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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.

Why buy water when you can have it for free?

13 hours ago
Molly Wood and Mukta Mohan

Despite having some of the best and safest tap water in the entire world, most of us are buying bottled water in droves.  Our love for drinking water out of little plastic bottles is creating an environmental disaster, and we're spending money to buy water that we could be drinking for free. Roberto Ferdman wrote about how bottled water is becoming the drink of choice in American households for the Washington Post.

A snapshot of Polaroid’s turnaround

13 hours ago
Molly Wood and Daisy Palacios

Polaroid is back in the camera game with the Cube, a tiny action camera, as well as an instant snapshot printer. As a brand, it's name is on televisions and even a line of low-cost Android phones mainly sold in Mexico.

The company has also been raising its profile at big consumer electronics events, like IFA, happening this week in Berlin.

Since becoming CEO of Polaroid, Scott Hardy has helped put the company on a successful track.

Marketplace for Tuesday, September 1, 2015

13 hours ago

Another stock market plunge, StubHub's pricing model and conflict within the European Union over the migrant crisis. 

Migrant crisis challenging EU identity

13 hours ago
Kim Adams

The European Union is threatening legal action against several of its member states. The branch of that economic bloc which deals with migration says at least 10 countries — they won’t say which ones — are being served a final warning. Why? The EU says these countries are not properly following procedures for dealing with asylum seekers.

When markets are turbulent, it's time for Rule 48

13 hours ago
Mark Garrison

Many of the recent wild openings of the stock market came with a footnote: the New York Stock Exchange invoked Rule 48. Tuesday was one of those days. Normally an obscure rule in a rulebook full of them, Rule 48 is currently having a star turn because of recent volatile trading.

Nova Safo

So much for that approach: StubHub, the online ticket reseller, has bagged its all-inclusive pricing model. Seems ticket buyers don't really like the full truth, even if they ask for it.  

The plan, first instituted in January of 2014,  factored all fees into the stated price of a ticket. StubHub's research showed that buyers want transparency. 

Helping low-income college students feel at home

13 hours ago
Amy Scott

Gabriel Ramos remembers the first time he felt out of place at Vassar College. He was in his dorm, talking to a fellow student about high school. When the student had been assigned a project about the Holocaust, his family flew to Europe to visit Holocaust museums.

“I was like, ‘okay, you are very different from me,” Gabe recalls thinking.

Gabe did not grow up in the kind of family that could just jet off to Europe to do field research. His mom worked as a bus driver. His dad moved from job to job. Neither parent went to college.

Taking stock of minimum wage around the world

14 hours ago
Tony Wagner and Janet Nguyen

Myanmar has introduced  a minimum wage for the first time, which takes effect Tuesday, according to Reuters. 

The new policy would require employers to pay workers 3,600 kyat, or  $2.80, for an eight-hour work day, which equals about 35 cents an hour. 

PODCAST: Consumers love coupons

23 hours ago
Noel King

On today's show, competition for the arctic heats up; medical debt collectors are up in arms over a new ruling by the FCC; and how habits adopted by consumers in the midst of recession are hard to shake.

Medical debt collectors up in arms over FCC ruling

Sep 1, 2015
D Gorenstein

Twenty-seven million Americans were contacted by a collection agency about unpaid medical bills last year.

A new Federal Communications Commission ruling makes it more difficult to track down those debtors on their cell phones, according to the collection industry. 

The new rule clarifies that collection agencies can "robo-call" someone on a cell, but only if that person consented to those calls for billing issues.

Airing on Tuesday, September 1, 2015: On today's show, global markets react as China's manufacturing contracts; why medical debt collectors are up in arms over a recent FCC ruling; and the tricks of the trade of luxury real estate brokers.

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sep 1, 2015

Airing on Tuesday, September 1, 2015: On today's show, we'll have more on Apple's partnership with Cisco; Netflix's decision to let go of some big name movies; and potential U.S. sanctions against China for cyber spying/theft.

Stop thinking Netflix is a movie service

Sep 1, 2015
Gigi Douban

Netflix says it's giving up its partnership with the cable network Epix. So by the end of this month, if you want to watch "Hunger Games: Catching Fire," you'll have to go to Hulu, Epix's new partner. Netflix is focusing on original content for its 65 million members. Is Hulu's gain Netflix's loss?

The recession changed how we shop

Sep 1, 2015
Mark Garrison

Susan Samtur’s bargain-hunting ability made her famous because of shopping trips like a recent one to Walgreens, where she sliced a $19.08 bill nearly in half at checkout by applying in-store savings and multiple coupons. To top it off, she had points on a loyalty card, which brought her out-of-pocket payment down to mere pennies.

“It cost us 68 cents. What do you think about that?” she beams.

iOriginal iProgramming

Sep 1, 2015
Kai Ryssdal

$200 billion

That's about how much cash (likely more) is at Tim Cook's disposal for spending at Apple. And according to new reports, one focus of expansion for the company will be original programming. As Variety reports, Apple has come under some criticism for allowing Netflix and other streaming services to completely dominate this corner of the market. 


Europe is still reeling from the migrant crisis

Aug 31, 2015
Nick Thorpe

 The BBC's Nick Thorpe speaks to migrants hoping to be granted asylum as they wait on the Hungarian-Serbian border.  


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Big Fun Toys plays the niche card

Aug 31, 2015
Molly Wood, Mukta Mohan and Hayley Hershman

 Steve Presser, owner of Big Fun Toys in Cleveland, says business isn’t great, but he's doing his best. One of the biggest obstacles he faces is online shopping.

That trend has become not just a trend, it’s become a fact of the matter. I’ve watched people do what they call show-rooming, where they come in with an application on their smart phone. They take a photo of my product and they check prices instantaneously. So we’ve seen quite a move toward that, and as a brick-and-mortar, it’s very frustrating.”

Why we don't buy cable TV set-top boxes

Aug 31, 2015
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

The Federal Communications Commission has released a report from an advisory committee on how to encourage competition in the market for set-top boxes. 

Right now, if you don’t want to rent a cable set-top box from your cable company, you don’t have a lot of options. And it’s kind of a pain. You still need to rent a card from your cable company to run the box. It’s almost like the days when you had to rent your phone from the phone company. 

Marketplace for Monday, August 31, 2015

Aug 31, 2015

Climate change in the state that oil built; Wes Craven's horror legacy; and competition in cable boxes. 

Wes Craven's legacy: Hollywood loves horror

Aug 31, 2015
Mark Garrison and Tony Wagner

Hollywood is remembering horror-movie mastermind Wes Craven, who died Sunday at age 76. The writer and director of 1984’s “Nightmare on Elm Street” helped define the teen slasher genre that he later mocked in the "Scream" films.

That first Freddy Krueger movie broke ground by offering a surreal twist on slasher films, all while establishing Craven as an innovator whose movies made big money on small budgets. With little need for pricey stars or locations, the horror genre’s cost-effectiveness has long made it appealing to Hollywood execs.

Alaska's oil industry struggles amid climate change

Aug 31, 2015
Molly Wood and Scott Tong

President Barack Obama is visiting the state that oil built Monday. He'll spend three days in Alaska focusing on the effects of climate change. A lot of those effects are most pronounced in the arctic and come from burning oil and fossil fuels. However, reducing the use of oil is a hard sell in a state that's so dependent on drilling and transporting it. 

PODCAST: Friendly-ish skies

Aug 31, 2015
Noel King

On today's show, a look ahead to key economic data out this week; more on President's Obama visit to Alaska; and why the skies are more friendly for some travelers over others.

The skies feel very friendly for airlines

Aug 31, 2015
Tracey Samuelson

As an airline representative gives the boarding announcement for passengers who purchased tickets for seats with additional room, Alice Friedman stays seated in the gate area.

She opted not to purchase any of the extras the airlines offered on this flight, a quick hop from New York to Massachusetts. But she has paid for additional space on longer flights to Europe, for example.

Like many travelers, Friedman has heard about the airline industry’s improving bottom line, which can make its push to upsell passengers feel a bit uncomfortable.

At Instagram, it's no longer hip to be square

Aug 28, 2015
Sally Herships

Until now, if you wanted to advertise on Instagram, you were kind of boxed in.

"You needed to receive prior approval from Instagram and have rather lofty budgets in order to be appearing on their platform," says Nate Carter, managing director with eEffective, an ad agency trading desk.

Refugee smuggling is a big, bad business

Aug 28, 2015
Scott Tong

Europe's refugee and migrant crisis appears to be getting worse by the day. In Austria, a truck found full of decomposed bodies is now believed to have held 71 people, including 12 women and children. The police say they were likely refugees from Syria. And an estimated 150 people drowned off the coast of Libya when a boat enroute to Italy sank.

Weekly Wrap: The stock market, oil and Janet Yellen

Aug 28, 2015
Kai Ryssdal

Joining us to talk about the week's business and economic news are Nela Richardson from Redfin and the Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy. The big topics this week: stock market fluctuations, possible peril in China's economy, a 20-percent jump in oil prices and what is Janet Yellen thinking? 

Marketplace for Friday, August 28, 2015

Aug 28, 2015

Another step in the evolution of the 21st century employee; the big, bad business of refugee smuggling; and Instagram's outside-the-box strategy.

How fear plays a role in our finances

Aug 28, 2015
Lizzie O'Leary and Raghu Manavalan

What was your reaction when you first saw the stock market drop earlier this week? Something like this?

Despite all the advice about playing the long game when it comes to the stock market, the first reaction a lot of us have when we see all that red is fear. David Zald is a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University, and it's his job to figure out what fear is and why it makes us do what we do.

China's growing, but not fast enough for some

Aug 28, 2015
Lizzie O'Leary and Raghu Manavalan

Though China is about 6,500 miles away from the U.S., uncertainty in the Chinese economy can create big changes in ours. This past week, big drops in the Shanghai Composite stock index created a mini-panic in our own economy.

Clayton Dube, director of USC's US-China Institute, says China's reach goes beyond the United States, too: 

One photographer, 35 years of campaign history

Aug 28, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Mukta Mohan

Jim Cole has photographed every New Hampshire primary since 1980. He's snapped photos of everyone from George H.W. Bush sticking his head out of an airplane to the Lobsterman who ran for president in 2000. He's back at it this time around for the Associated Press.

On how to get a good shot: