July 03, 2014

Today on the show, Marketplace airs its interview with President Barack Obama, in which he and host Kai Ryssdal cover a wide range of economic topic from unemployment and the middle class, to Congressional politics and Veterans Affairs. You can check out the full transcript, preview some of the President's responses and see how he fared when faced with the infamous "five words or less," question.

Meanwhile, Target - itself the recent target of gripes from some gun owners - issued a "respectful request" that customers leave their guns at home. Its action follows similar moves by Starbucks, Sonic, Chili's and others. Companies are increasingly taking stands on a host of hot-potato issues including gay rights, contraception, and guns, whether they want to or not.

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PODCAST: Jobs are up for June

With the jobs report for June looking strong, more on how the last couple months became some of the strongest in recent memory for job gains. Plus, a look at a demographic of unemployed workers that are often overlooked: those over 55 who are looking to get back into the workforce. Last up, Kai Ryssdal interviewed President Barack Obama on the state of the U.S. Economy. Hear a preview of the full interview airing later today.

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