Marketplace With Kai Ryssdal



Marketplace® is the leading business news program in the nation. Host Kai Ryssdal and our team of reporters bring you clear explorations of how economic news affects you, through stories, conversations, newsworthy numbers and more. Airing each weekday evening on your local public radio station or on-demand anytime, Marketplace is your liaison between economics and life. Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal is part of the Marketplace portfolio of public radio programs broadcasting nationwide, which additionally includes Marketplace Morning Report®, Marketplace Weekend®, and Marketplace Tech®. Visit for more. From American Public Media. Twitter: @Marketplace


  • The view of this economy from the White House

    13/05/2022 Duración: 27min

    We’ve got Cecilia Rouse, the chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, on the show today to hash out President Joe Biden’s remarks on the economy this week, the past year or so in government relief and who’s ultimately responsible for driving inflation. Before that, we’ll do some postgame analysis of our exclusive interview with Fed Chair Jerome Powell. We’ll also catch you up on the crypto crash and the baby formula shortage. Your donation powers the journalism you rely on. Give today to support Marketplace.

  • Exclusive: Jerome Powell on inflation, soft landings and the Federal Reserve

    12/05/2022 Duración: 27min

    The Senate confirmed Jerome Powell for a second term as chair of the Federal Reserve today. Last week, the Fed announced the biggest interest rate hike in 22 years and its plans for reducing the central bank’s nearly $9 trillion balance sheet, all in an effort to get torrid inflation under control. We sat down with Powell for a long interview about what the Fed can do to engineer a “soft landing” for this economy — and what it can’t. Your donation powers the journalism you rely on. Give today to support Marketplace.

  • Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky on the pandemic and work-from-anywhere

    11/05/2022 Duración: 27min

    At the start of the pandemic, Airbnb lost 80% of its business in about eight weeks. CEO Brian Chesky calls it a near-death experience for his company. On today’s show, we’ll talk with Chesky about where his business is going and why he believes “work from anywhere” is the future. Plus: how consumers are responding to (barely) slowing inflation, what Treasury bond yields have to do with student loans and why the Oakland A’s are playing ball for tiny crowds. Your donation powers the journalism you rely on. Give today to support Marketplace.

  • The inflation rate might go down, but prices might not

    10/05/2022 Duración: 28min

    We’ll get an update on the consumer price index from the government tomorrow. Even if the inflation rate has slowed from its recent 40-year high, don’t expect prices to go down anytime soon. We’ll get you caught up with the economic fundamentals on today’s show. Plus: the trouble with tax holidays, management issues amid peak TV and why wildland firefighters haven’t seen a cent of their raise from last year. Your donation powers the journalism you rely on. Give today to support Marketplace.

  • China’s COVID lockdowns are rippling through the global economy

    09/05/2022 Duración: 28min

    In the early days of the pandemic, China’s “zero-COVID” policy served the country pretty well. But in the omicron era, it’s putting strain on employment, supply chains and the global economy overall. On today’s show, we’ll look into it. Plus: Shein’s ultrafast fashion, Texas’ rolling blackouts and one couple’s money fight that ended up being about so much more. Your donation powers the journalism you rely on. Give today to support Marketplace.

  • The labor market is slowing down, and that’s OK

    06/05/2022 Duración: 27min

    The U.S. economy added 428,000 jobs in April, but there are signs the labor market slowing down a bit. Some economists say that might not be such a bad thing, counterintuitive as it might seem. On today’s show, we’ll explain and break down the rest of this big week in business and economic news. Plus: the start of the WNBA season and a look at the Gathering of Nations powwow. Your donation powers the journalism you rely on. Give today to support Marketplace.

  • What it means when productivity is way down

    05/05/2022 Duración: 27min

    Productivity fell 7.5% in the first quarter, the steepest drop since 1947. On today’s show, we’ll look at what that tells us about the economy as a whole. Plus, the future of medication abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Later in the show, we’ll talk with the president of a community bank about responding to the Fed’s rate hikes. Your donation powers the journalism you rely on. Give today to support Marketplace.

  • A look at the Fed’s long road ahead

    04/05/2022 Duración: 27min

    The Federal Reserve announced a half-percentage-point interest rate hike today. It’s also shrinking its balance sheet in an effort to tame inflation. But supply chain hiccups, inflationary expectations and a potential wage-price spiral complicate the central bank’s job. Today, we dig in. Also on the program: why the Fed might not mind a dip in the stock market, and how overturning Roe v. Wade would ripple out into the economy.

  • Abortion access as an employee benefit?

    03/05/2022 Duración: 26min

    If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, about half the states in the U.S. are expected to ban abortions entirely. It’s a human and political story, but it has economic implications too. Today, we’ll take a look at the companies moving to help their employees access abortion care and who those policies impact most. Plus, an in-depth conversation with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on tariffs, trade and globalization.

  • What’s left of Russia’s economy?

    02/05/2022 Duración: 27min

    Since Russia launched its war in Ukraine, the nation has been pummeled by sanctions, the freezing of assets and the exodus of multinational companies. Inflation is hitting ordinary Russians hard too. Now, with its role as Europe’s energy supplier in question, we do the numbers on Russia’s economy. (Hint: They aren’t pretty.) Plus, companies rethink their borrowing sprees amid rising interest rates and manufacturers look to set up shop in Mexico.

  • Oil producers’ megaprofits stir up calls for windfall tax

    29/04/2022 Duración: 27min

    Exxon Mobil reported quarterly profits of $5.5 billion today, riding the wave of high oil prices prompted by the war in Ukraine, among other factors. The company, a leader in a shareholder-friendly industry, plans to use many of its billions on stock buybacks. Now, environmentalists are pressuring Congress to tax these windfall profits. Plus: Employees see higher pay but less buying power, and we’ll talk recession fears and GDP in the Weekly Wrap.

  • That fall in GDP may not be as bad as it seems

    28/04/2022 Duración: 27min

    U.S. gross domestic product shrank by 1.4% last quarter, but just because the economy’s shrinking doesn’t mean it’s hurting. Today we dive into two big factors — slowed inventory growth and a surge in imports — sinking that calculation. Also on the program: How the NFL draft incentivizes “tanking,” and why the energy crisis could be an opportunity for the energy transition.

  • Just how likely is a “soft landing”?

    27/04/2022 Duración: 27min

    We’ve talked about the Federal Reserve’s tricky balancing act: raise interest rates enough to quell inflation without spurring a recession. That’s often called a “soft landing.” Thing is, it’s hard to do. The Fed’s tried it nine times since 1961 and has succeeded only once. Today, we’ll discuss how soft (or bumpy) the landing may be this time around. Plus: Russia cuts off some gas exports and retirement planning may now include crypto.

  • Demand for mortgages slumps, but it may be a while before prices do the same

    26/04/2022 Duración: 27min

    Home prices? Up. Mortgage rates? Also up. Demand for mortgages? Not so much. Today, we check in with a Los Angeles-based mortgage broker for a deep dive into the cooling of the housing market. Also on the program: Demand for coal sees a (likely temporary) boost, April wildfires underscore the growing costs of the climate crisis and the Pell Grant program is expanded for incarcerated students.

  • What does Elon Musk see in Twitter?

    25/04/2022 Duración: 27min

    Mere days after announcing he wanted to purchase the social network, Elon Musk has reached a deal with Twitter ⁠— a $44 billion buyout. Musk, the world’s wealthiest man, wants to take the company private and change how it moderates content. Is there more to this deal than free speech? We’ll dig in. Plus: Why rising prices impact everyone differently and how companies came to serve shareholders first.

  • The economic fallout of France’s presidential election

    22/04/2022 Duración: 27min

    French voters hit the polls Sunday to decide between incumbent President Emmanuel Macron and hard-right rival Marine Le Pen — known for her pro-Russia, anti-NATO and anti-European Union sentiments. Though Macron leads in the polls, Le Pen has working-class appeal. Today, we’ll get you caught up on the election and its economic consequences. Plus: It’s Earth Day, but supply chains and trade wars are holding the renewables industry back. But first: We’ll hash out tariffs and rate hikes in the Weekly Wrap.

  • The difference 2 years makes

    21/04/2022 Duración: 27min

    Two years ago, 4.2 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits. Last week, that number was 184,000. Nowadays, job seekers can be picky while employers bend over backward to attract and retain workers. Today, we look at the historic strength of this job market. Plus: What’s behind the surge in natural gas prices, what Shanghai’s lockdown feels like nearly four weeks on and how flight attendants in the ’60s helped working women’s rights take off.

  • Power to the … homeowners association?

    20/04/2022 Duración: 27min

    Homeowners associations aren’t just making rules about lawn ornaments and holiday decorations. HOAs are increasingly leveraging their authority to restrict investors from buying up houses to rent. Today, we’ll dive into what that means for wannabe buyers and renters. Also on the program: Consumers stick with pricier brands (for now), inflation complicates infrastructure spending and student debt cancellation could narrow the racial wealth gap.

  • Uncertainty is the only certainty in economic forecasting right now

    19/04/2022 Duración: 28min

    The International Monetary Fund slashed its prediction for global economic growth in 2022. Some big reasons: the war in Ukraine, fallout from sanctions on Russia, and the pandemic. Those factors are complicating the jobs of economic forecasters everywhere. Today, we dig into it. We’ll also revisit those Trump-era tariffs, examine the market for digital voices and check in on the evolving economics of streaming platforms.

  • Get ready for clogged supply chains when China’s COVID lockdowns end

    18/04/2022 Duración: 27min

    China’s strict zero-COVID-19 policy has left workers stuck at home and goods stuck at docks or warehouses. When those measures are lifted, a tidal wave of consumer goods could flood back into American ports, and the burdened supply chain could become congested yet again. We’ll talk about it. Plus: Oil drilling on federal lands provides political drama but little relief, and regulators voice anxiety about stablecoins.

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