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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)

That emoji you just tweeted could determine the next ad you see

Feb 16, 2018
Cashing in on smiley faces ... or animals, vegetables, dancers...
Since 2016, Twitter has partnered with ad agencies to target people based on their emoji use.

What does the gender wage gap sound like?

Feb 16, 2018
In the U.S., on average, women earn 80 cents for every dollar men make, according to the Department of Labor.

For a song's popularity, not all streaming platforms are created equal

Feb 9, 2018
Whether a song becomes a hit will depend where people listen.
Cardi B arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. In 2017, the Bronx-born rapper became the first solo female rapper to reach the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1998. Her success relied heavily on fans streaming her song "Bodak Yellow."
(JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Want to patent your invention? Here's what you need to know.

Feb 2, 2018
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is getting six times as many applications as it did in 1980. And then there's the backlog.

What limiting legal immigration would do to our economy

Jan 29, 2018
Fewer immigrants means fewer people in the workforce.
Immigrants prepare to become American citizens at a naturalization service on Jan. 22 in Newark, New Jersey.
John Moore/Getty Images

College credit in high school is all the rage, but what's the payoff?

Jan 19, 2018
Today there are almost four times as many students taking college courses under the age of 18 compared to 20 years ago.
A student listens during a critical thinking class at Energy Tech High School in Queens, New York. The dual-enrollment class gives students both high school credit and college credit from a nearby community college.
Peter Balonon-Rosen/Marketplace

When grocery stores close, this legal phrase can prevent new ones from opening

Jan 12, 2018
When grocery stores close, critics say restrictive covenants — clauses in grocery store leases that says a landlord can't rent the space to another grocer — can lead to food deserts.
Restrictive covenants are clauses in a grocery store's lease that says a landlord can't rent the space to another grocer.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

When it comes to insurance money, mental health is not treated equal

Jan 5, 2018
For every $1 insurance companies reimburse primary care doctors, they reimburse mental health professionals only 83 cents. Even when treating the exact same thing, like depression.
Ten years after Congress passed a mental health parity law, people seeking care still have trouble finding treatments covered by insurance.
Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Your favorite band T-shirt just got a lot pricier

Dec 22, 2017
Band T-shirts from the '90s are hot right now. Really hot.
courtesy of Patrick Klima/WyCo Vintage

Managing mental health in the midst of disaster

Dec 15, 2017
A look at the cost of the impact of disasters on mental health — and the people who's job it is to help.
An inmate firefighter monitors flames as a house burns in the Napa wine region in California on October 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region.