Marketplace

M-F 6:30 p.m.
  • Hosted by Kai Ryssdal

In-depth focus on the latest business news both nationally and internationally, the global economy, and wider events linked to the financial markets. The only national daily business news program originating from the West Coast, Marketplace is noted for its timely, relevant and accessible coverage of business, economics and personal finance.

Airing on Friday, August 28, 2015: The hallmark of Wall Street activity this week has been volatility. And that’s what most investment managers say we can expect more of going forward. Why is that? what does that mean for us ordinary Americans? We explore. Plus, a conversation with the president of Cadillac on the company’s decision to move its global headquarters to New York City and how it plans to keep up with the rate of change in the luxury market landscape.

 

Living in a wildfire zone

22 hours ago
Andy Uhler

Hundreds of wildfires are burning in the West. The drought that's dried out the region got the fire season started early, and so far, this is shaping up as one of the worst years ever in the Pacific Northwest.

Digital assistants: If they only had a brain

22 hours ago
Amy Scott

If you’ve ever used Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana or another so-called “virtual assistant” on your smart phone, chances are there has been some cursing involved. That frustration has created a big opportunity for whomever can make a better one. Now Facebook is stepping into the fray on a small scale at first. For a few hundred users in the Bay Area, Facebook’s Messenger app will now come with a feature called M.

China's Wanda buys Ironman race series

22 hours ago
Kim Adams

The Ironman triathlon competition has just been swallowed up by the Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group.

Marketplace for Thursday, August 27, 2015

22 hours ago

The fundamentals of America's economy in three numbers; China's Ironman; and living in the fire zone.

Just how strong are those fundamentals?

22 hours ago
Mark Garrison

During this week’s wild ride for stocks, analysts have been telling people not to freak out because, essentially, the stock market is not the economy and vice versa. Kai Ryssdal says that on Marketplace so often that a fan built that phrase into a drinking game. (Which, by the way, is not to be played while driving!)

Brian Chesky of Airbnb on "the worst idea ever"

Aug 27, 2015
Kai Ryssdal

The first step in starting a successful business is having a good idea, but sometimes even a bad one can work. Brian Chesky started Airbnb on the risky premise that people would agree to open their homes to strangers, and it worked. He didn’t just build a $10 billion company, he changed culture as we know it, helping to usher in the sharing economy.

Singing the 'Happy Birthday' blues

Aug 27, 2015
Carrie Barber

$100,000

Flores-Roux is a nose ahead in the perfume business

Aug 27, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

Rodrigo Flores-Roux, head perfumer at Givaudan perfumes, says that “a perfumer’s life is a little bit busy.” That explains why his office is covered in perfume bottles — some professionally packaged, others in clinical bottles titled with a label maker. Magazines, postcards and photos fill up the rest of the space.

It’s all inspiration for when Flores-Roux sits down to create a scent. The first step usually involves a computer and a process that he says resembles creating a recipe.

PODCAST: Happy birthday, now cut me a check

Aug 27, 2015
David Brancaccio

First up: market's seem to be mellowing slightly, but that doesn't mean we're out of the volatile, volatile woods. We look at what that could mean for interest rates. Next, financial planners are telling people to stay the course and think about the long term, but what if you don't have that kind of time? Finally, you can sing the "Happy Birthday" song all you want but be careful about putting it in that screenplay you're working on. Believe it or not, the copyright is owned by Warner/Chappell Music, and they've been known to charge six figures for its use.

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