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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.

Playlist

March 31, 2015

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

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

13 hours ago
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

13 hours ago
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What makes a land of opportunity

17 hours ago
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

19 hours ago
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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Sam Beard

A beautiful new friendship appeared to blossom in Moscow today between two embattled leaders. Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras held his first official meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Both clearly hoped they might be able help each other in their time of need.

Putin wants to snag at least one "no" vote when the European Union meets this summer to consider renewing sanctions against Russia over Ukraine. The sanctions have to be approved unanimously, so one negative vote would terminate the measure and bring Russia some much needed economic relief.

ESPN doubles as the Grinch

Apr 8, 2015
Kai Ryssdal

Twelve-year-old Sam Holtz of Hawthorne Woods, Ill., tied for first place in ESPN's March Madness basketball bracket.

That's tied for first, out of 11.5 million brackets. ESPN awards the prize through a random draw of brackets that were among the top 1 percent in the contest.

But Holtz won't be allowed to enter for the $20,000 gift card or trip to Hawaii, because the rules say you must be 18 to enter.

PODCAST: Death and taxes and more

Apr 8, 2015
David Brancaccio

Shell is buying a company once called British Gas for just under $70 billion. BG Group is a major supplier of liquified gas to North America, but it also increases Royal Dutch Shell's crude oil portfolio by nearly 20 percent. More on that. Let's turn to Chicago where we find  Lindsey Piegza, Chief Economist, Managing Director at Sterne Agee, to check some dominant themes in markets and the economy this morning. Plus, we read a little e-book called "As Certain as Death: Quotations About Taxes" days before the big filing day. 

Starting on September 22, American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report will be featured daily as part of Morning Edition, broadening the reach of this robust business segment.