Marketplace All-in-One

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Magnificent Steve
 Nov 24, 2019

 Apr 27, 2019
Marketplace is an excellent source of information about the national and global economy, and why you should care. Well produced and timely, but it does not require an economics degree top understand.

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 Jul 27, 2018


Marketplace® is the leading business news program in the nation. We bring you clear explorations of how economic news affects you, through stories, conversations, newsworthy numbers and more. The Marketplace All-in-One podcast provides each episode of the public radio broadcast programs Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report®and Marketplace Tech® along with our podcasts Make Me Smart, Corner Office and The Uncertain Hour. Visit for more. From American Public Media. Twitter: @Marketplace

Episode Date
Unemployment rate soars

After almost 9 1/2 years of American payrolls growing month over month, there was a sickening drop in March. And the latest numbers don’t even capture the worst of it. Plus, the history of the U.S. census.

Apr 03, 2020
Small business loan program starts today

Some big banks say they’re not ready for the crisis small business loan program set up by the $2 trillion stimulus. Jobs report numbers are out today. How do-it-yourself masks are being used.

Apr 03, 2020
The World Bank to the rescue

From the BBC World Service: India will receive $1 billion to buy medical equipment, almost half of The World Bank’s emergency fund. COVID-19 around the globe. Clubbing goes online as DJs stream sets from home.

Apr 03, 2020
Ubiquitous Amazon and our new COVID-19 life

Host Kimberly Adams speaks with Matt Day, a tech reporter at Bloomberg, about Amazon’s current state as it is still shipping out products during this pandemic when people are being ordered to stay at home. Workers at Amazon warehouses, Day says, have organized walkouts and speaking out about their working conditions — working more to ship out both essential and nonessential goods. Day notes, however, that Amazon’s core business model isn’t only e-commerce, but also anything regarding Amazon Web Services, so they will survive business-wise this pandemic.

Apr 03, 2020
Love in the time of coronavirus

There are a lot of couples stuck at home right now. Some of them are out of work or dealing with canceled plans. Today, we’ll hear from two couples trying to figure out what their future will look like.

Apr 03, 2020
The coronavirus economy numbers are getting big

… So big that it’s starting to feel hard to grasp the damage this pandemic is doing. Like the 7% gross domestic product drop in the second quarter, the more than 6 million new unemployment claims or … a 9% year-over-year increase in cruise bookings? We’ll break it down. Plus: Dolly Parton reads to your kids.

Apr 03, 2020
Pay cuts spread further down the ladder

Unemployment claims passed 6.6 million last week, more than double the week before. Many workers who still have their jobs are now doing them for reduced pay. We’ll ask how those pay cuts might ripple through the economy. Plus: the huge number of immigrants who will miss out on checks from the government, and the logistical challenge of giving small businesses emergency loans.

Apr 02, 2020
Unemployment sign-ups skyrocket

First-time unemployment claims doubled week-over-week, to 6.6 million. There are 100,00 crew members stuck on ships at sea during this pandemic. Some economists push for longer grace periods on debt repayment.

Apr 02, 2020
“Forgive our debts”

Does the COVID-19 economy need a widespread easing of debts? The official jobs report this week will not capture the entirety of the mess our economy is in.

Apr 02, 2020
Shipping workers can’t get home

From the BBC World Service: Crews cannot disembark at some ports due to COVID-19 restrictions. Shipping industry leaders are concerned about workers’ welfare. The company offering free sneakers to health care workers.

Apr 02, 2020
Is it possible that Zoom is not ready for its moment in the spotlight?

Host Molly Wood speaks with Kim Zetter, a cybersecurity journalist, about the spike of Zoom bombing — a new phenomenon where strangers obtain Zoom meeting IDs and barge in digitally to disrupt the meeting. Zoom is also facing different scrutiny, Zetter says, now that it was discovered that the platform had been sharing data to Facebook without being fully transparent. Zetter adds that Zoom users — especially those hosting digital meetings — should be mindful of the privacy breaches the platform may have and start requiring passwords for Zoom guests to wait and be let into the e-meetings.

Apr 02, 2020
What are we not talking about … while we’re talking about coronavirus?

Like many of you, we’re starting to build routines in self-isolation. So now Wednesdays are “Whadd’ya Wanna Know Wednesdays,” where we take your questions. Questions like: Will credit card companies be more forgiving while we all weather this crisis? And, what other news is happening while everyone’s talking about COVID-19? Kai and Molly each have their own very specific examples. Plus, we learn about the little recessions that can happen inside a depression.

Apr 02, 2020
Why ventilators are getting more expensive

States and FEMA are separately competing for ventilators, which is driving prices up to roughly $25,000 each. Today, we look at the market forces at work. Plus: What it’s like to run a barge company right now, why employers are backing off 401(k)s and how the housing market is adapting to low interest rates and no in-person showings.

Apr 01, 2020
“Obamacare” and COVID-19

ADP employment shows payrolls down by just 27,000 people in the last month. A fresh reading on U.S. factory activity. No reopening for Affordable Care Act enrollment. Crude oil prices down big. Car sales in the midst of COVID-19.

Apr 01, 2020
April 1 bills are here

Monthly bills are due, but federal COVID-19 money isn’t expected for nearly three weeks. Two big British banks have halted profit payments to shareholders. What the $2 trillion stimulus law means for Boeing.

Apr 01, 2020
Sweden says no lockdown

From the BBC World Service: Business leaders say the Swedish government’s approach is more sensible than many other countries. Some British banks are suspending dividends. A Scottish distillery has switched to making hand sanitizer.

Apr 01, 2020
For the most efficient humanitarian response to COVID-19, mine the data

Host Molly Wood speaks with Rajiv Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation. Back in 2014, Shah was in charge of leading the Ebola response in West Africa, and only with data metrics, he says, was his team of epidemiologists able to identify those who had tested positive with the disease and those who at least had symptoms of the disease. With that in mind, Shah says the U.S. should create some sort of data-driven response to identify the same issues with COVID-19 — who’s tested positive, who’s symptomatic, what is working with social distancing (or not) and what health care workers need.

Apr 01, 2020
So, when are we getting that $1,200 check?

Rent is due tomorrow, along with car payments and other bills. You might think that historic $2 trillion economic stimulus package, with up to $1,200 going directly to Americans, is coming just in time. But not everyone’s getting a check, and those checks are definitely not arriving tomorrow. Here to talk us through it is Andrew Stettner, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation.

Apr 01, 2020
How the COVID-19 crisis compares to the Great Depression

We’re starting to see some devastating economic indicators around the coronavirus pandemic. But just how bad are things going to get? Today we assembled a group of historians to talk about the economic crises of the past, and why it’s unlikely this one will look like the Great Depression. Plus, Britain’s ventilator shortage, insurance hikes and the science of setting the markets to music.

Mar 31, 2020
Getting Americans stimulus checks

Emergency COVID-19 money should materialize in bank accounts within three weeks. What business activity in China is looking like. Unemployment forecasts. International students deal with campus shutdowns.

Mar 31, 2020
End of a bleak financial quarter

Given the virus, Macy’s is now furloughing most of its 125,000 employees. Amazon has fired the employee who organized a walk-out on Monday. Food pantries struggle with staffing and logistics.

Mar 31, 2020
China’s factories are open, but …

From the BBC World Service: While new data suggests China’s economy is rebounding, the rest of Asia faces “economic pain.” India mulls direct cash transfers to help migrant workers. Worries over COVID-19 are boosting local fish sales in Kenya.

Mar 31, 2020
The tech that can help crank out more critical care hospital space

Host Molly Wood speaks with Chris Giattina, CEO of the Alabama-based manufacturing and design firm Blox, which specializes in modular medical facility construction. During this time of crisis, when hospitals are reaching their capacity to treat regular patients on top of treating those with COVID-19, Blox is beginning production on its mobile isolation care units, or MICUs, to help alleviate hospital space. With Blox’s technology, these modular medical facilities are built in only weeks, rather than months — and they have everything a doctor needs to keep treating patients. They’re also cheaper than traditional hospital beds.

Mar 31, 2020
Things can always get worse

The March jobs report is due out this Friday, and it’s not going to be pretty. But thanks to some wonkery with how the Bureau of Labor Statistics handles its data, the reality is probably a lot worse than the numbers will look. We’ll explain. Plus, we’ll talk about making your own masks, finding “Joy” when you’re stuck at home and — sorry, why is Nancy Pelosi out shopping?

Mar 31, 2020
Is it ethical to shop online right now?

If your inbox looks anything like ours, you’re seeing a bunch of ads for online sales. With nonessential businesses closed all over the country, many retailers are doing what they can to drum up business. It’s true that consumer spending is a primary engine of this economy, but is it right to splurge on fancy sweats right now? Plus: how deep this recession will get, how Americans are confronting the bills due this week and a conversation with rapper, singer and writer Dessa.

Mar 30, 2020
COVID-19 worker backlash

Oil prices hit an 18-year low. Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island are planning a strike for Monday. How this “cancellation economy” is affecting places like the Coachella Valley in California.

Mar 30, 2020
Getting federal aid to small businesses

The COVID-19 relief bill signed into law last week sets aside more than $350 billion for loans to small businesses. How are convenience stores faring? Egg and orange juice prices soar.

Mar 30, 2020
Doctors need more parking

From the BBC World Service: With hospital parking lots busier due to COVID-19, what can health workers do? Global governments add more stimulus. Developing countries need increased health spending to tackle the pandemic.

Mar 30, 2020
Creating COVID-19 tests is complicated science, and business

Host Molly Wood speaks with Jacqueline Linnes, a professor of biomedical engineering who runs a lab at Purdue University, about what sort of tech is needed to produce COVID-19 tests in the face of a shortage. She says production at scale during the pandemic is the biggest challenge. Linnes also says academia may be prompted by the accelerated work during the pandemic to rethink how peer reviews are conducted. A lot of peer reviewers are usually excited to read about the next big thing around biosensors, for example, but pay little attention to more mundane things regarding manufacturing.

Mar 30, 2020
Happy hour for an unhappy time

It’s Friday. Kai and Molly raise a glass to a very hard week and talk through everything you need to know: what’s ahead for states that are losing their tax base, what the Instacart workers are threatening to strike over and what kind of recession we might be facing. We might even talk about something that will make you smile (we hope).

Mar 28, 2020
Small businesses are barely hanging on

Lawmakers have finally passed a $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package. When it comes to saving small businesses, will the aid be enough? We talk with some business owners who are barely getting by. Plus: the new economies of Canadian border towns, retailers’ rush to staff up and a conversation with the president of the Dallas Fed.

Mar 27, 2020
Bull moment, bear market

The Dow has been up big the last couple of days, but history shows us there are occasional bull moments in bear markets. Some automakers are hoping to re-open factories in April. Does increasing unemployment compensation incentivize not working?

Mar 27, 2020
A consumer pessimism plunge

The House is scheduled to vote today on a third coronavirus relief package. An update on consumer confidence during COVID-19. Concerns about utilities like electricity or water being shut off in parts of the country.

Mar 27, 2020
Workers in Africa worry about lockdown

From the BBC World Service: Living paycheck to paycheck is common in countries like Kenya. Migrant workers in India struggle to access financial aid. A Portuguese cafe in east London is lending a hand with a hot meal for those in need. 

Mar 27, 2020
A futurist on navigating change forced by the pandemic: fight the fear

Host Molly Wood speaks again with Amy Webb, futurist and founder of the Future Today Institute, about the fear-versus-optimism side of tech during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who see this pandemic as an opportunity to pause and really prioritize what sorts of scientific and tech advances should be done, Webb says, will move forward and will be OK at the end. On the other hand, she says, those who oppose the fact that the future will now look different than originally envisioned will have a much more difficult time adapting.

Mar 27, 2020
Hard choices

As states across the country close all non-essential businesses, people are rethinking what it means to do the right thing. Today we hear listeners’ stories of pay cuts, layoffs and telling employers they’re putting people at risk.

Mar 27, 2020
Reminder: the markets don’t care if you live or die

Markets are up for the third day in a row, even as weekly unemployment claims hit 3.2 million, ten times what they were last week. Plus this milestone: the U.S. notches the most cases of COVID-19 in the world. What gives? We’re steering straight into the dark place today.

Mar 27, 2020
Those medical supplies hospitals need? They’re overseas.

Ventilators, masks, gloves and other supplies American hospitals need are produced in China, Italy, Malaysia and elsewhere. That puts the U.S. at a disadvantage in its fight against COVID-19. We’ll look through the supply chain and potential solutions. Plus: the new lifestyles of working parents and the non-traditional workers being hit especially hard by this crisis.

Mar 26, 2020
Record unemployment claims

This morning, we got the worst spike ever recorded in the number of people signing up for unemployment. And the data we’re getting from government agencies might not be capturing the full scope of the damage. Virus relief bill passes in the Senate.

Mar 26, 2020
Saving lives and the economy

A Nobel laureate offers a prescription for managing COVID-19 while phasing the economy back in. Today’s first-time unemployment claims number will be the largest in U.S history.

Mar 26, 2020
Is a virtual COVID-19 summit the answer?

From the BBC World Service: World leaders prepare to debate a global action plan to tackle the pandemic. Seychelles is ahead of schedule with a pioneering marine conservation plan. Musicians make ends meet by moving festivals online.

Mar 26, 2020
What tech do we have for living through a pandemic? And what tech do we wish we had?

Host Molly Wood speaks with Amy Webb, futurist and founder of the Future Today Institute, about the tech we have and wish we had during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are lucky this pandemic didn’t happen even 30 years ago, Webb says, given the many ways we can now connect and communicate with our colleagues, friends and family via video calls. Webb also expects tech companies to accelerate the technology around drones and autonomous vehicles that deliver essential goods to people’s homes.

Mar 26, 2020
Your coronavirus questions, answered

We started doing daily podcasts and asking about your COVID-19 economy almost a week ago, and you guys didn’t disappoint. We’ve already received more than 100 emails, and we’re devoting this Wednesday show to answering as many as we can. It’s like an abbreviated Explainathon. Today: answers about $2 trillion relief bill, our national debt and the work-from-home broadband load now that lots of us are doing that.

Mar 26, 2020
Is this country ready for 2.5 million jobless claims in a week?

Tomorrow’s first-time unemployment claim numbers are expected to be exponentially higher than a typical week, and many states have cut back on unemployment insurance in recent years. What about the people losing employer-sponsored health care? Today we’ll do the numbers and check in on the status of the stimulus bill that could provide some relief. Plus: What a 90-day tariff deferral would do for the people paying (that’s us).

Mar 25, 2020
Uncharted market terrain

Most individuals can look forward to a $1,200 check from the government. The Dow surges more than 11% on Tuesday. Day 1 of a three-week lockdown for India.

Mar 25, 2020
$2 trillion for stimulus

Congress and the White House have hammered out an economic stimulus package deal for more than $2 trillion. The details on loans for small businesses. Forbearance on mortgages.

Mar 25, 2020
China relaxes COVID-19 controls in Hubei

From the BBC World Service: Transport is resuming across the Hubei province, except in Wuhan. U.S. lawmakers strike a $2 trillion stimulus deal. India’s daily-wage workers worry as the country goes into lockdown. Britain’s motorsport industry answers the call to make ventilators.

Mar 25, 2020
Social media platforms are fighting disinformation, but with half the resources

Host Molly Wood speaks with Alex Stamos, Facebook’s former chief information security officer, about disinformation around COVID-19 on social media. A lot of people are working from home, which includes tech employees who are in charge of moderating content on social platforms. At home, they might not be supervised the same way they would at tech company offices, where high security measures might ensure that they are not sharing users’ personal information. So how are social platforms managing disinformation about coronavirus while not compromising users’ personal information? 

Mar 25, 2020
The U.S. health care system is bracing for COVID-19

Just because we’re doing 10-minute daily dispatches doesn’t mean we’re stopping the regular weekly podcast. For this week’s deep-dive, we’re speaking with New York Times health care reporter Sarah Kliff about supply chains for masks and ventilators, the Defense Production Act and how Obamacare will fare in a recession. Plus, we hear from a listener who recovered from COVID-19 and another who does buying for grocery stores.

Mar 24, 2020
What’s the difference between being laid off and being furloughed?

When you’re losing work because of COVID-19, it might not feel like there’s much difference between getting laid off and furloughed. But it’s an important distinction. We’ll talk about it, plus the unemployment claim numbers coming this week, how the repo market works and the nationwide mask shortage.

Mar 24, 2020