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Hosted by Kai Ryssdal, our flagship program is all about providing context on the economic news of the day. Through stories, conversations and newsworthy numbers, we help listeners understand the economic world around them.

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Hosted by Kai Ryssdal, our flagship program is all about providing context on the economic news of the day. Through stories, conversations and newsworthy numbers, we help listeners understand the economic world around them.

    He sees a lot of the “United States of Work”

    He sees a lot of the “United States of Work”

    On today’s installment of “United States of Work,” we’re talking with Steve Fields, a Kansas City, Missouri, trucker who sees a lot of this country — and sees economic changes down the road, too. Plus, we meet a Los Angeles construction worker and dig into the latest business activity numbers.

    • 27 min
    The economy needs rule of law

    The economy needs rule of law

    “Rule of law” is a legal phrase that’s been getting a lot of attention amid President Donald Trump’s controversial interactions with the Justice Department. But it’s not just the foundation of the legal system — it keeps the economy together, too. Plus: Morgan Stanley buys E-Trade, Bath & Body Works is one of the last mall stores standing and our series “United States of Work” heads to Nashville.

    • 27 min
    What it’s like to be a service worker right now

    What it’s like to be a service worker right now

    Two in 10 American workers are in the service industry. As part of “United States of Work” series, we’re following a bartender in Portland, Oregon, and a hair stylist in Boise, Idaho. Plus: sinking toy sales, new producer price index numbers and what it’s like to build your own house.

    • 27 min
    This is “United States of Work”

    This is “United States of Work”

    There are 164 million people making this economy go. We don’t have room on our show to profile the entire workforce, but this year we’re going to follow 10 of them in a new series, “United States of Work.” We’re starting with Michael, a New York-based accountant. Plus, how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting Apple and Nintendo earnings and a look at the booming market for hard seltzer.

    • 27 min
    How Zillow and online real estate have become a millennial addiction

    How Zillow and online real estate have become a millennial addiction

    Portals into the dream of homeownership look a little different these days. Real estate apps and websites like Zillow have attracted a swelling audience of millennials looking to take a peek into the real estate market. Also, we talk about the sleep economy, apps helping native business and how George Washington handled national debt.

    • 25 min
    The U.S. has one bathroom for every person

    The U.S. has one bathroom for every person

    The number of private bathrooms per American has doubled in 50 years. Doubled! Today, we talk to The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson about why the U.S. has so many toilets and what that says about us. Plus, Delta’s plan to become carbon neutral, dismal retail numbers and why teachers in D.C. aren’t managing to live where they work.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

puget girl ,

Make Me Smart

Just listened for first time. Have always liked Marketplace but it is so rooted in Capitalism, although Kai et al try not to be idiots. But this show - Wow! Made me think about intersection of federal farm policy, fissile fuel industry, urban food deserts, rural degradation, and climate change.

illyana delorean ,

Well-researched, well-written, well-presented

I usually listen to Marketplace on the radio but fall back on the podcast if I miss an episode. Kai and the other members of the team are so great at what they do! For most people, economics isn’t exactly regarded as an interesting topic, but no matter what the focus, the Marketplace folks are able to present information in a way that’s both informative and entertaining. And I really appreciate that when things aren’t going super well, in the market or otherwise, they keep level-headed and remind us listeners that ups and downs are all part of the cycle.

Southbysouthwest ,

Truly intelligent

Smart yet understandable. A few seem to think any critical thinking about the economy is “liberal bias”. This constitutes poor thinking when someone shuts down because someone disagrees with them. Better education helps one understand how to look at many sides to a topic. Good job, Kai.

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