Rank #1: Welfare, tax day and how to be an umpire
What happens when welfare is tied to work? We discuss the issue with experts. Plus, a primer on Russian internet usage, the questions your accountant gets the most (and answers, too) and a look at the ins and outs of being a major league umpire.
Rank #2: Teachers, tariffs, and savings-savvy tech workers
As teacher protests and walkouts continue around the country, we take a look at the economic realities of being a teacher, and at the decrease in school funding that’s behind it all. Plus, how China’s tariffs on U.S. exports will affect California’s wine country. Also on the show, the 20-year anniversary of the first big bank, the cost of filing taxes, and the tech workers who are saving so efficiently they’re planning to retire in their early thirties.
Rank #3: Graduating into the economy
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 simply paying the rent). Also, Marketplace staff lay out the graduation advice they wish they received but never got. And we look into just why “Pomp and Circumstance” is at every graduation. Plus, Linda Cardellini of “Freaks and Geeks” takes the Marketplace Quiz. (06/08/2017)
Rank #4: Luck, law, large trade fairs — and lots of allergies
How much of our lives do we actually control? We dive into that question this week and look at seasonal allergies and their financial burden, how one writer got more than lucky at poker and landed in the big bucks, and a peek behind the scenes at who really makes rules for what happens on the internet. Plus, how import and export businesses adapt to the threats of tariffs, and how one police department uses mindfulness to address concerns around aggression in its ranks.
Rank #5: Money, ethics and emojis
Rank #6: Return to Puerto Rico
Seven months after Hurricane Maria, life in Puerto Rico is still in the midst of rebuilding. We went back to the island and found two distinct Puerto Ricos — people still seeking recovery assistance and people seeing Maria’s aftermath as opportunity to transform the island. We explore school closures, issues in housing and we check in with people we met just after the storm hit. Plus, a look at a west Texas community where oil production has tripled in the past five years. And, Ask a Manager’s Alison Green tells us how to navigate clueless colleagues, lunch-stealing bosses and the rest of your life at work.
Rank #7: The Marketplace Weekend finale
On this final episode, we talk storm chasing, rent-to-own housing and disability and hiring. Alison Green gives her best advice on asking for vacation time, a Lego engineer talks about how he does his job and our own Lizzie O’Leary takes the Marketplace Quiz.
Rank #8: Protectionism, plastic and private regulation
President Donald Trump signed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum this week, and we’re talking about what they mean for the future of global trade. Plus, what happens when public pressure influences how private companies do business? Also in the show, a look at single-use plastic, the five things you need to know about daylight saving time and an explainer on how to be a European tour guide.
Rank #9: Work spouses, streaming music and chocolate
On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, Lizzie O’Leary speaks with Jill Schlesinger, Michael Batnick and Julia Coronado in a special roundtable on the stock market. Plus, what it means to have a work spouse, a story about the economics of streaming music and a look at how chocolate is made, from bean to bar. And Alison Green returns for Weekend’s Ask A Manager segment to discuss what to do when a colleague is on your last nerve.
Rank #10: Sports bets, romance novels and tech in the public sector
Why is it harder for the government to innovate in the world than for the private sector? We ask a former White House tech expert. Plus, the U.S. Supreme Court is about to rule on sports betting. And booksellers and authors in the romance novel industry are pushing for more diverse representation in the traditional publishing world.