Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal

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Most Recent Episodes

02/24/17: Accommodating infinity

The artist Yayoi Kusama is known for her infinity room installations that make you feel like you're in, well, an infinite room. She's also known for the blocks-long lines people will wait in to spend a few minutes inside one of them. We explore the financial conundrum of orchestrating a blockbuster show centered on installations that only accommodate a few people at a time. Plus, a look inside the constellation of immigrant visa programs that are on the table for reform, and, of course, a roundtable about what happened this week with Nela Richardson of Redfin and Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post.

02/23/2017: The Mexican energy industry has a long road ahead

Just because foreign companies can now invest in Mexico's state-owned energy agency Pemex, it doesn't necessarily mean they will. Seventy-five years of monopoly bred messy finances, debt, nepotism and corruption. But it's too big an opportunity for some to pass up, and we'll likely see U.S. companies involved with Pemex's modernization. Next, our sustainability desk visits tech startups that are figuring out better places to put carbon dioxide than into the air — and some of their solutions make pretty useful products. Plus, the coal conversation continues with an update from Wyoming.

2/22/2017: Let's talk about coal, again

We've been hearing a lot about coal lately. Coal mining country came out strong for Trump, who has been promising to bring back mining jobs. We discuss the reality of the boom-and-bust industry with residents in one Illinois town who wonder if they'd be better off without it. From the latest installment of Corner Office, we'll hear the unlikely story of how the "La La Land" soundtrack came to be from the man who made it happen: John Janick, CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M Records. Plus, how closely are you being watched at work? Companies are making inconspicuous sensors that track a wide range of employee behavior at the office.

02/21/2017: Betting on Trump

The president's plan to crack down on illegal immigration calls for more arrests, more agents and more deportations. But we wondered whether the system for deporting immigrants has the capacity to handle this kind of growth, so we did the numbers. Later in the show, we talk to Erin Simpson, co-host of the "Bombshell" podcast, about the appointment of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser. We also hear from two coal miners living in West Virginia, where 12,000 mining jobs have been lost and Trump supporters are betting he'll bring them back.

02/20/17: An economics linguistic lesson

When you read a story about minimum wage or hear a story about it on air, chances are we use the word "hike." It's short, it's punchy, but it also has some negative connotations attached to it. We take a look at the linguistics behind the word shaping our conversations about minimum wage. Also on today's show: New Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt takes control of the agency this week. What will his EPA look like? Finally, the Oscars are next week, so we talked to one of the show's main producers about what its like to produce an award show in this political climate.

02/17/2017: Total global dominance by Facebook

A. Lot. Happened. This. Week. We're here to wrap it up. Leigh Gallagher of Fortune and Sudeep Reddy of Politico join host Kai Ryssdal to review the week that was. We'll also talk about that 5,700-word letter posted yesterday by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and what it all means. We also hear from a CEO in California who says the state's increase in minimum wage has been great for his business.

02/16/2017: How small is too big to fail?

There was a time when a North Korean missile launch, a Russian spy boat, a resigned national security adviser and a couple of disastrously rolled out executive orders might have been very bad news for Wall Street and stock prices. Not anymore. We'll look into that, plus President Donald Trump's new pick to head the Labor Department and the measure the government uses to decide what's "too big to fail." Plus, more dispatches from America's downtrodden steel towns and a bit on Trump's press conference today.

02/15/2017: What's next for Trump's Labor Department?

Andy Puzder is out. President Donald Trump's pick to head the Labor Department has had a tough path to confirmation, and today he finally withdrew his nomination. We'll talk about what happened and what's next. Then: For nearly a century, the aluminum industry provided some of the best-paid manufacturing jobs in rural America. In Massena, New York, layoffs hit hard as domestic production moved on. Plus, how IRS rule changes affect Obamacare and the stalling gender diversity on Wall Street.

02/14/2017: Who wins and loses with a border tax?

Thanks for spending your Valentine's Day with us. Our stories today aren't romantic, but they are important. First up, we'll look at how businesses are responding to a GOP border tax proposal. Then, Kai and Molly answer listener questions in a Make Me Smart lightning round. Plus, sweeping changes at America's fish markets and Fashion Week.

02/13/2017: Don't touch your retirement!

President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met for the first time today, and at a joint press conference Trudeau stressed the two countries' trade relationship. Could Canada be the one to save NAFTA? Then: Most Americans aren't saving enough for retirement, and those who are saving often raid their funds for big and unexpected expenses. We'll look at different saving plans that can keep you from self-sabotage. Plus, the economics of pilot season and why smart cars need smarter roads.

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