Hosted by Molly Wood, “Marketplace Tech” demystifies the digital economy. The daily radio show and podcast uncovers how tech influences our lives in unexpected ways and provides context for listeners who care about the impact of tech, business and the digital world. Transforming breaking news to breaking ideas, Marketplace Tech uncovers themes that transcend the hype in an industry that’s constantly changing. Reporting from Oakland, California host Molly Wood asks smart questions that connect the dots and provide insight on the impact of technology to help listeners understand the business behind the technology rewiring our lives.
Molly has spent two decades covering the tech industry on all platforms and is known as a pioneer in podcasting. She is an IDEAS contributor at Wired and has been recognized for her dynamic reporting by the Webbys, the National Magazine Awards, and is a Gracie Award winner. Prior to joining Marketplace, she was a tech columnist at The New York Times and before that an executive editor at CNET. The Marketplace Tech daily news podcast is available worldwide on platforms including Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify, Stitcher, RSS Feeds and any place else where you get your podcasts.
Content creators look for more fan support as brands pull back ad spending
Thursday 02 July 2020
: You aren’t seeing ads from hundreds of brands on Facebook and Instagram right now because companies froze their advertising over how...
Ethical hackers are busy stamping out bugs during the pandemic
Wednesday 01 July 2020
: There are a lot of juicy targets for hackers these days, with millions of people working from home and companies working on valuable...
When immigrants come to the U.S., investments often follow
Tuesday 30 June 2020
: The Trump administration put a temporary freeze on new foreign workers that come here through the H-1B visa program. The administration...
Why the racism in facial recognition software probably can’t be fixed
Monday 29 June 2020
: It’s been proven that facial recognition software isn’t good at accurately identifying people of color. It’s also known that police...
If the internet was a utility, could more cities provide it?
Friday 26 June 2020
: In this country, internet access comes from companies. And in many states, those companies have lobbied for laws that prevent cities from...
Want affordable, abundant internet access? Competition’s the key.
Thursday 25 June 2020
: All this week, we’ve been looking at internet access, cost, infrastructure, and today, competition. Actually, the almost complete lack of...
Gaps in internet access: Low-income, communities of color most left out
Wednesday 24 June 2020
: All this week, Marketplace Tech is doing a new series called “The Internet Is Everything,” where we look at access, infrastructure and...
Mapping internet access: no clear data on haves and have-nots
Tuesday 23 June 2020
: This fall, the FCC is planning to award up to $16 billion to increase broadband availability across the country. But the data the FCC is...
The pandemic has shown us that the internet is everything
Monday 22 June 2020
: Internet access is the ultimate essential service. But, like so many things in this country, access is not equal. This week, host Molly Wood...
What happened to coronavirus contact tracing on our phones?
Friday 19 June 2020
: Earlier in this pandemic, Apple and Google joined forces to help create a shared underlying technology for digital contact tracing apps. But...
Can working from home help employees speak out against racism?
Thursday 18 June 2020
: There’s a national conversation going on about race and inequality, and that includes at work. A lot of companies are holding internal...
In automated warehouses, robots’ reach exceeds their grasp
Wednesday 17 June 2020
: Amazon, along with other online retailers, has seen a massive increase in demand in the past few months. The company has also faced...
How to prepare our communications for the next natural disaster
Tuesday 16 June 2020
: Our computers and cellphones are an increasingly huge part of how we work, socialize and even organize protests. In a natural disaster,...
Hacktivism on the rise in wake of national protests
Friday 12 June 2020
: Hacktivism, or computer hacking as activism, is in the news again with the group Anonymous claiming responsibility for a cyberattack on the...
Tech companies scrap facial recognition products
Friday 12 June 2020
: After largely ignoring demands from civil rights groups, tech giants IBM, Amazon and Microsoft have put moratoriums on sales of facial...
Lots of industries are bad at diversity. But tech stands out.
Thursday 11 June 2020
: Big tech companies and investors have a bad track record when it comes to hiring, investing in and retaining people of color. Especially...
Can 15,000 moderate the content of 2 billion?
Wednesday 10 June 2020
: Pressure is growing on social media platforms to intervene more against misinformation, hate speech and other content. A new report says a...
Climate change isn’t going anywhere, and investment could soon rise
Tuesday 09 June 2020
: While people around the country deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and protest for police reform and racial justice, the climate is continuing...
From BlackPlanet to Black Twitter, the evolution of Black voices on social media
Monday 08 June 2020
: As protests over police brutality and systemic racism continue, social media is a tool for organizing, amplifying and arguing. Yes, it can...
You may have heard this before: Venture capital investing is not very diverse
Friday 05 June 2020
: The past few days have seen a few commitments from established venture funds to support founders of color. SoftBank launched a $100 million...
Social media unites and divides us. How should we respond?
Thursday 04 June 2020
: As people all over the country protest the police killing of George Floyd, social media has become the medium for amplifying marginalized...
Black founders want tech companies to do more than donate
Wednesday 03 June 2020
: The protests happening around the country over the police killing of George Floyd are emblematic of longstanding racial divisions. That...
Police can track protesters even after the demonstrations end
Tuesday 02 June 2020
: Police departments have a lot of surveillance tools to identify protesters and looters, from camera technology to drones, license plate...
How can we respond to mass protests if we can’t agree on what’s happening?
Monday 01 June 2020
: Protesters demonstrated in dozens of cities across the country over the weekend, sparked by the alleged murder of George Floyd by a...
The regulation that helped build the internet may be in trouble
Friday 29 May 2020
: The debate over how social media platforms deal with content hit a new peak this week after Twitter fact-checked several of President Donald...