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-Gazette, L.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.
People worldwide want to donate to the relief effort in China after a 7.1 earthquake rocked the Qinghai province. But the Chinese government has a reputation for exerting tight control, so will they be open to international help? Rico Gagliano reports.
Since Twitter's users exploded into the millions, there have been questions about how the site would make money. A new ad plan may have some answers. Rico Gagliano reports.
Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano chat with fellow staffers Stacey Vanek-Smith, Brett Neely, and Jeremy Hobson about under-the-radar stories: A Chinese version of Times Square, miracle trees, and counterfeit $1 bills.
Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano chat with fellow staffers Dalasie Michaelis, John Haas and Stacey Vanek-Smith about under-the-radar stories: The price of drinks at a New York bar, an island war, and divorce registries.
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Passengers flying these days pay for things like meals, pillows and blankets, and of course to check a bag. But some in the airline industry say that last fee has led to some unintended consequences, and want Congress to step in. Rico Gagliano reports.
Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano chat with fellow staffers George Judson, Amy Scott and Stacey Vanek-Smith about under-the-radar stories: Protesting snowmen, fake kidnapping, and a prize for watching Phoonk 2 alone.