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Award-winning Marketplace is public radio's daily magazine on business and economics news "for the rest of us." The 30-minute program—with an irreverent reporting style all its own—airs weekday evenings on more than 320 public radio stations nationwide and boasts the largest audience for any business program in the United States on radio, cable or network television. In conjunction with Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Money, this trio of financial programming covers listeners from wallet to Wall Street.

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March 31, 2015

6:27 PM
The Afterlife
Artist : YACHT
Album : See Mystery Lights
Composer :
Label : DFA Records

Marketplace for Thursday, April 23, 2015

Apr 23, 2015

Pacific trade and the fear of currency manipulation

Apr 23, 2015
Adam Allington

A free-trade deal among the United States and 11 Pacific nations called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is wending its way through Capitol Hill. Opposition to the deal has been largely united under the threat of currency manipulation.

Generally speaking, a country with a weaker currency is thought to have an advantage in trade, because their stuff is cheaper. So, currency manipulation is when a central bank buys or sells a lot foreign currency in an attempt to influence the exchange rate. 

Checking in with Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky

Apr 23, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

Brian Chesky is the 33-year-old co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, a company that he says may very well be “the worst idea that ever worked.” The website allows users to rent rooms, apartments, houses, and even yurts from people they’ve never met, all around the world.

Tidal's wave is breaking

Apr 23, 2015
Tony Wagner

$1.7 billion

Marketplace for Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Apr 22, 2015
Molly Wood

The annual RSA Conference is the largest security trade show in the world, and this year, there’s an extra level of desperation in the air. Security vendors and IT chiefs are looking to big data to help them understand how to protect companies from the ever-increasing tide of hackers looking to break in.

Marketplace for Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Apr 21, 2015
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Knock it off! A step-by-step guide to make a bag

Apr 21, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Mukta Mohan

When you’re a small business owner, the last thing you want is for people to copy your products. That’s exactly what happened to Dave Munson, CEO of Saddleback Leather, but instead of tracking down the knockoffs and suing the creators — he made a YouTube video.

His step-by-step tongue-in-cheek video teaches people exactly how to make his bags. It lists every part of the process, from choosing the leather, to cutting the patterns, to sewing the bag together.

Marketplace for Monday, April 20, 2015

Apr 20, 2015
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A start-up is creating t-shirt tycoons

Apr 20, 2015
Tony Wagner

$5 million

That's how much one small store on Chicago's south side sold in lottery tickets last year. Lucky Mart used to be a convenience store, but after selling a ticket that won big, the shop rebranded and now sells lottery tickets almost exclusively. At the time our reporter visited the store, officials came by with a plaque naming Lucky Mart the top-grossing location for the Illinois state lottery.

7 million

Your Wallet: Invisible money

Apr 17, 2015

The money you hide away: Do you bury it in the back yard? Stuff it in a mattress, or maybe stash it in a 401k?

Tell us where you keep your money! Does it work? We promise, we won't give away any super specific secret hiding places.

Send us an email, or reach us on Twitter @MarketplaceWKND to give us the scoop.

HBO's Silicon Valley nails VC deal details

Apr 17, 2015
Paddy Hirsch

If you’re not watching HBO's "Silicon Valley," it may be because you think it’s a weekly half hour of puerile, sexist drivel about a bunch of nerds blundering their way up the most elitist food chain on earth. And you may be right about that. But if you’re not watching, you’re missing one of the most vivid, granular and entertaining explainers out there of the way venture capital works.

Smile! We're analyzing how you're feeling using videos

Apr 16, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Mukta Mohan

The advertising world spends a lot of money trying to make you feel something. They want to make you laugh, cry, feel hungry, even. Anything to sell their products and build brand loyalty. However, tracking whether or not their commercials are working is hard to do. A company called Affectiva says it can help by using video footage to collect emotional data.

Marketplace for Thursday, April 16, 2015

Apr 16, 2015
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What makes a land of opportunity

Apr 16, 2015
Karen Clark

Whether it's going from the proverbial rags to the proverbial riches, or just doing a little better than your parents, stories of upward mobility have long been a part of how we define the American dream. But how possible is that dream today? A group of economists at Harvard and UC Berkeley have been looking in to that question recently. It turns out the answer varies widely depending on geography.

How to get voters to reconsider a repeat candidate

Apr 16, 2015
Tracey Samuelson, Tony Wagner and Janet Nguyen

First Lady, Senator from New York, presidential candidate, Secretary of State. Hillary Clinton has a long history in politics, which Marco Rubio was quick to use against her as he launched a bid for the Republican nomination earlier this week.

“Now just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for president by promising to take us back to yesterday,” he said.

Marketplace for Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Apr 14, 2015

Why do people overpay their taxes, then get refunds?

Apr 13, 2015
Mitchell Hartman

As of the first week of April, 2015, 99 million taxpayers had filed their individual returns with the IRS. Of those, more than 77 million had received refunds. The average refund was running $2,815, about $20 higher than the same time in 2014.

Marketplace for Monday, April 13, 2015

Apr 13, 2015

Cuba: not quite open for business

Apr 13, 2015
Amy Scott

President Barack Obama met with Cuban President Raúl Castro on Saturday, at a regional summit in Panama. It was the first face-to-face meeting between leaders of the United States and Cuba in almost 60 years. The two presidents announced in December that they would work to restore full diplomatic relations.

Seth Meyers is getting the hang of his new gig

Apr 13, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

Hosting "Late Night" on NBC wasn't Seth Meyers' first time in the host chair — he'd anchored "Weekend Update' on "Saturday Night Live" since 2006, where he was also a head writer and cast member. "Late Night with Seth Meyers" premiered in February of 2014. After a year's worth of shows, Meyers has gotten the hang of his new gig.

Apple Watch: Day 1

Apr 13, 2015
Adrienne Hill and Aparna Alluri

The much-awaited Apple Watch was finally available for a preview on Friday. Customers could try on the smartwatch in Apple stores in nine countries, including the U.S., China and Japan.

As expected, people made appointments and lined up at Apple’s flagship store in Manhattan—the one on fifth avenue where you walk into a glass cube and down a spiral staircase to reach the store. What was the scene like?

Amy Scott

The movement to curb standardized testing in schools scored a small victory this week. The Florida legislature passed a bill limiting the number of hours students can spend on state and district testing to 45 per school year. 

Even some advocates of standardized testing welcomed the legislation. Two years ago, the Foundation for Excellence in Education looked into how many standardized tests students were taking in Florida. The group was founded by former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who expanded the use of testing in the state.

Your Wallet: Fast money

Apr 10, 2015

What's the fastest money you've ever made? 100 bucks in under a minute? More?

Tell us your story of making fast cash. Write to us, or tweet us — we're at @MarketplaceWKND.

Learning how the Germans learn

Apr 9, 2015
Mallory Noe-Payne

WGBH's "On Campus" producer Mallory Noe-Payne traveled to Germany with reporter Kirk Carapezza, where they visited a handful of cities and universities for a recent series of stories — that also aired on Marketplace — about higher education in the country.

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Mallory's photo journal of their travels recording on the road.

We arrived in Cologne at the beginning of February, just before the end of the semester.

Marketplace for Thursday, April 9, 2015

Apr 9, 2015
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Explaining stock buybacks

Apr 9, 2015
Paddy Hirsch

Stock buybacks are in the news again. Usually buyback stories are all about companies using their cash reserves to buy back their stock, but this week they’re all about companies stopping their buyback programs.

The benefits of wearing the same thing, every day

Apr 8, 2015
Kai Ryssdal

Art director Matilda Kahl works in an office where women often wear heels and have “fixed” hair.

But one day, after Kahl was late and unprepared for work, she realized she was wasting too much time on choosing her outfit.

She was fed up.

“You know what? I’m just gonna opt out of this,” she recalls saying to herself.  

Stopping German students in their tracks?

Apr 8, 2015
Kirk Carapezza and Mallory Noe-Payne

At an elementary school in Essen, a city in northern Germany, students stream in from recess. They stuff boots into cubbies and hang up their jackets.

The fourth-grade classroom looks a lot like the classrooms in American public schools.  The class has one teacher, who covers all the subjects in the same classroom. Some students excel, some struggle, some are in the middle. 

But next year, that will end.

Marketplace for Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Apr 8, 2015
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