Marketplace

Airs Weekdays at 6:30 pm
  • Hosted by Kai Ryssdal

In 30-minutes, Marketplace breaks down the day's business and economic news. With a reporting style that is lively and unexpected, the stories range from impacting your wallet to Wall Street. Marketplace Morning Report presents the morning business news at 5:50 and 7:50 am weekdays. MMR is hosted by David Brancaccio.

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With major market indexes up, economist Lindsey Piegza joins us to talk about the psychology behind those increases. Investors are optimistic about the pro-growth policies Trump has proposed, like a 15 percent corporate tax rate, even if they haven't come to fruition. Next, we'll look at a possible source of tension between farmers and Trump over his push for strict immigration rules and his tamp down on free trade, which might not bode well for the agriculture industry.

The Commerce Department announced new tariffs of 3 percent to 24 percent on Canadian lumber companies, saying the Canadian government unfairly subsidizes the industry. Some American companies will have to pay the fee retroactively for orders delivered in the last 90 days. This debate has been ongoing for decades, and Canada denies it unfairly supports its lumber industry. Meanwhile, U.S. homebuilders said the new tariffs will increase the price of construction.

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Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle reports earnings after markets close today. The beleaguered burrito brand’s stock is up nearly 20 percent this year, signaling a possible comeback from its E. coli scandal of 2015. Analysts expect a recovery quarter for Chipotle, but the company has a ways to go.

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As Sonny Perdue gets sworn in to be the new Secretary of Agriculture, President Trump is set to meet with farming representatives. Among the top items on their list: immigration and trade. Up to 70 percent of the farming labor force is undocumented immigrants. About 20 percent of the U.S. agriculture business are exports dependent on good trade relations.

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Why women and men view the economy differently

14 hours ago
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Marielle Segarra

In the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, we asked this question: where is the U.S. economy today, compared to a year ago — better, worse or the same? The poll found that 40 percent of men thought it was doing better, compared to 24 percent of women.

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The U.S. Commerce Department has announced a new set of tariffs to raise the cost of wood produced by several Canadian lumber companies. Turns out lumber pricing has been a source of tension for decades. We'll take a look at how much these tariffs will increase by and what this could mean for the future of NAFTA. Afterwards, we'll discuss why not all of President Trump's policies are sitting well with farmers. And finally, we'll chat with former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert about his new documentary "Against All Odds," which examines how discriminatory policies in the U.S.

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On the website Twitch, video game fans get to watch popular video game players stream footage of their game play. Now Twitch is going to allow users to make money from their own streaming. We'll dive into reasons for the company's move — which may include a fear of YouTube — and the pitfalls of this business model for gamers. Afterwards, as part of our "hacktivism" series, Science magazine's John Bohannon shares the story behind the site Sci-Hub, which was created by grad student Alexandra Elbakyan after she became frustrated with the paywalls placed in front of research papers.

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Tony Wagner

You have to use the internet.

We're almost at 100 days. What is Trump's approval rating?

Apr 24, 2017
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The countdown is almost over. Come Saturday, President Trump will have been in office for 100 days.

The 45th president arrived at the White House with quite a to-do list. Among the things he hoped to accomplish during the first 100 days in office were: tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare, investing in infrastructure and ending illegal immigration. None of these have been checked off yet.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is known for taking big risks. It’s a reputation that helped him raise billions of dollars for his various companies over the years. Musk’s latest gamble is a decision to fast-track the assembly-line strategy for the new Tesla Model 3 electric car. Typically, carmakers do a prototype buildout before going to full-scale production. But there are some big reason’s Tesla can’t afford to wait.

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The Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross met with the European Union's trade negotiator in Washington today. Although it's been buried by immigration and foreign policy in the first three months of President Trump's administration, fixing trade was a key promise Trump made on the campaign trail — which is why Ross is looking for a win.

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Sherry Lansing on the next 'chapter' of her career

Apr 24, 2017
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Kai Ryssdal

Negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and television and movie production companies are in recess today as the union counts membership votes on whether to authorize a strike. Watching with not-quite-detached interest is Sherry Lansing, the former CEO of Paramount Pictures.

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Kai Ryssdal

For this week at least, shove the GOP health care plan to the back of your mind. Come Friday night, the government is facing a shutdown should it fail to pass a bill to fund itself. And on Wednesday, the president is scheduled to announce his plan for tax reform. Rep. Kevin Brady, a Republican from Texas, is the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Brady about the coming week. The following is an edited transcript of their interview.

Economic anxiety has eased in the U.S., unless you're a millennial

Apr 24, 2017
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Kai Ryssdal and Robert Garrova

Back in October, 2015, Marketplace partnered with Edison Research to start asking Americans about their feelings on the day's big economics issues. Our reporting just wasn't matching up with the headline gains in the economy. So, we asked you how stressed you felt about the economy on a scale of zero to 100.

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It's a big week for the American economy. Forget that much-rumored but unlikely vote on the GOP health care plan for a minute. Let's talk about something that's at least somewhat in the White House's control, kind of: Is the government going to shut down Friday night? What's going on with tax reform? We talked with Kevin Brady, Republican congressman from Texas and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Plus, what's ahead for net neutrality under this administration. Then: We have the latest numbers back from our Economic Anxiety survey.

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