02/16/2018: Money, ethics and emojis
February 16, 2018
This week: A story about the financial holdings of the Trump administration, our national ethics laws and whether these things matter. Plus, what the gender wage gap sounds like, a chat with the designer of Michelle Obama’s portrait dress and a story about how advertisers track every emoji we use. Also, why we should all care about the country’s debt.
02/09/2018: Work spouses, streaming music and chocolate
February 8, 2018
On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, Lizzie O’Leary speaks with Jill Schlesinger, Michael Batnick and Julia Coronado in a special roundtable on the stock market. Plus, what it means to have a work spouse, a story about the economics of streaming music and a look at how chocolate is made, from bean to bar. And Alison Green returns for Weekend's Ask A Manager segment to discuss what to do when a colleague is on your last nerve.
02/02/18: Immigration, ideas and ice cream
February 2, 2018
This week, we take on three of the most important I's in life: immigration, ideas and, of course, ice cream. We dive into an online program businesses use to check someone's immigration status and look at its successes and pitfalls. Plus, ever wondered what it takes to patent an idea? We try to do just that with a dog translator. Also, we speak with a Ben & Jerry's "flavor guru" about working as an ice cream taste tester (dreams can come true). And a farewell to Janet Yellen, with a look at her legacy and the path she paved for female economists.
01/26/2018: Immigration, education and the Divided Decade
January 26, 2018
On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, proposed immigration policy, a discussion about funding schools based on poverty rates and a visit to Montecito after fires and mudslides. Plus, new stories from Marketplace's new Divided Decade coverage and five things you need to know about the Super Bowl. Imagine Dragons takes the Marketplace Quiz.
01/19/2018: One year of President Trump
January 19, 2018
On the verge of a government shutdown, we ask: What happens to federal contractors in the event of a government shutdown? And how would bond markets react? Also on the show this week, three mayors from very different cities reflect on what's changed during the first year of the Trump presidency. Plus, a conversation about regulations, a look at smart flu tracking and an examination of dual-enrollment education.
01/12/2018: Food deserts and winemaking
January 12, 2018
On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, a look at the role grocery store real estate deals have in creating food deserts. Plus, Ask a Manager's Alison Green on how to quit your job without burning bridges, a look at hacking the Winter Olympics and a story about how to become a winemaker.
01/05/2018: The industry of wellness
January 5, 2018
This week we dive into the industry that wants to make the better version of you. From workout routines to diets to therapy apps to food fads, the market has been flooded with wellness products. But have they actually changed the way we feel or the money we spend on health needs? And who has access? Those are the questions on our minds this week. We look at how the term wellness has evolved, why it's so hard to find mental health services that take insurance and apps that want to make you fit. Plus, food crazes, food deserts and the economics behind eating healthy.
12/29/17: The stories you "liked" the most
December 22, 2017
This week, the stories Weekend listeners engaged with the most. You yelled at them, you talked about them, you tweeted them and you "liked" them. We take a look back at a range of stories, including why we've fallen out of love with chain restaurants, America's coal miners and stories of living on minimum wage across the country. We also sit down with a diverse group of experts to talk about the massive cultural changes happening around workplace sexual harassment.
12/22/17: How do you put a price on nostalgia?
December 22, 2017
The past sells. There's no doubt about it. This week we're diving into what that means for consumerism, as the holidays approach, and throughout the year, too. We take a look at how that plays out for independent toy stores, the vintage band T-shirt market and the film and TV industry. Plus, the real cost of fake snow and what determines a fad for the toy industry. Also, Congress's quick moves this week -- the new tax bill and funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program.
12/15/17: Net neutrality, bitcoins and our autonomous future
December 15, 2017
As technology changes, so do our daily lives — whether it's the places we go on the internet, how we pay for goods or how we get from point A to point B. On this week's show we dive into the future of the internet now that the Federal Communications Commission has rolled back net neutrality, take a look at mental health following disaster and touch on the opioid epidemic. Then, the five questions you always wondered, but were too nervous to ask, about bitcoin. Also, could driverless technology transform how we think about wheelchairs? Plus, Ask A Manager's Alison Green is back with the secrets to navigating the office holiday party, and all the etiquette involved.