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Marketplace with host Kai Ryssdal produced and distributed by American Public Media focuses on the latest business news both nationally and internationally, the global economy, and wider events linked to the financial markets.

The only national daily business news program originating from the West Coast, Marketplace is noted for its timely, relevant and accessible coverage of business, economics and personal finance. 

What is a free MBA worth in the marketplace?

Mar 16, 2016
Mark Garrison

Coming soon: a tuition-free MBA. It was announced this week from University of the People, which already offers no-tuition bachelor’s degrees. The idea of its new degree is to extend advancement opportunities to people who can’t afford graduate business education. The question is whether an MBA from an untested new program will be worth their time, as many employers may be skeptical of a new degree from an online program.


Airing on Wednesday, March 16, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about attitudes toward free trade agreements from those surveyed in our Marketplace poll on economic anxiety; free MBAs; and the London Stock Exchange's merger with Germany's Deutsche Börse.

Interest rate hike looking unlikely — for now

Mar 16, 2016
Ashley Milne-Tyte

The Federal Reserve will announce later Wednesday whether it will raise interest rates for a second time. Consumer prices have been edging up. But core inflation – that’s when energy and food are removed – hasn’t gone up much.

“While that benefits the consumer — the drop in oil prices is a good example — at the same time there is a concern, and there’s a point by which inflation rates are so low you start to worry it actually hurts the economy," said Kathy Bostjancic with Oxford Economics.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Mar 16, 2016

Airing on Wednesday, March 16, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about how ride-hailing companies are transforming transportation; chat with 23andMe's first Privacy Officer, Kate Black, about the future of genetics; and explore the intersection of art and technology with Sree Sreenivasan, the Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.