September 15, 2017
In the wake of NASA's most recent mission to Saturn, we're heading out of this world. Spaceships run on several things: fuel, physics and cash. But that last category accounts for a lot of things, like people, equipment, maintenance and time. What’s the breakdown? And what’s the value of the images and info gathered in space? Can we measure it? And, we take a look at why our Social Security numbers are tied to everything and what happens when those nine digits fall into the wrong hands. Plus, when it comes to disasters, should we invest in disaster preparedness or disaster relief? Oh, and we have a special appearance by a fizzy beverage that's making a comeback.
September 8, 2017
Wwe're digging into how the digital world is changing the physical one this week. With hurricanes, flooding and earthquakes all over the headlines, we look at a few digital steps that make a big difference in disaster preparation. Then, how Instagram is pushing restaurant design to new places. Plus, what the end of a federal immigration program means for one person's business life and the most expensive place in the country to give birth.
September 3, 2017
We're handing off the show to Scott Tong and Sarah Gardner for their special coverage of globalization. The idea of more open, global trade has been sold as necessary for economic success. Despite that, we hear calls to “build a wall” and countries like the U.K. make moves to step back from global trading partners. How’d we get here? And can globalization last? We'll also bring you our initial coverage or Hurricane Harvey with stories of what it's like to have water creeping up to your door and where your donated dollar really goes.
August 25, 2017
What if the way our infrastructure is designed could keep us safe from earthquakes, accidents and from terrorism? Lizzie O'Leary looks at the design of U.S. cities with counterterrorism expert Brian Michael Jenkins. Also, ex-Fed economist Bill Nelson talks about the people who are thinking of our financial well-being: the monetary policy leaders meeting at the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium. Plus, a visit to places that inspire us — public libraries! — and how they're changing to meet the needs of the millennial generation that visits them the most. Marketplace Weekend also gets a sneak peak at Marketplace's Trade Off series on globalization with reporter Scott Tong.
August 18, 2017
In the wake of the white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, we dig into the nuances of how businesses handle the First Amendment and their own ethics policies. Plus, a discussion of the case for diversity in business, the question of whether you can bring your kids into the office and the ongoing debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement.
August 11, 2017
The show this week is education themed, and we're looking at stories from all over the country. We consider a landmark case weighing the right to literacy and its value, tax breaks for school supplies, the cost of college and the best gifts to give a new freshman. Parents, students and teachers all share their views in this episode about the value of education in the U.S.
August 4, 2017
We've covered a lot of important stories over the past year. This weekend, we're revisiting some of our favorites. We look back at the key to sonic branding, wedding gift etiquette and the home health aide shortage. Plus, stories about how special investigations work, and a Marketplace Quiz with Eric Andre.
July 28, 2017
We're weighing some silly and serious questions on the show this week. Would you fake an engagement for the wedding-related discounts? Is the payment app Venmo making us rude? What's it like to be a refugee resettling in the U.S.? And can lasers save jeans manufacturers money (and water)? All of this, plus health care and race in banking.
July 21, 2017
Bottled or tap? When it comes to water, Americans are going through a whole lot of plastic. Marketplace Weekend takes a look at the business of selling something you can get for free. Plus, a deep dive into the health insurance business, a discussion of border water and a look at side-hustle nation.
July 14, 2017
We take a deeper look at the true meaning behind the unemployment rate. Who's really unemployed, and how should we talk about it? Plus, what's it like to work remotely while on a trip around the world, a conversation about the social rules that govern the office and a look at how biometrics could change the way we check in at the airport.