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 • 7.1K 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.

    Save a little, spend a little

    Save a little, spend a little

    The American consumer saved more and spent less in December, cutting back on restaurants, movies and sporting events. Will that slow inflation? We’ll talk about that on today’s show.  Plus, the confusing economy, who holds U.S. debt, and what’s behind the growing business of liquidation.

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    • 27 min
    A glass half full/glass half empty GDP report

    A glass half full/glass half empty GDP report

    Economists often see both good and bad news in economic data. Today’s gross domestic product report was no different. The economy grew by 2.9% last quarter, which was more than expected, but there are some signs of a slowdown. Today, we’ll examine the two sides of the GDP coin. Then, we’ll tour a Costco returns warehouse in New Jersey and visit a co-working space in Seattle.

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    • 27 min
    The calculus behind those rent increases

    The calculus behind those rent increases

    Today, the White House announced a slew of actions aimed at helping renters. Though we’ve seen recent glimmers of a cooling rent market, the national median has shot up more than 20% since 2020. So how do landlords set rents in the first place? We explore. Then, we’ll examine the limitations of the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation measure and visit an irreverent beverage company making canned water cool.

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    • 27 min
    The slowdown has begun for manufacturing

    The slowdown has begun for manufacturing

    After being fueled by a surge in pandemic demand, the manufacturing sector is showing signs of cooling off. Production and hiring in the industry slowed toward the end of last year. Today, we’ll take a look at what’s driving the manufacturing decline. Plus, why copper prices are rising, how commercial lending is faring amid high interest rates and where the streaming economy is going.

    • 28 min
    Why unemployment remains low even as layoffs tick up

    Why unemployment remains low even as layoffs tick up

    Tech and finance companies have announced major job cuts recently, yet the unemployment rate hit at a 50-year low in December. What gives? The answer lies in the still-tight job market and the hassles of dealing with outdated unemployment systems. Then, why business economists are less glum about the economy and why big banks want to get into the digital wallet biz.

    • 27 min
    Inflation, immigration and the labor force

    Inflation, immigration and the labor force

    Immigration to the U.S. dropped dramatically in recent years as a result of the pandemic and policy at the border. That immigration slowdown translates into lost workers, and that workforce shortage has contributed to inflation. On today’s show, we look at why immigration is a labor story. Plus, unpacking the debt limit and the Fed’s messaging in the Weekly Wrap and revisiting the affordable housing crisis.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
7.1K Ratings

7.1K Ratings

Shaista in OC ,

I have loved this show for years

It’s a great program, my favorite on our local NPR station. As a Muslim woman, I love how they do stories on Muslims in what I think is a fair, thoughtful and accurate way.

This program has helped us through major purchases, including buying our home. The information is so good, and understandable even for people like me who don’t have a background in finance or economics. Ky and all their reporters break it down in such easy-to-understand language, but without making me feel like they’re talking down. Thank you!

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