APM Weekly February 26 – March 1, 2024



Marketplace (PM)

  • Consumer Indexes: Kai talks with Prof. Sasha Indarte, UPenn, and Prof. Karthik Sastry, Princeton, about the difference between the consumer confidence and consumer sentiment indexes, their strengths, and weaknesses, and why we measure consumer feelings at all.
  • Restaurants and Credit Card Fees: There is a simmering conflict between the restaurant industry and the credit card industry. Restaurants say credit card fees have been rising and are becoming more confusing. Credit card fees are their third largest expense after food and labor, and the fees have doubled in the past 10 years, with more fee increases coming next year. They complain that Visa and Mastercard are operating a duopoly. Marketplace’s Sabri Ben Achour looks at the duopoly in credit cards generally, and the fight between these two industries as an example.
  • Feb 28: New York City Office Conversions: Marketplace’s Samantha Fields looks at what it actually takes – and costs – to turn offices into apartments. There’s a lot of talk these days about what to do with all the vacant office space around the country, and whether it could be turned into much-needed housing, especially in big city centers. New York City just announced that 46 buildings in the city have signed up so far to participate in its new “office conversion accelerator,” which is designed to help what can be a lengthy, cumbersome process move more quickly. Four projects are already underway that the city says will create more than 2,000 apartments. Marketplace’s Samantha Fields looks at one of these projects, takes a tour, and tries to get a sense of what it actually takes – and costs – to turn offices into apartments.

Marketplace Morning ReportNew Series: “Democracy in the Desert”

Several counties in Super Tuesday states have been defined by academic researchers as local news “deserts,” where residents have little to no coverage of what’s happening in their region – or how they might be affected by government policies. Voters need reliable local news to inform their decisions on election day: why have those local news business models failed, where are voters getting information now, and what are business models that can help solve this dilemma for democracy? “Marketplace Morning Report’s” David Brancaccio explores these questions in counties in South Texas, North Carolina, and Virginia.

  • Monday, February 26: They say all politics is local. So where’s the local news coverage this election year? David Brancaccio has been traveling to “news deserts” in Super Tuesday states to look at the business models that are failing or informing voters as they make their choices on Tuesday. Coverage begins in Val Verde County, Texas, where Mexico is just across the river.
  • Tuesday February 27: Yesterday we heard about the last daily newspaper in Val Verde county that folded more than 3 years ago. Who’s covering things now?
  • Wednesday February 28: North Carolina, where some experts say a news desert may have played a role in a Congressional election so fouled up, there was a do-over.
  • Thursday February 29: Voices from a news desert less than an hour’s drive from the center of American politics.
  • Friday March 1: Q &A: As we wrap up our weeklong coverage, a conversation with a man in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley who had to pull the plug on the local newspaper he published for years and now gets by printing campus newspapers.

Marketplace Tech

Tuesday Feb 27: Marketplace’s Lily Jamali speaks with Vox senior correspondent Rebecca Jennings about “trendbait” language on TikTok.

Thursday Feb 29: Lily Jamali speaks with Sarah Myers West, AI Now Institute, about the National AI Research Resource and what she sees as the dangers of private-public AI partnerships.

On Point

  • Monday, Feb 26: The Authoritarian Playbook for 2025 is a new report by the bipartisan group Protect Democracy. Using the former president’s own words, it outlines in details the “promises, powers, and plans” of Donald Trumps as he seeks to return to the White House. We speak with two of its authors.
  • Tuesday, Feb 27: Is “color blindness” the best way to achieve equality? Meghna speaks with Coleman Hughes about his provocative new book, in which he contends that race-conscious policy-making has only deepened divides in America.
  • Wednesday, Feb 28: Hot flashes. Sleep problems. Brain fog. More than one million women in the U.S. experience menopause each year. What’s happening in our brains during these hormonal changes?
  • Thursday, Feb 29: Last September, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a damning report about the poor living conditions at military barracks — mold, broken windows, nonexistent HVAC systems and more. What has been done to fix those issues? Spoiler alert: very little. So what will it take to fix them?

The Splendid Table

March 1 – Repeat episode

This week we’re learning about tea with East Asian tea authority Theresa Wong of NYC’s T Shop. Theresa leads Francis through a tasting from black, thru oolong all the way to green. Then we talk about the surprising history of chai with food and culture writer Leena Trevedi- Grenier who also shares an uber personalized masala chai recipe.


Performance Today

  • Feb 26: Brandon Patrick’s George’s second album, “Twofold” is featured on PT
  • Feb 27: Yunchan Lim performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major, op. 35 “Eroica” at the most recent Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
  • Feb 28: Gabriela Montero performs Frederic Chopin’s Polonaise – Fantaisie in A-flat Major from a recital in Lisbon
  • Feb 29: Featuring music by leap-year baby Giochino Rossini performed by Lawrence Brownlee and Martin Katz; The Knights, conducted by Eric Jacobsen and Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century conducted by Giancarlo Andretta
  • Mar 1: A performance of David Ludwig’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra featuring Bella Hristova and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta

Classical 24

New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher
Wed 7:15am/5pm CT & Sat 9am CT

  • Featuring new album BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL by the Eugene Concert Choir & Orchestra and EXIGENCE: A Sphinx Vocal Ensemble.

Extra Ecclectic with Steve Seel
Wed 10pm-12am CT

  • For the last episode of Black History Month, we’ll sample music by Julia perry, Derrick Skye, Wynton Marsalis, Errolyn Wallen, and Daniel Bernard Roumain.

Euro Classic
Thurs 12am CT & Sat 8pm CT

  • Feb 29: Our first 2024 concert has arrived! We’ll head to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to hear pianist Javier Perianes and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra play Manuel de Falla’s “Nights in the Gardens of Spain.”
  • Mar 2: We kick of a full month of Euro Classics featuring female composers for Women’s History Month. Tonight we’ll hear the Concerto for String Orchestra by Polish composer Graznya Bacewicz in a concert from Riga, Latvia.

Saturday Cinema
Sat 10am – 12pm CT

  • Join Lynne as she starts the countdown to the Oscars on March 10th.

Your Classical Discoveries
Sat 4-7pm CT

  • Large Czechs: As we celebrate the 200th birthday of Bedrich Smetana, we’ll hear his complete Ma Vlast (My Fatherland): 4 pm hour: Vyserhad and The Moldau; 5 pm hour: Sarka and From Bohemia’s Forests and Fields; 6 pm hour: Tabor and Blanik. Also, plenty of other Czech composers from the baroque to the 20th century, featuring some names you may not know!

200th birthday of Bedrich Smetana: On Saturday March 2, each shift will feature a selection by Smetana, including a complete survey of his most famous work, Ma Vlast (My Fatherland), during YourClassical Discoveries.

APM Presents special of the week

AeroEspacial: Latino People and Stories at the Heart of Aerospace

Air Window: now – April 30, 2024

This special program explores the history, and future, of Latino influence and representation in aviation and space exploration. Based on “AeroEspacial,” a limited series from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, this show spotlights Latino voices and introduces listeners to the diversity of people working in and around aerospace across the United States. We hear from scientists, scholars, historians, and artists..

Questions? Please contact your Station Representative.