Marketplace

Weekdays at 6:30PM on WVTF/RADIO IQ

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. 

Why Ramadan is a big deal for Arab TV networks

May 26, 2017
Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst

This Saturday marks the beginning of Ramadan. Muslims worldwide will spend the next 30 days fasting from dawn until dusk. But when families gather to break the fast after the sun goes down, many observe another Ramadan tradition — binge-watching television. Arab TV networks craft content with widespread appeal in the Islamic community for this time of year, but it's also a way to shape public opinion. Marwan Kraidy is a professor of communications at the University of Pennsylvania and an expert on Arab media.

Tony Wagner

When 16-year-old Rileigh Smirl opens up Instagram, she pretty much ignores its newest and most-prominent feature. The little bubbles at the top that are supposed to show everyone’s “Stories" — a collection of photo and video slideshows decorated with stickers, drawings, filters and so on.

John Morrison

On summer holidays like Memorial Day, beaches can get pretty crowded. Now, to ease the congestion, some beaches have started banning things like tents and barbecues. 

And while these restrictions may please some beachgoers, they’re frustrating for a few business owners who think tourists may take their gear -and their wallets- elsewhere. 

Jana Kasperkevic

It’s here. Memorial Day weekend, the official start to the summer.

Minorities increasingly priced out of housing market

May 26, 2017
Adam Allington

It’s getting harder and harder for middle-class families to afford housing in the U.S.

A new report from the real estate brokerage Redfin shows that in the nation’s 30 biggest metro areas, the number of home listings middle-class families can afford has dropped by 32 percent since 2012.

That shrinking pool of affordable housing is felt most acutely by minorities.

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