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Nov 11, 2019

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This Is Uncomfortable

David Brancaccio

Host and Senior Editor, Marketplace Morning Report

SHORT BIO

I’ve anchored and reported for Marketplace since 1989 from bases in London, Los Angeles and New York. Multimedia journalism’s my thing — been doing radio since I was a little boy. I write, love cameras and audio/video editing and have anchored television. I grew up in a small town in Maine but have attended schools in Italy, Madagascar and Ghana.

What was your first job?

DJ and newsman on WTVL AM/FM, Waterville, Maine.

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

Making each and every one fit. “Marketplace Morning Report” has to end at 58 minutes and 58 seconds past each hour; no more, no less.

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

Find your own voice in your on-air style and in your writing.

In your next life, what would your career be?

Astronaut. They say a key qualification for the Mars mission are folks who can fix things on the fly. I'm good at MacGyvering.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

A McIntosh audiophile-grade stereo amplifier. No, not spelled the same as the computer. They always were too expensive for me, and now they're even more expensive.

What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?

For those who shave, a shaving brush.  And kitchen scissors. Really. It'll change your life.

What’s something that you thought you knew but later found out you were wrong about?

I thought people work in their own best interests. They don't. They use up resources until they hurt themselves. "Tragedy of the commons," economists call it.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Live on the air, I slipped and swapped an "f" for a "p" in some copy and looked up to see an empty control room. They were all on the floor laughing at my expense.

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

Besides the photo of my family, there is a 4" diameter, 4-foot-tall model rocket in the Marketplace Morning Report colors I built. It's flown to 4,000 feet.

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Fall of the Berlin Wall

How Reno, Nevada, turned its economy into a small powerhouse

by David Brancaccio, Rose Conlon, Daniel Shin, and Erika Soderstrom Nov 8, 2019
Mayor Hillary Schieve said playing on the region's strengths and diversifying its economy helped revive the struggling, post-recession city.
A neon sign welcomes people to Reno, Nevada.
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Fall of the Berlin Wall

Can we learn something from German investment after reunification?

by Candace Manriquez Wrenn and David Brancaccio Nov 7, 2019
On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we're contrasting that economic picture with the steep economic division in the U.S. today.
East Berliners climb onto the Berlin Wall to celebrate the effective end of the city's partition, 31st December 1989.
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Fall of the Berlin Wall

Automation is likely to leave some local economies behind

by David Brancaccio and Rose Conlon Nov 6, 2019
Without intervention, the disparity between thriving and lagging economies will worsen.
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The challenges around creating an "ethical algorithm"

by David Brancaccio and Daniel Shin Nov 1, 2019
"The singular focus on accuracy is essentially the world that we live in right now. And it is, I think, largely the reason for all of the kind of algorithmic misbehavior that we're seeing," said University of Pennsylvania Professor Michael…
University of Pennsylvania computer science professors Michael Kearns, left, and Aaron Roth, co-authors of the book "The Ethical Algorithm: The Science of Socially Aware Algorithm Design."
University of Pennsylvania Engineering Department

Where does Twitter's decision to ban political advertising leave its peers?

by David Brancaccio and Rose Conlon Oct 31, 2019
Twitter's Jack Dorsey says the ban is designed to fight misinformation. Will other CEOs join him?
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Ask A Manager

Ask a Manager: “Can I pick your brain?”

by Rose Conlon, David Brancaccio, and Candace Manriquez Wrenn Oct 28, 2019
Think twice before sending that email.
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How undiagnosed Alzheimer's can impact personal finances

by Rose Conlon and David Brancaccio Oct 25, 2019
Early-stage Alzheimer's linked to unwise financial decision-making and vulnerability to financial exploitation.
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Why dwindling bee populations are threatening U.S. agriculture

by David Brancaccio, Erika Soderstrom, and Daniel Shin Oct 23, 2019
Beekeeper and director of the documentary "The Pollinators," Peter Nelson, talks about the costly bee pollination industry, its importance in our agricultural system and why it's under threat.
A beekeeper in South Dakota loads bee hives onto a truck for transport.
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What the GOP tax plan is doing to home values

by David Brancaccio Oct 10, 2019
A new report says the GOP tax plan is making home values lower than they’d otherwise be in some parts of the country.
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Charles Schwab on how low commissions became zero commissions

by Rose Conlon and David Brancaccio Oct 9, 2019
The brokerage firm has a history of lowering trading fees, says founder Charles Schwab.
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