Economics & Economy

Fed holds rates steady amid political uncertainty

7 hours ago
Mitchell Hartman

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announced at the end of its two-day July meeting that it is leaving interest rates unchanged. The Fed last raised short-term rates by 0.25 percent in December 2015, after dropping rates to historically low levels at the beginning of the Great Recession.

Finding his voice, one Disney character at a time

8 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal

Life, Animated” is a documentary film about the remarkable story of a boy with autism whose parents discovered that they could communicate with him through Disney movies. Kai talked to Owen and his father Ron Suskind, a reporter and author of many books including the one this documentary is based on “Life Animated.”  The film centers around Owen’s struggles growing up autistic and his parents unrelenting quest to be able to communicate with their son. Their breakthrough comes one day when Owen te

Marketplace for Wednesday, July 27, 2016

9 hours ago
Sally Herships

Kai talks with Ron Suskind and his son Owen Suskind about the new documentary film "Life, Animated" that follows their son's story of overcoming autism; Banks in Silicon Valley are trying to attract more customers by offering 24 hour approvals and zero-money-down mortgages.; and a group of students from Yale University is setting up Connecticut's first bail fund to pay the bail of low income people who would otherwise be stuck in jail for minor offenses

Kai Ryssdal

Hillary Clinton is now  officially the first woman to be nominated on a major party ticket for President.  Author Rebecca Traister writes about the Clinton campaign for New York Magazine and recently published a new book called "All the Single Ladies" about how unmarried women are reshaping America’s political and economic future.  Kai Ryssdal talked to Traister about changing gender roles and some of the unique challenges Hillary Clinton faces as a woman in this election.

Let’s do the numbers: the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

13 hours ago
Marketplace staff

The ALS Association is celebrating two years of people dumping ice water on themselves to raise money to combat the neurodegenerative disease, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.