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What's happening on Wall Street? When did old-fashioned "firing" become "downsizing"? And what motivates a 16-year-old grocery clerk in Illinois to invest in a stock portfolio? Hear these and other financial items. Marketplace is not only about money and business, but about people, local economies and the world — and what it all means to us. The only national daily business news program originating from the West Coast, Marketplace has four domestic bureaus—in New York, Miami, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, plus international bureaus in London and Beijing.

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Last updated: Tuesday, August 04 2015 10:20 PM

08-03-15 - Marketplace - A new way of bundling

Monday, August 03 2015 10:00 PM

The word of the day today? De-carbonization. Look it up if you don't believe us. And, AT&T and DirecTV's recently announced TV and mobile phone service bundle could change the way cable companies do business. 

07-31-15 - Marketplace - SoulCycle files for IPO

Friday, July 31 2015 10:00 PM

Airing on Friday, July 31, 2015: Have you gotten a raise lately? The Federal Reserve is interested. And boutique studio SoulCycle pedals hard toward an IPO.  

07-30-15 - Marketplace - Occupational Licensing

Thursday, July 30 2015 10:00 PM

Airing on Thursday, July 30, 2015: The unregulated industry of occupational licensing and tech's survival of the biggest.

07-29-15 - Marketplace - Drone Highway

Wednesday, July 29 2015 10:00 PM

Airing on Wednesday, July 29, 2015: Amazon plans a drone highway, a trade report from the tropics and Tom Cruise hangs off a plane.

07-28-15 - Marketplace - Unfeeling Fed

Tuesday, July 28 2015 10:00 PM

Airing on Tuesday, July 28, 2015:  A key measure of consumer confidence is out today. The Fed is meeting Tuesday It doesn’t care how we feel about the economy. Fed decisions are all about the data. Why don’t our feelings matter? And should they? Marketplace explores. Plus, Volkswagen reached its goal: for the first half of 2015, it was the biggest car-maker in the world. What’s the value of being no.1 and how did Volkswagen get there? Marketplace explores. 

07-27-15 - Marketplace - Funding fantasy sports

Monday, July 27 2015 10:00 PM

Airing on Monday, July 27, 2015: The fantasy sports website DraftKings has raised $300 million in new funding. Investing in these virtual leagues is becoming a way for TV sports networks to cash in on live programming and expand their footprint. Plus, the tech startup boom has come to cities like Venice and Santa Monica in what's come to be called Silicon Beach. We look at what the Southern California tech world has to offer. 

07-24-15 - Marketplace - Amazon Expectations

Friday, July 24 2015 10:00 PM

Airing on Friday, July 24, 2015:  Amazon reported earnings yesterday, and its stock price soared. Today it has a market value very similar to that of Wal-Mart. Yet Amazon’s quarterly profit was only a fraction of Wal-Mart's. How can that be? Marketplace explores. Plus, lots of people on the parched West Coast are hoping that predictions of a strong El Niño this winter will prove correct, because a season of hard rain is needed. Others remember El Niño as just that — a season of hard rain — and are concerned about a winter of floods and mudslides.  

07-23-15 - Marketplace - Hospitals and insurers vie for supremacy

Thursday, July 23 2015 10:00 PM

Airing on Thursday, July 23, 2015: Health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna are closing in on a $48 billion merger, just days after Aetna announced plans to acquire Humana for $37 billion. These deals could help insurers navigate the changes brought about by healthcare reform, but how will they affect consumers? Next, it's not easy doing business in China these days, with the stock market and property values falling. U.S. companies are having to adapt to a more mature Chinese economy.  

07-22-15 - Marketplace - California's broken gas market

Wednesday, July 22 2015 10:00 PM

Airing on Wednesday, July 22, 2015: Global oil prices are half what they were a year ago, but you’d never know it in California, where regular gas is $4.50 a gallon. We explain California’s broken market, where special requirements for anti-smog gas blends limits the state to gas refined locally, and environmental  pressure has limited the number of refineries.  Next: "I am Cait," premieres this Sunday. The docu-series that chronicles former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner's transformation into the female Caitlyn promises to be a ratings blockbuster for the E! Network. Where would E! be without the Kardashians? Marketplace explores. 

07-21-15 - Marketplace - Rural Matchmaking

Tuesday, July 21 2015 10:00 PM

Airing on Tuesday, July 21, 2015: Rural states have a lot of jobs, but don't have the skilled or professional workers to fill them. That's why states like Wyoming, South Dakota and Idaho have recently started their own Tinder of sorts —job-matchmaking programs to try and convince their expats to come back home. Next: Gold prices have hit a five-year low. What's been causing the drop? Marketplace explores.     

07-20-15 - Marketplace - PayPal goes public

Monday, July 20 2015 10:00 PM

Airing on Monday, July 20, 2015: The good news for Greece is that it got a bridge loan from its European partners last week. The bad news: Athens is sending that money right back out the door to pay off debts owed to the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Almost none of it will go into jump-starting its economy. It's a lot like a patient that gets a blood transfusion, only to have the blood leak out of a gaping wound. Next: PayPal goes public today. We take a look at the mobile payment business, how PayPal plans to compete going forward and who’s circling: Hint: Apple and Amazon.

07-17-15 - Marketplace - Ad Opt-Out

Friday, July 17 2015 10:00 PM

Airing on Friday, July 17, 2015: Housing starts jumped in June, led by a 29 percent increase in apartment and condo construction. That creates fewer jobs than the single-family house market, but these monthly numbers are also highly volatile. Next: Word is that Hulu will go to a two-tiered structure of free with ads — or no ads for a fee. It's just the latest service to offer what will likely be to the luxury crowd a way to bypass advertisers. If this really picks up steam, what will advertisers do when big spenders are out of reach? Marketplace explores. 

07-16-15 - Marketplace - Samsung Prepares For Merger Vote

Thursday, July 16 2015 10:00 PM

Airing on Thursday, July 16, 2015: Canada weathered the financial crisis better than most countries, but it also went all in on oil production. So now that oil prices have fallen by half, the economy is also falling, and Canada is in recession. Plus: There's a serious challenge to the all-powerful family that controls Samsung. An American hedge fund is fighting for a merger it calls a bad deal for shareholders. Samsung is pulling out all the stops to win the vote, which happens Thursday night. 

07-15-15 - Marketplace - IMF Calling for Greece Debt Relief

Wednesday, July 15 2015 10:00 PM

Airing on Friday, July 15, 2015: The International Monetary Fund says it won't support a Greek deal that doesn't include debt relief. We explain how debt relief works, and why it is a) so central to this issue, and b) so contentious, both economically and politically. Next: the Department of Labor has waded into the ongoing fight over what types of workers should be considered employees in the sharing economy. Though the guidance is not a formal change in policy, a 15-page memo says the definition of employee isn’t quite as narrow as some firms might prefer.

07-14-15 - Marketplace - The Future of Greece and Iran

Tuesday, July 14 2015 10:00 PM

Airing on Tuesday, July 14, 2015: From Athens, Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal talks to Nick Voglis, a sandwich-shop owner, about the changes to his business and life wrought by the Greek debt crisis. Plus, on the day a deal is announced with Iran, we look at one aspect of the untapped potential it presents: its people. Demographics are on Iran’s side right now. Iran has a young, educated, mostly middle-class population — what opportunities does this offer the country? What does it offer U.S. and other international companies wanting to do business there? We explore. 

07-13-15 - Marketplace - Live from Athens

Monday, July 13 2015 10:00 PM

Airing on Monday, July 13, 2015: Marketplace is reporting to you live from Greece, where we explore the details of the Greek bailout and talk to citizens about their struggles coping with the country's debt crisis. Plus: A look at Greece's currency woes. When it was introduced, the euro was a uniting force in Europe — a currency shared across borders. But it has morphed into a weapon, perhaps one just as powerful as any used in centuries’ worth of European battles. Not only has the shared currency kept Greece from offsetting fiscal austerity with easy money policies, but the euro has also backed Greece into a corner; it needs to meet European demands or it will run out of currency. 

07-10-15 - Marketplace - Men's Fashion Week

Friday, July 10 2015 09:44 PM

Airing on Friday, July 10, 2015: Following the hack at the Office of Personnel Management, we look at the state of the Social Security number: our lives are organized around it, but having one number for many purposes also creates a big red target for hackers. And the more these numbers are hacked, the less secure they are. Will your Social Security number still be the ultimate way to prove your identity going forward? Marketplace explores. Plus: Medicare is changing the way it pays for two of the most common medical procedures in the nation: hip and knee replacements. Right now, the cost and quality of those replacements are all over the map. One proposed solution is to bundle the payment — that is, give providers one pot of money to manage costs all the way from prep to surgery to discharge. We unbundle what this means.

07-09-15 - Marketplace - Early Movie Releases

Thursday, July 09 2015 10:00 PM

Airing on Thursday, July 9, 2015: When asked how they want to die, most Americans say at home, surrounded by loved ones. But most Americans die in hospitals, intensive care units or nursing homes. That’s one of the reasons why Medicare’s decision to reimburse doctors for conversations with patients about end-of-life care is so significant. We look at what that will mean for the broader medical landscape, and what it means for doctors and patients. Next: Paramount Pictures is attempting to shorten the window between a movie’s theatrical release date and its availability on home entertainment platforms. It will give theater chains Cineplex and AMC a cut of the revenue it makes from early release sales.           

07-08-15 - Marketplace - Helium Reserve

Wednesday, July 08 2015 09:55 PM

Airing on Wednesday, July 8, 2015: The government has maintained a stockpile of helium for about 80 years now. And it’s the subject of a hearing on Capitol Hill today, following an audit critical of the reserve in April. We look at why the government is in this business and the applications for helium. Next: Dungeness crab is one of the most valuable fisheries on the West Coast, worth close to $300 million annually. But crabbers have been idle for weeks because an algae bloom is having a toxic effect on shellfish. KUOW'S Ashley Ahearn reports.

07-07-15 - Marketplace - Greece's Upside

Tuesday, July 07 2015 10:00 PM

Airing on Tuesday, July 7, 2015: Greece’s economy is terrible, almost like a country that's just lost a war. But say Greece got to hit a reset button. What would it have going for it? We survey its natural and human assets. Next: The trade deficit increased in May to $41.9 billion dollars, fueled by a drop in exports, attributed to a strong dollar and weak international demand. We look at what this says about the economy, and how the drivers of growth are changing from export-led sectors to domestic-based ones. Plus: Max Dower, the 26-year-old artist behind the Instagram account Unfortunate Portrait, graduated from law school, but decided to forgo being a lawyer and start his own company on Instagram despite facing a mountain of debt. We take a look at his growing business.