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Marketplace from American Public Media is the premier business news show on public radio. Host Kai Ryssdal and the Marketplace team deliver news that matters, from your wallet to Wall Street. Online at Marketplace.org

Marketplace from American Public Media is the premier business news show on public radio. Host Kai Ryssdal and the Marketplace team deliver news that matters, from your wallet to Wall Street. Online at Marketplace.org
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Los Angeles, CA

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Marketplace from American Public Media is the premier business news show on public radio. Host Kai Ryssdal and the Marketplace team deliver news that matters, from your wallet to Wall Street. Online at Marketplace.org

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English

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261 South Figueroa Street #200 Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 621-3500


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Episodes

The story behind Robert Smith paying off a whole class’ student debt

5/20/2019
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Billionaire Robert Smith announced this weekend he will pay off all the student debt for the class of 2019 at Morehouse College, a historically black college in Georgia. Today, we look at the disproportionately high debt facing black students when they get out of school. Plus: What you need to know about the layoffs at Ford and India’s election.

Duration:00:27:51

Is your phone listening to you?

5/17/2019
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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? Plus: How delivery apps are changing the restaurant business and the legacy of Grumpy Cat.

Duration:00:28:25

By blacklisting Huawei, the U.S. could be shooting itself in the foot

5/16/2019
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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 shoot the U.S. in the foot. Plus: What American businesses get out of tariffs, and what you need to know about the SAT’s new “adversity index.”

Duration:00:27:43

Potholes can tell you a lot about inequality

5/15/2019
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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 confidence can (and can’t) tell us about actual consumption and the legacy of Alice Rivlin, the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office.

Duration:00:26:44

When the hospital shuts down

5/14/2019
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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 true, and the “internet of things” comes to … diapers.

Duration:00:28:01

Is the trade war the new normal?

5/13/2019
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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 the potential antitrust case against Apple. Plus, we look at a West Texas community that produces fracking sand, as the market’s been drying up.

Duration:00:27:19

Farmers thought it was going to be a good week

5/10/2019
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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 7.5% on Day One, so we look at why investors seem skeptical about the ride-hailing business. Plus: a snapshot of economic life on America’s riverboats.

Duration:00:27:44

The cost of the American medical system

5/9/2019
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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? Then: How do IPOs like Uber’s impact already expensive housing markets? Also: The thirst for craft spirits.

Duration:00:27:21

The little word critical to the American economy

5/8/2019
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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 striking ahead of Uber’s initial public offering in search of better pay and job security. But it looks like autonomous vehicles are the industry’s future. Plus: We talk to a Los Angeles Times reporter about staffing season for TV writers after...

Duration:00:27:14

2020 is all about the donors

5/7/2019
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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’s tariff threats seriously today. So we take a look at the import-export market. Then, a look at the airplane parking lot in California where Southwest Airlines is housing its grounded Boeing 737 Maxes. Plus, the story of how one woman’s...

Duration:00:29:56

Trade talk amid tariff turbulence

5/6/2019
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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 negotiators — we heard from someone trying to run a business affected by tariffs about the reality on the ground. Also, could Uber work as a surrogate for public transit? Find out how one Canadian city tried to build a transportation network out of...

Duration:00:28:11

How to get a raise

5/3/2019
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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 take a short march through Chinese history and meet a 13-year-old CEO who counts her father as an employee.

Duration:00:27:54

American businesses expanding to China battle "trademark pirates"

5/2/2019
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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 block a company from the country entirely. Today, we take to the high seas of so-called “trademark pirates.” Plus: Why stock buybacks are surging and why Hollywood isn’t making as many rom-coms.

Duration:00:27:13

Why more Americans aren’t retiring

5/1/2019
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More and more Americans are working well past retirement age. For some, it’s a matter of necessity. For others, it’s a matter of choice — and the distinction is class-based. Today, we talk with some of those working seniors. Plus, the Fed’s decision to keep interest rates flat, and the race to create more plant-based proteins.

Duration:00:26:49

The economics of kidnapping

4/30/2019
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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 criminal marketplace works. But first: It’s been more than a year since the United States imposed tariffs on Chinese goods. We’ll hear how they are affecting American businesses. Plus: With home prices dragging, are we headed for a buyer’s market?

Duration:00:27:27

Hotels are joining the competition

4/29/2019
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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 America: fancy bathroom renovations.

Duration:00:27:05

"As we go on/We remember/All the debt we/Accrued together"

4/26/2019
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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 subscribers.

Duration:00:27:27

The costs of living in an oil-based economy

4/25/2019
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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 expensive if this trend keeps up with new sanctions on Iran. We break it down. Plus: The big, nerdy business of “The Avengers” and gamer fashion.

Duration:00:27:16

Yeah, we made the NFL draft about stocks

4/24/2019
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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 performers. Believe it or not, we can take this metaphor even further, which is what we do on today’s show. Plus: Ford seeks the market for an electric truck, Lululemon pushes its menswear and Helvetica gets a makeover.

Duration:00:27:08

We might not be headed for recession after all

4/23/2019
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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: Why one company is fighting for more regulations and the rise of temps in the C-suite.

Duration:00:27:46