Rico Gagliano is a radio reporter, producer and host. Along with Brendan Newman, he’s heard on Marketplace’s bi-monthly “Small Talk” segment, asking the show’s staff and reporters what odd and under-the-radar news stories they’ll be talking about at dinner parties over the weekend. Gagliano also co-created and co-hosts American Public Media's popular radio show and podcast The Dinner Party Download, for which he’s interviewed guests including Spike Lee, Venus Williams and Sir Richard Branson. Gagliano filed his first freelance story with Marketplace in 2001 and his pieces also appeared on The Savvy Traveler and All Things Considered. He joined Marketplace full-time in 2004, spending several years as an international field reporter filing stories from England, Ireland, Sweden, The Netherlands, South Korea and India. He also wrote, performed and produced most of Marketplace’s “Marketplace Players” comedy sketches. Prior to joining Marketplace, Gagliano was a television writer serving as a staff writer on shows for ABC, MTV and Fox Family, as well as his sketch comedy troupe “The Ministry of Unknown Science” which shot two pilots for Spike TV and the Sci-Fi Network. Gagliano’s writing has appeared in The Pittsburgh Post-GazetteL.A. Weekly, and The Village Voice among others. In 2009, Rico interviewed Mary Chapin of folk trio The Chapin Sisters for KPCC-FM’s program “Offramp.” That episode went on to win the “Best Public Affairs Show” award from both the L.A. Press Club and the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California. Gagliano is a magna cum laude and golden key honors society graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where he received his bachelor’s degree in film studies. He also received his master’s degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Gagliano currently resides in Los Angeles where he is an amateur photographer and guitar player.

Features By Rico Gagliano

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Educating Rico: Lost in translation

Associate Producer Rico Gagliano is back with another installment of our series "Educating Rico." This time our hero takes a trip to the emergency room -- overseas.
Posted In: Travel
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Don't block the Rocktober

The Colorado Rockies want to commemorate entry into the World Series by trademarking the month of "Rocktober" But the word is a valued marketing pun with several classic rock stations. Rico Gagliano has more.
Posted In: Entertainment, Sports
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Dump the audio books, stick with Kai

WARNING: Listening to audio books and not Kai Ryssdal while driving could result in you crashing your car.... A public service announcement from the Marketplace Players.
Posted In: Books
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Day in the Work Life: Escalade love

Let's roll, spin, crush and destroy with Benjamin "Bo Bo" Winslow, crew chief of the monster truck "Escalade."
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Educating Rico: The Roth IRA

Reporter Rico Gagliano takes on something that's supposed to be pretty basic but finds that sometimes things aren't as easy as they seem -- like, cooking rice.
Posted In: Retirement, Savings
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End-of-world sale! Time is running out!

Cars.com says it'll launch its 2008 marketing campaign with two Super Bowl commercials. Meanwhile, Christmas ads are already cropping up. The Marketplace Players figure it's just a matter of time before some enterprising ad man takes the next step.
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The limits to what you should buy

The folks behind HD DVD say they're rolling out a feature on new discs where you'll be able to go online from your video player and buy products related to the movie. But some wonder where that could lead.
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To: Audience; Subject: No e-mail Fridays

Today was the first of Intel's Zero E-Mail Fridays, when workers are supposed to take time to actually talk to each other -- face-to-face. Other companies have similar policies. The Marketplace Players think it might take some workers a while to adapt.
Posted In: Jobs
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Learning how capitalism works

With South Korea becoming a rich, democratic nation, as many as 10,000 people from North Korea have risked crossing the border. Adapting to a capitalist society may be less dangerous but it's no less difficult. Rico Gagliano reports.
Posted In: Retail
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It's a 'Kid Nation' after all

On CBS's reality TV show "Kid Nation," 40 children are set loose on a ghost town to create an adult-free society. But the Marketplace Players don't see how this is much different from the America we know now.
Posted In: Entertainment

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