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Caitlin Esch

Senior Producer


Caitlin Esch is the senior producer of Marketplace’s podcast "The Uncertain Hour" — a show about obscure policies, forgotten histories and why America's like this.

Past seasons have explored welfare, the red tape of federal regulations and drug policy in America. In the most recent season, "This Thing We Used to Call Employment," the team investigates how policy and explicit corporate strategy over the past 50 years have led to a steady shift away from traditional jobs with benefits, replacing them with outsourced, subcontracted and freelance “gig” jobs.

Caitlin joined Marketplace as a producer for the Wealth and Poverty desk in 2014. She works on a team that has won several accolades, including a Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing award, a Webby Award, and was a Loeb Award finalist twice. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in journalism from University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Los Angeles.


Episodes by Caitlin (7)

The Uncertain Hour | Season 5 | Episode 6

Big Boss, Little Boss

Mar 10, 2021
The Uncertain Hour | Season 5 | Episode 5

To catch a chicken

Mar 3, 2021
The Uncertain Hour | Season 3 | Episode 6

Kicking the habit

Apr 18, 2019
The Uncertain Hour | Season 3 | Episode 5


Apr 11, 2019
The Uncertain Hour | Season 3 | Episode 3


Mar 28, 2019

Latest Stories (44)

How much has changed since the 1963 March on Washington?

Aug 28, 2013
How far have we come in 50 years in terms of economic equality? It depends on how you look at the numbers.

Grandfather, son, grandson reflect on economic equality

Aug 27, 2013
Since the March on Washington 50 years ago, how much has changed? We asked three generations of black men to talk about their economic opportunities.

Who is the 'middle class' anyway?

Jul 24, 2013
We took at a look at the workers who make the median wage, and it's not who you'd think.