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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. 

Latest episodes from Marketplace
  • The 755-page Inflation Reduction Act, expected to pass in the House of Representatives, will take aim at legislative priorities like taxes, the climate crisis and health care. Today, we’ll take a deeper look at two components of the bill: some big wins for Big Oil and Medicare’s ability to negotiate prescription drug prices. Plus, workers take on multiple jobs to make ends meet, and a cross-country bike trip inspires a career change.
  • Amid rising interest rates and falling GDP, July’s jobs report shattered expectations and brought employment back to pre-pandemic levels. On today’s show, we’ll talk with a bunch of experts about what to make of the news and where the economy is headed. Plus: Amazon is buying Roomba maker iRobot and Claire’s is going public.
  • During the height of the pandemic, state-run unemployment systems struggled to support applicants. Though states are investing in upgrades, benefits vary widely and the technology remains outdated. Now, as the job market cools and jobless claims rise, labor economists worry whether the unemployment system is equipped for another onslaught. Plus, Instagram’s shift to video challenges art entrepreneurs and FX’s “The Bear” aces the drama of restaurant work.
  • OPEC+ recently pledged to boost oil production by 100,000 barrels a day. Though it sounds like a lot, it likely won’t temper high oil prices much and may indicate that the oil cartel expects a dip in demand and a potential recession. Plus, credit card debt is on the rise, a new era of TV centers on Native people and Germany’s reliance on Russian oil stokes economic anxieties.
  • The shipping industry has enjoyed buoyant profitability lately. But today’s supply chain looks a lot like last year’s. That is to say … not great. In today’s show, we’ll find out why history is repeating itself. Plus, refiners are doing well despite the slide in gasoline prices, and we take a trip to HP’s ink cartridge recycling plant.
  • We probably don’t need to tell you groceries are more expensive lately. As the first shipment of grain leaves Ukraine since Russia invaded, we’ll take stock of the global factors driving costs at the store. Plus, how Taiwan became the center of semiconductor manufacturing and why oil companies aren’t drilling on those 9,000 new leases.
  • Less than a year ago, the Supreme Court overturned a nationwide eviction moratorium. Now, with inflation at a multidecade high and rents rising, eviction filings have reached pre-pandemic levels. Today we explore the impact on the hardest-hit communities and the government’s role in addressing the crisis. Plus, Congress gets into the fight against inflation, and inflation enters salary negotiations.
  • We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Two consecutive quarters of shrinking gross domestic product do not necessarily spell recession. Today, we’ll take a big-picture view of what the GDP report does and doesn’t tell us about the strength of the American consumer and the overall economy. Also on today’s show: a potential electric vehicle tax credit and a pay increase for job switchers.
  • If it feels like everyone’s out of office right now, it’s because a lot are on vacation or out with COVID-19. The absences are forcing businesses to scramble and serve as a reminder that workers are rethinking work-life balance and that the pandemic still runs this economy. Plus, unpacking that interest rate hike, looking at slowing ad spending and checking in on a cooling housing market.
  • As the Fed eyes another rate hike, two economic indicators look as though they might be teetering. The labor market remains strong but is slowing and unemployment is ticking up. Meanwhile, consumers are still buying plenty of stuff, but slipping confidence could hint at a pullback in spending. Also on today’s program: Hearst’s CEO talks about the surprising publications that buoyed the company, and we look into Kindle and Airbnb’s exit from China.