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28 minutes | Dec 3, 2022
Why women are gaining more jobs than men
Today, we’re doing the numbers on the latest national jobs report. Women got the majority of jobs gained in November. We’ll explain why this isn’t a total win. Plus, Iowa traditionally holds the first Democratic caucus, making the state superinfluential during election seasons. But that’s all about to change. And, we’ll play a round of Half Full/Half Empty! Here’s everything we talked about today: “DNC moves forward with dramatic change to presidential primary calendar” from Politico Tweet from @BetseyStevenson about the jobs report “Why Are Middle-Aged Men Missing From the Labor Market?” from The New York Times “November Jobs Report: Strong Job Growth Continues, But There Are Hints of Weakness” from the University of Michigan “The Big Problem With Spotify Wrapped” from Wired Tweet from @TheDailyShow about World Cup spectators yelling at each other “Black Twitter has been a cultural engine. Where will that community go if the site breaks?” from Marketplace “Amazon Plans to Invest $1 Billion a Year in Movies for Theaters” from Bloomberg “Why Japan’s winning goal vs. Spain was awarded by the VAR after the ball appeared to go out” from ESPN “Pepsi wants you to drink soda mixed with milk this holiday season” from CNN Business We can’t do this show without you. Keep sending your comments and questions to email@example.com or leave a voice message at 508-U-B-SMART.
27 minutes | Dec 3, 2022
A labor market that’s still on a roll
The word of the day today is “jobs.” The job market remains surprisingly strong, wages are rising, and job churn is high but settling. In this episode, a dive into the November jobs report and how it could influence the Federal Reserve’s next moves. Plus, day care staffing woes continue, Russia takes aim at Ukraine’s power grid, and Indigenous nations make progress in their push to co-manage public lands.
8 minutes | Dec 2, 2022
It’s another better-than-expected day for the U.S. labor market
Job numbers from the Labor Department came in strong, and to help us make more sense of them, we are joined by Chris Low of FHN Financial. Elsewhere, the saga over Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan has reached the halls of the Supreme Court. Then, we examine the Fed’s balancing act of taming inflation while also trying to keep people working.
8 minutes | Dec 2, 2022
What does the future hold for China’s zero-COVID approach?
We take a deeper dive into the policy, which has been the catalyst for a swelling of unrest and protests around the country. Elsewhere, the BBC reports on how BP is being urged to aid victims of the war in Ukraine.
7 minutes | Dec 2, 2022
Europe edges closer to a price cap on Russian oil, but …
From the BBC World Service: Not everyone is on board. Poland’s government is said to be seeking a cap that’s lower than the $60 broadly agreed to by European Union countries. And, some highlights from the last five years of our reporting from Turkey, Mozambique, India and the U.K.
9 minutes | Dec 2, 2022
Irish regulators fine Meta for not safeguarding user data
Data regulators in Ireland fined Meta earlier this week for failing to safeguard the sensitive information of Facebook users. The tech giant was fined the equivalent of about $275 million for a 2019 data leak, when personal information from more than 500 million Facebook users was scraped off the site and then published in a hacker forum. Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams speaks with Adam Satariano, a tech correspondent for The New York Times based in London, who reported on this story. He says this recent punishment is just one of several fines the Irish government has imposed on Meta, and it’s part of a larger trend.
28 minutes | Dec 2, 2022
How can we tell when inflation is on its way down?
There’s no one economic figure that paints a perfect picture of where inflation is going. On today’s episode, we’ll do the numbers for fresh economic data and hear what economists are looking at to predict inflation’s next move. Plus, who gets the blame when layoffs come, what lessons new teachers are learning on the job and why consumer spending is on the rise while savings dwindle.
12 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
Dude, where’s my EV charging station?
idespread access to charging stations is key to getting drivers to go electric. But the businesses who can build those stations still aren’t sure how they’ll make money. Today, we’ll discuss the EV charging station dilemma. Plus, we’ll highlight an investigation into the failures of Florida’s foster care system. And, tell you about the women making history at the men’s World Cup. Then, Kimberly defends her status as a Midwesterner. Here’s everything we talked about today: “Why America Doesn’t Have Enough EV Charging Stations” from The Wall Street Journal “Austan Goolsbee Named Next President of the Chicago Fed” from The Wall Street Journal “Innocence Sold: Foster system a pipeline for child sex traffickers” from The Sun Sentinel “Referee Stéphanie Frappart Will Lead First All-Woman Team at World Cup” from The New York Times “NASA Awards $57M Contract to Build Roads on the Moon” from Nextgov We can’t do this show without you. Keep sending your comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voice message at 508-U-B-SMART.
41 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
For richer or for poorer
Marriage is all about beginnings, but staying married can often depend on how well two people adapt to change. The changes for Taylor and Gavin have been constant in the 14 years since they said, “I do.” There have been struggles and arguments over money, or the lack thereof. But even when money’s been the problem, having more of it hasn’t always been the solution. This week, we’ll hear the story of how they held things together and what they expect from each other when the unexpected keeps happening. This episode was reported by Reema Khrais, produced by Marque Greene, edited by Karen Duffin and engineered by Drew Jostad.
8 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
The Fed might ease up on interest rate hikes
Inflation actually cooled off, just a touch, according to a key measure. We talk to Michael Hewson of CMC Markets in London about what slowing interest rate hikes could mean for an economy. Also, the head of the European Council met up with China’s president.
8 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
Interest rates are high. How long can they stay that way?
Fed Chair Jerome Powell offered some clues about that this week. Also, Giving Tuesday numbers show a growing sense of generosity. Then, we look at the speculation looming over Germany’s leadership as it pertains to relations with China.
7 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
European Council chief meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping
From the BBC World Service: An official visit by Charles Michel to Beijing comes amid persisting economic tensions between the two sides. Kenya’s president William Ruto has unveiled a new program to offer cheaper loans to entrepreneurs. It’s called the Hustler Fund – so named because on the campaign trail, Ruto said represented what he called the “hustler nation” of millions of young Kenyans struggling to make ends meet. UNESCO has added the French baguette to its “intangible cultural heritage” list.
12 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
Black Twitter has been a cultural engine. Where will that community go if the site breaks?
While Elon Musk has been celebrating a bump in users and app downloads since he took over Twitter, many longer-term users say they’re seriously considering leaving. Some are even holding mock funerals anticipating the site would break down. This week, Twitter users discovered the company is no longer enforcing its COVID-19 misinformation policy. But if Twitter actually fell apart, what would happen to the distinct spaces there, like what’s commonly referred to as “Black Twitter”? Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams speaks with Shamika Klassen, an information science Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She co-authored a research article about Black Twitter last year. If you’re a regular listener of “Marketplace Tech,” thank you. We’d love to hear from you. You can drop us a line anytime at MarketplaceTechComments@marketplace.org. We’d also appreciate it if you took the time to leave us a rating and review wherever you listen to the show. It really helps people find us, so thanks.
17 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
Why was so much money sitting in FTX?
When the former cryptocurrency exchange FTX went under, billions of dollars in investments seemingly vanished. A listener asked us why FTX customers didn’t move money to a wallet. We’ll get into it and answer more of your questions about what happens when your company goes public and who benefits when you make a charitable donation at the grocery store checkout lane. Also, where do political campaign signs end up when the election’s over? Here’s everything we talked about today: “What Are The Risks Of Crypto Savings Accounts?” from Forbes “Tom Brady, Stephen Curry, Larry David and Other Celebrities Are Being Sued for Pushing FTX” from Observer “The Ups and Downs of Initial Public Offerings” from Investopedia “So Your Company Is Going Public? 5 Things Every Employee Should Know” from Nasdaq “How to recycle political campaign signs” from Today “Who Gets the Tax Benefit For Those Checkout Donations?” from the Tax Policy Center “Where do your donations at the checkout register go?” from Marketplace “Meet America’s Charity Checkout Champions 2021” from Engage for Good “‘Checkout charity’ can increase a shopper’s anxiety, especially when asks are automated” from The Conversation If you’ve got a question about the economy, business or technology, let us know. We’re at email@example.com, or leave us a message at 508-U-B-SMART.
27 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
China reaches a boiling point
Protests have broken out in several Chinese cities since the weekend over the country’s strict zero-tolerance for COVID policy. On today’s show, “Marketplace” correspondent Jennifer Pak talks to demonstrators to hear about their exhaustion, anxieties and demands after nearly three years of stringent restrictions. Plus, demystifying the “wait, what?” economy, rethinking a career in the crypto industry and learning how to scam scammers.
30 minutes | Nov 30, 2022
Betting Against a Storm
We’ve told you the insurance industry in Florida is in crisis. Or as one industry insider put it, it’s holding on by “a piece of chewing gum.” In this episode, we explore possible solutions. We dive into the business of reinsurance, or insurance for insurers (turns out you can insure almost anything, including insurance policies); and we look at another possible solution that was born from the wreckage of Hurricane Andrew 30 years ago: the catastrophe bond, a financial instrument that allows investors to bet against storms and make money on risk. So long as a big storm doesn’t wipe them out completely.
8 minutes | Nov 30, 2022
U.S. economy shows solid third-quarter growth
A revised GDP report from the Commerce Department shows nearly 3% growth. Private sector jobs grew as well, but fell way short of expectations. We dive in further with Susan Schmidt. Also, frozen Russian assets might come in handy in helping Ukraine. Finally, we report on the death of Jiang Zemin, the former president of China.
9 minutes | Nov 30, 2022
Twitter stops enforcing COVID misinformation policy
The move was quietly made last week. Elsewhere, tens of thousands of striking academic workers appear to have a reached a deal with the University of California system. Then, we check in on Fight for $15 after 10 years.
8 minutes | Nov 30, 2022
Could Europe use frozen Russian assets to rebuild Ukraine?
From the BBC World Service: European commission president Ursula von der Leyen has proposed taking Russian assets that have been frozen in Europe and using them to compensate for wartime damages. Unrest has continued overnight in various Chinese cities as protesters call for an end to strict COVID measures. And if your flight is cancelled or severely delayed in the U.S., you’re entitled to compensation. In Australia, travelers no such guarantees, so consumer groups are pushing for better legal protections.
9 minutes | Nov 30, 2022
Scientists aim to 3D bioprint human tissue in space
Earlier this month, the SS Sally Ride cargo capsule made its way to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was carrying hundreds of pounds of scientific experiments. One of them involves what’s called a 3D BioFabrication Facility, which can build human tissue and organs in space that scientists can’t make on Earth. Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams speaks with Rich Boling, vice president at Redwire, which manufactures the equipment for these experiments. She asked him about how 3D printing works when you’re printing something alive. If you’re a regular listener of Marketplace Tech, thank you. We’d love to hear from you. You can drop us a line anytime at MarketplaceTechComments@marketplace.org. We’d also appreciate it if you took the time to leave us a rating and review wherever you listen to the show. It really helps people find us, so thanks.
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