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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. 

Marketplace, weekdays at 6:00 pm on WVTF and 6:30 pm on our RADIO IQ and RADIO IQ With BBC News networks.

Be sure to check out the  Marketplace Morning Report weekdays at 9:51 on RADIO IQ and RADIO IQ With BBC News.

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  • Friday, May 29, 2015 6:06am

    As more schools hand more kids laptops and tablets all sorts of things can happen — many of them unexpected, many of them very expensive, and many of them pretty funny, too.

    In this humorous, animated look inside the digital classroom, Marketplace explores the way a simple piece of technology can kick off a snowballing sequence of events for teachers, students, parents, IT departments and just about everyone else who has to get involved if you give a kid a laptop.


    Produced by Preditorial:
    Illustrated by Gesine Kratzner:
    Script by: Adriene Hill
    Narrated by: Kai Ryssdal
    Director, Editor and Animator: Rick Kent
    Producer: Mimi Kent

  • Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:29pm

    Mark Aranguri, trained firefighter and father of four, tells his story about being homeless in Los Angeles.

    Produced by Preditorial |
    Director: Rick Kent
    Cinematographer and editor: Anton Seim

  • Thursday, May 28, 2015 3:00pm

    If you were to ask Sumner Redstone about what happens to his media empire when he’s no longer with us, his answer would be simple: he doesn’t plan on leaving. Sumner Redstone intends to live forever.

    The story of how Redstone came to take the helm of two media giants, Viacom and CBS, is about as unfathomable as the man himself; he took his father’s movie business and turned it into one of the largest chains in the country. He bought CBS, and then turned around and bought Viacom as well. Now, at 92 years old, Redstone seems to be slowing down.

    “Sumner is the chairman of both companies,” says Vanity Fair contributor Bill Cohen, who penned the story “Endless Sumner," about Redstone's succession plan. “I think you’re starting to see signs of real and material deterioration."

    He says that rumors abound that Redstone may soon be headed for that great boardroom in the sky. Redstone's staff at Viacom, meanwhile, say he’s still “sharp as a tack.” So what becomes of CBS and Viacom without Redstone? Cohen says this about Redstone's plans: “[He] has put his ownership stakes at both Viacom and CBS into an irrevocable trust that kicks in when he dies… I think it is probably a good bet that Shari [Redstone] is likely to become the chairman of both Viacom and CBS.” 

    Listen to Kai Ryssdal's interview with Redstone from 2006 below:

  • Thursday, May 28, 2015 2:35pm

    One thing you can't accuse Google of: thinking small.

    Its Google I/O developers conference keynote today featured at least a thousand attendees by my casual count, ran well over two hours, and was held in a room encased in giant wraparound screens. At one point, a giant animated whale "swam" through the room complete with whale song. 

    The keynote itself touched on everything from mobile phones to wearables to the developing world, virtual reality classrooms, photo storage, the Internet of Things family-friendly app searches, driverless cars, floating Internet balloons and some truly amazing contextual technology that will let your phone use all the stuff it knows about you to predict anything you'll want to do, at any time or place. 

    You know, no big deal.

    The biggest tech headline is that contextual stuff. Maybe you're familiar with Google Now, which is Google's current contextual assistant. If you turn it on on your Android phone, it can learn, say, your commute to work and start telling you every day how traffic is along that route. It can learn the sports scores you look up most often and deliver them without you asking. And it uses your location and the phone's GPS to tell you where you parked your car. 

    Google Now on Tap is a new element of Google Now that'll be available only in the next version of Android (currently called Android M). It brings Google Now predictions and language recognition to apps. So if you're listening to a song, you can tap (get it?) the Google Now button and ask a question about the song or the artist. Google knows what app you're using and what you're listening to -- the context -- so you should be able to say something like, "What's his real name?," and Google will know just what you mean to search for. 

    Another demo showed a forgetful husband (those guys always get such a bad rap) confessing he forgot to pick up dry cleaning. Now on Tap will actually create a reminder for you to pick up the dry cleaning, after "reading" your messages. 

    Walking close to the creepy line? Maybe. Contextual and predictive apps rely on a LOT of personal information but if you're willing to give in to the sharing, they can be pretty helpful — and Now on Tap looks amazing, technologically speaking.

    Google announced a host of other improvements to the new version of Android, like an Android Pay feature that looks and acts almost exactly like Apple Pay, some improved app permission controls (like telling a random app that it can't access your phone's camera or location data), and better battery life. But it's worth noting that Android M won't be out until at least August, according to rumors, and many Android phones haven't even gotten the last update--Lollipop. 

    Other headlines of note: 

    * Google announced a new service called Google Photos, available today on Android, iOS and Web that uploads and automatically categorizes all your photos. It includes unlimited storage of photos up to a certain size (16MB ) and videos. 

    * Family-friendly searching and labeling is coming to apps on Google Play. A star system will let you know if an app is approved for kids, and you can even search by age. 

    * Google hopes to build an operating system for the Internet of Things and announced a new communication language called Weave that it hopes will be a universal way for connected devices to communicate. 

    * The company updated its Google Cardboard virtual reality viewer to support iPhones, and also announced a program to use Cardboard and phones in schools to provide virtual field trips called Expeditions. It also announced a new virtual reality content creation program that includes all-new 360-degree cameras, software to make 360-degree footage into realistic images, and virtual reality video on YouTube. 

  • Thursday, May 28, 2015 1:55pm

    That's how old Florida teen Rachel Zietz was when she started her company Gladiator Lacrosse, which she says will likely reach $1 million in sales next year. Zietz is following the example of her father, an entrepreneur himself. The New York Times followed the Zietz family and others who are raising young business people, enrolling them in after-school programs and occasionally binge-watching "Shark Tank."


    Need a last minute reservation at a popular restaurant? No problem... but it will cost you. At a notable places like Scarpetta in New York City, a table for two at 7:30 p.m. will set you back $22 via a new app called Resy. Restaurants that partner with Resy save one or two tables during the busiest service hours. Resy sells those tables to diners looking for a last minute spot, with the restaurant receiving some of those funds.


    That's how many migrant workers have died in Qatar since the country was selected to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, according to estimates from the International Trade Union Confederation. Exact numbers are difficult to parse out, and many of those deaths may be unrelated to the Cup, but the Washington Post points out that even conservative estimates would be far higher than the worker death toll around recent Olympics and World Cups.


    Speaking of FIFA, that's how many women's national teams will be available on the next iteration of the popular FIFA video game franchise. Set for release in September, FIFA 16 will mark the first time women have been included in the game.


    That's how many students there are at VIDA Middle School in Vista, California, and all of them were recently issued iPads with 4G connections. That's a lot of expensive hardware, and more tech than many kids have had access to before. VIDA is integrating the devices throughout the day. But the initiative comes with plenty of practical challenges.