Kai talks with Laurie Stewart, President/CEO of Sound Community Bank in Seattle, WA about the forgiveness portion of the Paycheck Protection Program.
In early March, Marketplace’s Marielle Segara visited the distribution center for ThredUp, one of the biggest resale platforms. It accepts items from peoples’ closets and resells them online, sharing part of the profit with the original owner. The company receives more than 100,000 items a day and uses an elaborate tracking and warehouse system to decide which items to accept, price, them, and get them out the door. Just a week later, as the virus lockdowns hit the U.S., everything changed. We join her on that visit and talk about what’s different now — and how resale is continuing to do well at a time when overall clothing sales have dropped dramatically.
Marketplace Morning Report
June 4: In this week’s edition of A History of Now on Marketplace Morning Report, the team will focus on housing – examining how we developed housing protections following the Great Depression and how those policies might impact how we emerge out of COVID-19. We look at how VC’s bought up a lot of rental housing and how corporate landlords have impacted renter’s rights.
June 1: While some tech companies are laying off thousands, other firms are on the hunt to scoop up that talent. How has the pandemic affected the market for software engineers?
June 2: Our China correspondent, Jennifer Pak, recently took a few sightseeing trips and learned first-hand how closely people in China’s movements and health are being tracked. Could those privacy intrusions be a sneak peek at what might happen here
June 3: Synack is a startup that provides a marketplace for white hat hackers—the good guys—to probe companies’ security systems. The company says it’s seen a huge uptick in the number of hours its hackers are working during the pandemic.
We’re also updating The Splendid Table page each week with promotional assets for your social media channels, including graphics and videos of our guests.
NEW Episode – June 5:
This week, Francis spends the hour taking your questions with cookbook phenomenon Yotam Ottolenghi. Yotam is the author of multiple best-selling books including Ottolenghi, Plenty, Jerusalem, Simple and his forthcoming Flavor.
Kai talks to Dan Rosensweig, CEO of digital education company Chegg – best known for textbook rentals.
Animation: Hollywood productions have come to a halt due to COVID-19, and it isn’t clear when they will start again. Some studios have laid off or furloughed thousands of workers. But as Jasmine Garsd reports, there is one area of entertainment that is still at work – and is even hiring.
Marketplace Morning Report
There will be elements from “A History of Now” – a feature from Marketplace’s Wealth & Poverty team looking at historical topics tied to the new pandemic economy – on Marketplace Morning Report every Thursday starting May 14 for 6 weeks.
May 19 – The next generation of wireless technology—5G—needs new hardware across the country to work. Or so we thought. Could software get the job done instead?
May 22 – It’s been two years since Europe’s landmark digital privacy law went into effect. Is our data any more secure?
Performance Today’s Classical Critters is a sixty-minute romp through classical music about and inspired by our animal friends: how they sound, how they move, who they are and what they do. Host Fred Child and a group of co-host kids tell stories, spark creativity, share ideas and feelings, and listen to music together. It’s a fun, friendly, family-oriented frolic, put together by the same music-lovers who bring you Performance Today. See you there, in our musical zoo!
Marketplace will begin reporting across its programs on the results from its annual Economic Anxiety Index poll in partnership with Edison Research the week of May 4. Watch for a ContentDepot alert with an update on the poll topic.
Kai talks to Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch.
Kai talks to Arlan Hamilton about her new book It’s About Damn Time and how the VC world is faring amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Stress, anxiety, fear — these states of mind are causing many people to lose sleep. Too little sleep causes more stress, anxiety, and fear. Not exactly great conditions for people to excel at work. Meghan McCarty Carino looks at the effects on productivity in the workplace.
Thursday, May 7: Performance Today will spend an hour with the music of Louise Farrenc, a French composer and pianist considered on par with her contemporary Frederic Chopin, but whose music was largely forgotten. Pianist Joanne Polk talks with Fred and explains why Farrenc’s legacy still matters.
This week, Francis teams up Bon Appétit’s Carla Lalli Music and Vietnamese food authority Andrea Nguyen to take your quarantine cooking questions. Carla’s new book is Where Cooking Begins and Andrea’s latest is Vietnamese Food Any Day.
Live from Here has been entertaining audiences in new, creative ways during the COVID-19 crisis – all while being in the epicenter of one of the most affected parts of the United States. Rather than streaming live performances from Town Hall, they’ve been collaborating with artists digitally and finding new talent to incorporate into their shows utilizing the hashtag #livefromhome.
Below you will find a video message from Managing Director, Jeffy Hnilicka, and the one and only Chris Thile about how Live from Here is adjusting production in a COVID-19 landscape.
Kai talks to Tim Cadogan, CEO at GoFundMe, about the company’s role in this pandemic on a worldwide scale, and what it was like to start his new role as CEO in mid-March, two days before he had to have his entire team transition to working from home.
In mid-March, all 7,000 Peace Corps volunteers serving in 60 different countries were called back to the United States because of the coronavirus pandemic. These paid volunteers now face unemployment, a terrible job market, and, for some, tenuous housing situations. Marketplace’s Andy Uhler catches up with some to see how they’re faring upon returning to the U.S.
Our programs have continued to bring listeners the in-depth content that they have come to know and love. Station feedback continues to play a pivotal role in making sure we’re optimizing our content for listeners and station operations alike. Below you’ll find some of the big wins that our programs have had this year, along with what their upcoming plans are.
The Marketplace portfolio now reaches nearly 14 million weekly listeners. Marketplace Tech alone has had a year over year +20% growth in CUME to nearly 1.8 million weekly listeners. Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace continue to see growth over Nielsen Fall book (4%+) with Marketplace now heard on over 500 stations.
Wins this year:
Marketplace transitioned from multiple live feeds to one live with subsequent file feed on ContentDepot – a result of strong station feedback.
Increased cross promotion between shows and host features.
Continued efforts to shift to a “one newsroom” mentality and creating efficiencies and integrations across Marketplace programming.
Newshour is now heard on over 330 stations reaching nearly 3.5 million weekly listeners, while carriage of Topline’s six :90 second complementary Morning Edition feeds now reaches over 3.2 million weekly listeners.
Wins this year:
Launching the Global View on 2020weekend minute-long module, which looks at global perspectives of the United States presidential campaign.
Newshour evergreen segments were made available to network stations to help maximize pledge drive activity.
Newshour Weekend was made consistent during interim schedules, emphasizing and leveraging the importance of weekend news.
Continued coverage of COVID-19 through the resources of the BBC, making the global perspective relevant to local markets.
Launching a new BBC partner site with increased efficiencies for ease of use and a library of videos available for stations to stream.
How-to videos on how you can best utilize BBC programming, the partner site and digital offerings.
The Daily, now carried on over 230 stations, grew carriage 40% year over year resulting in 16% growth in CUME to over 2 million weekly listeners. Over 70% of stations place The Daily adjacent to Marketplace, resulting in a 99% audience retention rate.
Wins this year:
Making the show more fundraiser-friendly with pitch points, evergreen episodes and promos.
Continued deep dives into the most important stories in the news, all while complementinglive news programs heard on your local station.
The Splendid Table
Francis Lam and The Splendid Table continue to offer a wide variety of voices, conversations about cooking, sustainability and food culture all while celebrating the intersection of food and life. Year over year CUME grew over 3% with F19-S20 carriage growing 3% as well.
Wins this year:
Turkey Confidential was carried on 368 stations – a new high carriage total!
Top three ‘big get’ interviews this season include:
Continue bringing listeners guests who are the biggest names in cooking every week!
Based on audience feedback, The Splendid Table is committed to bringing more home cooking segments with Melissa Clark from Weeknight Kitchen.
Live from Here
Live from Here audiences held steady over the last year, with big names and new emerging talent bookings delivering new, younger audiences across the 18-34 demo across top markets.
Wins this year:
A full season in Town Hall, drawing more talent and bigger names, including Paul Simon, Jake Gyllenhall, Sarah Silverman, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Lumineers, Andrew Bird, Ezra Koenig, Sarah Bareilles and many more.
Live From Here continues to provide music discovery for listeners, with many previous guests being nominated for Grammy Awards this year.
Providing additional promotional tools for upcoming shows.
Even though the program can’t broadcast live from Town Hall for the foreseeable future, they remain committed to providing new episodes and quickly pivoting operational procedures to do so.
APM’s Classical portfolio continued a strong and steady year, reaching nearly 3 million weekly listeners.
Kai talks with Howard Friedman about his new book Ultimate Price: The Value we Place on Life which looks at the cost/benefit analysis when it comes to human lives.
In the last few years we’ve seen the development of new tools to better understand where and how much oil is flowing around the world. From AI tools, satellite photos, geolocation data for tankers and foot traffic and pollution maps, the data can be used to figure out whether the members of OPEC+, who recently agreed to historic production cuts, are abiding by the agreement or cheating. That’s important knowledge as global oil producers work to flatten the curve of supply so that we don’t exceed our capacity to store crude. Marketplace’s Scott Tong checks in a week after the OPEC+ agreement to find out whether promises are being kept.
Friday, April 17: At 3 p.m. ET, Performance Today’s Fred Child is going to host a Facebook Live video, answering listener questions and giving a behind the scenes peak at how the show has been produced during quarantine.
Friday, April 24: PT will broadcast the Labeque Sisters (a piano duo) playing a new piano concerto composed for them by Bryce Dessner of the band The National.
This week Francis teams up with best-selling cookbook author Alison Roman and chef Kwame Onwuachi to take on your quarantine cooking questions. Alison’s latest book is Nothing Fancy and Kwame is the author of Notes from a Young Black Chef.
MPR News Host Kerri Miller returns with a live call-in economic special on COVID-19, in partnership with Marketplace . The special will occur over two days at 2 p.m. ET. Audiences across the nation are invited to call in and ask Marketplace correspondents, as well as financial and economic experts, their hard questions. Listener calls will be taken as live only, not pre-recorded. Call-in number: 800-242-2828.
Each of the stand-alone midday call-in shows will shine an economic spotlight on the COVID-19 crisis. Subscribe on ContentDepot in order to air the episodes.
Tuesday, April 14: COVID-19 has brought a deluge of troubling economic news, even as many Americans have only a small “rainy day” fund to see them through. Kerri is joined by Marketplace Correspondent and Host Kimberly Adams and Michelle Singletary, personal finance columnist for The Washington Post, to discuss the resources at people’s disposal, the impacts on local economies, and questions about managing your money in a time like this.
Wednesday, April 15: As hundreds of thousands of workers lose their jobs and companies face an uncertain future, we’ll focus on the big-picture: the economy. Marketplace Correspondent and Host Sabri Ben-Achour and Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari join the program to take your questions about what this downturn means for average American families, whether Congress is doing enough, and what the economy will look like on the other side.
Kai talks to Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, about the organization’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.
We’ve heard a lot about how challenging it is for workers to make the transition to working from home Marketplace’s Meghan McCarty Carino reports on the other side — the challenges of a company having to scatter a workforce from the office to homes.
Our quarantine kitchen series continues this week when Francis Lam will be taking your baking questions with help from Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi and her Instagram #bakingclub and vegetarian chef Bryant Terry author of Vegetable Kingdom.
One thing we know for certain about the crisis we’re in – the economic pain will not be shared equally. Wealth can determine everything from the quality of healthcare people can access to how well they can ride out a job loss, and racial inequality is baked into the system. The average white household today has nearly ten times the wealth of the average black household, and one reason for that goes back almost a century to redlining – the practice of restricting lending in certain neighborhoods based on race. Redlining has been illegal for decades, but as Marketplace’s Amy Scott reports, an exhibit traveling around the country aims to show how racist housing policies continue to shape our economy today.
Francis takes listener’s pre-recorded home cooking questions with the help of Samin Nosrat. Samin’s award-winning Nextflix docu-series is based on her best-selling book, Salt, Fat , Acid, Heat, she is a regular food columnist for The New York Times Magazine and has launched a four-part podcast, Home Cooking.
New Episode – April 10:
Francis teams up with two home-cooking stars, The New York Time’s food columnist Melissa Clark and Pati Jinich, host of PBS’s Pati’s Mexican Table to take on listener’s pre-recorded real-life cooking questions.