Raghu Manavalan is a producer for Marketplace Weekend, where he makes content for radio and digital platforms.

Raghu started his public radio career at The Moth storytelling show and podcast, where he still works as the LA-based assistant producer. He later worked as a freelance reporter and producer for local stations such as KPCC and KCRW, before joining Marketplace in 2013 to work in a variety of roles. Highlights of his career include reporting from the bleachers at Dodger Stadium, producing live coverage from the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, and creating a McDonald’s sales data chart out of stale French fries. He has been awarded a Golden Mike award and AP Mark Twain award for his reporting.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Raghu did not have to move very far to work at Marketplace’s downtown LA office. His ideal Sunday includes basketball and brunch.


Features by Raghu Manavalan

A view of a 14-foot wave made of plastic bottles in San Francisco, California

One victim of falling oil prices? Recycling

It's now cheaper to make new plastic than to recycle the old.
Posted In: recycling, waste, oil prices
A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Oct. 15 in New York City. Stocks remain on a downward trajectory amid growing fears of Ebola and a global slowdown.

How fear plays a role in our finances

It was the first reaction many people had when the stock market dropped this week.
Posted In: psychology, Science, fear

China's growing, but not fast enough for some

Its run as global economic driver is starting to slow.
Posted In: world, China, Investing

Startup hopes to make art investment more inclusive

Arthena's platform lets buyers own a piece of a collection for relatively little.
Posted In: art, investment, museums

A requiem for fallen Columbia House

The music distributor was responsible for one writer cultivating her own tastes.
Posted In: Columbia House, Music, bankruptcy

The Arts Shrink will see you now

KCET's Corbett Barklie advises creatives on how to make a living.
Posted In: Arts, creativity, career

Autonomous weapons and the eventual robot uprising

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others signed a letter to ban, yes, killer bots.
Posted In: drones, weapons, ai

Building tiny homes for the homeless

South Los Angeles resident Elvis Summers explains how and why he builds his shelters.
Posted In: homeless, homelessness, houses

Americans are taking fewer vacation days

It's a relatively new problem, says Project: Time Off director.
Posted In: vacation, productivity, employees


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