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In conjunction with Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Money, this trio of financial programming covers listeners from wallet to Wall Street.

Restaurants feel the pinch as shutdown drags on

16 hours ago

Washington, D.C. sub and hoagie spot Bub and Pops is pretty low key on Tuesdays — but it's been a little quieter of late. 

“We would have at least 10 to 15 people in line and …. there’s only three people waiting at the counter,” said co-owner Arlene Wagner.

It’s been getting worse since the partial government shutdown began, Wagner added, with business down 25 percent.  She’s hoping she won’t have to let any of her employees go.


16 hours ago

In the past two years, President Trump has changed the way we talk about business and economic life in this country. He views the economy through a transactional lens: there are always deals to be made or renegotiated. He's the CEO of America, Inc., relying largely on his instincts and owning successes and stock market records. We’ve identified 10 moments that illuminate how the president thinks and what's changed, and we'll roll them out all week.

A listener questioned our story about going cashless in Shanghai — specifically, when we reported $23 trillion worth of mobile payment transactions in China in 2016:

97: Think before you major

16 hours ago

Picture this: After years of hard work, the world is your oyster. You're about to graduate with an advanced degree into a prestigious field. Then, you're out to lunch and you see a restaurant manager position that pays just as much as your hopeful starting salary, but without the student debt attached. One of our listeners was in that position recently. And he's not alone: Americans face $1.3+ trillion in student debt, and less assurance the job market's going to provide salaries to cover it.

The partial government shutdown is hurting individuals, businesses, and the larger economy. But as the shutdown continues, some businesses are finding ways to build marketing campaigns around offers to help federal workers. What are the pros and cons from a business marketing standpoint of companies jumping into this political moment?

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Americans are having fewer babies, and it might have to do with the economy

18 hours ago

Whether it is economic insecurity, changing values, or a young adult population that prioritizes their education over having children, the fact remains that Americans are having fewer babies. Since 2007, when the Great Recession hit, the United States has seen a continued decline in fertility. A recent study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention broke down the numbers by state, showing that North Dakota, for example, had a relatively high fertility rate while the District of Columbia had the lowest.

Sometimes let your conscience be your guide

23 hours ago

The IMF's downgrade of global market growth spooks markets Tuesday. France fines Google $57 million over privacy. Plus, we look at the growing popularity of sustainable, responsible and impact investment.

Today's show is sponsored by SignNow, the Alliance for Lifetime Income, the United States Postal Service and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage.

Trillion-dollar babies

Jan 22, 2019

A recent dip in mortgage rates could cause an uptick in home sales. How will food stamp recipients fare if the shutdown continues? Plus, the fertility rate in the U.S. is declining. What does the drop mean for the greater economy?

Today's show is sponsored by SignNow, the Alliance for Lifetime Income, the United States Postal Service and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage.

From the BBC World Service… Zimbabwe’s president has returned home after cancelling his appearance at Davos. We'll take you to Harare for the latest. Afterwards, with a backdrop of rising nationalism, slowing growth and less influence, the leaders of France and Germany sign a pledge for closer cooperation in a post-Brexit E.U. But is it more about symbolism than hard commitments? Then, after many world leaders have ditched Davos to focus on problems at home – Brazil's newly-installed president Jair Bolsonaro will take the stage today.

In 2019, media giants Disney and Warner both plan to enter the streaming service fray, as if there weren't a whole lot of on-demand content options already out there. Streaming has definitely disrupted the way we watch TV. But it doesn't always lead to more savings for our wallets. And some of the predictions about cord cutting — people abandoning cable to just watch on streaming services — may be overblown. Marketplace’s Jed Kim talks with Brian Wieser, who focuses on media and advertising as a senior analyst at Pivotal Research Group.