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Marketplace Weekend with Lizzie O'Leary

When the financial world shifts, where do we all fit? Marketplace Weekend® brings you powerful conversation on economies both large and personal, at a pace that suits your weekend life. Host Lizzie O'Leary delivers an hour of lively reporting with guests

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09/22/2017: Taxes, makeup, Gucci Mane

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:55:40 -0500

This week, we're talking tax reform with former Sen. Bill Brady, we'll answer your job-related questions with Ask A Manager’s Alison Green and head out with a makeup artist to check out Rihanna’s new Fenty Beauty product line. Plus, rapper Gucci Mane takes the Marketplace Quiz. As always, we want to hear your stories and opinions. We’re at, hit us up on Facebook or tweet at us, @MarketplaceWKND.  

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09/15/17: Outer space, identity theft and lots of bubbles

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:23:16 -0500

In the wake of NASA's most recent mission to Saturn, we're heading out of this world. Spaceships run on several things: fuel, physics and cash. But that last category accounts for a lot of things, like people, equipment, maintenance and time. What’s the breakdown? And what’s the value of the images and info gathered in space? Can we measure it? And, we take a look at why our Social Security numbers are tied to everything and what happens when those nine digits fall into the wrong hands. Plus, when it comes to disasters, should we invest in disaster preparedness or disaster relief? Oh, and we have a special appearance by a fizzy beverage that's making a comeback.

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09/08/17: Disaster prep, DACA and restaurants in the digital age

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 13:54:36 -0500

Wwe're digging into how the digital world is changing the physical one this week. With hurricanes, flooding and earthquakes all over the headlines, we look at a few digital steps that make a big difference in disaster preparation. Then, how Instagram is pushing restaurant design to new places. Plus, what the end of a federal immigration program means for one person's business life and the most expensive place in the country to give birth.

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09/01/2017: Harvey and globalization

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 11:56:00 -0500

We're handing off the show to Scott Tong and Sarah Gardner for their special coverage of globalization. The idea of more open, global trade has been sold as necessary for economic success. Despite that, we hear calls to “build a wall” and countries like the U.K. make moves to step back from global trading partners. How’d we get here? And can globalization last? We'll also bring you our initial coverage or Hurricane Harvey with stories of what it's like to have water creeping up to your door and where your donated dollar really goes.

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08/25/2017 Keeping us safe, inspired and financially stable

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:58:24 -0500

What if the way our infrastructure is designed could keep us safe from earthquakes, accidents and from terrorism? Lizzie O'Leary looks at the design of U.S. cities with counterterrorism expert Brian Michael Jenkins. Also, ex-Fed economist Bill Nelson talks about the people who are thinking of our financial well-being: the monetary policy leaders meeting at the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium. Plus, a visit to places that inspire us — public libraries! — and how they're changing to meet the needs of the millennial generation that visits them the most. Marketplace Weekend also gets a sneak peak at Marketplace's Trade Off series on globalization with reporter Scott Tong.

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08/18/2017 Free speech, hate speech and work

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:25:19 -0500

In the wake of the white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, we dig into the nuances of how businesses handle the First Amendment and their own ethics policies. Plus, a discussion of the case for diversity in business, the question of whether you can bring your kids into the office and the ongoing debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement.     

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08/11/2017: What it costs to send your kid back to school

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:40:42 -0500

The show this week is education themed, and we're looking at stories from all over the country. We consider a landmark case weighing the right to literacy and its value, tax breaks for school supplies, the cost of college and the best gifts to give a new freshman. Parents, students and teachers all share their views in this episode about the value of education in the U.S.

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08/04/2017: The best of the best

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:05:30 -0500

We've covered a lot of important stories over the past year. This weekend, we're revisiting some of our favorites. We look back at the key to sonic branding, wedding gift etiquette and the home health aide shortage. Plus, stories about how special investigations work, and a Marketplace Quiz with Eric Andre.

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07/28/2017: Fake weddings, real refugees

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:41:47 -0500

We're weighing some silly and serious questions on the show this week. Would you fake an engagement for the wedding-related discounts? Is the payment app Venmo making us rude? What's it like to be a refugee resettling in the U.S.? And can lasers save jeans manufacturers money (and water)? All of this, plus health care and race in banking. 

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07/21/2017: Bottled water and side hustles

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:12:18 -0500

Bottled or tap? When it comes to water, Americans are going through a whole lot of plastic. Marketplace Weekend takes a look at the business of selling something you can get for free. Plus, a deep dive into the health insurance business, a discussion of border water and a look at side-hustle nation. 

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07/14/2017 Unemployment and fun employment

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:53:35 -0500

We take a deeper look at the true meaning behind the unemployment rate. Who's really unemployed, and how should we talk about it? Plus, what's it like to work remotely while on a trip around the world, a conversation about the social rules that govern the office and a look at how biometrics could change the way we check in at the airport.     

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07/07/2017: Bad movies and good wages

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 12:18:22 -0500

Box office takes are dwindling this summer, and minimum wages are rising across the country. We'll talk about both this week. Plus: the ever-expanding electric vehicle market, a look at global health care and student loan debt. 

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06/30/2017: Hot dogs and health care on America's birthday

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 11:32:19 -0500

Our country's birthday is coming up, so we're checking on the vital signs of the body politic. First, our progress on health care, or lack thereof, with a look at Medicaid expansion in Ohio. We also visit the tiny "invisible" hospitals and long-term facilities people go to for care. Plus: what the minimum wage is all about, and what it's like to try to live off it around the country. Finally, we spend some time talking hot dogs (sandwich or no?) and real dogs (how do you keep them from freaking out when the fireworks go off?).

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06/23/2017: Sun's out, solar panels out ☀️

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:57:24 -0500

Happy first weekend of summer! We're tackling all things energy this week, including coal, solar power and oil prices. Then, the latest on health care and unique take on Brexit. Plus it's LGBTQ Pride Month, so we're revisiting our segment about coming out at work. As always, we want to know what you think. Send us your stories, advice and questions at, hit us up on Facebook or tweet at us. We’re @MarketplaceWKND.

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06/16/2017: What does it cost when the president faces legal action?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:19:23 -0500

Amid reports that President Trump is under investigation for obstruction of justice, we talk with a former White House insider about what happens to the business of government when the president faces legal action. Plus: Why street vendors, and not doctors, are the main source for medicine in Haiti. Then: How a trip to a theme park could be the best financial education your child will ever get. And staying with the kids: School's out! Listeners share the challenges of balancing the budget over the long summer vacation, and working parent expert Julia Beck offers tips on how to get ahead of the game.   

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06/09/2017 Graduating into the economy

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:34:17 -0500

We're diving into the economics of being a recent grad this week, from building credit, to finding the right job, to saving for a home (or just paying the rent).  We have tips for recent grads from Ask a Manager’s Alison Green and The Points Guy, Brian Kelly. Plus, our team traveled to San Francisco and Manhattan talking to businesses that have nailed marketing to millennials (some millennials, anyway): Everlane and The Sill.

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06/02/2017: Hello, summer! Goodbye, summer jobs!

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 10:03:32 -0500

This week, Marketplace's Scott Tong explains the latest developments after President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Lizzie O'Leary talks with David Tamarkin, the editor in chief of Epicurious, about the importance of home cooking. Plus, retail expert Matt Sargent talks with Lizzie about the decline of typical teen jobs. 

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05/26/2017: Three mayors, three economies

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:33:05 -0500

On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, we revisit our stories on three cities across the country: Dalton, Georgia; Gillette, Wyoming; and Corvallis, Oregon. In each place, we met with the mayor and with folks around town, getting a sense of the economy there and how it's changing. We visited carpet factories and coal mines, spoke to students and business owners, and found unique stories of how the economy is changing — and how that affects real people and their lives. 

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05/19/2017: Prison economics

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:18:18 -0500

What's it cost to send someone to prison? We asked University of California Irvine professor Charis Kubrin and talked with a woman about her experience with the criminal justice system after her brother was given a life sentence. Then, the Atlantic's Gillian White and the Los Angeles Times' Natalie Kitroeff look ahead to upcoming news in Long and Short. Plus, the band Phoenix takes the Marketplace Quiz.

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05/12/2017: Planes, trains and automobiles

Fri, 12 May 2017 11:39:01 -0500

We've got your infrastructure woes this week, plus we look into Los Angeles' metro expansion. Then, Georgetown law professor Laura Donohue explains what government investigations cost the public, and author Zeynep Tufekci and Lizzie discuss modern-day protests that are happening via social media. Plus, just in time for Mother's Day, Lizzie stops by a stationery and greeting card store whose business is booming.

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5/5/2017: Hours are long and wages are low

Fri, 05 May 2017 11:46:03 -0500

There's a shortage of home healthcare workers in this country. This week, we hear from a home health aide on what her job is like, plus we talk to an industry expert about the systemic problems in home healthcare. Then, Marketplace's Dan Gorenstein brings us the latest news on the health care bill and we check in with an Iranian businessman on what work is like during the elections in Iran. Plus, Song Exploder's Hrishikesh Hirway takes the Marketplace Quiz.

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04/28/2017: What's stressing you out about the economy?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:13:54 -0500

Our latest Marketplace-Edison Anxiety Poll found that 18- to 24-year-olds were feeling pretty stressed about the economy. So we asked you to tell us about what was giving you anxiety, and you had a lot to say. Plus: we explore the branches of government and what happens if they fail to do what they should. Then, BuzzFeed's Doree Shafrir talks about her new novel "Startup," which casts a critical light on the tech world. Finally: We're making a Marketplace Weekend playlist on Spotify! Send us your best weekend jams and we'll add 'em.

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04/21/2017: (Almost) 100 days of Trump

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:58:48 -0500

Three mayors weigh in this week on President Trump's first 100 days. Plus: A former FBI agent examines whether companies or consumers should be responsible for online security. Then: Are job interviews a waste of time? Experts and listeners have their say and musician Tei Shi explores life as a sculptor in the Marketplace Quiz. 

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04/14/2017: What's the worst part about flying?

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:18:37 -0500

We're diving into the airline industry this week with analyst Henry Harteveldt, and we hear from a flight attendant about what it's like working with travelers every day. The Los Angeles Times' Natalie Kitroeff and The Atlantic's Gillian White go long and short, plus Matt Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, weighs in on the U.S. relationship with Russia. 

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04/07/2017: Beer, doughnuts and startups in Corvallis, Oregon

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:44:52 -0500

This week, Lizzie goes to Corvallis, Oregon as part of the third installment of our mayor's series. Plus, Markeptlace's Nancy Marshall-Genzer and Vox's Jim Tankersley go long and short on the news and Marketplace's Molly Wood explains the latest on the FCC's internet privacy rules. 

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03/31/2017: Stay in your comfort zone

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:28:52 -0500

Molly Wood guest hosts this week. Marketplace's Kimberly Adams and The Atlantic's Gillian White go long and short on this week's news. T Magazine's Deborah Needleman explains how florists on Instagram are changing the floral industry. Author Zoe Fraade-Blanar explains the economic power behind fandom, and comedian Neal Brennan takes the Marketplace Quiz.

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03/24/2017: Esoteric economics

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:32:52 -0500

We have questions about the past, present and future this week. What if NAFTA never existed? What if you could edit your genes? What if you could visit the world's best museums without leaving your couch? Plus, Bloomberg's Joe Weisenthal and Marketptlace's Kimberly Adams go long and short on topics from the week's news, and the BBC's Rebecca Jones discusses Laura Mvula's new score for "Antony and Cleopatra." 

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03/17/2017: Stick it to the man

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:56:14 -0500

This week, indie music star Conor Oberst takes the Marketplace Quiz and explains how the music industry mimics the economy. Plus, The New York Times' Neil Irwin and Axios' Ina Fried go long and short on this week's news, we get an update on health care and we take a look at President Donald Trump's proposed budget.

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03/10/2017: Coal and politics in Gillette, Wyoming

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:06:35 -0600

Almost 40 percent of U.S. coal is mined in Gillette, Wyoming. We're reporting from Gillette this week, talking to the people who live there and what the economy feels like post-election. Plus, we go long and short on topics from the week's news, talk health care and explore the market for California raisins. 

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03/03/2017: The budget is a supertanker

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:20:32 -0600

On this weekend's show, a interview with the CEO of Reddit, talk of for-profit colleges and "middle skills" vocational jobs, and a discussion about partisan budgeting. Plus, we go long and short on Uber, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, dog leasing and Pentagon money. 

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