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With in-depth focus on the latest business news both nationally and internationally, the global economy, and wider events linked to the financial markets, Marketplace is timely, relevant and accessible coverage of business, economics and personal finance.



When a city becomes a tech hub, it usually also becomes a bubble: a housing bubble, a pay bubble and an industry bubble, to name a few. The tech world talks about these bubbles like they’re inevitable. But what if they aren't? Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks to Seattle-based Glenn Kelman, who is the CEO of the real estate site Redfin, about tech employees’ stock payouts and how reporting them properly could distribute wealth more evenly throughout the country.

Bridgewater Associates is the biggest private hedge fund in the world. It's balance sheet is imposing and so is its corporate culture. Over the years, founder Ray Dalio and team have worked out algorithms for feedback in which investment strategies and management decisions are openly questioned, pressure tested and revised. Employees rate each other in real-time, electronically, during meetings.

09/19/2017: Trouble in Toyland

8 hours ago

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service ... Toys R Us, the largest U.S. toy chain, has filed for bankruptcy protection. We’ll explain what it means for the retailer’s global stores and the future of bricks-and-mortar toy selling. Afterwards, we’ll chat about how the People’s Bank of China’s consideration to open its capital markets to foreigners could be a negotiating tactic with the U.S. Then, ahead of this weekend’s elections, we’ll take you to a city in east Germany that is struggling to compete with the capital might of the western part of the country.

Are stock payouts linked to high housing prices?

8 hours ago

When a city becomes a tech hub, it usually also becomes a bubble: a housing bubble, a pay bubble and an industry bubble, to name a few. The tech world talks about these bubbles like they’re inevitable. But what if they weren’t?

Rolling Stone sale reflects magazines’ challenges

21 hours ago

If the Federal Reserve has an institutional opposite, it just might be Rolling Stone. This is the magazine that famously published writers like Hunter S. Thompson and more recently declared Goldman Sachs to be a “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity.” Today there is news that the magazine, started by Jann Wenner 50 years ago with $7,500 of borrowed money, is for sale. Anyone want to buy a magazine? 

09/18/2017: Where hate finds a home online

22 hours ago

Washington is getting all hot and bothered about health care again, but we're gonna keep our eye on the ball and start our show with the Fed, which is meeting this week. There's going to be a tea leaf reading, and some dot plot reading too. Then: We've been reporting a lot lately on hate groups and where they find homes online. Since Charlottesville, there's been more awareness of these groups, and they've been expelled from a lot of services, but that hasn't stopped other businesses from filling in the gap.

Hate groups sidestep Big Tech

22 hours ago

In the weeks since the violent clashes between white supremacists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, many hate groups have found themselves no longer welcome on some major tech platforms. Facebook, Google and Cloudflare have all refused to offer basic hosting or social media services to them. So have some crowdfunding and payments transfer platforms, including Paypal.

Other platforms, however, are filling in the gap.

How the Equifax hack could have been avoided

23 hours ago

There are a whole bunch of questions to ask about the Equifax hack, as we've been pointing out the past week or so. An important one, which comes with the news that the company's chief security officer and chief information officer are out, is this: What did Equifax know and when did it know it? 

(Markets Edition) We've said it before, and we'll say it again: the stock market is not the economy. The S&P 500 closed at an all-time high on Friday, and it's up this morning, along with the Dow and Nasdaq. But economist Julia Coronado, founder of Macropolicy Perspectives, joined us to discuss how these trends don't mean the economy is equally booming. Afterwards, we'll look at the Senate's scheduled vote on a bill that lays out America's spending priorities. One of them: countering threats from North Korea.

Using stories to teach economics

Sep 18, 2017

If you studied economics, was the material you worked with ancient — almost as if it were printed on papyrus?

The teaching methods for economics can be outdated. Well, now an international consortium of experts has come up with a fresh way to teach the subject, and you don't even have to go to college to explore it. CORE, or the Curriculum in Open-access Resources in Economics, is an interactive ebook that illustrates economic concepts with real-life examples.

While the ultimate fate of DACA recipients remains unclear, thousands of young people are now rushing to renew their applications before the deadline in early October. However, the cost is $495, which may be reach for many people working low-wage jobs. One answer: crowdfunding.

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The Senate is voting on military spending with a wary eye on North Korea as the country continues to test missiles over Japan.

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09/18/2017: Facebook hands over some records

Sep 18, 2017

(U.S. Edition) Boeing is accusing the Canadian company Bombardier of selling its planes too cheaply, and wants the U.S. government to impose tariffs on them. We'll discuss why this is a problem for both Canada and the U.K. Afterwards, we'll talk about Facebook's decision to turn over records of ads purchased by Russian-linked accounts to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. And finally, we'll look at how one ebook-based course is trying to change the way students learn about economics. 

First, a confession. I make no secret of my love of all things space. I read space sci-fi; I eagerly consume movies and TV set in space (no matter the quality, sometimes); I occasionally cry when anthropomorphized little Mars rovers die all alone on the windy red planet. That kind of thing.

When we think space, we often think about observation — watching the skies and figuring out what’s out there. But some people are already thinking about how to put the assets up in space to good use. One way to do that? Asteroid mining. It may sound like science fiction, but established companies such as Caterpillar and startups such as Planetary Resources are putting real money into it. Our two resident space nerds, Molly Wood and Kimberly Adams, talk about this to kick off our series looking at the economics of outer space.