with them have some people longing for the days of cubicles. Plus: what a weak dollar does to the economy and we meet one coupl...Show More

26:16 | Jun 27th

National Beverage, the company that owns the sparkling water brand LaCroix, is reporting a second straight quarterly sales decline. It’s a common business problem: How do you stay dominant when your product is easy to copy? Plus: The latest on Boeing...Show More

26:54 | Jun 26th

Hundreds of employees at Wayfair walked out of work today. They were protesting the online retailer’s sale of $200,000 worth of mattresses to a migrant detention camp. Wayfair isn’t the only one, so today we dig into the ethical questions of doing th...Show More

26:37 | Jun 25th

Pride Month ends this week with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, a key moment in LGBTQ people’s long struggle for acceptance. But with countless brands sporting rainbow logos and trotting out floats at pride events, some are wondering ...Show More

26:28 | Jun 24th

Huawei has been banned from most of the American market after the White House called the Chinese tech giant a cybersecurity threat. Now the company is fighting back, and we visited its headquarters in southern China to take a look. Plus: Toys R Us pl...Show More

26:53 | Jun 21st

It’s been a year since the Supreme Court overturned a ban on states collecting sales taxes from most online shopping. Today, we check in on how state budgets are affected. Plus: The new Sears concept stores and the case for hiding “likes” on Instagra...Show More

26:09 | Jun 20th

Be honest — someone might be watching. Researchers placed thousands of fake wallets around the world and found the return rate was higher the more money was inside. Today we look at the psychology of lost money. Plus: Why employers are projected to s...Show More

26:36 | Jun 19th

For a lot of people, turning 65 is a kind of love-hate experience. It’s legally seen as the start of old age, when you can collect Medicare and Social Security. Some people retire, some people feel like they can’t or don’t want to. So what’s so speci...Show More

27:47 | May 23rd

Also: How money makes all the difference when you're behind bars — and once you're released.

25:49 | May 22nd

Plus: how Qualcomm's antitrust case could affect 5G, and a conversation with the creators of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."

25:45 | May 21st

Plus: The Sprint-T-Mobile merger and what you need to know about corporate debt.

26:00 | May 20th

Today, we look at the disproportionately high debt facing black students when they get out of school.

27:03 | May 17th

It's a spooky feeling: You're discussing a TV show or a pair of shoes or whatever with a friend, then you open Instagram and see an ad for the exact thing you were just talking about. But it's not like your phone is listening ... right?

25:57 | May 16th

Just 10 days ago, it looked like the trade war with China was all but wrapped up. No more. The Trump administration has effectively blacklisted Chinese tech giant Huawei, which has potential to drastically disrupt the global tech supply chain and sho...Show More

25:34 | May 15th

In most American cities, road repairs can tell you a lot about the communities that are prioritized and the communities that get left out. Oakland, California, is trying to change its approach, but not without controversy. Plus: What consumer confide...Show More

26:20 | May 14th

Losing a hospital can jeopardize the health of rural community and its economy. About 100 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and today, we look at how one Georgia community dealt with it. Plus: An investment in China that feels too good to be tr...Show More

25:18 | May 13th

The latest escalation in the trade war between the U.S. and China has some wondering if tensions will ever end. As we do the numbers for today (and you know we will), we look at how long the trade war will last. Then: Amazon's delivery ambitions and ...Show More

25:38 | May 10th

American farmers thought it was going to be a pretty good week. Until President Donald Trump announced a tariff hike on Chinese goods. That hike went into effect today, so we see how farmers are feeling. Also: Uber started publicly trading today, off...Show More

25:46 | May 9th

What was supposed to be a quick trip to urgent care became a lesson in how sick the medical system is for one mother and her two kids. But first: The latest trade deficit numbers are out. What do they say about ongoing trade negotiations with China? ...Show More

25:42 | May 8th

We're talking about "jobs." The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in 50 years, but there may be something other than this economy's tight labor market that explains why claims for unemployment benefits are so low. Then: Ride-share drivers are...Show More

25:52 | May 7th

It’s not exactly the subject of conversation in polite society, but fundraising is sure looking like a hot topic this election cycle. But first, how about some tariff talk? If the markets were any indication, traders are taking President Donald Trump...Show More

25:59 | May 6th

You could say the trade war is back on after President Donald Trump’s tweets announcing potential tariff hikes. We break down what that might mean for American trade. This week also marks the latest round of talks between American and Chinese negotia...Show More

26:46 | May 3rd

The economy added 260,000 jobs last month, and unemployment hit a record low. Wages are rising steadily but not dramatically. With such a tight labor market, what does it take to get a real raise? Often, it's trading up for a different job. Plus, we ...Show More

25:49 | May 2nd

When trade talks resume in Beijing this week, American officials will be talking about intellectual property theft. But an even more common problem American businesses encounter in China is "trademark squatting," a bad-faith application that could bl...Show More

25:24 | Apr 30th

Kidnapping — be it of people or precious cargo — is the stuff of nightmares. But ransom and the insurance that covers it is a big business, and the vast majority of people and property make it back safely. Today, we look at how this sophisticated cri...Show More

25:23 | Apr 29th

Marriott, the world’s largest hotel operator, is taking on Airbnb with its own home-rental platform. But can it break in without cannibalizing its own business? Plus, we predict the Fed's move on rates tomorrow and explore a new trend in corporate Am...Show More

26:18 | Apr 26th

Cue the Vitamin C, it's graduation season. As many students are preparing for life after college, they’re also figuring out how to pay back their student loans. Plus, the latest GDP numbers and Amazon's plan to offer free one-day shipping for Prime s...Show More

25:26 | Apr 25th

The number of the day is 75. Dollars, that is — it's the price Brent crude oil passed today before settling a bit lower by the end of the day. You might have noticed higher prices at the pump this year, but gas isn't the only thing that will get more...Show More

25:36 | Apr 24th

To understand the NFL draft, which starts tomorrow, think of a team's general manager as an investment manager. Both have to build a balanced portfolio and manage risk. Both sometimes pay too much for glamour instead of going for more solid, steady p...Show More

25:46 | Apr 23rd

Economic analysts have long warned that a recession may be on the horizon, but positive showings in retail and the stock market have some experts second-guessing that prediction. Today, we try and figure out where the economy might be headed. Plus: W...Show More

25:51 | Apr 22nd

A new study has found American consumers generally bear the brunt of tariff costs. Today, we look at which prices have gone up and whether the additional cost is balanced out by economic gains. Plus: The NRA's finances and how President Trump's new s...Show More

40:36 | Apr 21st

It’s not easy being an undercover cop in a county with just 40,000 people. But drugs were making it hard for Bucky Culbertson to run his business, so now he makes his business getting rid of drugs. Subscribe to The Uncertain Hour wherever you get you...Show More

26:49 | Apr 19th

As tech and finance businesses have loosened up their dress codes in recent years, one garment has ascended to near ubiquity: The Vest. Usually fleece, worn over casual business attire with a company logo on the right breast, the vest is a big part o...Show More

26:33 | Apr 18th

With the new "Avengers" movie poised to dominate screens in about a week, you’d think there wouldn’t be room for anyone else in the superhero landscape. Tell that to Ben Edlund, creator of “The Tick,” a show and character that’s found a small but las...Show More

25:55 | Apr 17th

For most people, buying or selling a house is the biggest single financial transaction they'll ever make. But it's an emotional process, too — is that thing you love about your home turning off buyers? Today, our housing reporter revisits her childho...Show More

25:23 | Apr 16th

Chances are you won’t be traveling on a Boeing 737 Max during your summer vacation. Southwest, American and United airlines have canceled their flights with the plane through summer. For airline schedulers, the year's busiest season is going to get e...Show More

26:08 | Apr 15th

Just 10% of taxpayers file by mail these days, but Tax Day used to be a big deal for U.S. post offices, there were protests and parties. Today, we take a trip to the tax-filing past. Plus, the most audited county in the United States and the latest i...Show More

35:55 | Apr 12th

It’s the deadliest drug epidemic our country has ever faced. We go to ground zero, where “nothing changes except for the drug.” Subscribe to The Uncertain Hour wherever you get your podcasts.

26:15 | Apr 12th

The House of Mouse revealed its new streaming service yesterday, Disney+. It launches in November and will cost $6.99 a month, just under Netflix's cheapest plan. Today we look at what Disney brings to the streaming war and the consumer psychology be...Show More

26:15 | Apr 5th

Get out your parachute pants, because MC Hammer begins his first major concert tour since 1991 on Saturday. Hammer joins the Backstreet Boys, the Spice Girls and other '80s and '90s pop acts on the road, where there's still a lot of money to be made....Show More

25:56 | Apr 4th

After decades of challenges, construction is finally underway on the largest public works project in the U.S.: California’s high-speed rail. Today, we look at why bullet trains have been an elusive American goal for more than 50 years. But first, the...Show More

25:52 | Apr 3rd

Just eight weeks into its inaugural season, the Association of American Football appears to be throwing in the towel. With the XFL set to return next year, we look at why every NFL alternative seems to fail. But first, what you need to know about the...Show More

25:53 | Apr 2nd

President Donald Trump threatened to unilaterally shut down the southern border this week if Mexico doesn't take steps to reduce illegal border crossings. Today we look at the economic consequences, starting with putting the brakes on the auto indust...Show More

26:04 | Apr 1st

After several high-profile scandals, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out the case for regulating his own company. But regulating one tech giant will likely mean regulating others, and they might not be as keen on letting Congress in. But first we d...Show More

32:38 | Mar 29th

One day, early in the semester, Keith Jackson didn’t show up to class. He’d been arrested for selling crack, but for his classmates, that wasn’t the surprising part. Subscribe to The Uncertain Hour here or wherever you get your podcasts.

27:07 | Mar 29th

Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been voted down a third time, and the chance of a no-deal Brexit has gotten higher. On today's special broadcast from London, Kai Ryssdal talks with business owners and regular folks about how they're getting by amid all...Show More

26:51 | Mar 28th

It's our second day of special Brexit coverage in London, and today we're talking with entrepreneurs and American expats just trying to get by here, living and working at the heart of Brexit negotiations but feeling very far from resolution.

25:32 | Mar 27th

It's been 1,007 days since the U.K. voted to leave the European Union. That's nearly three years of political paralysis and economic uncertainty. For the rest of this week, we're coming to you from London. The first in our series of special reports f...Show More

25:24 | Mar 26th

Kai Ryssdal's in London this week, reporting on the slow plod of Brexit and how it's affecting people, businesses and the economy. Today he was out in front of the Parliament building. But first: The Trump administration is taking the Affordable Care...Show More
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25:14 | Mar 25th

Apple already makes so many of the devices we use to stream TV and movies. Now the tech giant is trying to make some TV of its own. We kick off today's show talking about what Apple brings to the streaming wars. Then: Some farmers are struggling to p...Show More
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45:37 | Mar 23rd

Our documentary podcast The Uncertain Hour is going inside America's drug war this season. We're starting with the strange and little-known story of how, 30 years ago, George H.W. Bush came to hold up an baggie of crack in his first televised speech ...Show More
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26:03 | Mar 22nd

We're in the middle of one of the deadliest drug epidemics in history, with nearly 50,000 people dying from opioid overdoses in the United States in 2017. On this season of our podcast The Uncertain Hour, we look at how these kinds of crises end. Tod...Show More
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26:07 | Mar 21st

Volvo is planning to introduce tech that monitors the health and wakefulness of drivers. But do the benefits outweigh the privacy costs? Plus, China's tight video game regulations and what you can expect this season on our podcast The Uncertain Hour.
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25:10 | Mar 20th

Fundraising is a huge part of running for president, but in this primary season, where candidates receive their money may be as important as how much they make. Plus: Fallout from Facebook's job discrimination settlement and the "femtech" apps that h...Show More
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25:11 | Mar 19th

For years, most of the plastic bottles, aluminum cans and other recyclables Americans put by the curb ended up in China, which used those raw materials in its factories. But the country stopped buying foreign trash last year, and that's putting munic...Show More
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25:32 | Mar 18th

When it hit the market 17 years ago, Botox was pitched at 40- and 50-somethings looking for smoother skin. Now, the number of 18- to 37-year-olds getting injectable fillers has grown more than 20 percent in the past five years. Plus: The latest on th...Show More
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25:17 | Mar 11th

President Donald Trump released his 2020 budget proposal today, calling for shrinking spending on education and foreign aid. Today, we talk about what else is in there and what it says about the administration's priorities. Then: Kids today have more...Show More
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25:35 | Mar 8th

The pace of hiring all but ground to a halt in February, despite a blockbuster jobs report in January. We look at the factors behind the hiring slowdown and what it means for the rest of the economy. Then: This week, the last Chevy Cruze rolled out o...Show More
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25:23 | Mar 5th

Economists have been puzzled by slow wage growth in a very tight labor market, but a string of new reports indicate that wages may finally be moving up ... though not for everyone. Plus, new NAFTA's bumpy ride through Congress and a conversation with...Show More
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25:27 | Mar 4th

American companies and consumers are, according to multiple new studies. We take a closer look. Then: The 2020 election has barely begun, and candidates are already sick of dialing for dollars. Is the phone-banking model ready for a disruption? Plus,...Show More
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25:44 | Mar 1st

Magic, one of America’s oldest pastimes and a multimillion-dollar industry, has been transformed by the digital age. We talk with Ian Frisch about how the internet has democratized the craft, which he lays out in his new book "Magic Is Dead." But fir...Show More
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25:42 | Feb 28th

As the nation was slowly recovering from the financial crisis, the Justice Department had a choice: Go after big banks with criminal cases that could be tough to win or use powerful civil penalties and negotiate settlements? In the last installment o...Show More
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25:23 | Feb 27th

During the worst of the financial crisis, two hedge fund managers were tried in court for securities fraud ... and acquitted. We look at what happened in the second part of our series about who served time after the crash. Plus, a big hearing on Capi...Show More
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25:44 | Feb 26th

The American economy all but collapsed in 2008, but no CEOs on Wall Street went to jail. Today, we begin three-part series looking at why. Plus: stormy weather for Home Depot and New York City's plan to cut congestion while fixing the subway.
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25:31 | Feb 25th

The economy is doing well, says Janet Yellen, who departed the Federal Reserve last year after four years as chair. She's less confident in the president, who declined to appoint her for a second term. We talked with Yellen about Trump's relationship...Show More
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25:37 | Feb 22nd

Between the hosting debacle, declining viewership and last-minute changes to how awards are presented, the road to this Sunday's Oscars has been bumpy. Despite all that, ad rates are still a bright spot for the academy. But first: Why Kraft and Oscar...Show More
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25:45 | Feb 21st

The snow delayed our interview with International Monetary Fund Managing Director and Chairwoman Christine Lagarde, and by the time we sat down this morning, there was a lot to talk about: rising inequality, being a woman in finance and President Tru...Show More
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25:49 | Feb 20th

Americans got back more than $320 billion in tax refunds last year, and plenty of tax prep services would have you believe that's a nice little bonus on top of your income. But it's not. Today we explore the psychology of tax season and how it's chan...Show More
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25:45 | Feb 19th

Rent for single-family homes is up again, and the people most likely to feel the pinch are also those who can least afford it. We do the numbers on that, plus venture capital and the trail of debt failed startups can leave behind. Finally, "Office Sp...Show More
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25:40 | Feb 18th

Many young adults looking to buy their first home have a trillion-dollar obstacle in their way: college debt. On this Presidents Day show, we look at the impact that's having on the housing market. Plus, how to be a make-up artist and the typewriter'...Show More
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26:02 | Feb 15th

Congress approved a spending bill this week to support broadband infrastructure in underserved areas. Besides keeping the government open, we look at what that means for rural America. Then: How businesses are preparing for a no-deal Brexit. Plus, we...Show More
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25:31 | Feb 14th

Thanks to her best-selling book and new Netflix show, Marie Kondo is inspiring Americans to get organized. But what happens to all the stuff that doesn't "spark joy"? We look at the cost of tidying up and who foots the bill. But first: What you need ...Show More
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25:42 | Feb 13th

Some 600,000 American-born children whose parents have returned to Mexico, voluntarily or not, are believed to be in Mexican schools. Today, we look at the economics of them coming back to the United States. Plus: What you need to know about the pote...Show More
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25:29 | Feb 12th

"1888, have the press check it out," President Donald Trump said at a rally Monday night, citing one of his favorite historical precedents for tariffs. Well, we did. Plus: cross-border commerce in the Trump era and the race to make the perfect fake m...Show More
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25:45 | Feb 11th

If you own a home, or want to own one, chances are you’ve spent some time with one of the many apps that estimate home values. Watching those prices rise, at least on paper, has become something of a national pastime — but it could be doing a number ...Show More
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26:06 | Feb 8th

The government reopened two weeks ago, which means, yes, we're just one week from another potential shutdown. The thing is, it takes time to get an organization that large started again. Case in point: Thousands of workers still don't have back pay. ...Show More
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25:39 | Feb 7th

As tax season carries on, states are trying to adjust to the new federal tax law and are putting thousands of tax returns on standby. We start today's show bringing you the latest. Then: the lingering debt of federal workers who borrowed to get by in...Show More
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25:35 | Feb 6th

The partial government shutdown may be over, but people going back to work are still feeling its effects. Today we hear from one contractor about her bittersweet return. Then: Hundreds of Texans are suing the government over how it handled relief eff...Show More
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25:45 | Jan 31st

The impacts of the trade war with China are widespread. Today we'll zoom in on agriculture, and a family farm in Washington that's feeling it. Plus, the latest on Foxconn, which now says it's backing away from building TVs in Wisconsin in favor of ad...Show More
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26:18 | Jan 30th

We can say "Super Bowl" as much as we want. Super Bowl, Super Bowl, S U P E R  B O W L. But if you're an Atlanta-area business or an advertiser hoping to capitalize on the game, you have to get creative because the NFL has that trademark locked down....Show More
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25:32 | Jan 29th

We've got big tech drama at home and abroad topping today's show: We'll get you caught up on the new charges against Huawei and an alarming iPhone bug. Plus, the latest on Brexit. Then: Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz might be running for preside...Show More
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26:07 | Jan 28th

The government shutdown may be over, for now, but agencies that gather economic data could take a while to get caught up. We'll look at the effects and talk with Congressional Budget Office Director Keith Hall. Plus, the state of the iPhone in China ...Show More
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27:11 | Jan 25th

As President Donald Trump agreed to temporarily reopen the government Friday, mayors from all around the country were wrapping up a trip to Washington, D.C., to talk about what the shutdown has cost their communities. We'll talk to some today, plus w...Show More
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26:46 | Jan 24th

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said recently that modern monetary theory, or MMT, should “be a larger part of our conversation” when it comes to funding ambitious policies she’s proposed. On today's show, we'll explain how it works — it's kind of like...Show More
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25:20 | Jan 23rd

That's where the situation is heading in Venezuela. We'll tell you what you need to know as President Nicolás Maduro is called to resign. Then, more from our series on President Trump's signature economic moments. Plus, why the government shutdown is...Show More
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25:54 | Jan 22nd

In the past two years, President Trump has changed the way we talk about business and economic life in this country. He views the economy through a transactional lens: there are always deals to be made or renegotiated. He's the CEO of America, Inc., ...Show More
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25:21 | Jan 21st

Things weren't looking exactly glass half-full today at the World Economic Forum, the annual meeting of economists, bankers and world leaders. During a news conference, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the global economy was growing “more...Show More
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26:23 | Jan 18th

During periods of economic uncertainty, many people look to what central bankers say as a forecast of what’s to come. In that spirit, we have Federal Reserve Gov. Lael Brainard on the show today to talk about the longest government shutdown in histor...Show More
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26:02 | Jan 17th

The rap superstar took to Instagram yesterday to make sure her followers were paying attention to the government shutdown: "this s**t is really f**king serious, bro." She's right! We'll start the show by looking at the newly "essential" employees Pre...Show More
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26:30 | Jan 16th

With no end in sight to the partial government shutdown, some businesses are starting to miss the regulation that shielded them from risk. Then: The fallout from yesterday’s failed Brexit vote may not be isolated to Britain. We'll look at how uncerta...Show More
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26:01 | Jan 15th

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal was shot down today. We'll kick off our show with the latest and what's next. Then, speaking of "no deal": Under the partial government shutdown, some Trump advisers are seeing what a smaller governmen...Show More
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26:13 | Jan 14th

As of this weekend, we're in unprecedented territory. It's the longest partial government shutdown in history. We'll spend some time on today's show looking at how the effects of the shutdown could snowball over the coming days. Then: More than 30,00...Show More
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25:28 | Jan 11th

While the American government shutdown turns into the longest ever, a crucial vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal heads to Parliament next week, which could determine the fate of Britain’s future with the European Union. We'll bring you ...Show More
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25:27 | Jan 10th

Going into the holidays, consumer confidence was high and retail forecasts were looking rosy. Now, more than a week into the new year, it turns out the results are a bit of a mixed bag. We take a closer look at industry news out today. Then, governme...Show More
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25:29 | Jan 9th

With today's talks falling through and federal workers about to miss a paycheck, this shutdown is on its way to becoming the longest-ever, and millions in missing income has ripple effects. We're devoting much of today's show to that, looking at how ...Show More
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25:11 | Jan 8th

Friday's payday — or it should be. If the government shutdown continues through the week, federal workers will miss out. We talked with some out-of-work employees about how the shutdown is affecting their personal economies. Then: High economic growt...Show More
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26:06 | Jan 3rd

We can feel it all the way from China. Apple's revised forecast yesterday helped torpedo stocks today. But this might just be a leading indicator of the problems a lot of companies will have as the second-biggest economy in the world slows down. We l...Show More
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26:15 | Dec 25th, 2018

U.S. markets are closed for Christmas, which means that investors can take a deep breath from this month's volatility. We'll zoom out and talk about the disconnect between plummeting stock prices and what's keeping our economy strong. Then: Consumer ...Show More
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26:25 | Dec 24th, 2018

’Twas the night before Christmas, and the markets continued to dive, so we start with the big picture question: Can President Donald Trump remove Jay Powell as head of the Federal Reserve? Like many things in life, the answer is a bit complicated. Th...Show More
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25:48 | Dec 13th, 2018

Apple quietly announced a new $1 billion, 15,000-employee campus to Austin, Texas. It did so without the media frenzy — and blowback — Amazon experienced with its East Coast expansion this year. We'll compare the two tech giants' approaches. Then: Ne...Show More
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26:04 | Dec 12th, 2018

Mainly, Mars. SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell talked with us about it during a tour of the company's main factory in Southern California. But first, with the sun (possibly) setting on the government-supported 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, we'll assess its ...Show More
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25:55 | Dec 11th, 2018

Unemployment, inflation, GDP growth, bond yields ... we do a lot of numbers on this show. But what should you really be watching if you're nervous about another economic downturn? We asked James Poterba, president of the National Bureau of Economic R...Show More
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25:20 | Dec 10th, 2018

You've got a corgi, some home-cooked meals and a few thousand bot followers. What more do you need to be famous on Instagram? Today we'll talk to a writer who learned it takes a lot more to make that sweet, sweet #spon money. But first, we'll catch y...Show More
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25:52 | Nov 29th, 2018

Big retailers have followed Amazon's lead in making free shipping a staple. But that leaves small businesses in the uncomfortable position of managing expectations or just eating the cost of two-day air themselves. But first: Wages are up, inflation ...Show More
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25:46 | Nov 15th, 2018

Nahhhh. With the holidays right around the corner, and ads inundating our collective consciousness, we try to figure out why deals are everywhere. But first, the British pound has fallen nearly 2 percent against the dollar amid shaky Brexit negotiati...Show More
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25:45 | Nov 14th, 2018

There's a Brexit deal ... we think. What happens next? What sticking points have held up the process? We talk to Marketplace’s Stephen Beard about whether or not the May administration will be able to close the deal with the European Union. Then, a f...Show More
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25:53 | Nov 9th, 2018

It's been a long week. Let's take five minutes just to recap. We'll talk midterms, the Federal Reserve and more with the Wall Street Journal’s Kate Davidson and Politico Managing Editor Sudeep Reddy for the Weekly Wrap. Then, we'll get into tariffs, ...Show More
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25:48 | Nov 8th, 2018

Some things might change with the American economy because of the midterms, but we can always count on the good ol' Federal Reserve. The Fed has been meeting this week to discuss interest rates and the state of the economy. While interest rates held ...Show More
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26:08 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Sears is shutting down more than 100 stores, which is good news for people in the liquidation business. What's it like when your job is help shut down other businesses? We'll look into it, but first: Fed Chair Powell said yesterday that the U.S. won’...Show More
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25:28 | Nov 1st, 2018

At the turn of the century, only about 2 percent of people in India had internet access. Thanks to cheaper and cheaper tech, you can get online in just a few minutes for maybe $100, and that's transformed the country. We'll look at how, and turn stat...Show More
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25:42 | Oct 31st, 2018

Inflation is (slowly) creeping back up, and major companies are starting to raise prices on essentials like diapers and paper towels. On today's show, we'll look at whether consumers are feeling the effects and ask all of you about your price-hike br...Show More
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25:30 | Oct 30th, 2018

It's felt harder than ever to avoid political conversations since the 2016 election, even (maybe especially) in the workplace. We'll look at how employers are handling tough conversations. But first, an unintended consequence of Disney's acquisition ...Show More
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25:39 | Oct 29th, 2018

The Los Angeles Lakers are more than just a basketball team. They are also a company worth $3.3 billion, one of the most successful franchises in the NBA. Fundamentally, the Lakers are an entertainment company with outsized influence. Today we'll tal...Show More
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25:43 | Oct 16th, 2018

Corporate tax cuts from earlier this year have helped drive up the deficit, and lawmakers are debating ways to pay it down. We'll look at how the deficit works and how politicians like to use it. Then, the U.S. posted more than 7 million jobs in Augu...Show More
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25:49 | Oct 15th, 2018

Gibraltar, on the southern tip of Spain, is a British territory. It’s also one of Europe’s most prosperous economies. But could Brexit change all that? We'll take a closer look at the territory caught in the middle. Then, an unintended consequence of...Show More
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26:15 | Oct 12th, 2018

With an avalanche of tariffs to navigate, companies are facing a lot of uncertainty over how to plan ahead. Meanwhile, business is booming for trade consultants. We'll talk about it, but first: mortgage rates have hit a seven-year high, and Obamacare...Show More
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25:41 | Oct 11th, 2018

Roughly one in three people in the United States have less than $5,000 in retirement savings, but for those lucky enough to have some money stashed away, the cost of investing has been getting lower and lower. Management fees for mutual funds have dr...Show More
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25:17 | Oct 10th, 2018

We're a couple weeks away from the midterm elections, and it's crunch time for voter registration. Political organizations and campaigns have spent millions on voter registration efforts targeting young and diverse voters, but will it work? Also on t...Show More
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25:41 | Oct 9th, 2018

We hardly used ye. Google is phasing out its social platform Google Plus after a massive data breach. We look at how this could affect Google’s business model. Also on today's show, the International Monetary Fund predicted in its global economic for...Show More
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25:32 | Oct 8th, 2018

Yale economist William Nordhaus, along with New York University’s Paul Romer, received the Nobel Prize in economics Monday. We look at the consequences of putting Nordhaus’ research on the economic impact of climate change to policy. Then, Romer's wo...Show More
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26:11 | Oct 5th, 2018

Unemployment is at a 40-year low and wages are starting to tick up, but the number of people working multiple jobs hasn’t changed in more than a decade. Why? Then: Mattress Firm has filed for bankruptcy, citing poor sales. The sleep business has chan...Show More
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25:07 | Oct 4th, 2018

Forecasts are predicting strong holiday sales this season, which means retailers, warehouses and other businesses are going to need more employees. But with a labor market this tight, we'll look at how companies are competing for seasonal workers. Th...Show More
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25:48 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Most of today's show is devoted to our conversation with Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase. We talked about what it was like managing the bank and tangling with the government during the financial crisis, and how he sees his role in today's econ...Show More
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25:31 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Amazon will pay its American employees at least $15 an hour, the company announced today. With 250,000 employees and another 100,000 seasonal workers set to benefit all over the country, can the retail giant pressure its competitors to give out raise...Show More
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25:28 | Oct 1st, 2018

The Trump administration has struck a deal with Mexico and Canada to revise NAFTA, now called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. We'll bring you the details and see how the deal is playing down on the farm. Plus: Elon Musk stepped down from T...Show More
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26:09 | Sep 28th, 2018

Thousands of people in California live out of their cars. And for those people, the threat of parking tickets is also the threat of losing their home. But first: We'll look at the week in business and economic news, and tell you everything you need t...Show More
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25:52 | Sep 27th, 2018

As the United States and Mexico finalize details of a trade agreement, the Trump administration has written a rule that Mexican auto manufacturers pay workers a $16 hourly wage or face a 2.5 percent tariff. But the extra taxes might be cheaper than r...Show More
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25:40 | Sep 26th, 2018

According to the Federal Reserve, anyway. We'll play some of Chair Jerome Powell's statement from today's rate hike announcement and unpack how the central bank sees this economy right now. Then, with the NAFTA deadline looming, we'll look at how clo...Show More
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25:53 | Sep 25th, 2018

Tariffs on more than 5,000 new Chinese products went into effect this week, and American importers are scrambling to catch up. The notice was so short that some shipments were on the water on the way to the United States when tariffs hit. We'll talk ...Show More
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25:55 | Sep 24th, 2018

We're starting the week with two big mergers in the headlines: SiriusXM is buying the streaming music pioneer Pandora, and American fashion company Michael Kors is expected to buy Versace, the Italian fashion house. Those deals have more in common th...Show More
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25:28 | Sep 13th, 2018

President Donald Trump rejected the government’s assessment of the death toll from Hurricane Maria this morning. "3,000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico,” he tweeted, accusing Democrats of inflating the number. Those stat...Show More
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25:38 | Sep 12th, 2018

You probably haven't heard of Michael Osinski. He's an oyster farmer in upstate New York. But before he did that, in the '80s, he wrote the software that helped banks securitize mortgages — software that would contribute to Lehman's collapse and to t...Show More
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25:47 | Sep 11th, 2018

The phrase "too big to fail" is closely associated with the financial crisis of a decade ago, and it was used as a justification for government bailouts. It wasn't always this way. There was a time when most banks were small, and they liked it that w...Show More
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25:22 | Sep 4th, 2018

Neel Kashkari runs the Minneapolis Fed now, but 10 years ago he was in charge of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, also known as the bank bailout. We talked with Kashkari about how TARP architects put a pricetag on the bailout, how his life changed ...Show More
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25:45 | Aug 31st, 2018

Earlier this week, the United States and Mexico reached a trade agreement as apart of the North American Free Trade Agreement overhaul. Then it was Canada's turn. But after three days of talks, the United States and Canada have no deal. Will Canada w...Show More
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26:03 | Aug 24th, 2018

As new college students across the country start moving in, we're taking a look at the booming dorm-in-a-bag business. Turns out there's a lot of money in making a 170-square-foot cinder-block box feel like home. But first: It's been a wild week for ...Show More
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25:30 | Aug 23rd, 2018

In a week that's seen the looming threat of impeachment and the longest bull market ever, President Donald Trump has said the former would crash the latter. We'll kick off today's show by examining whether presidential scandals can really affect mark...Show More
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25:32 | Aug 22nd, 2018

A year ago this week, a storm named Harvey left Houston underwater for days. A year on, many neighborhoods are just beginning to rebuild, and residents face a tough decision: take any insurance or FEMA money and rebuild, or cut their losses and leave...Show More
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26:10 | Aug 21st, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency released details today of its plan to replace the Obama-era rules governing carbon emissions from power plants. This proposal gives a lot of concessions to the coal industry and is a step toward ending what the pre...Show More
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26:00 | Aug 20th, 2018

This morning, the U.S. Trade Representative opened six — yup, six — days of public hearings into President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs on Chinese imports. The hearings are to let companies and trade groups affected by those tariffs weigh in, and ...Show More
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26:05 | Aug 17th, 2018

No judgement if you did. Verbally promised promotions can go up in a poof of smoke and proving a boss or co-worker is abusive is a lot easier when you have solid proof. But there are a few things you should think about before you hit that record butt...Show More
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25:56 | Aug 16th, 2018

Republicans are betting on the strong economy to sway voters in November’s elections, but will that work? This time around, maybe not. Also on today's show: A dispatch from Turkey, where Syrian refugees-turned-entrepreneurs are working to stay afloat...Show More
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25:56 | Aug 15th, 2018

It's been a year since the United States started NAFTA renegotiations with Canada and Mexico. Since then, Mexico has elected a new president and the U.S. has engaged in several controversial trade maneuvers. So are we any closer to signing a new deal...Show More
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25:29 | Aug 13th, 2018

Fax machines, once the height of telecommunications tech, have mostly gone the way of the beeper. Some offices still fax occasionally, via those big industrial copiers, which new research shows are very vulnerable to hacking. We'll talk through today...Show More
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26:14 | Aug 3rd, 2018

With the caveat that President Donald Trump is often his own economic adviser, we headed to the West Wing today to chat with National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow. He joined the administration just as Trump levied new tariffs on steel and a...Show More
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26:28 | Aug 2nd, 2018

We do the numbers all the time, but today's is the biggest yet: Apple is the first company to reach an estimated $1 trillion market capitalization. We'll talk about what that means on today's show. But first: The Trump administration announced its pl...Show More
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25:59 | Aug 1st, 2018

The NBA has become the first major sports league in this country to sign a deal with a sports betting operation. Back in May, the Supreme Court said it was OK for states to legalize sports betting, meaning Las Vegas would no longer have a monopoly. E...Show More
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25:34 | Jul 31st, 2018

Southern California's housing market is as hot as ever, with home prices double the national average. That has many buyers searching for more affordable houses outside the city, and that means a much longer commute. Think 90+ minutes. Then: The Labor...Show More
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26:20 | Jul 30th, 2018

It’s report card time for U.S. companies. Every three months, corporate executives from publicly traded companies sit down with shareholders to share their quarterly earnings. This quarter, CEOs are stuck between those shareholders and the trade war....Show More
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25:31 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Welfare reform is in the air again, with a House bill and a renewed push at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. But what do we really know about welfare in America? Especially since the last reform effort two decades ago? Our podcast The Un...Show More
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25:20 | Jul 20th, 2018

President Donald Trump accused China of manipulating its currency today. It's not the first time the White House has thrown out the accusation, but this time it comes amid trade tensions, when the yuan has fallen 8 percent compared to the dollar, whi...Show More
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25:27 | Jul 19th, 2018

"Domestic car company" is kind of a misnomer these days. Auto manufacturers get parts from all over the world, and companies like Ford and General Motors stand to both benefit and be hurt by tariffs, making the politics much murkier. We'll talk about...Show More
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25:52 | Jul 18th, 2018

Antitrust regulators in the European Union are charging Google a $5 billion fine for using its Android software to push out competition and making phone companies pre-install its apps. We'll talk about what that means for the company and the ways ove...Show More
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25:31 | Jul 17th, 2018

Under the Trump administration, federal agencies are no longer required to determine the financial costs of climate change, so a group of scientists have stepped up to the plate. We'll talk about that project and what it can tell us about the real-wo...Show More
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25:43 | Jul 16th, 2018

We're starting today with news from overseas, not Helsinki but Geneva, where the World Trade Organization is fielding complains from China against the United States, and the U.S. against pretty much everybody. We'll talk about what happens next and w...Show More
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25:38 | Jul 13th, 2018

The Department of Justice is appealing the ruling that cleared Time Warner's $85 billion merger with AT&T, the government announced just before we put out yesterday's show. Today, we're trying to game out what's next, especially since the merger's al...Show More
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25:41 | Jul 12th, 2018

Jay Powell's been the chairman of the Federal Reserve for about five and a half months. His office in the Federal Reserve Building on Constitution Avenue is still getting put together, but he's already put his mark on the central bank and chatting wi...Show More
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30:58 | Jul 12th, 2018

In the five months since Jerome “Jay” Powell took over as chairman of the Federal Reserve, the country is facing a growing number of tests: stagnant wage growth, tariff disputes around the world and a White House that likes to publicly offer the Fed ...Show More
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25:21 | Jul 5th, 2018

Today might feel like a Monday, but it's actually the end of the week, which means U.S. tariffs against China go into effect tomorrow. Should you be worried about inflation? Or even ... deflation? We'll talk about it, then head to a Georgian pecan fa...Show More
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26:01 | Jul 4th, 2018

Happy Fourth of July, it's a hot one and your AC can feel it. The heat wave gripping parts of the midwest and northeast could have a damaging effect on the electric grid system. It also holds economic concerns for the areas poor. Although it’s a holi...Show More
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25:08 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Traders only worked half a day, giving everyone a chance to get out of town for the July Fourth holiday. In that spirit we're bringing you three stories about summer vacations: Why plane tickets are so cheap right now, how Orlando became an amusement...Show More
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25:55 | Jun 14th, 2018

The trusty sedan might not be enough for Americans these days. Sales have been tanking the last few years, giving way to bigger trucks, SUVs and crossovers. We find out why. Also on the show, we talk with Politico’s Annie Karni about her reporting on...Show More
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25:31 | Jun 6th, 2018

If only. President Donald Trump likes to talk about the trade deficit, the difference between what the United States sells to other countries and what it buys from them. It shrank between March and April, according to the latest report, something the...Show More
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25:20 | Jun 5th, 2018

A year-plus into NAFTA negotiations, President Donald Trump might be considering a new tactic: Split up the whole thing into two bilateral deals with Mexico and Canada. We'll take a look at what that would look like. Then, we hear from more businesse...Show More
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25:42 | Jun 4th, 2018

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin got the cold shoulder at the G-7 finance ministers meeting this past weekend, and as President Donald Trump heads to Quebec for more meetings, Canada, Mexico and the European Union are issuing blistering responses to...Show More
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25:48 | Jun 1st, 2018

It's been a while since one of President Donald Trump's tweets made economic news, but today he kind of scooped the rest of the government. "Looking forward to seeing the employment numbers at 8:30 this morning," he tweeted, potentially violating a f...Show More
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25:37 | May 31st, 2018

The threat of a trade war has been looming over this country since President Donald Trump announced steel and aluminum tariffs almost three months ago. But one set of tariffs, and a bunch of exclusions and carve-outs to it, does not a trade war make....Show More
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25:53 | May 30th, 2018

Over 12.5 million people in the United States work in the manufacturing sector. That's nearly 12 percent of U.S. GDP. So what we make and how make it matters. We're starting off with the second part in our series about manufacturing in America. Today...Show More
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25:53 | May 29th, 2018

... unless you're driving. Then honk maybe? At any rate, you're not alone. The White House is back to being the Bad Cop, pushing ahead on tariffs and punishing China for playing unfair with intellectual property. We'll bring you the latest on that an...Show More
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25:33 | May 28th, 2018

Or are you in the 52 percent of American workers who left them on the table in 2017? We look at the economic effects of people taking their paid vacation time. And on this Memorial Day, the future of of the $55 billion VA Mission Act, which provides ...Show More
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25:59 | May 25th, 2018

Starbucks stores around the country are closing down next week for unconscious bias training. The programs are getting more and more popular, but is their impact measurable? Plus, we cap of our week covering graduates in the recession with the story ...Show More
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25:33 | May 24th, 2018

The Trump administration announced it would investigate possible tariffs on auto imports on national security grounds. But, how exactly is the auto industry connected to national security? We sent Marketplace's Sabri Ben-Achour on a hunt for answers....Show More
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26:20 | May 23rd, 2018

Probably not, to be honest. They have a lot of student loans. But hey, the job market is good! Well, sort of. Listen to the story, we'll explain. Today we talk to Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf about why he isn't worried about China and why 5G is exc...Show More
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25:41 | May 22nd, 2018

The House is set to take up a bill today dialing back parts of Dodd-Frank, the law regulating banks after the financial crisis. The bill, which has already passed the Senate, would change mortgage lending requirements and raise the threshold at which...Show More
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25:27 | May 21st, 2018

After two days of trade talks in Washington and a high-level trip earlier this month, China and the United States have announced a truce in the simmering trade war, with U.S.-imposed tariffs on hold. We'll spend some time a the top of today's show re...Show More
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26:00 | May 18th, 2018

We're talking NAFTA. We're also talking tariffs. And China. And trade deficits. Leigh Gallagher from Fortune Magazine and Dion Rabouin from Yahoo Finance join us for the Weekly Wrap to talk about the unforeseen consequences of U.S. trade policy and t...Show More
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25:27 | May 17th, 2018

We're just a couple days away from the royal wedding, and the fashion industry loves Meghan Markle. We'll look at her style and how it might change once she marries Prince Harry. But first, let's talk about the Newtonian law of global trade: For ever...Show More
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25:40 | May 16th, 2018

That's the name of Ken Langone's new book. He co-founded The Home Depot, and he's been around this economy for a while. We'll unpack that premise, but first we'll talk NAFTA renegotiations. Tomorrow's supposed to be the deadline, but it appears that ...Show More
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25:23 | May 15th, 2018

So what are they actually doing about it? Today on the show, we'll do the numbers. The 100 most-common brand-name pharmaceuticals got 232 percent more expensive in the past decade. State lawmakers have filed more than 150 bills this year to rein in c...Show More
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25:55 | May 14th, 2018

It's not all it's cracked up to be. A Tesla Model S rear-ended a firetruck at a red light last night. The car was doing 60, and witnesses say it didn't break. The driver broke his ankle, and now investigators are wondering if the car's autopilot syst...Show More
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26:05 | May 11th, 2018

We packed a lot in the first half of this episode: What President Donald Trump said (and didn't say) in his speech on drug prices today, the looming NAFTA deadline, the swamp and the draining thereof, it's all here. Then: The upfronts are next week. ...Show More
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25:27 | May 10th, 2018

President Donald Trump announced today he's going to meet Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore. There are a whole lot of variables in this equation: What's motivating who to do what? One thing that might have driven North Korea to the negotiating tabl...Show More
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25:22 | May 9th, 2018

The news coming out of Facebook this week is maybe a bit friendlier than it has been: The company announced some leadership shuffles yesterday, along with a new department focused on blockchain technology. We'll kick off today's show with everything ...Show More
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25:40 | May 8th, 2018

Iran agreed to a slew of limits on its nuclear program three years ago in exchange for lifting decades of international sanctions from the United States and five other countries. The year after the deal went into place, Iran's real GDP grew by 12.5 p...Show More
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25:38 | May 7th, 2018

Or maybe it's a grande deal? Whatever. It's a very big deal. The Swiss food brand is paying more than $7 billion for the rights to distribute Starbucks coffee. We'll talk about what Nestle does (or doesn't) get for its money. Probably it means no one...Show More
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25:35 | May 4th, 2018

The labor market, to be specific. It's been out of whack for a while, and this morning's jobs report only got stranger. Last month saw 3.9 percent unemployment, the lowest in 18 years. Finding a job is pretty easy, but wages still aren't rising. What...Show More
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25:24 | May 3rd, 2018

We've been talking a lot about the countries and companies that have asked for exemptions from President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs. But remember, the whole point of these things is to help out America's steel and aluminum industries. ...Show More
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25:15 | May 2nd, 2018

Today, the Federal Open Market Committee chose not to raise interest rates, but it did have other news: Inflation has reached the Fed benchmark of 2 percent. How tolerant of inflation is the Fed going to be? That depends on whether the economy is exp...Show More
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25:24 | May 1st, 2018

Ahead of a midnight deadline last night, the White House gave a slew of countries exemptions from steel and aluminum tariffs lasting a month or longer. South Korea has already scored itself a permanent pass by agreeing to restrict its steel and alumi...Show More
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26:08 | Apr 30th, 2018

The big corporate story du jour is T-Mobile and Sprint, but we're going to focus on something specific the two wireless companies said when they announced a proposed merger: that the combined company would be able to move faster on fifth-generation w...Show More
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