APM: Marketplace Morning Report – First Cast
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Wake up with the Marketplace Morning Report every Monday through Friday at 4:45 a.m. PT with host David Brancaccio.
||03-10-14 Morning Report - New money||It’s a banner year for companies looking to go public. Plenty of IPOs already so far this year; plenty more to come. But there are worries about the stimulus that the Federal Reserve has been providing the economy. So why would you want to go public now? Plus, businesses in Venezuela have had a hard time getting cash. The country’s official currency exchange system is a mess. It sells 11 bolivars for one U.S. dollar, while the black market rate is 80 to 1.||3/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||03-07-14 Morning Report - Money trouble||Hear from two job seekers about their struggles finding work after their unemployment benefits ran out. Plus, Slingbox goes to Mexico, and is selling for a lot more than it costs in the US. The Conservative Political Action Conference kicks off, but does a good appearance at CPAC yield lots of money down the line? Also, how companies that make year-end, lump-sum contributions to retirement plans save money, but can shave tens of thousands from employees’ retirement accounts.||3/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||03-06-14 Morning Report - The Dell dilemma||A look at the efforts on both sides of the Ukraine/Russia spat to cripple infrastructure and cause economic difficulty. Plus, there are millions and millions of Americans who don’t have enough credit history to generate a credit score. So what happens when someone wants to check their creditworthiness? We'll also quiz a first time homebuyer who’s been studying up on tax breaks offered to those looking to purchase a house. Also, we'll check in with Micahel Dell, CEO of Dell, whose buyout of his namesake company has been called one of the nastiest tech takeovers in history.||3/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||03-05-2014 Morning Report - The big test||The Obama administration is reportedly exploring new guidance this week that allows insurers to continue offering non-ACA-compliant health plans. This temporary fix helps avoid a wave of plan cancellations set to come right before midterm elections. How many people will this affect? Is this purely political, or would some really become uninsured if they weren’t allowed to keep their old plans? And as a revamped SAT test is unveiled, we look at the battle between the SAT and the ACT, which is getting more heated every year.||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||03-04-2014 Morning Report -- Budget head start||Obama wants to get an additional $58 billion of education spending into the budget tomorrow. Republicans are strongly opposed. Plus: Sanctions might seem like one way the U.S. could pressure Russia on its Ukraine adventure, but the U.S. doesn’t have many business interests in Russia.||3/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||03-03-14 Morning Report - Crisis in Crimea||The newly-installed Prime Minister of Ukraine said just now a military conflict in the country would ruin regional stabilty. He also says the new government has no intention of nationalizing private companies. However a key part of that country is now under the authority of the Russian military. And, Americans bought fewer cars than expected this winter, despite big incentive programs from manufacturers and retailers. So GM and Ford will extend offers through March. Plus, Puerto Rico will raise $3.5 billion via a bond issue next month. But Puerto Rico is $70 billion in debt, and the bond money will only keep the island afloat for a short period.||3/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-28-14 Morning Report - Underwater||The number of homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages is below 20 percent for the first time in a long time, according to a new report. Good news, right? Well, not quite. The percentage of people who are essentially underwater – meaning they can’t sell their homes for enough to cover the cost of listing the house and buying a new one – is still almost 2 out of 5. And another study says that what really makes for a good start-up and entrepreneurial culture in a city is high school graduates, not venture capitalists.||2/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-27-2014 Morning Report -- Lego bump||How the toy company is doing as it rides a wave of promotion from the Lego movie. Lego reports earnings on Thursday.||2/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-25-2014 Morning Report - Chicago's winds||Obama announces two new manufacturing institutes tomorrow, aimed at attracting and nurturing businesses that will hire workers for highly paid jobs in the United States. One is in Detroit, the other Chicago. Kate Davidson asks what the new facility means for Chicago’s economy, and for US manufacturing.||2/25/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-26-2014 Morning Report -- Taser, beyond guns||Target reports its earnings, giving us an idea of how much the huge security breach cost the retailer. Also reporting earnings? Taser International, as in "Taser guns." The company has diversified into a wide range of police equipment, including wearable cameras.||2/25/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-24-14 Morning Report - Bye bye, Sochi||The medals are taken away. The athletes are headed home. In a spectacular closing ceremony yesterday, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics came to a close. The Russian government is congratulating itself on gaining the international spotlight with a prestigious event that cost more than any previous Winter Olympics: a stunning $51 billion. But residents of Sochi are wondering what will happen to all the hotels and facilities that have been built. Plus, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in an environmental case with a lot at stake: permits for greenhouse gas emissions, and the power of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama administration. At issue specifically is whether a 2007 Supreme Court decision that gave the EPA the right to regulate the greenhouse gases coming out of vehicle tailpipes also gave the agency the power to regulate those emissions more broadly.||2/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-21-2014 Morning Report -- Blame the cold||There’s been a steady drip of economic news this week, and it has pretty much matched the recent weather: Blech. In fact, weather’s gotten a lot of blame. Housing starts fall? Crummy weather. Regional manufacturing declines? Ditto. But some economists worry the weather is masking a deeper chill. Plus, tech industry big wigs are always talking about doing stuff in the cloud. So are companies. When they're selling you products...or selling each other products. This week Microsoft gave it's service a makeover... the company's Cloud storage offering is now called OneDrive. But when it comes to storing all of our data online... to be accessible from anywhere... whose servers should we be storing that information on?||2/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-20-2014 Morning Report - Unspent money||RealtyTrac finds that the cost of owning a median-price home is up 21 percent over a year – both housing prices and mortgages costs are up. Who’s to blame? And, Thursday is the deadline for states to spend some $3.7 billion set aside to help promote the Affordable Care Act, and much of that money has gone unspent in states with governors opposed to the law. What happens to that unspent money?||2/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-19-14 Morning Report - "Three Amigos"||The political leaders of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada are meeting this week in Mexico for their regular summit, sometimes called the meeting of the "Three Amigos." One of the things expected to come out of this year's event is a new program to encourage business travel by relaxing some border controls. Plus, the talent consulting firm Mercer publishes its annual Worldwide Quality of Living Survey. It compares cities based on political, social, economic, and environmental factors, personal safety and health, education, and public services. Cities are ranked against New York, which is the base city with an index score of 100. So how do the world's cities stack up on quality of life? What counts as good living? And why is the Big Apple the baseline?||2/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-18-2014 Morning Report - Uber's rough ride||More than 850 colleges offer their students school-sponsored debit or prepaid cards. And most allow students to receive their financial aid disbursements on those cards. But, the fees and transparency surrounding the cards are under scrutiny. Also: Uber officially launches in China, but the Bay area start-up may have a rough ride in a market already saturated with similar apps.||2/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-17-2014 Morning Report - Recovered and reinvested?||It’s the fifth anniversary of President Obama’s signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The stimulus was supposed to create 3.5 million new jobs. Five years on, we run the numbers on how successful the program was at reaching that goal. Also, the Affordable Care Act continues to encounter traction issues. One big problem: the administration’s apparent failure to connect meaningfully with minorities. Later: Snow's the word in much of the country. But so's the word drought. In Texas and the far west the rain has been sparse for almost two years. Marketplace's Adriene Hill looks at how we value the water we have.||2/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-14-2014 Morning Report - Presidential rain||“Operational efficiencies” is often just another way of saying job cuts. So how many of those are we looking at with this merger? Later, President Obama makes his first visit to the Central Valley of California, to talk about the state’s drought emergency. What a president can do about making it rain. And finally, It’s that time again - Valentine’s Day… Whether you’re single, married or wooing, chocolate is a must on this day. But brace yourself before you hit the stores for that last-minute chocolaty gift...the sweet stuff is a little richer this year. The price of chocolates has been rising and doesn’t look like it’s going down anytime soon. Finally, African American buying power may be rising – but do rosy projections of buying power translate into growing economic, social or political power?||2/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-14-2014 Morning Report -- "Normal Weather"||Beyond the $45 billion in stock, why would Time Warner Cable want to hand itself to Comcast? President Obama launches a new initiative to help young men of color find good jobs. The $1.1 trillion buying power of black people. And how wearing wacky clothes can help your career.||2/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-12-2014 Marketplace Morning Report||The House passes a temporary debt ceiling relief measure, college philanthropy hits a new high, and how to never miss a call again.||2/12/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-11-2014 Morning Report - Grilled Yellen||U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has her first Congressional hearing today, and auto workers at a the three year-old Volkswagen plant in Tennessee will vote on whether to have union representation, a decision that could change the strength of auto unions in the American South.||2/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
Another great show from the Marketplace folks!
The Marketplace Morning Report is another fantastic show from American Public Media, showcasing the breaking business and personal finance news stories for the coming day. At just under fifteen minutes long (on NPR in the mornings, the podcast is even shorter than that!), I am always left wanting more. I would love for the Marketplace Morning Report to be as long as Marketplace! 30 minutes would be perfect. I won't knock the Marketplace Morning Report down a star for being too short, though. Like Kai Ryssdal (host of Marketplace and Marketplace Money), Marketplace Morning Report host Scott Jagow has the knack for turning what could be very bland business and personal finance news into stories that anyone would be interested in listening to. He has a perfect combination of knowledge and wit that really helps to keep a person awake on that early morning drive to the office. Unlike Marketplace and Marketplace Money, the Marketplace Morning Report has always been a free podcast. (The other two were previously only available via a paid subscription through Audible.) If you only have 10 minutes to listen to a few money-related stories, check out the Marketplace Morning Report. You probably won't be sorry you did!
I enjoy the Marketplace Morning Report podcasts immensely as they are a great summary of what is happening in the markets. However, the reason I don't give it a higher score is that they are inconsistent as to the time the podcast becomes available. I download several podcasts in the morning(at about the same time, 8 am Eastern, every work day) and take my iPod to with me so I can listen as I review the morning e-mails, etc. It is hit or miss on whether I get this podcast or not.
A good taste of Marketplace. I am not able to listen at the "right" time to catch Marketplace over the air so this is a good replacement. It would be great if they could put the full broadcast up! I would even contribute to my local station. Honest! :)