50 episodes

Every weekday, host Kai Ryssdal helps you make sense of the day’s business and economic news — no econ degree or finance background required. “Marketplace” takes you beyond the numbers, bringing you context. Our team of reporters all over the world speak with CEOs, policymakers and regular people just trying to get by.

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    • 4.6 • 7.7K Ratings

Every weekday, host Kai Ryssdal helps you make sense of the day’s business and economic news — no econ degree or finance background required. “Marketplace” takes you beyond the numbers, bringing you context. Our team of reporters all over the world speak with CEOs, policymakers and regular people just trying to get by.

    The economy doesn’t love the heat, either

    The economy doesn’t love the heat, either

    A stretch of the U.S. is under a heat advisory this week — but summer starts Thursday. When we talk about a “hot” economy, it’s usually a good thing, but in real life, extreme heat sends economic productivity downhill. We’ll get into why. Also in this episode: Retailers launch copycat sales to compete with Amazon Prime Day, Baltimore longshoremen are finally back to work and the bond market is booming.

    • 27 min
    Will I ever own a home?

    Will I ever own a home?

    Housing affordability is on everyone’s mind — a new survey shows it’s a “somewhat to very important issue” for the majority of voters, especially younger ones. We’ll discuss whether housing has historically determined elections and get realistic about what a president can do about housing prices. We’ll also look at how the government measures housing costs for homeowners, even if their mortgages are paid off. Plus: The history of all-you-can-eat deals.

    • 28 min
    What’s good for the economy might not be good for job seekers

    What’s good for the economy might not be good for job seekers

    The job market is weakening, according to recent data. Higher unemployment is a good sign — if you’re the Federal Reserve and want to cut interest rates. It’s bad, of course, if you’re a job seeker. We tackle this paradox in today’s episode. Plus: Cities adjust their tech-hub dreams, improved hurricane forecasting saves billions in damage, and Black workers pay a high price in the clean energy transition.

    • 29 min
    Powell holds off on rate cuts

    Powell holds off on rate cuts

    Well, the Federal Reserve decided to stand pat on interest rates for now — and said it may make just one cut this year. In this episode, we break down the Fed’s latest move and look at which sectors are feeling the “lag effect” of rate hikes. Plus: Daycares are likely to raise prices as federal pandemic funding runs dry, and Fannie Mae’s chief climate officer says we should prepare for climate risk to become a bigger factor in the housing market.

    • 27 min
    One meeellion dollars!

    One meeellion dollars!

    Remember in “Austin Powers” when Dr. Evil conspires to hold the world hostage for $1 million? Not much cash, right? Well, it was a lot back in the 1960s — the last time Dr. Evil was conscious. In this episode, Dr. Evil teaches us how to adjust for inflation. Plus: Grocery stores want to be community meeting places, AI-fueled ad spending rockets up, and small-business owners aren’t sure what the future holds.

    • 27 min
    The clean energy boom can’t come fast enough

    The clean energy boom can’t come fast enough

    As the Southwest prepares for 100-plus-degree days this week, we’ll look at where energy grids are prepared for a hot summer. A key factor? Whether grids have new electricity generators, like wind or solar plants. We’ll visit eastern Colorado, where clean energy jobs have been a boon for rural residents. Plus: More first-time homeowners enlist their parents as mortgage cosigners, and brands back away from trans representation, instead angling to keep both LGBTQ and transphobic customers.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
7.7K Ratings

7.7K Ratings

AHro827 ,

Excellent Podcast

I gave up on the doom and gloom “news” a while ago. Marketplace has been an excellent substitute to keep me informed but not depressed.

minnichds ,

Thanks.

I have been listening to this for over 10 years. Reporting is outstanding. They find stories that may not be picked up or dissected properly by the rest of the media. Listen in for your daily stock tickers, big stories or to learn something new about the world. There’s nothing quite like Marketplace.

mehinflorida ,

Good and Bad

The Marketplace podcast has interesting stories but it gets to be extremely tedious for an average listener, who maybe doesn't have his livlihood depending on the ups and downs of interest rates and the stock market. The daily review of rates, and speculation about the Fed, etc seems very repetitive. The main host, Kai Ryssdal, is very knowledgable, but some of his mannerisms and attempts to be cute can get on one's nerves. The show is quite left leaning, culturally speaking. I've been listening for years, but I'm going to unsubscribe.

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