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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.

North Korea's underground capitalism

13 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal and Brian Ronaghan

The BBC's Steve Evans recently visited North Korea and wrote about the changes he saw in the country and its people. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal sat down to talk about what he encountered. 

Click the above audio player to hear the full interview. 


Kim Adams

Adele’s new album “25” debuted at No. 1 with the most sales in a week since Nielsen began tracking point-of-sale purchases back in 1991.

People in the music industry are certainly excited, but the marketing machine that is Adele might not work for all artists. Adele is an anomaly, said Cara Duckworth Weiblinger of the Recording Industry Association of America

Got an invention? Head to your regional patent office

14 hours ago
Lauren Silverman

For the first time since it opened in 1790, the United States Patent and Trademark Office is expanding outside of Washington, D.C. The agency – which has a team of more than 8,000 patent examiners – has established regional offices in four cities across the United States, including Dallas.

For many inventors, it’s magical when an idea becomes a number. For Dallas entrepreneur, Peter Bastawros, the number was 9138638. And the idea? Bring technology to the very traditional game of golf. 

Marketplace for Monday, November 30, 2015

14 hours ago

World leaders and billionaires commit to clean energy at the U.N. climate change summit; China joins the "grown-ups table" at the IMF; and how Adele's record-breaking album is defying market trends in the music industry.

China's currency joins the IMF's elite

16 hours ago
Mark Garrison

China’s renminbi will sit alongside the currencies of America, the European Union, Japan and Britain in the International Monetary Fund’s basket of currencies. This is something China has wanted for a while and it has been making some changes to get it in recent years. Monday’s move by the IMF puts a new spotlight on lingering shortcomings in the openness and transparency of China’s financial system, while raising questions as to how much this move can really change things.

A neighborhood divided over housing

16 hours ago
Noel King

New Orleans East is not the French Quarter or Treme. It's the suburbs, a 30-minute drive from the city's attractions. It includes high- and low-income neighborhoods.

The stately brick houses along Lake Willow Drive in New Orleans East have pools and lake views and landscaped lawns.

A high fence separates the homes from a 263-unit apartment complex called The Willows.

Scott Tong

On the first day of the 2015 climate summit in Paris, nearly 50 heads of state and billionaire entrepreneurs gathered to announce a joint push for an energy breakthrough. They pledged tens of billions of dollars in investments to push low-carbon technologies out of the lab and into the market.

The investments target an early stage in energy technologies. The stage where money runs out.

Kai Ryssdal

This final note on the way out today in which Barack Obama realizes he's maybe not the most powerful man in the world.

There are so many world leaders at the climate talks in Paris that each of them got just three — count 'em — three minutes to give their speeches.

Chinese President Xi Jinping stuck to his time limit. So did Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany. Even Russian President Vladimir Putin stuck to his three minutes.

Obama though...well, just watch.

Comcast data caps make life for deaf difficult

17 hours ago
White Williams

It’s hard to find a Comcast Internet customer who doesn’t loathe the idea of the company’s forthcoming data usage limits, but usage caps may prove particularly painful to one group: the deaf and hard of hearing.

Comcast’s data usage caps for its Internet customers will expand to eight more cities Tuesday. The caps limit users to 300 GB of data monthly, with the alternative of facing fines or paying a steeper rate to get unlimited access.

Considering China's currency for reserve status

Nov 30, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about why we need to keep an eye on the 10-year treasury yield; more on the IMF's decision on whether or not to include China's currency in its list of its official reserve currencies; and communities designed to help people with dementia.

Andy Uhler

Puerto Rican government officials don't think the commonwealth can make the payment of $354 million, because it needs the money to keep vital institutions like schools and government agencies running. 

Over the past year, Puerto Rico has been no stranger to dealing with creditors. The island defaulted on a debt payment of almost $60 million in August. That marked the first default in the island's history. That was bad. Ted Hampton, Credit Officer at Moody's, said missing this deadline could be worse. 


Airing on Monday, November 30, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about the big climate change conference in Paris; and a visit to a props house in Hollywood, which is trying to attract films back to California.

New life for a Hollywood prop house

Nov 30, 2015
Adrienne Hill

Louisiana, Georgia, New York, and Canada have, in recent years, grabbed a lot of film and television production that was once done in the Los Angeles area.

But, California is fighting back. The state tripled its tax incentives in an effort to help keep the work. It's offering millions to shows to come back to Hollywood, and millions to big budget films.

And the money seems to be paying off.

We recently toured 20th Century Props, a Southern California prop house that recently reopened its doors. 

How Minnesota's supporting people with Alzheimer's

Nov 30, 2015
Catharine Richert

With the annual number of new cases of Alzheimer’s and dementia-related diseases expected to double by mid-century, Paynesville is among a handful of Minnesota towns striving to be dementia-friendly for its aging population.

Minnesota has a long tradition of taking the needs of the elderly seriously. In fact, Paynesville takes those needs so seriously, it greets visitors with a billboard announcing that it’s a dementia-friendly community. Programs offer shopping assistance at the local grocery store, education for first responders and training for local businesses.

Marketplace Tech for Monday, November 30, 2015

Nov 30, 2015

Airing on Monday, November 30, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about Cyber Monday sales; how consumers are using apps for shopping; and if innovation is outpacing regulation in the sharing economy.

New York City menus get salted with sodium symbols

Nov 29, 2015
Marketplace staff


That's the recommended daily limit of milligrams of sodium a person should ingest. And starting Monday, New York City restaurants will be required to display a special symbol next to dishes that have more than that amount. As the Associated Press reports, it's estimated that the new rule applies to 10 percent of items at chain restaurants with at least 15 outlets nationwide.

$354 million

Paris conference could be turning point, says Obama

Nov 29, 2015
Marketplace staff

From our partners at the BBC:

President Barack Obama has said the UN climate conference in Paris could be a "turning point" in global efforts to limit future temperature rises.

Negotiators from 195 countries will try to reach a deal within two weeks aimed at reducing global carbon emissions and limiting global warming to 2C (3.6F).

Leaders from 147 nations are addressing the meeting, known as COP21.

Viewmaster goes VR

Nov 27, 2015
Molly Wood

This Black Friday, everything old is new again.

Remember the Mattel Viewmaster from your childhood?

You'd put those round little picture reels in it, and click through to see 3-D images of animals and the pyramids in Egypt and all sorts of cool places and things. It debuted in 1939, at the World's Fair, and you could argue it was kind of a very early virtual reality viewer.

Molly Wood

Joining us to talk about the week's business and economic news are Catherine Rampell from the Washington Post and Felix Salmon from Fusion. The big topic this week: what's the state of Black Friday in 2015, and should retailers be concerned? Plus, we look at Pfizer's latest attempt at a corporate inversion.

Sunday nights aren't what they used to be

Nov 27, 2015
Beth Teitell

Until now, Sunday had held its own in our shifting world. Never mind that Thursday has been declared the new Friday, and Cyber Monday is the new Black Friday, and Christmas starts in October, and TV shows premiere in summer and schools begin in August.

Sunday night was Sunday night. Only the doctors and drug dealers were on call. But now we’re all on duty all the time, and that includes Sunday night—which has turned into the new Monday morning.

D Gorenstein

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 86 million American adults have prediabetes, and of those, as many as a third will become diabetics within five years.

Beginning January 1, 2015, virtually all private insurers must cover services — with no copay — that help people with elevated blood sugar levels change their diets and increase their physical activity.

Health officials hope the change in coverage will drive down diabetes rates.

New law updates guidelines for space industry

Nov 27, 2015
Molly Wood and Kim Adams

Before heading off for Europe this week for climate change talks, President Obama signed a several bills into law.

Marketplace for Friday, November 27, 2015

Nov 27, 2015

The month or so between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is huge for charities. But when you make a year-end donations, you could be contributing personal information to marketers too. Plus, new guidelines for the commercial space industry and LAX's new terminal for the rich and famous.

Data sharing generates revenue for some charities

Nov 27, 2015
Annie Baxter

Americans making their year-end contributions to charities might be surprised to learn their information might be shared, especially if they're small-time contributors.

“It's going to cost a lot of money to kind of move you through the funnel to be a more high-end, committed donor,” said Sandra Miniutti with the watchdog group Charity Navigator. “So a quick way for them to generate some additional revenue off of you is to sell your personal information.”

Noel King

The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will soon have a new terminal, but it's not for regular folks. It's for celebrities, diplomats and wealthy travelers who are willing to spend bucks for their own lounge, security lines and the ability to avoid the rest of the flying public.

We thought travelers might find this unfair, but a quick trip out to LAX proved us wrong. Most people said they were fine with it, as long as it wasn't being built with their tax dollars.

Millennials don't take a gamble

Nov 27, 2015
Noel King

On today's show, retailers attempt to keep up with our online ordering habits; why millennials don't like to gamble; and we have a profile of a Congolese surgeon who had to wait six years to receive asylum in the U.S.

Fear Fast Fashion

Nov 27, 2015
Sabri Ben-Achour and Tim Fernholz

This week, Actuality slips into some fast fashion and learns how it pushes your brain's buttons to make you buy. But the trick means hiding the true cost of the clothes — including some surprisingly bad news for the environment. Plus, bitter cats.

Marketplace Tech for Friday, November 27, 2015

Nov 27, 2015

Airing on Friday, November 27, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about if the infrastructure around online ordering is in place to handle the anticipated volume; how Black Friday shopping habits have evolved in the digital age; and more on the dark web from our Codebreaker podcast.


Airing on Friday, November 27, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk a huge drop in Asian markets; retailers eyeing China this holiday season; and a seven acre patch of land in City Park that brings young together to farm.

Like Angry Birds, but for money

Nov 27, 2015
Sally Herships

Millennials like going to Vegas. After all, indulgence looks awesome on Instagram. And the food is #gr8. 

"There’s obviously a ton of experiences there, lots of things they can broadcast," said MaryLeigh Bliss, chief content officer with YPulse, a youth marketing research firm.

"But gambling is a huge issue," she said. "Right now the casino industry is literally throwing out there anything that they can to appeal to millennials and what they like."