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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.

Rob Schmitz

The last time China held a military parade was six years ago, to celebrate the People’s Republic of China’s 6oth birthday. The official title of Thursday's parade is: “Commemoration of 70th anniversary of victory of Chinese people’s resistance against Japanese Aggression and World Anti-Fascist War.”

Polling's 'spectacular disasters'

12 hours ago
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

Former Hewlett-Packard boss Carly Fiorina is expected to make the main GOP debate on September 16, after CNN tweaked its selection criteria. It blamed a lack of recent high-quality polls of the 17 Republicans running for president. That speaks to the disruption in the business of polling, where track records have taken a hit over the past few years.

Gallup predicted that Mitt Romney would win the popular vote by a percentage point in 2012 . In the 2014 midterm elections, some pollsters were surprised by the Republican takeover of Congress.

Migrants vs. refugees, in economic terms

12 hours ago
Molly Wood and Tracey Samuelson

Europe is in the midst of what’s being called a refugee or migrant crisis. Nearly 340,000 people have sought to cross European Union borders since January, including more than 100,000 in July alone.

As European leaders struggle to figure out how to handle this flow of new arrivals, the words “migrants” and “refugees” are often used interchangeably. However, these terms are very different.

Marketplace for Wednesday, September 2, 2015

12 hours ago

A look back at war bonds; CNN's new criteria for main-stage candidates; and how economics define migrants and refugees. 

How the NFL made itself a year-round sport

12 hours ago
Gigi Douban

A movie that won't come out until Christmas got a big headline in the New York Times today. "Concussion" is about the brain damage caused by NFL players' concussions, but the paper reported that Sony softened the script under pressure from the league.

One woman's journey from Syria to Sweden

12 hours ago
James Reynolds

The BBC's James Reynolds followed one woman, Nour, from Syria as she makes the journey to Sweden to seek asylum. Listen to Reynolds' story on the audio player above.

Lego's tiny bricks are bringing in huge profits

13 hours ago
Tony Wagner

For Lego A/S, everything is, in fact, awesome.

PODCAST: Waiting at Wal-Mart

22 hours ago
Noel King

On today's show, we'll talk about job growth in August; Wal-Mart's attempts to reinvent; and selling bonds during wartime to support U.S. efforts.

Nancy Marshall-Genzer

Airing on Wednesday, September 2, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about the victory for Uber drivers in court; how nixing the Iran nuclear deal could undermine the dollar's status in the global economy; and the stranglehold Universities often have over their own branding.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, September 2, 2015

23 hours ago

Airing on Wednesday, September 2, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about the impact of China’s slow down on electronic parts makers, and Katie Notopoulos of Buzzfeed joins us to talk about "Duck Army."

Using colleges' names? They're looking for you.

23 hours ago
Gigi Douban

It’s that time of year again — college students are back on campus. It’s also the busy season for college- and university- licensed merchandise, from hoodies to umbrellas. The collegiate merchandise market takes in $4.6 billion in annual sales. That’s up from $2.9 billion 10 years ago. And the revenue from those licenses is fiercely protected. 

Why buy water when you can have it for free?

Sep 1, 2015
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

Sep 1, 2015
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

Sep 1, 2015

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

Migrant crisis challenging EU identity

Sep 1, 2015
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

Sep 1, 2015
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. 

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

Sep 1, 2015
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

Sep 1, 2015
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.  


Click the media player above to hear the full story.

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.”

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.