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Marketplace with host Kai Ryssdal produced and distributed by American Public Media focuses 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. 

The older generation wants to know more about smartphones

5 hours ago
Danielle Stephens

Do you remember how weird it felt going from clicking physical keys on your phone to the seamless swiping of a touch screen? One group is trying to make it as easy as possible for older people to not only understand their smartphones, but enjoy the possibilities these phones can give them. The AARP is a nonprofit, social welfare organization that teaches a range of classes for seniors who want to learn about technology. One of the classes on offer is an introduction to Android smartphones, taught by Ismael Tubens.

Turns out that GDP growth in the U.S. for the fourth quarter was higher than initially reported. Diane Swonk, CEO of DS Economics, joins us to discuss whether this is a good sign for the upcoming year. Afterwards, we'll look at the different issues that Trump's pick for Labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, will have to tackle if he gets the position. And finally, we'll discuss how ride-sharing companies plan to court an older customer base.

Elders don't need an app for a Lyft

10 hours ago
Carrie Jung

Phyllis Murchey is somewhat new to the Phoenix area. She moved to a Sunshine Retirement Living community from California about three months ago, and today she’s seeing a new doctor. At 91, she doesn’t have a driver’s license anymore, which can make transportation to appointments like this a little tricky.

“I have a daughter in Wittmann,” she explained. “But she works all week and can only come on Saturdays.”

SpaceX to make historic re-usable rocket launch

10 hours ago

Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans to launch a commercial satellite into orbit today using a recycled rocket booster. It’s the first time SpaceX will attempt to use one of its re-landed rockets. And the Falcon 9 would be the first liquid-fueled rocket sent into space using this method. 

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Millennials are helping to strengthen the home market

10 hours ago
Marketplace staff and Sabri Ben-Achour

The housing market continues to strengthen. Home prices nationwide were up 5.9 percent year-over-year in January, reaching a 31-month high.

Home sales also jumped to 5.5 percent in February — the strongest reading since April 2010, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

So what's behind the changes happening in the market?

Millennials are growing up