Marketplace Morning Report

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David Brancaccio

Marketplace Morning Report is the morning sister program from the award-winning staff of Marketplace. Bringing you the morning business news "for the rest of us" in the time it takes you to drink your first cup of joe. Tune-in to Marketplace Morning Report and get a head start on the day!



  • Friday, January 23, 2015 6:00am
    Airing on Friday, January 23, 2015: First up on today's show, an update from Greece on an election that could alter the world economy. Plus, the President is set to make a visit to India. On his last trip abroad, President Barack Obama announced a pollution deal with China. We look at how India’s environmental pollution stacks up, and what the U.S. might do to curb greenhouse gas emissions there. And also, a paradox: Pharmaceutical companies often don't develop drugs and vaccines for infectious diseases like malaria and tuberculosis because there's just not much money in it. That's because most people with those conditions are poor and live in countries with health systems with little means to pay. What about other incentives to combat global health epidemics?      
  • Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:00am
    Airing on Thursday, January 22, 2015: The financial event of the day: the European Central Bank could trigger a stimulus program. But how and how much? Plus, after the White House this week circulated some big changes to the tax code the President is now seeking, we talked to an expert on a trust fund part of it. A number of listeners wrote us saying words to the effect of "hello...what about inheritance tax?" Good point. How might controversial inheritance tax play out if the President's trust fund plans were to somehow gather steam? And in the land of the dollar store, today is a big day. Family Dollar shareholders are expected to vote on a $8.5 billion merger with Dollar Tree. And they might accept it.
  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:00am
    Airing on Wednesday, January 21, 2015: President Barack Obama hits the road this morning to continue pushing for the priorities he outlined during last night's State of the Union address. As we find out, when it comes for paying for what the President is proposing, the devil is in the details. Plus, some of the policy outlines of what the Obama Administration hopes to accomplish trickled out in White House memos ahead of the speech. One such policy would put most American workers--even many part-timers--into retirement plans by default. More on that. And last year, a record 112 million people tuned in to the Superbowl, with the next one in about a week and a half. This year's half-time show  is Lenny Kravitz with Katy Perry ... which many will not see because they might click over to YouTube at the half.
  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015 6:00am
    Airing on Tuesday, January 20, 2015: First up, more on those tax hikes at the top and tax help at the bottom that the President is set to unveil tonight. And China today said its economy is grew by just 7.4 percent for 2014, down from 7.7 percent the year earlier. Growth has been this low there since 1990. While it's true that China's been suffering from rising debt levels and a grim housing market, the news isn't necessarily viewed as grim. Plus, you hear about the average national gasoline price, but it’s often different from the station down the block. Gas prices differ from region to region for many reasons, from transportation costs to refinery capacities to local requirements for blends.
  • Monday, January 19, 2015 6:00am
    Airing on Monday, January 19, 2015: First up on today's show, stock prices tumble in China after authorities try stop investors from getting too crazy with their trading. This after Chinese regulators ordered brokerages to stop letting investors borrow money to buy stocks for three months. More on that. Plus, Radio Shack, which continues its slow death, says it would have liked to close more stores, but the costs were too high. Target and Wet Seal are also shuttering lots of stores. We look at the high cost of closing. And fracking for oil and gas has made sand a $10 billion dollar industry, consuming about a hundred-billion pounds every year; much of it from a few midwestern states. Wisconsin has more sand mines than any other state, with more than 60 active mines and permits issued for many more. The industry has grown faster than regulators can to keep up.