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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.

    Can we have a 4-day workweek every week?

    Can we have a 4-day workweek every week?

    Some companies have been experimenting with the four-day workweek to improve productivity and morale. Will the coronavirus pandemic finally push more workplaces to make the switch? Plus: what it’s like to quarantine in an RV, and will Q3 be the “fastest-growing quarter in U.S. history”?

    • 27 min
    As states reopen, which rules apply to which businesses?

    As states reopen, which rules apply to which businesses?

    States — and counties within those states — are reopening at different stages with different rules and guidelines. Business owners are navigating the uncertainty around those rules as they try to determine which apply to their businesses. A bar owner in Boise, Idaho, thought she might be able to reopen, but realized her bar doesn’t serve enough food to meet the state requirement. Plus: a program in California focused on housing the homeless during the pandemic, high school seniors are facing a difficult decision and the life-saving properties of soap.

    • 25 min
    8 weeks after the CARES Act… how are we doing?

    8 weeks after the CARES Act… how are we doing?

    It’s been about two months since Congress passed the big coronavirus relief bill, and 10 weeks since President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency. We’ll talk with some of our contributors and historians about the state of the economy and the historical context. Plus: China abandons GDP targets, Americans settle into working from home for the long haul and we chat with the president of the New York Stock Exchange.

    • 26 min
    How to read those unemployment numbers

    How to read those unemployment numbers

    Another 2.4 million people filed for unemployment benefits last week. That’s down from the week before, but still about the population of Houston. There are two ways the government measures joblessness in this country, and it’s important to keep an eye on both. We’ll explain. Plus: how emerging markets are faring in this crisis, why evictions could surge in Texas and a conversation with the CEO of the travel company Booking Holdings.

    By the way, this is the last day of our last fundraising drive for our fiscal year. If you can, make a donation today at Marketplace.org/donate.

    • 27 min
    What will dining out look like post-COVID?

    What will dining out look like post-COVID?

    Restaurants, already operating on thin margins, have to balance keeping customers safe and making them feel safe, while trying to restore some normalcy. Today, we look at how one Atlanta Vietnamese spot is doing it. Plus: How Americans spent their relief checks, the coming wave of farm bankruptcies and the fight over hazard pay.

    • 25 min
    Home improvement and animation are up, commercial rent is down

    Home improvement and animation are up, commercial rent is down

    Today we’re going to dig into some ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. While companies are looking for breaks from their rent, Home Depot says sales are up, and animation is about the only entertainment production still working. Plus: How remote work in oil and gas … works.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5.1K Ratings

5.1K Ratings

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Solid delivery and very relatable

The Marketplace team does a great job of professionally and (com)passionately delivering relevant, timely & well-researched financial news that really matters. They make it easy for listeners to relate the information that’s being reported on to our very own individual situations, and, in the process, succeed in making listeners both aware and empowered to be proactive in managing our own financial futures. Keep it up!

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Come for the stories, stay for the music

Whomever does the music selection between segments consistently nails it day after day, year after year. I am equally interested in the content of Marketplace's stories and the music beds. The pairing of "Wait for it" after a story about new graduates entering the workforce is both timely and apropos. Thank you for your creative choices!

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Humans, not dollar signs

All too often, economists forget about the human aspect, referring to them as consumers or statistics. Not Marketplace. Kai, as great history majors do, drives the point home that no matter how great an idea is, it will always fail if it doesn’t consider the human aspect. Politicized? No. Listeners who complain about “liberal bias” are clearly those who don’t respond well to data challenging their worldviews.

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