Truckers, negotiators and powerful soccer moguls
June 15, 2018
Did you know there's a shortage of truck drivers? What that means for them and for the prices of products we buy. Plus, after a week of negotiations between world leaders, we take a dive into what it takes to be good at diplomacy. Then, futboool!!! The World Cup just started. It's arguably the biggest sporting event in the world — and a multibillion-dollar business that's rife with corruption. How U.S. prosecutors finally caught corrupt FIFA leaders, and what it means for the future of the sport. (06/15/2018)
Graduating into the economy
June 8, 2018
We're diving into the economics of being a recent grad this week, from building credit, to finding the right job, to saving for a home (or simply paying the rent). Also, Marketplace staff lay out the graduation advice they wish they received but never got. And we look into just why "Pomp and Circumstance" is at every graduation. Plus, Linda Cardellini of "Freaks and Geeks" takes the Marketplace Quiz. (06/08/2017)
Women bandits, language bias and ... yep, those tariffs
June 1, 2018
We take a dive into the history and psychology of women robbers, the ones out there in the real world and also the ones on the big screen in the form of "Ocean's 8," which hits theaters this month. We sat down with Olivia Milch, the film's co-writer and co-producer, to ask what's up with all the remakes and what it will take for women to have their own original blockbusters. Also, how new tariffs affect the U.S.'s credibility with our trading partners, biased language in job listings and a story of solar power in Puerto Rico. Plus, what is FIFA's role in promoting LGBT rights as the World Cup heads to Russia this month? (06/01/2018)
Bias, feral hogs and ancient money
May 25, 2018
Want to know why you've been getting bogged down with terms-of-service emails from companies, how to tell if bias trainings work or how entrepreneurs learn the business of, well, business? We dive into all of that on this week's show. Plus, the surprising ancient origins of the word "economics." And why hunting feral hogs has become an aerial activity in Texas.
Trade Off Revisited: Stories of tariffs, trade and globalization
May 18, 2018
Globalization has been touted as this inevitable, unstoppable force. But as the U.S., China and other major economies flex their muscles over trade, is this assumption all wrong?America has a long history of global trade and a varied one. Our economy has swung widely from protecting our very first industries with subsidies and imports to brokering global deals that open borders and lift trade barriers. It's not pure economics that dictates our trade relationships; it's politics and social context, too. Who’s gained from open borders and who's lost? Who are tariffs designed to protect, and have they worked? Trade Off offers stories of work, reward and American attitudes toward the rest of the world. Scott Tong and Sarah Gardner explore the topic across time and geography, from America's first industrial park in New Jersey — envisioned by Alexander Hamilton — to a growing community of tech workers from India in Kansas City.
05/11/2018: Sports bets, romance novels and tech in the public sector
May 11, 2018
Why is it harder for the government to innovate in the tech world than for the private sector? We ask a former White House tech expert. Plus, the U.S. Supreme Court is about to rule on sports betting. And booksellers and authors in the romance novel industry are pushing for more diverse representation in the traditional publishing world.
05/04/2018: Luck, law, large trade fairs — and lots of allergies
May 4, 2018
How much of our lives do we actually control? We dive into that question this week and look at seasonal allergies and their financial burden, how one writer got more than lucky at poker and landed in the big bucks, and a peek behind the scenes at who really makes rules for what happens on the internet. Plus, how import and export businesses adapt to the threats of tariffs, and how one police department uses mindfulness to address concerns around aggression in its ranks.
04/27/2018: Return to Puerto Rico
April 27, 2018
Seven months after Hurricane Maria, life in Puerto Rico is still in the midst of rebuilding. We went back to the island and found two distinct Puerto Ricos — people still seeking recovery assistance and people seeing Maria's aftermath as opportunity to transform the island. We explore school closures, issues in housing and we check in with people we met just after the storm hit. Plus, a look at a west Texas community where oil production has tripled in the past five years. And, Ask a Manager's Alison Green tells us how to navigate clueless colleagues, lunch-stealing bosses and the rest of your life at work.
04/20/2018: Financial advice, food deserts, and puppies
April 20, 2018
The Marketplace Weekend team was out reporting in Puerto Rico this week. But before she left, Lizzie O'Leary talked to John Schwartz of the New York Times about how he got his financial life in order. Plus, we bring you some of our favorite stories from the past year: what makes a food desert, how supply and demand works with rescue puppies, and what to do about a water source that crosses under the U.S.-Mexico border.
04/13/2018: Welfare, tax day and how to be an umpire
April 13, 2018
What happens when welfare is tied to work? We discuss the issue with experts. Plus, a primer on Russian internet usage, the questions your accountant gets the most (and answers, too) and a look at the ins and outs of being a major league umpire.