Marketplace Weekend

Airs Saturdays at 6 am and 2 pm
  • Hosted by Lizzie O'Leary

Marketplace Weekend gives the week's business and economic news a human voice. Host Lizzie O'Leary guides listeners through the most fascinating economic stories of the week, exploring what happened, why it matters, who it affects and what happens next.

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  • Friday, April 24, 2015 12:42pm
    On this week's show, host Lizzie O'Leary returns to discuss invisibility in the economy and personal finance. Republican media strategist Rick Wilson speaks about the invisible primary and Marketplace's Molly Wood talks about hidden bluetooth beacons and how they're changing advertising. UC Irvine's Alon Gorodetsky explains how squid could change military camouflage. Later, we hear from scientist Max Ortiz Catalán about the latest treatments for phantom limb pain, and from a survivor of trafficking about the journey from invisible to visible. 
  • Friday, April 17, 2015 12:02pm
    On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, guest host David Lazarus has the need, the need ... yes, for speed. Author and journalist John Ronson speaks about the lightning-fast world of internet shaming. We discuss speed in our economy — in the market, in retail, in fast food and even in music. Marketplace's new fill-in host and correspondent Molly Wood explains high frequency trading, Marketplace Tech's Ben Johnson talks fiber-optic internet, and DJ The Gaslamp Killer tells us his secrets to a fast-paced, heart-pumping playlist. Plus, we discover how to take advantage of flash sales and cheap airfare on the fly.
  • Friday, April 10, 2015 2:09pm
    Just in time for spring, we explore new beginnings and fresh starts in our economy at large and our personal lives. Marketplace's Paddy Hirsch talks about dollar dominance and U.S. currency's rejuvenation. Javier Chavez tells the story of his new beginning — working for Homeboy Industries after getting out of prison. We hear from a contractor and a homeowner about how to go about home renovations. Plus, it's wedding season, and a newlywed couple tells their story of joining finances. Guest host David Lazarus gets a plastic surgery consultation as we talk about the price of a new look.
  • Friday, April 3, 2015 12:43pm
    On this week's show, Marketplace Weekend explores cycles in the economy. Guest host David Lazarus checks in with Marketplace's Paddy Hirsch about cycles in the oil market. Sleep expert Ken Wright explains how working the night shift impacts the economy — and workers' health. USC's Therese Wilbur talks us through a year in cyclical seasonal advertising. We hear from two companies that make products meant to last forever, and how they keep turning a profit. Plus, cycles with two wheels ... bicycles!
  • Friday, March 27, 2015 12:13pm
    On this week's episode, we explore the economics of waiting. Guest host David Lazarus speaks with Richard Larson, aka "Dr. Queue," about how businesses can optimize their line experience. Author Rory Vaden discusses some of the financial advantages of procrastination, and Marketplace's own Paddy Hirsch talks about the wait for the Greek economy to collapse. We hear stories from a process server about waiting on the job, and from listeners about waiting in their personal economies.