Every weekday, host Kai Ryssdal helps you make sense of the day’s business and economic news — no econ degree or finance background required. “Marketplace” takes you beyond the numbers, bringing you context. Our team of reporters all over the world speak with CEOs, policymakers and regular people just trying to get by.
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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says that a government debt default could happen “potentially as early as June 1.” Kinda wishy-washy, huh? Today, we’ll examine why the variability in government spending and revenue makes it hard to calculate an exact default date. We’ll also look at what goes into credit ratings and how the writers strike is impacting an Atlanta-based costume coordinator.
On today’s show, we’re joined by Raphael Bostic, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, to discuss tightening credit conditions, the necessity of raising the debt limit, and why “we’re right at the beginning of the hard part” in the fight to tame inflation. Plus, AI is reshaping the computer chip industry and millions stand to lose Medicaid coverage.
Remote work has its benefits — no commute, no awkward elevator chitchat, no frigid office temperatures. But that also means no socializing at the office, and many young people who entered the workforce during COVID-19 are missing out on building the personal and professional relationships at work. Also on the program: a trip to an LA cheese shop and the disconnect between how consumers feel about their personal economies and the larger economy.
Federal officials are running out of time to reach a deal on the debt ceiling. But at the heart of that debate, there’s a fundamental truth about money itself. In this special episode, we’ll hear from a businessperson, a political scientist and a legal theorist about what’s at stake in the fight over the debt ceiling and what it reveals about the nature of money.
It’s been a busy month in the corporate bond market. And while you may think companies would hold off on borrowing right now given how much interest rates have risen, big mergers and the looming debt ceiling deadline could be among the reasons. Plus, an examination of the welfare-to-temp-work pipeline and a move by ESPN that could shake up cable.
2023 is on track to be the biggest year for Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in over a decade. Some churn is always normal, but what’s behind this year’s bankruptcy boom? Also on the show, we look at how a debt default would play out in Texas, how social media ads get us to click “buy,” and how climate change is hitting one pistachio farm.
Housing starts have ticked up recently. New homes have also been gobbling up an increasing share of the overall market, as current homeowners opt to stick with their low mortgage rates. Today, we examine the demand for new homes. We’ll also explore the expansion of retailer discounts, a new measurement of the U.K.’s debt and a roommate-matching site for aging boomers.
April retail sales numbers are making an already confusing economy even more confusing. Folks are putting off purchasing big-ticket items, yet are still splurging on services. The economy hasn’t returned to normal, but maybe “normal” is different now. We’ll also look at whether Congress can regulate artificial intelligence and who gets a leg up from welfare reform and work requirements, courtesy of Marketplace’s podcast “The Uncertain Hour.”
So far this fiscal year, the IRS has brought in about $2.7 trillion in tax revenue — $250 billion less than anticipated. That shortfall is part of what makes this week’s debt limit talks so urgent. Today, we sort through the tax receipts. Plus, why clawing back unspent COVID funds will hardly dent the deficit and why the banking bust may fuel the rise of “shadow banks.”
When the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. stepped in to make depositors whole after recent bank failures, the agency’s insurance fund took a $15.8 billion hit. So who’s on the hook to replenish it? If the FDIC has its way, it’ll be the nation’s largest banks. Also on the program: smaller tax refunds, an alternative solution to bank runs and a potential boon to private prisons.
As the pandemic-era border policy Title 42 draws to a close today, an increasing number of migrants have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border. Whatever their reasons for leaving their home countries, immigrants are drawn in part to the United States because of the strong economy. Also on the program: what producer prices can tell us about where consumer prices are headed, and what to make of rising jobless claims.
Inflation is wearing consumers down, and it’s starting to show. We’re saving less, putting more on plastic and seeking out discounts. On today’s show, we dissect consumer fatigue. Then, we’ll hear what it’s like working at a rural hospital during a health care staffing shortage and examine how lenders that serve Native Americans are responding to proposed federal certification updates.
Unless officials in Washington strike an agreement to raise the limit, the U.S. could default on its debt as soon as June 1. Wall Street has been taking all this in stride, but will that change, and when? Also on the program: regional variations in inflation, a wet winter in the Corn Belt and the staying power of remote mental health care.
Last year, Marketplace met families of transgender children in Texas who were weighing their options when the state moved to restrict gender-affirming care. As more states target LGBTQ rights, we check back in with two families — one who moved and one who stayed — and tally the costs of both. Also, airlines go on hiring sprees, shipping companies reroute goods and high interest rates squeeze smaller hospitals.
Some aren’t saving for retirement, while others aren’t saving for or staying in college. Today we’ll hear from a handful of artificial intelligence true believers who think a revolution is inevitable and are preparing for a future — and economy — that looks radically different than the one we now live in. We’ll also examine why the U.S. has so many banks and why insurers are going on hiring sprees.