Marketplace on WCAI

Weekdays at 6:30pm
  • 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.

Marketplace for Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May 5, 2015

Marketplace for Monday, May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015

The Avengers' best superpower might be merchandising

May 4, 2015
Edmund Morris

Sales of "Avengers" merchandise lept from $325 million in 2013 to over $1 billion in 2014. Marketing licensed products to adults is responsible for a big chunk of that.

Amy Scott

Luis Romero has taken so many Advanced Placement courses, he can barely remember them all. AP Computer Science, Human Geography, U.S. Government, World History — the list goes on.

He may sound like a “typical” teenager in a “typical” high-achieving high school, but not that long ago, Romero would have stood out at North County High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland, a diverse school in a working-class suburb of Baltimore.

Marketplace for Friday, May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015

Last week, we asked you about what you're chasing in your own financial lives. For some people, it was a new job, or a promotion. Others are looking for better ways to save, or faster ways to retire.

Inside the weird world of podcast advertising

May 1, 2015
Stan Alcorn

This story was produced in collaboration with FiveThirtyEight.

The most listened-to podcasts come mostly from public radio: "Serial," "Invisibilia," "This American Life." But the ads? 

"Many of our advertisers are the same ones that you hear on Howard Stern," says Lex Friedman, who heads up ad sales at Midroll. "Literally, you hear Casper mattresses and Audible and Squarespace and ZipRecruiter." 

Between derby and boxing, a big betting weekend

May 1, 2015
Adam Allington

For sports gamblers, this Saturday will be like Christmas come early. Between the Kentucky Derby in the afternoon and the Mayweather—Pacquiao fight that evening, hundreds of millions of dollars will be wagered across the country.

In Nevada, the welterweight match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could generate upwards of $50 million in bets, which would be a Nevada record.

Microsoft wants to guess your age

Apr 30, 2015
Kai Ryssdal

I know I was a bit rough on Microsoft yesterday, saying they didn't do anything cool anymore.

Well, it's amazing what a difference a day can make. They're working on a new facial recognition tool that lets you upload a picture of yourself — or anyone else — and it tells you how old it thinks you are.

Marketplace for Thursday, April 30, 2015

Apr 30, 2015

A warehouse dash with Rent the Runway

Apr 30, 2015
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

Wednesday at Rent the Runway’s Secaucus warehouse is its busiest day of the week.  The company offers designer clothing as short-term rentals to its customers, at a fraction of the cost it would take to purchase the item. But since most of their customers are renting for events that take place on Saturday, Wednesday becomes the key day when items that have been rented are returned and need to be sent out again for the following weekend.

The NFL draft comes to Chicago

Apr 30, 2015

On Thursday, Chi-Town becomes Draft Town — the NFL Draft, that is.

It’s the first time since 1964 the draft has been anywhere other than New York, and Chicago officials are ecstatic to host the three-day “fan festival." The city won its bid to host this year’s NFL draft, and it's going big.

There’ll be football clinics for kids, a replica of an NFL locker room, and Buckingham Fountain will reflect team colors during the draft. Over the top?