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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Economy incentive in Ohio casino vote

After nearly two decades of saying no to casino gambling, Ohio voters have decided to roll the dice. They're going to bring casinos to four cities to get the economy going. Dan Moulthrop looks at what caused the turnaround.
Posted In: Travel
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Why India is going heavy on the gold

Thanks in large part to India's purchase of 200 metric tons of gold yesterday, the precious metal hit a record high. Rico Gagliano explores the pros and cons of the massive sale.
Posted In: Investing
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Is bailout job creation tally accurate?

The White House will release its latest data on the jobs created by the federal bailout fund. But some wonder how accurate those numbers are. Rico Gagliano reports.
Posted In: Jobs
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Why should we care about GDP?

The government's expected to announce that U.S. Gross Domestic Product grew more than 3 percent in the third quarter. If those estimates hold up, economists say the recession has technically ended. But does GDP really matter? Rico Gagliano reports.
Posted In: Economy
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Small Talk: A break from the headlines

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano check in with members of the Marketplace staff on the news that didn't quite make it on the radio this past week.
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Small Talk: Drinking, Beatles, flu suits

Enough of the real news. It's time for the tidbits that didn't make the headlines, courtesy of Rico Gagliano, Brendan Newnam and members of the Marketplace staff.
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'King' revamps for global conquest

Burger King patrons will soon be privy to brick walls and industrial metal counter-tops as the chain revamps its restaurants to make it more globally competitive. But this might be a tough sell for franchisees. Rico Gagliano reports.
Posted In: Food
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GM dealers satisfied with eBay trial

General Motors began an experiment in July that had ealers posting new cars for sale on eBay. The project ends today, and although cars didn't fly off the lot as a result, the move piqued plenty of interest. Rico Gagliano reports.
Posted In: Auto, Internet
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The former lives of steelworkers

Pittsburgh, site of the G-20 conference this past week, was once home to thousands of steelworkers. Rico Gagliano talks to two of them about how they moved on after their industry collapsed.
Posted In: Jobs
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Small talk: Big vehicle, models, cows

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano talk with fellow staffers Jeremy Hobson, Stacey Vanek-Smith and Amy Scott about under-the-radar business stories: a sheriff's big vehicle, warning labels on model's photos, and productive cows.

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