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Peter Balonon-Rosen

Associate Producer


I produce the narrative podcasts “The Uncertain Hour” and “This Is Uncomfortable.” I also report radio features for Marketplace’s radio programs, write for our website and serve as an in-studio and field photographer.

What was your first job?


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

Video conferences.

In your next life, what would your career be?

Park ranger.

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

Snacks for the snack desk.

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

How to actually pronounce the word “timbre.” Apparently it’s different than what you yell when a tree’s falling, but I’m still skeptical.


What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Seeking out tornadoes with storm chasers for half a week to report a story about the business of storm chasing. Watching severe storms develop over the prairies of Nebraska was breathtaking.

Episodes Hosted by Peter (2)

Latest Stories (45)

Not white? Ancestry services don't work so well. Companies are looking for fixes.

May 25, 2018
More people of color need to take DNA tests to improve the results, but people of color won't buy kits if they don't provide worthwhile information.
Ancestry.com can reveal DNA information from 289 regions in Europe and four regions in Asia.
courtesy Michael Kim

In Puerto Rico, no title, no lease and no assistance to rebuild

Apr 26, 2018
There's no official count of how many people lived in makeshift, informal housing but estimates put over half of the housing on the island as built informally.
Peter Balonon-Rosen/Marketplace

Wonder why Maxwell House makes Passover Haggadot? You're not alone

Mar 30, 2018
It's the work of one of the longest ongoing sales promotions in U.S. history.
Maxwell House Haggadot dating back to 1932.
Peter Balonon-Rosen/Marketplace

Women and the gig economy: "Every job you have is essentially the last one"

A recent Marketplace-Edison Research Poll found that only 39 percent of gig workers are women.
A dog walker awaits dogs to go on a crosswalk in New York, April 8, 2013.

Women and their employers can both work to combat gender wage gaps

Mar 16, 2018
For every dollar that U.S. men make, women make about 80 cents. Black women make 63 cents for every dollar white men make. Latinas make 54 cents.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

When government can't solve problems, more companies seek to step in

The "solution economy" is taking on issues like malaria eradication and gun control. And it doesn't hurt the bottom line.
Information about malaria and dengue is written on a board at a municipal corporation office in the Indian capital New Delhi in 2015. Malaria is one issue that companies, foundations and governments are seeking to address alongside one another.

One in 7 men say they've been sexually harassed at work

While the vast majority of workplace sexual harassment cases are brought by women, men too experience sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. It's an issue, surrounded by a culture of stigma and silence, that lawyers and advocates say often goes unnoticed and underreported.
According to the latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, about 14 percent of men have personally experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

For "Black Panther," what happens when culture meets commodity?

We sit down with comic writer and journalist Evan Narcisse and Black Girl Nerds's Jamie Broadnax.
An exhibitor organizes 'Black Panther' items at the Hasbro showroom during the annual New York Toy Fair, on February 20, 2018, in New York. Toys and accessories linked to the movie, which is also making waves for its strong black female leading roles, have the potential to become an enduring presence in stores, like Spider-Man and other iconic figures, company executives say.

As immigration deal stalls, "Dreamer" business owners deal with uncertainty

The political stalemate makes planning ahead “very difficult.”
Demonstrators rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program near Trump Tower in New York on Oct. 5, 2017.