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"Conversations from the Corner Office" is one of the most popular ongoing series from Marketplace®. Host Kai Ryssdal brings you inside the room with the business leaders transforming our economy, our culture and our daily lives. From Jack Dorsey, Elon Musk and Wolfgang Puck to the CEOs of Airbnb, Domino's and Rent the Runway -- every business leader has a story. In this podcast, get the exclusive extended-length interviews from the Corner Office conversations. Updated bi-monthly. From Marketplace by American Public Media.

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Movie theater subscription service Sinemia is determined to make it work
You’ve probably heard of MoviePass, the subscription-based movie ticket service — yeah, the one having a lot of problems recently. Sinemia offers a similar ticket plan through their mobile app, but with a different business model. It's not a household name yet in North America, but Sinemia's expanded to Canada, Australia, the U.K. and now the U.S. Founder and CEO Rifat Oguz moved the company to Los Angeles last year, and he told us how he plans to make the movie subscription business work.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Aug 01, 2018
The CEO who killed Archie and brought the brand back to life
Archie has always been a part of Jon Goldwater's life. His father, John, co-created the iconic character and the rest of the Riverdale gang. But under the younger Goldwater's tenure as co-CEO, the "Archie" of today looks pretty different from the "Archie" of yesteryear. From introducing the series' first openly gay main character, to Archie's infamous death, to the hit television show "Riverdale," Goldwater has ushered the "Archie" brand through a tremendous overhaul. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to Goldwater about those decisions, the challenges of taking over the family business, and where "Archie" may be headed next.
Jul 25, 2018
RERUN: Travel tips from the CEO of Marriott, Arne Sorenson
Arne Sorenson is only the third CEO in Marriott's history and the first not to have "Marriott" as his surname. In 2016, he oversaw the company's multi-billion dollar merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, making Marriott the largest hotel chain in the world by far. Sorenson joined host Kai Ryssdal from the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton in New York City to talk about how the travel ban has affected his business, that open letter he wrote to Donald Trump, why he hopes tax reform comes soon, what hotels of the future will look like and his personal tips for travel.This episode was originally released October 4th, 2017Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Jul 04, 2018
The CEO of Zillow says we're missing millions of homes (thanks to the recession)
Spencer Rascoff has been at Zillow, the company familiar to many a person searching for a home or apartment, pretty much from the beginning. Since 2005, he's weathered the housing crisis and another housing boom. And as CEO, he's leading the real estate/tech/data company into a new market: buying and selling its own homes. He talked with us about where the housing market's been and where it's going. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Jun 20, 2018
Behind every Dunkin' Donut stands this CEO
Nigel Travis has run Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins as CEO of Dunkin' Brands since 2009. And he's as surprised as the rest of us at the resurgence of doughnuts. In this interview, Travis talks about how his background in human resources makes him a better CEO, why it's so difficult to find employees these days, and the No. 1 thing people like to buy with their doughnut (the answer will probably surprise you). Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Jun 13, 2018
MPAA CEO Charlie Rivkin isn't worried about peak content, Trump, or your fractured attention span
Charlie Rivkin took over as the CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America in late 2017. He is perhaps uniquely qualified for the role running the trade and lobbying organization for the Hollywood film industry; he worked in entertainment, including a stint as the CEO of The Jim Henson Co. before serving as an ambassador to France, followed by time as an Assistant Secretary at the State Department under President Obama. In an interview with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal, Rivkin talked about why President Donald Trump hasn't been bad for the entertainment industry, the enormity of the overseas market for Hollywood movies, and why he's not at all worried about a content bubble. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Jun 06, 2018
The James Beard Foundation CEO has a plan to get more women running restaurants
Foodies will know the James Beard Foundation as a nonprofit that supports the culinary arts through scholarships, chef programs, and the James Beard Awards, sometimes referred to as the Oscars for chefs, restaurants, and cookbook authors. This year's awards were a first for Clare Reichenbach, the organization's new CEO. They were also notable for including more women and people of color than ever before. It was considered a bright spot after months of #MeToo allegations against some high profile chefs. Reichenbach has some big plans for the James Beard Foundation and its role in bringing change to the restaurant world, from getting more women into the restaurant business, to changing food supply chains. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
May 30, 2018
Qualcomm CEO on making the technology that powers your mobile world
Whether you're familiar with Qualcomm or not, you probably use their product (especially if you're reading this on your mobile device). The 30-something year old tech company makes the chips that help power the cellular technology we use today, found in iPhones and Androids alike. They've been in the news recently because some of the business they do in China could be at risk if the Trump administration escalates a threatened trade war. But as CEO Steven Mollenkopf explains, the most important and exciting work they do isn't concentrating on today — it's building for the technology of the future. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
May 23, 2018
Bob Iger on keeping Disney creative, streaming and Grey's Anatomy (from the archives)
Bob Iger was less than two years into his role as CEO of Disney in 2007 when he sat down with us to talk about running one of the most well-known companies in the world. But even then, Iger was thinking about making some bold moves that would shape the company's future. For the first time, hear their extended conversation about why Iger wanted to buy Pixar, his reasons for experimenting with streaming early, and who Iger wanted to work with next (including George Lucas).  Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
May 09, 2018
The PGA Tour commissioner wants to see your selfies
Golf is hundreds of years old, and even today, it’s known more for its traditions than memes. And that makes for a tricky proposition for Jay Monahan, the newish PGA Tour commissioner. “Five years ago, when you came to a PGA tournament, we didn’t let you bring your cellphone on site," he said. Monahan talks with us about bringing social media onto the green, competing against other sports like football and what it’s like when your biggest stars are essentially freelancers.  Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Apr 25, 2018
White Castle CEO: plant-based Impossible Sliders are "a natural evolution"
White Castle announced this week that it will start serving the Impossible Slider, a traditional White Castle slider made by Impossible Foods, featuring their plant-based substance that mimics the taste and texture of ground beef — it even bleeds. CEO Lisa Ingram said the addition is about continuing to respond to consumer tastes. When vegetarians first started ordering sliders with only cheese and onions, the company updated its menu with veggie sliders. And now, a plant-based meat alternative. "This was a natural evolution for us," she said. Ingram spoke with host Kai Ryssdal more about why she wanted to partner with Impossible Foods, what it's like to run a company with family, and how she thinks White Castle stacks up to the competition.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Apr 11, 2018
Today, second banana. Tomorrow, CEO?
The chief operating officer could be called the "second banana" position to the CEO, but it's often seen as a stepping stone to that top job. And while the COO position is most commonly held by men in the United States, as with the CEO, there's been an uptick in the number of women taking that critical COO position at high-performing tech companies. That's according to Leigh Gallagher, editor at Fortune. She says think Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook. Could this be the beginning of a Silicon Valley with more female CEOs? Or is something else going on here?Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Mar 28, 2018
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on sanctions, taxes and President Trump's economic agenda
He's not a CEO now, but he once was. Now Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has a pivotal role in our economy and in President Donald Trump's economic agenda. On Feb. 26, he talked with us on stage at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations about taxes, the deficit, strengthening the middle class, sanctions and more. You'll hear the audience, largely made up of students, reacting to what Mnuchin had to say — sometimes hissing, sometimes applauding. At the end, Mnuchin answered some of their questions as well. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Mar 14, 2018
In a bid to lower prices, these hospitals are starting their own drug company
In a unique deal, a handful of hospitals and clinics around the country are working together on something new: making their own pharmaceuticals. Their plan is to manufacture generic drugs that they say pharmaceutical companies charge too much for. Dr. Marc Harrison is the CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, one of the health systems involved. He talks to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about what convinced him to join the group, what he hopes the partnership will look like in five years and why he's watching what Jeff Bezos at Amazon is doing with health care, too. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Feb 28, 2018
Valentine's Day Double Feature: 1-800-Flowers and Edible Arrangements CEOs about their busiest weeks of the year (from the archives)
You may or may not celebrate Valentine's Day, but it's still one of the busiest days — no, weeks — of the year for these CEOs and their companies. Jim McCann is the founder and CEO of 1-800-Flowers, and when he talked with us back in 2014, he called this week the company's "Super Bowl." Then: Tariq Farid may have started his career as a florist, but he came up with a new business idea when he decided to use fruit instead of flowers and went on to found and run Edible Arrangements. He talked with us back in 2015. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.  
Feb 14, 2018
Warren Buffett on Jamie Dimon, a divided Congress and Oreos for breakfast (from the archives)
Warren Buffett, of Berkshire Hathaway; Jeff Bezos, of Amazon; and Jamie Dimon, of JPMorgan Chase, announced they would form a health care company together. We thought it was a perfect time to revisit this interview.We talked with Buffett back in 2012 about Dimon, the business decisions he regrets, and yes, eating Oreos for breakfast. Buffett had recently released a book with Carol Loomis, a longtime financial journalist who had covered Buffett's career. She joined him for this interview. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Jan 31, 2018
BlackRock CEO wants companies to make a "positive contribution to society"
Larry Fink, the CEO of the giant asset management company, BlackRock (think pensions and mutual funds), wrote an open letter to corporate CEOs about social responsibility. Specifically, about how companies shouldn't just think about profits, they also should be making a "positive contribution to society." It's kind of a big deal, coming from a guy running a company with $6 trillion in investments to manage. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Fink about why he wrote the letter and what he hopes will happen next. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Jan 18, 2018
Not everybody should own a home, and what housing of the future should look like
Tim Mayopoulos joined Fannie Mae in 2009, shortly after the mortgage-backing company went into government conservatorship. He had left behind a career on Wall Street, where he worked for some of the biggest banks. Mayopoulos became CEO in 2012, but he says in the those early days at Fannie Mae during the financial crisis, "I wasn't sure things were actually going to be OK." He talks to host Kai Ryssdal about the crisis and the lingering effects it's had on Fannie Mae; why he's not convinced the legal entity, Fannie Mae, needs to exist; and about the affordable housing crisis.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Jan 17, 2018
What's a corporate board do anyway?
You've probably heard of a corporate board, but what do they do exactly? Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Jena McGregor at the Washington Post about what a corporate board can and can't do, what its real responsibility is and how it might be changing in this post #MeToo era. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Jan 03, 2018
How this nonprofit helps women caught in a cycle of institutional abuse
Susan Burton served six prison sentences in 17 years. Then she founded a nonprofit that helps formerly incarcerated women stop the cycle that has them returning to prison again and again. Since 1998, A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project has provided transitional housing and support services for over 900 women. Burton talked to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about her memoir, "Becoming Ms. Burton" which details how a lack of grief support services led to her spiral into addiction after the death of her young son and her journey to found A New Way of Life.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Dec 27, 2017
How The Home Depot became an e-commerce giant
In the age of Amazon, The Home Depot (yes, it's The Home Depot) has managed to become one of the largest e-commerce companies in the U.S.  CEO Craig Menear tells Kai Ryssdal how a company known as the go-to place for remodeling your bathroom is transitioning to digital, and how growth doesn't always mean opening new brick-and-mortar stores. We also hear how, when your company operates in more than 220 retail categories, you end up with a lot of competitors. 
Dec 20, 2017
How Condé Nast became an entertainment company
Dawn Ostroff's last job was running The CW, which was then a newly launched network aimed at young people. A little over five years ago, she left Hollywood to join Condé Nast, the magazine publisher behind such titles as Vogue and Vanity Fair. As president of Condé Nast Entertainment, Ostroff was charged with figuring out how to turn published magazine articles into films and television shows and more than that, to figure out ways to turn Condé Nast from a print company into a digital media company too. She talks to host Kai Ryssdal about how she keeps up with all the reading, whether there's a digital content bubble (and should we be worried), and how she got Condé Nast editors to trust her.  Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Dec 13, 2017
A Hollywood producer and CEO talks about finding his niche in Christian films
DeVon Franklin had been instrumental in developing Sony’s faith-based film branch with hits like “Heaven is for Real” and “Miracles from Heaven,” films that had small budgets but did well at the box office, much to the surprise of critics. He was at the height of his game when he told his boss, Amy Pascal, that he was quitting. He talked with us about starting his own company, Franklin Entertainment, and what it's like to produce faith-based films in a secular industry.  
Dec 06, 2017
Build-A-Bear CEO says we'll always have toys to scare away the monsters
When Sharon Price John was named the CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop in 2013, she was tasked with turning the DIY stuffed-animal retailer around. She talks to host Kai Ryssdal about what needed to change at the company, why she's not worried about technology replacing teddy bears and that time she launched her own toy company.  Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Nov 27, 2017
What the Allstate CEO thinks about self-driving cars and a future of extreme weather
The car and home insurance business isn't exactly known for breakneck innovation, but for Tom Wilson, the CEO of Allstate, the industry is full of change. The company's had to grapple with more severe weather in the past decade, like Hurricane Harvey, than in years past. Then there are self-driving cars — will the automakers be the ones liable if an automated vehicle gets into an accident? Wilson talks to host Kai Ryssdal about that and about the economy, tax reform and why he set Allstate's minimum wage at $15 an hour. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Nov 22, 2017
This health insurance CEO says the system is "complicated and it needs to be simplified"
David Cordani, CEO of Cigna Health Insurance, acknowledges it's a tumultuous time to be running a health insurance company. But "it's energizing because there's so much need and opportunity to drive change," he says. Most of Cigna's business is in the employer insurance market, but it does operate on a couple of state health care exchanges. Cordani talks to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about how our health care system needs to change, why he wants to keep Cigna in the exchanges and why he sees the company's attempts to help solve the opioid epidemic as a social responsibility. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts
Nov 15, 2017
Bill Ackman and the "honor" of activist investing
Bill Ackman is the CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, but the companies he's probably most associated with are the ones he's investing in. As an activist investor, Ackman is known for buying a chunk of a company as a way to make changes to the company's board and the way the company's run. He's done versions of this at Target, JCPenney and Herbalife. His most recent project is ADP, the payroll processing company. He talks to host Kai Ryssdal about what he wants to have happen at ADP's board meeting on November 7, why he thinks it's an "honor" to be called an activist investor and why he's fed up with how company boards are run. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Nov 06, 2017
Yes, the Tyson Foods CEO has tried your plant-based protein
...And he loves it. Tom Hayes is less than a year into running Tyson Foods, one of the largest meat companies in the world. Besides its eponymous Tyson chicken, the company includes a number of other well known brands like Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean and Ball Park. Since Hayes took over, Tyson has started selling antibiotic-free chickens and launched new initiatives around worker safety. He talks to host Kai Ryssdal about the benefits of being one of the biggest meat companies, the future of the meat on our plates (and yes, it includes plant-based protein), and what he's most likely cooking up in his own kitchen. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Nov 01, 2017
Congress is not the only place national parks get their money
The National Parks Service has its own fundraising arm, tasked with raising private money to keep the parks open and maintained. The National Park Foundation was established by Congress in 1967 in part through the efforts of Lady Bird Johnson and Laurance Rockefeller. CEO Will Shafroth has held the job since 2015. The National Park Foundation gave $126 million to the parks last year, boosting their annual budget of about $3 billion. Shafroth talked with us about why private funding is so important to keeping the national parks operating, their efforts to get more young people and people of color into the parks, and how he thinks about the National Park Service's $12 billion maintenance backlog. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Oct 25, 2017
Getting more women into coding, one girl at a time
Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code after running for Congress ... and losing. During her campaign, she toured a number of computer science classrooms and was puzzled at how rare it was to find women taking those courses. So she launched Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that introduces middle school and high school-aged girls to coding through after school clubs and summer programs. As the company's CEO, Saujani talks to host Kai Ryssdal about her elevator pitch to big tech CEOs, her goal to reach a critical mass of women in tech within a decade, and how a fictional book series she compares to "The Baby-Sitters Club" will help her get there.  Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Oct 18, 2017
Hearst's Joanna Coles: magazines are a finger beckoning to the future
Hearst Communications is a 130-year-old company best known for its magazines like Cosmo, Elle, and Esquire. A year ago, it appointed Joanna Coles, then the editor-in-chief of Cosmo, as the company's first ever Chief Content Officer. She talked with us about her career in journalism and why she thinks magazines will never go away.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Oct 11, 2017
Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson shares his travel tips
Arne Sorenson is only the third CEO in Marriott's history and the first not to have "Marriott" as his surname. Last year, he oversaw the company's multibillion dollar merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, making Marriott the largest hotel chain in the world by far. Sorenson joined us from the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton in New York City to talk about how the travel ban has affected his business, that open letter he wrote to Donald Trump, why he hopes tax reform comes soon, what hotels of the future will look like and his personal tips for travel. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Oct 04, 2017
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hits refresh
Satya Nadella is only the third CEO at Microsoft. When he took over that from Steve Ballmer in 2014, the company seemed close to trouble. It had entirely missed out on the rise of the mobile phone, was lagging in cloud technology and just didn't seem as cool as competitors in the industry. Nadella's leadership seems to be working. He talks about his leadership philosophy and the personal experiences that have shaped him in his new book, "Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone." Nadella talks to host Kai Ryssdal about Microsoft's future, the responsibility that technology companies have to make life better, immigration and tax reform, and more. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Sep 27, 2017
What it's like to do business with family
When Rebecca Minkoff asked her dad for a loan to expand her eponymous fashion brand, he said no. Instead, he told her to call her brother, Uri, who has a background in tech. That's how Rebecca and Uri Minkoff ended up running the luxury fashion brand together. They talk to host Kai Ryssdal about why they like using technology to augment the shopping experience, their strategy for overcoming retail's recent slump, and what it's actually like working with your brother or sister (there's corporate couples counseling involved).  Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Sep 13, 2017
Chronicle Books is the quirky publisher that made a big bet on retail
You've seen Chronicle Books whether you know it or not — they often pop up at unexpected retail outlets, like Sur La Table and Urban Outfitters. Tyrrell Mahoney is the newly appointed president of the company, but she's been with it for nearly two decades. She talks to host Kai Ryssdal about Chronicle Books' complicated relationship with Amazon, Grumpy Cat and the need for speed, and the flip side of selling your merchandise outside of a bookstore.  Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Aug 30, 2017
Why aren't there more female CEOs?
The number of female CEOs may be higher today than it was 10 years ago, but it's still not great. And in the last couple of months, some high-profile female CEOs have been forced out of their jobs. Julie Creswell at the New York Times and Jena McGregor at the Washington Post have both written about why corporate America has been so slow to hire women for C-suite positions and what happens once women get to those positions.  Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Aug 16, 2017
How the Boingo CEO gives you free Wi-Fi and makes money
When David Hagan started at Boingo in 2001, the iPhone didn't exist, laptops didn't come with Wi-Fi chips and Boingo's airport Wi-Fi subscription fee was $74.95 a month. Today, the Wi-Fi company's networks are used by more than a billion people, and those users almost always expect that service to be free. Hagan talked to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about how Boingo figured out how to make money from free Wi-Fi, how the iPhone changed the industry and what he means when he says technology of the future will be "distributed within us."Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Aug 02, 2017
Sherry Lansing, former CEO of Paramount, reflects on her career in show business
For a good long while, Sherry Lansing was the highest-ranking woman in the entertainment industry, both as the head of production at 20th Century Fox and then later as the CEO of Paramount. Under her tenure, Paramount saw huge success with "Forrest Gump," "Braveheart," "Titanic," "Saving Private Ryan" and the launch of the "Mission: Impossible" franchise. We talked about her life and career, which is also documented in Stephen Galloway's new biography "Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker." Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Jul 19, 2017
Is it the golden age for cruising? Carnival's CEO thinks so
It's officially summer, as you may have heard, so this week’s Corner Office is all about the business of vacations. Cruises, actually, under the umbrella of Carnival Corp. Carnival is one of the biggest travel and leisure companies in the world. Its brands include Carnival, of course, but also Princess and Holland America. This week, Kai talks with Arnold Donald, who’s been president and CEO of Carnival since 2013.  
Jun 21, 2017
Yes, airports have CEOs too
Los Angeles International Airport is the second-busiest airport in the country and the fourth-busiest airport in the world. Oh, and it's also in the middle of a multibillion dollar renovation project. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to Deborah Flint, the CEO of Los Angeles World Airports, about it. Wait, airports have CEOs? Yes, she had that question at first, too. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Jun 07, 2017
Mobile banking could ruin retail, or save it
Venmo. Bitcoin. If there's one company that's become synonymous with digital money, it's PayPal. On this episode of the Corner Office, Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Dan Schulman, the who became CEO of PayPal in 2014. They talked about the future of digital money, how PayPal keeps closes tabs on its users in order to prevent fraud and how mobile banking could change the landscape of small businesses. According to Schulman, mobile banking may not destroy brick-and-mortar stores but re-envision them.  "If you go out 10, 15, 20 years from now, most stores are going to be distribution points for sending materials or products to consumers," Schulman said. "Or having consumers come in and pick up those products. But they'll be ordering those products and paying for those products through their mobile phones and online. And so there's a fundamental transformation going on. And PayPal's platform and scale that we have both on the consumer and merchant side is helping to enable that."
May 24, 2017
Redfin CEO on why he'll never be in it for the money again
Glenn Kelman has been the CEO of Redfin since almost beginning of the online real estate brokerage. In this interview with Kai Ryssdal, Kelman talks about why technology hasn't disrupted the real estate market like it has other industries, what "Love in the Time of Cholera" has to do with his leadership style, and what he learned from his previous job at a tech startup."I started a software company with a couple other folks, it went public, we made plenty of money. And I thought it was this incredible mission but in fact, we sold software to Haliburton, we sold software to Frito-Lay and Pepsi and all these companies that didn't necessarily do good things. And at the end of it, all these people who I thought were my brothers in arms, where I thought we were doing something beautiful, actually it was just all about the money. And the deal that I made with my family and myself is that I was never going to do that again." Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
May 10, 2017
Could we power our economy with old buildings?
If we focused on preserving old buildings instead of building new ones, could we make our economy bigger and stronger? Stephanie Meeks is the CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a nonprofit that protects historic sites in the United States. In this interview with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal, Meeks talks about why our economy needs old buildings, what types of places we need to do a better job protecting and how they prioritize what gets saved and what doesn't. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Apr 26, 2017
23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki on the collective power of health data
You probably already know of 23andMe as the company that will analyze your DNA and then send you back a report on your ancestry. But whether or not you have a little bit of Neanderthal in your family tree is by far not the only thing your DNA can tell you. With new clearances from the Food and Drug Administration, 23andMe can now look at your genetic makeup and tell you your risk for some pretty widespread diseases, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's among them. Kai Ryssdal spoke with 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki about the changing business of genetics. 
Apr 19, 2017
We asked the CEO of H&R Block who does his taxes
Bill Cobb has a background in tech and spent years working for eBay. So it might be no surprise that as the CEO of H&R Block, he's partnered with IBM Watson this tax season. He talks about running a seasonal business, the kind of tax reform he'd like to see and who does his taxes. This interview was originally part of Marketplace's Make Me Smart, a new podcast hosted by Kai Ryssdal and senior tech correspondent Molly Wood. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.Subscribe to Make Me Smart on iTunes.
Apr 12, 2017
Donna Karan reflects on her fashion journey
In 2015, fashion icon Donna Karan stepped down from her role as chief designer of Donna Karan International and released a memoir, "My Journey," about her career and personal life. She talked to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about why fashion designers need to talk to their customers more; the person who advised her to get into fragrance; and the one item every man and woman should have in their wardrobe. Enjoy this interview from the Marketplace archives. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Mar 22, 2017
TaskRabbit is what work will look like in the future, CEO says
Stacy Brown-Philpot took over as CEO at TaskRabbit less than a year ago. Today, she's announcing that the on-demand chore and handyman service will double the number of cities it operates in over the next six months. The first five include Cincinnati, Minneapolis, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Brown-Philpot also talks to host Kai Ryssdal about the changing nature of work and why she thinks working for companies like TaskRabbit is the future.  Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Mar 16, 2017
Uncertainty over Trump's travel ban is a cloud for the industry, Expedia CEO says
In this episode of Corner Office, Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia and an Iranian immigrant, talks about Trump's travel ban and the travel industry. "Companies don't like uncertainty, travelers don't like uncertainty," Khosrowshahi said. Also, how Ticketmaster helped him convince Barry Diller to get into the online travel business and why those cheap United airline tickets might be a good thing for Expedia.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes
Mar 01, 2017
Interscope Geffen A&M CEO says industry has got to figure out streaming
When John Janick was an undergrad, he started a record company out of his dorm room called Fueled by Ramen. It went on to represent artists like Jimmy Eat World and Fall Out Boy, then later Panic! at the Disco, fun. and Paramore. Now he runs a considerably bigger company as the CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M Records. Janick was hand-picked by Jimmy Iovine to be the music industry legend's successor.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Feb 22, 2017
What Sallie Krawcheck learned about being a woman on Wall Street
Sallie Krawcheck was one of the highest-ranking women on Wall Street. She was at Citigroup when the financial crisis hit, and she tried to convince her bosses to refund their clients some of the money they lost. That didn't go so well, and she was fired. After that, she ran Merrill Lynch, which had been acquired by Bank of America. Her division did well, but she was still pushed out. Now she's the CEO of Ellevest, a company she founded and which provides digital investment services for women. In her new book, "Own It: The Power of Women at Work," she looks at the reasons why gender diversity in business has stalled out, and what to do about it.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Feb 15, 2017
Hudson Jeans CEO Peter Kim is keeping an eye on Trump's policies
Peter Kim's first introduction to the garment industry came after a panicked phone call from his dad during spring break, when Kim was a student at the University of Southern California. The family business was in trouble and Kim needed to help get it back on track. Now, Kim runs a premium denim company he founded, Hudson Jeans. It's based in Los Angeles but the denim comes from Italy and Turkey while much of the manufacturing is now done in Mexico. Kim's paying close attention to what President Donald Trump does next on trade.  Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Jan 31, 2017
What the Equinox CEO knows about your lifestyle goals
Equinox Holdings is the company behind the fitness clubs of the same name, as well as SoulCycle and a chain of no-frills gyms called Blink. Now, they're getting into the hotel business. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to Equinox CEO Harvey Spevak about what he realized about the way we work-out way before anyone else did, and what that means for the way we want to live.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Jan 17, 2017
Moog CEO says analog synths are here to stay
In the 1960s, Bob Moog started making synthesizers. His company, Moog Music is still thriving, thanks to Mr. Moog’s ability to engineer instruments musicians love to play. Mike Adams heads up the company now and has done so for the last 14 years. Earlier this year he talked about Moog Music's legacy and enduring appeal to musicians with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes. This episode was produced by Robert Garrova. Bridget Bodnar contributed. 
Jan 03, 2017
Why aren't there more female CEOs?
There weren't many female CEOs in 1994 when Ann Drake took over running DSC Logistics. In an interview with Marketplace host, Kai Ryssdal, she explains why she signed on to Paradigm for Parity, a coalition of CEOs who want to help get more women hired in corporate leadership.  Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Dec 20, 2016
Inside three very different small businesses in Los Angeles
We're doing something a little different with the Corner Office podcast this week and sharing interviews with three small business owners, all located in Los Angeles. You're about to hear from a married couple who had a dream to open an ice cream shop, the CEO of a small manufacturing company making doors and windows, and the woman who returned to her hometown to start a tire recycling facility.  This episode was also produced by Daisy Palacios and Robert Garrova. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Dec 06, 2016
JCPenney CEO Marvin Ellison on the art of retail
From a JCPenney in Frisco, Texas, CEO Marvin Ellison talks about using data and instinct to return the department store to profitability, why he thinks appliances will be their new big seller and how he started his retail career as a part-time security guard. Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Nov 22, 2016
From the archives: Martha Stewart, godmother of lifestyle
We're resurfacing Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal's 2014 interview with Martha Stewart, a conversation that's just as relevant as ever. The two talk about Martha Stewart's "American Made" program, how she came to be the god-mother of lifestyle culture, and when she realized she was building a billion-dollar business.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Nov 08, 2016
The CEO of YouTube on her "lightbulb moment" about video
Susan Wojcicki runs YouTube. She talks to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about the video that made her realize how powerful the medium would be, being in Palo Alto before it was cool, and whether she'd say "yes" to a promotion.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Oct 24, 2016
Ford CEO Mark Fields wants the car giant to become a mobility company
Ford Motor Company CEO Mark Fields talks TPP, Donald Trump and transitioning from car company to mobility company, all from the floor of Ford's first car factory that's still in operation today.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Oct 10, 2016
Sophia Amoruso, founder-author-podcaster-extraordinaire
Sophia Amoruso founded her clothing company, Nasty Gal, over ten years ago. Then she wrote #Girlboss, a business book for women. Now she’s expanding her brand. She has a new show on on Netflix called “#Girlboss” and a podcast of the same name, as well as a new book called “Nasty Galaxy.”  Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Oct 04, 2016
The editor-in-chief of National Geographic really likes Instagram
Susan Goldberg is the editor-in-chief of National Geographic, only the 10th in the magazine’s history. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talked to her about the benefits of being a photo-heavy magazine in the age of Instagram, the partnership with 21st Century Fox and why the atlas isn’t going anywhere.  To listen to the full interview, subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Sep 26, 2016
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick's big bet on video games
"Call of Duty," "World of Warcraft" and "Candy Crush" all have one thing in common — they're part of the suite of games at Activision Blizzard. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to CEO Bobby Kotick about what drew him to the once struggling video game company.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.Take our video game quiz to see if you can match the game to it's sound! 
Sep 13, 2016
Delta Air Lines CEO on why he still flies in the back of the plane
When Ed Bastian became the CEO of Delta Air Lines this past May, he'd already been with the company for years. He talks to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about why he once quit Delta, the outage that grounded flights  and why bigger isn't always better.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Aug 30, 2016
Full Interview: Tristan Walker and the significance of shaving
Tristan Walker left Foursquare to found Walker & Co. Brands and to create Bevel, a shaving system for people of color. Two years after his first interview with Kai Ryssdal, Walker's company has passed some important milestones.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Aug 16, 2016
Full Interview: Angie's List CEO has futuristic plans for the company
Scott Durchslag took over the CEO position at Angie's List less than a year ago. He's already introduced a free membership for the reviews website and has big plans for its future.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Aug 02, 2016
Full Interview: The head of Scott Free Productions on old TV and new TV
The Television Academy announced this year's Emmy nominees last week. David W. Zucker, President of Television at Scott Free Productions, got the nod for two very different shows produced by his company. "The Good Wife," appearing on CBS received four nominations and so did "The Man in the High Castle," an Amazon series.Subscribe to the Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Jul 19, 2016
Full Interview: Minions Boss on failure and success
If you've heard of the "Minions" (and by now, we'll assume you have), you're familiar with the work of Chris Meledandri and his company, Illumination Entertainment. Universal Pictures, which owns Illumination, purchased DreamWorks recently. This means Meledandri now has creative oversight of  both operations and all their offerings.In this interview from the Marketplace archive, Meledandri talks to host Kai Ryssdal about $100 million failures, and billion dollar successes.Click the audio player above or subscribe to the Corner Office podcast to listen to the full interview.
Jul 05, 2016
Full Interview: EA CEO on video games, what's in your fridge, and One Cheesy Mofo
Electronic Arts or EA is the company behind video games such as FIFA, Madden, and Battlefield. Its CEO, Andrew Wilson, talks to Marketplace host, Kai Ryssdal, about e-sports, the multi-screen nature of gaming, and using fans to test games before they're released.  Click the audio player above or subscribe to the Corner Office podcast to listen to the full interview.
Jun 21, 2016
Extended Interview: Izumi Kajimoto leads Stetson into the 21st century
After 27 years of working for fashion giants like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Donna Karen, Izumi Kajimoto took the CEO reins of Stetson Worldwide, the makers of the famous Stetson cowboy hat. Kajimoto explains how she's making hats relevant again.Click the audio player above or subscribe to the Corner Office podcast to listen to hear more full and extended interviews with CEOs.
Jun 07, 2016
Full Interview: Gates Foundation CEO on "Big Philanthropy"
The Bill and  Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world. Its CEO, Sue Desmond-Hellmann, talks about Big Philanthropy, partnering with private businesses, and why the worst inequalities won't be solved quickly.
May 24, 2016
Full Interview: GlaxoSmithKline CEO says "things have to change"
Sir Andrew Witty is the CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, a British pharmaceutical company that counts itself as one of the fifth or sixth largest in the industry. Marketplace host, Kai Ryssdal talked to him about the cost of pharmaceuticals, R&D and preparing for epidemics. Click the audio player above or subscribe to the Corner Office podcast to listen to the full interview.
May 10, 2016
Full Interview: Phil Knight talks about founding Nike
Before the phrase "athleisure," before "Just do it," before the swoosh, Nike co-founder and Chairman Phil Knight sold sneakers out of the back of his car. He chronicles the rise of his famous company in his new memoir, "Shoe Dog."
Apr 25, 2016
Extended interview: Jim Koch, founder of Sam Adams
The Boston Beer Company, brewers of Sam Adams Lager, is the biggest producer in the craft beer market. The company shipped over 4 million barrels of suds last year and that brought in a crisp $1 billion in revenue. All that and Boston Beer accounts for just a mere 1.5 percent percent of all beer production in the U.S.And that's got some people wondering where Sam Adams fits in craft beef definition. The company's founder and CEO, Jim Koch, will tell you he's still firmly in that category and wants to continue growing the craft beer market from where it currently stands at 10 percnet to... well, who knows.Boston Beer helped pave the way for craft beer's meteoric rise in the past few decades and Koch writes about that experience in his new book, "Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two." Check out an excerpt below.IntroductionFrom the way my father was looking at me, you’d think I had just proposed robbing a bank. A big, ominous-looking bank with gun-toting security guards. “Why in the world would you do that?” he asked.“Uh, well—”He waved his finger at me. “You’ll never succeed. The big guys will eat you alive. They’ll grind you up like they did me.” He shook his head. “It’s taken our family a hundred and fifty years to get the smell of the brewery out of our clothes.”We were sitting in my parents’ kitchen in Cincinnati. Picture a 1950s linoleum floor, Formica counters, and wallpaper depicting culinary dishes in alphabetical order, apple strudel to zucchini bread. It was the spring of 1984, and I had just announced that at the age of thirty-four, I was quitting my job as a management consultant to start a beer company. I figured my dad would be happy. After all, he had been a brewmaster. His father had also been a brewmaster. So had his father. And his father. Five generations of first sons in the Koch family had brewed beer, making us the longest line of brewmasters in the United States. And now, with me, the lineage would continue. What could be better?I pointed to the business plan I had spread out on the kitchen table. “Dad, nobody’s doing this the right way. I think I’ve got a way to make a go of it.” I sketched out my idea to start a small-scale beer company in Boston making high-quality beer for a limited number of drinkers in the region. “I’m not going to compete with the big boys like Anheuser-Busch. I know they’d kill me. But there’s another way. I’m going to look for drinkers who appreciate good beer and who would pay a premium for richer, more flavorful beer. I’m sure those drinkers exist. If I just focus on making a better beer, I know somebody will drink it.”Dad tapped the table impatiently, although I thought he seemed at least faintly interested now. “Are there enough of these drinkers? Can you make a living?”“Not the living I currently make, but I can make a living.” I pointed at some numbers I’d calculated. “I think after five years I’ll make five thousand barrels a year, with eight employees and $1.2 million in revenue. That’s enough.”“That’s not much.”“No, but it’s enough. And I’ll be happy. I’ll be running my own small brewery.”My father thought about this for a moment. “It’s not realistic. Brewing today is about size—nothing else. You’re crazy!”“Dad, there are a few microbreweries that have started up.” In fact, there were about a dozen, mostly on the West Coast. Quality was unpredictable. Cracking open a bottle, you didn’t know whether you would get a really great beer or a science project.“How many are making any money?” Dad asked.“Probably none.”He laughed. “Sounds like a good business. You make beer but no money. How long can you afford to do that?”He was right: There was scant reason to think my venture would be any different. But I was determined to leave my job and start my own business, and brewing was the idea I had come up with that excited me. I wanted to persuade him (and myself) that I wasn’t crazy.We sat...
Mar 31, 2016
Full Interview: Paula Schneider, American Apparel fixer
The last two years at Los Angeles–based clothing manufacturer American Apparel have been anything but boring.The company, known for T-shirts and racy ads, had been in dire financial straits for years, but in June 2014, the board dismissed founder and CEO Dov Charney. In his termination letter, the board wrote, “you have violated the fiduciary obligations owed to the Company in several material ways” and “you repeatedly engaged in conduct that violated the Company’s sexual harassment and anti-discrimination policy.”Paula Schneider was brought in to help fix the company. This wouldn't be her first turnaround, but even Schneider says she wasn't expecting the level of disorganization and lack of basic retail procedures in place at the company. She led American Apparel through bankruptcy, which it emerged from this month. Now she's ready to implement a full-scale revival.Click the audio player above to listen to the full interview with Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal, or subscribe to our Corner Office podcast on iTunes. Correction: A previous version of this story partially misstated the reason why Charney was dismissed. The text has been corrected.
Feb 18, 2016
Full Interview: Janice Min pulls back the curtain on Hollywood
The Hollywood Reporter, one of the major trade magazines for the entertainment industry, was on its last legs in 2010 when Janice Min joined the team as editorial director. Since then, Min has transformed the magazine. Her bosses must have really liked her work because they soon promoted her to Co-President and Chief Creative Officer, and added Billboard Magazine to her portfolio as well. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to her about how she did it.Click the audio player above to listen to the full interview, or subscribe to our Corner Office podcast on iTunes.
Feb 18, 2016
Full interview: Shinola CEO Steve Bock
Marketplace visited Shinola's headquarters in Detroit where the company also has its leather shop. We interviewed CEO Steve Bock for this episode of Corner Office, listen to the audio player for the full interview. 
Jan 21, 2016
Don't call Wolfgang Puck a celebrity chef
You've probably heard the statistic that 90 percent of restaurants fail in the first year. That's not true. It's actually more like 60 percent in the first three years. But the sentiment still holds. It's really hard to open a successful one and even harder to make one last. So how did an immigrant with no high school education, let alone a culinary school degree, become the most famous chef in America and build an empire worth over $400 million? It's a harrowing story that involves poverty, abuse, child labor, a firing or two, an attempted suicide and huge heaping helpings of gumption, drive and stick-to-itiveness.Wolfgang Puck is widely considered the first modern celebrity chef. But don't say that to his face.I hate the term celebrity chef. That's not who I am. I don't walk around in a Brioni suit. I don't look out for the money first. I like to make projects as good as I can and hopefully we make money off of it.And money off it he has made. Puck has an illustrious portfolio of 27 fine dining restaurants, more than 80 Wolfgang Puck Express locations, a line of cookware, six cookbooks, prepackaged foods and a catering business that handles the Oscars, the Emmys and the Governors Ball.But it may be his influence on culture that has been his crowning achievement.When we opened Spago (in 1982), we were the first restaurant with an open kitchen. I went to the farmers market, I went to the fish market. Before,  you had all these fancy restaurants that poured your seafood on an iceberg and some ketchup with horseradish and everything. That was the traditional thing, and maybe they cut a steak in front of you. But there was no imagination because it wasn't a chef who ran the restaurant. It was some owner or a maître' d or a director of the restaurant. So when I started Spago, and Paul Prudhomme started Portmanteau in New Orleans and with Alice Waters up in Berkeley, we were really the first chefs who controlled the destiny of the restaurant. We cooked whatever we felt like. Not what somebody told you. Spago also pioneered the gourmet pizza movement. And Puck's cultural reach has spread far outside of the U.S., to restaurants from Bahrain to Istanbul to Dubai. Despite all his success, the 66-year-old continues to work six days a week in his Bel-Air Hotel restaurant and is on the road more than 100 days a year, checking in on his businesses. When you love what you do and you have passion for what you do it's easy. My wife said, 'You should slow down,' and I said, what am I going to do then? I always tell people I'm only at the beginning. The beginning was all right so far. Production by Tommy Andres
Dec 17, 2015
Atom Factory's Troy Carter: 'Music sells everything but music'
Troy Carter is one of the biggest names in the music biz. He's perhaps most famous for helping to break Lady Gaga, but he's also behind the success of Eve, Meghan Trainor and John Legend, just to name a few. He is the founder and CEO of Atom Factory, a full-service talent management agency that has become famous for utilizing technology and social media. West Philadelphia born and raisedCarter's childhood was tough. His parents divorced when he was two years old, and he spent his early years living with his mom in a kerosene-heated, two-bedroom apartment that often had no running water. Carter's mom, Gilda Carter, worked at Children's Hospital cleaning surgical instruments and when he was seven years old, his father shot and killed his new wife's brother and spent 12 years in prison. Carter found solace in music, dropping out of high school at 17 to pursue a career in rap music with his group 2 Too Many.Here's a music video from the group (Carter is in the red sweatshirt and backwards cap): I grew up carrying crates of records for Will Smith and those guys. I thought I was going to be a rapper as a kid and used to hop the train down to Jazzy Jeff’s studio for like six months straight waiting outside of the studio for the big break, and one day we got in the studio and played our demo for Will and Jeff and quickly learned that we weren’t that good. But Will and his partner James Lassiter saw some potential in our hustle and kind of took me under their wing.Carter went to Los Angeles with Smith and Lassiter when “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” went into production. He ended up back on the East Coast and while working as a concert promoter there, he met Sean "P. Diddy/Puff Daddy" Combs.He was one of the first young entrepreneurs that I met and he was kind of commanding the room and I said, "I want to come work for you." And he said, "Your first job is to get me that girl from behind the bar.’ I got him the girl behind the bar and I started working for Puff.While working at Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment, Carter rubbed elbows with Notorious B.I.G., learned how to be a young entrepreneur and met a 19-year-old singer named Eve Jeffers. He launched his own talent management company to market Eve, building her up through a clothing line and a TV deal. Eve and Carter parted ways after several years, and that's when Carter discovered the artist whose name is now synonymous with his. Her real name is Stefani Germanotta, but she would be introduced to the world as Lady Gaga. Carter bristles, however, at the assertion that he "made" Gaga. You can't make an artist like Lady Gaga. You can help support, you can help develop the vision — I think you can add to the vision — but you just can't make an artist like that. That's like saying Lebron James' high school coach made Lebron James. Lebron James made Lebron James from the time he was able to put in at the gym, and I feel the same way about her. [[{"fid":"294976","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Music manager Troy Carter, founder, Chairman and CEO of Atom Factory, speaks during the Digital Life Design conference (DLD) at HVB Forum on January 23, 2012 in Munich, Germany.","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_description[und][0][value]":"%3Cspan%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fspan%3E","field_description[und][0][format]":"full_html","field_byline_text[und][0][value]":"","field_migration_notes[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Music manager Troy Carter, founder, Chairman and CEO of Atom Factory, speaks during the Digital Life Design conference (DLD) at HVB Forum on January 23, 2012 in Munich, Germany.","height":522,"width":800,"style":"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;","class":"media-element file-default"}}]]Music manager Troy Carter —founder, chairman and CEO of Atom Factory — speaks during the Digital Life Design conference on January 23, 2012 in Munich, Germany. ( Nadine Rupp/Getty ...
Nov 19, 2015
Charles Koch: 'I don't like politics'
Charles Koch is the CEO of Koch Industries, a company that was founded 75 years ago, making its name in oil and gas. Koch has grown to be the second-largest privately held company in America with 100,000 employees in more than 60 countries.But it all started small with Charles' father, Fred Koch.Fred still looms large over his son's office, with a bronzed bust and a framed painting above his desk.[[{"fid":"294039","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"A painting of Charles Koch's father Fred hangs over his desk in his office.","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_description[und][0][value]":"","field_description[und][0][format]":"full_html","field_byline_text[und][0][value]":"","field_migration_notes[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"A painting of Charles Koch's father Fred hangs over his desk in his office.","height":532,"width":800,"style":"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;","class":"media-element file-default"}}]]  A painting of Charles Koch's father, Fred, hangs over his desk in his office. (Tommy Andres/Marketplace) Charles and his brother David took the company over when their dad died in 1967. It was worth just north of $20 million then. Today, Forbes values it at $115 billion.In his new book "Good Profit," Charles talks about the strategies he used to guide the company's growth and the business landscape today.But he also turns to what has made him and his brother household names in the past 15 years or so: politics, and specifically, the role of government in business and society.Kai Ryssdal spoke to Koch in his Wichita, Kansas, office, offering a rare inside look at the man who has been described as a "reclusive billionaire."[[{"fid":"294008","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Charles Koch (left) and David Koch (right) at home in 1955.","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_description[und][0][value]":"","field_description[und][0][format]":"full_html","field_byline_text[und][0][value]":"","field_migration_notes[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Charles Koch (left) and David Koch (right) at home in 1955.","height":698,"width":500,"style":"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;","class":"media-element file-default"}}]]  Charles Koch (left) and David Koch at home in 1955. Charles would begin working at Rock Island Oil & Refining Company (what is now Koch Industries) in 1961 after graduating from M.I.T. with masters' degrees in mechanical and chemical engineering. (Courtesy Koch Industries) Charles and David begin to leadWhen Charles and David took over the company, they changed the name of the business from Rock Island Oil & Refining to Koch Industries in honor of their late dad. Over the next several decades, they began to diversify, getting into everything from broadband to pizza dough. Koch said they made a lot of mistakes, but ultimately found what worked for them and what didn't. Today the company largely trades in fossil fuels, minerals, metals, agriculture and forest products. Koch Industries still refines 600,000 barrels of oil per day.Charles finds a Mrs. KochA decade after taking the reigns as CEO, Charles married his wife, Liz, in 1972. The couple has been together 43 years, but it didn't start easy. When the couple was pouring the foundation of their first home in 1973, the house they still live in today, Koch Industries future was unclear. It was the height of the Arab oil embargo.[[{"fid":"294010","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Charles Koch stands next to the home he and his wife Liz built in 1974, a year after getting married. They still live there.","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_d...
Oct 22, 2015
Tesla CEO Elon Musk: The future runs on batteries
Musk is CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, with an interest on the side in getting people to Mars. Last week, we headed to the Tesla factory in Fremont, California for a chat with Musk about battery technology and the future of global transportation.
Oct 12, 2015
Domino's Patrick Doyle on making a 'perfect pepperoni'
Back in 2010, Domino's admitted it had a pie problem. CEO Patrick Doyle apologized to customers, telling them the chain would strive to make better pizzas. Since then, Domino's has been seeking to reinvent themselves. Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal gets a slice of all the pizza-making action by visiting Doyle at the company's headquarters.
Sep 24, 2015
Brian Chesky of Airbnb on "the worst idea ever"
The first step in starting a successful business is having a good idea, but sometimes even a bad one can work. Brian Chesky started Airbnb on the risky premise that people would agree to open their homes to strangers, and it worked. He didn’t just build a $10 billion company, he changed culture as we know it, helping to usher in the sharing economy.
Aug 27, 2015
Randy Garutti on Shake Shack's 'accidental' start
Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti hops in line with Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal at the restaurant’s original location in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park to talk about how the company evolved from a hot dog cart into a publicly traded international company with more than 70 locations.
Jul 30, 2015
A new podcast: Corner Office from Marketplace
Imagine this.  You get Jack Dorsey – yeah, that Jack Dorsey, the guy from Twitter and Square – in front of a microphone for half an hour, but you can only fit five or six minutes on the radio. Or Dick Glover, who runs Funny or Die — same deal. Marketplace is only half an hour on the radio, and there’s lots of stuff to get in there. I’m pretty sure that’s why podcasts were invented — so we could take all the great content we couldn’t fit on the air, and share it with you.So we’re launching a new podcast today: Corner Office from Marketplace. It's based on our long-running series Conversations from the Corner Office.   Every month, we’ll bring you a new conversation from a different corner office, giving you insights and perspective on how the people how run the companies that help shape our economy think.I hope you enjoy it.
Jun 26, 2015
Jen Hyman on Rent the Runway's "dream fulfillment"
Jen Hyman started Rent the Runway right out of business school, and the young entrepreneur says she never dreamed she would be the boss of 250 employees and serve four million customers, let alone run the largest dry-cleaning facility in America.
Jun 26, 2015
Jack Dorsey of Square on what he's learned as CEO
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square and co-founder of Twitter, sits down with Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal to discuss Square, his life since Twitter and what the future holds for a visionary that many have called “the next Steve Jobs.”
Jun 26, 2015
Funny or Die: "The Creative Drives the Deal"
Funny or Die CEO Dick Glover and President of Production Mike Farah sit down with Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal in the production company's Hollywood offices to talk about the changing landscape of media and how its name is also the key to its survival. 
Jun 25, 2015