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Hosted by Kai Ryssdal, our flagship program is all about providing context on the economic news of the day. Through stories, conversations and newsworthy numbers, we help listeners understand the economic world around them.

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The ethics of doing business with migrant detention camps

Hundreds of employees at Wayfair walked out of work today. They were protesting the online retailer’s sale of $200,000 worth of mattresses to a migrant detention camp. Wayfair isn’t the only one, so today we dig into the ethical questions of doing that kind of business along the border. Plus: How companies work around tariffs and the fight over casinos in Pennsylvania.

Jun 26, 2019
From throwing beer bottles to rainbow beer bottles

Pride Month ends this week with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, a key moment in LGBTQ people’s long struggle for acceptance. But with countless brands sporting rainbow logos and trotting out floats at pride events, some are wondering if that “acceptance” has crossed the line to something more exploitative. Plus, we examine “decision fatigue” this election season and the economics of streetwear.

Jun 25, 2019
Inside Huawei’s fight against U.S. sanctions

Huawei has been banned from most of the American market after the White House called the Chinese tech giant a cybersecurity threat. Now the company is fighting back, and we visited its headquarters in southern China to take a look. Plus: Toys R Us plots its comeback and the new push to put a value on Americans’ data.

Jun 24, 2019
You’ve been paying sales tax online for a year. What’s changed?

It’s been a year since the Supreme Court overturned a ban on states collecting sales taxes from most online shopping. Today, we check in on how state budgets are affected. Plus: The new Sears concept stores and the case for hiding “likes” on Instagram.

Jun 21, 2019
Would you return a lost wallet?

Be honest — someone might be watching. Researchers placed thousands of fake wallets around the world and found the return rate was higher the more money was inside. Today we look at the psychology of lost money. Plus: Why employers are projected to spend more on health care and the politics of crying at work.

Jun 20, 2019
Age is just a number, but at work, 65 is important

For a lot of people, turning 65 is a kind of love-hate experience. It’s legally seen as the start of old age, when you can collect Medicare and Social Security. Some people retire, some people feel like they can’t or don’t want to. So what’s so special about 65? Today, we talk to a few folks who are 65 (or 65 at heart) about the magic number. Plus: YouTube preps big changes to kids’ content and everything you need to know about the Fed.

Jun 19, 2019
Facebook wants to bring cryptocurrency to a billion people

Libra season? Already? Facebook announced a new cryptocurrency today, Libra, which will run on the blockchain and launch next year within the company’s products and its new wallet app. But participating in the global economy in this way comes with challenges Mark Zuckerberg’s company hasn’t faced before. Plus: Why food recalls are on the rise and “How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World.”

Jun 18, 2019
How’d WeWork get to a $47 billion valuation?

We Co., the proprietor of WeWork, is one of the most valuable startups in the country at $47 billion. Today we talk about how it got here and its path to profitability. Plus: The future of headphones could be augmented reality, and are we headed for an … Ital-exit?

Jun 17, 2019
Bonus: This Is Uncomfortable, episode 1

We’re excited to announce a new weekly podcast from Marketplace: “This Is Uncomfortable,” a show about life and how money messes with it. Every Thursday, host Reema Khrais will dig into the unanticipated ways money affects relationships, shapes identities and often defines what it means to be an adult. Listen to the first episode here and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

Jun 15, 2019
Who decided salt and pepper go together?

Even if you don’t have any spices in your kitchen, you probably still have salt and pepper. Ditto for even the most basic restaurants. But how did those two condiments become standard issue? On today’s show, we get into the deep questions. Plus: how Americans feel about relocating for work and having the awkward “money talk” with your partner.

Jun 14, 2019
A different kind of climate crusader

Exxon Mobil’s annual shareholder’s meeting had a special guest recently: a senior figure from the Church of England. But why’s the church so interested in oil and gas? Plus: Tyson Foods gets in the fake chicken business and a look at Marketplace’s newest podcast, “This Is Uncomfortable.”

Jun 13, 2019
“The cloud” isn’t good for the atmosphere

We’re just starting to learn the real environmental toll of virtual activity like cryptocurrency, streaming movies and cloud computing. The data centers that store all that information use tons of power, which in turn dumps tons of carbon into the atmosphere. Today, we do the numbers. Plus: the latest on consumer prices and a conversation with “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.”

Jun 12, 2019
We the (second-)best music!

DJ Khaled’s new album, “Father of Asahd” debuted at number two a couple of weeks ago. Khaled had bundled the album with an energy drink to boost sales, and it might have pushed him over the top, but Billboard didn’t count the bundles for its chart. Now the publication is examining the industry-wide practice of bundling altogether. Plus: how retailers are attracting hourly workers and an interview with Serious Eats founder Ed Levine.

Jun 11, 2019
How enforceable is the White House’s deal with Mexico?

In return for Mexico’s assistance in keeping immigrants from entering the U.S., the Trump administration has decided not to impose any new tariffs on Mexican goods. But how enforceable is that agreement? And what happens if it falls apart? Plus: Why every city’s ballpark is a little different, and what you need to know about Huawei.

Jun 10, 2019
Is a slow jobs month such a bad thing?

The economy added 75,000 jobs in May, a whole 100,000 lower than expected. But unemployment is still at a 50-year low, and the new members of the workforce are able to find them. So was this a good month or a bad month? Today, we dig into the numbers and ask a couple experts. Plus: the changing faces of staffers on the 2020 campaign trail, and how environmental concerns are changing dry cleaning.

Jun 07, 2019
Mexican tariffs start Monday, and businesses are reeling

Broad 5% tariffs on Mexican imports are set to start Monday unless negotiators and the White House can agree on a deal to limit the number of migrants arriving at the U.S. southern border. Today, we look at the unknowns facing businesses, brokers and officials this weekend. Plus: Uber’s new helicopter service and a conversation with Lawrence Lanahan about his new book, “The Lines Between Us: Two Families and a Quest to Cross Baltimore’s Racial Divide.”

Jun 06, 2019

The majority of American workers say a warm, friendly environment is important on the job. But in our latest poll, about half of workers also said they’ve been yelled at by a co-worker, and a more than a third admitted yelling themselves. On today’s show: Why we yell at work, and what it does to us. Plus, how “30%” became the magic number for budgeting rent or a mortgage, and a look back at the economics of Tiananmen Square.

Jun 05, 2019
Would you rather work four 10-hour days a week?

Nearly two-thirds of people responding to the latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll said they’d take shorter workweeks and longer days. The preference was even higher for men and workers older than 35. Today, we look at industries where that’s already the norm. Plus: Why the Fed is so chatty lately and why conference room air could be making you dumber.

Jun 04, 2019
In a tight labor market, business is becoming personal

Used to be, you didn’t bring politics or religion to work. But in a tight labor market and a changing workplace, those bright lines are becoming blurry. Plus: the death of iTunes, antitrust in Big Tech and the hot real estate market for … warehouses.

Jun 03, 2019
The auto industry braces for new tariffs

The Trump administration has threatened a 5% tax on Mexican imports next month if the country doesn’t do more to fight illegal immigration to the U.S. The tax could go as high as 25%, which would hurt many American industries, automobiles most of all. Plus: Why condos aren’t making the comeback you’d expect and Disney’s massive “Star Wars” themed attraction, Galaxy’s Edge.

May 31, 2019
Disney and Netflix threaten to pull out of Georgia over new abortion law

Georgia has stood in for Hawkins, Indiana, on “Stranger Things,” Wakanda in “Black Panther” and countless other locations on film and television thanks to generous tax incentives. But now Netflix and Disney are threatening to pull production from the state if a controversial anti-abortion law goes into effect. Plus: America gets its first offshore wind farm and FedEx adds Sunday shipping.

May 30, 2019
Trust us, keep an eye on the bond yield curve

We know, we know, we know: The bond market can be confusing. But the yield curve is behaving abnormally, and that might be a sign of an economic downturn. Don’t worry, we’re going to walk you through it. Then, a look at the controversial, unregulated energy drink market. Plus: The tax cuts were supposed to be rocket fuel for the economy. So what happened?

May 29, 2019
Can you tell the difference between a $1,000 smartphone and a $300 one?

When you tape over the logo, most smartphones look exactly the same: black slabs made of metal, plastic and glass. When you turn them on and test their performance, it doesn’t always get easier to tell the super luxe from the nearly bricked. Today, we take a blind test. Plus: The payment industry’s merger frenzy and Gatorade’s personalized, data-driven future.

May 28, 2019
Fiat Chrysler and Renault appear poised to join forces

Auto giants Fiat Chrysler and Renault could be headed for a merger. Some might think it’s a great idea, but with the world’s perpetually shifting auto tastes, what could a potential union between the two companies produce? Also, with parliamentary voting across the EU winding down, we examine how the EU’s direction could affect the rest of the world. Plus: We talk about the job market for grads, India’s leather trade, adaptation technology and the space economy.

May 27, 2019
This weekend could change everything for the EU

Millions of European voters go to the polls this weekend to choose lawmakers for the European Parliament. The election has been called “a battle for the soul of the European Union,” which could have far-reaching economic and political consequences. Plus: The rising cost of weddings and why Big Tech sees “blood in the water” of the health care industry.

May 25, 2019
New York City’s rat problem

New York City is utilizing a new tool to deal with the never-ending battle to keep rat populations in check. But first, Huawei has been hit with further disruptions to its supply chain. How is the company planning to survive the crackdown? Plus, we talk to Katie Silberman, one of the writers of “Booksmart,” a female buddy comedy about two graduating high school seniors. Later in the show: the cost of living behind bars, and why money makes all the difference when you’re in prison — and once you’re released.

May 23, 2019
Changing a supply chain is easier said than done

To avoid the impact of tariffs on U.S. consumers, politicians will often encourage companies and retailers to change their supply chains. That might work for big businesses, but not so much for everyone else. Today we explain why. Plus, how Qualcomm’s antitrust case could affect 5G, and a conversation with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino, the creators of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

May 22, 2019
It’s not snail mail, it’s self-driving mail

If you live in the southwest, there’s a chance your mail may have been carried by a self-driving truck. Today, we look at why the Postal Service is looking toward a driverless future. Plus: what you need to know about corporate debt and the rise of rentable fashion.

May 21, 2019
The story behind Robert Smith paying off a whole class’ student debt

Billionaire Robert Smith announced this weekend he will pay off all the student debt for the class of 2019 at Morehouse College, a historically black college in Georgia. Today, we look at the disproportionately high debt facing black students when they get out of school. Plus: What you need to know about the layoffs at Ford and India’s election.

May 20, 2019
Is your phone listening to you?

It’s a spooky feeling: You’re discussing a TV show or a pair of shoes or whatever with a friend, then you open Instagram and see an ad for the exact thing you were just talking about. But it’s not like your phone is listening … right? Plus: How delivery apps are changing the restaurant business and the legacy of Grumpy Cat.

May 17, 2019