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Peter Balonon-Rosen

Associate Producer

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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?

Dishwasher

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 (1)

Latest Stories from Peter (44)

Economics of Disaster

The business of disaster: How does the U.S. spend relief money?

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Dec 1, 2017
A guide to when the Federal Emergency Management Agency get involved and the rules governing how its funds are spent.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials help people with questions at the George R. Brown Convention Center which was a shelter for evacuees from Hurricane Harvey, in Houston on September 2, 2017.
MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

The hidden history of comic book shops

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Nov 24, 2017
On and off the page, the whole industry has had some battles of its own.
Comic books for sale at the Big Apple Comic Book, Art, and Toy Show July 6, 2001 in New York City.
Mario Tama/Getty Images

How women pay an economic price after sexual harassment

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Nov 3, 2017
They often move to lower-paying jobs in fields where harassment less likely to occur, a study finds.
Startup Stock Photos

It's open enrollment season. But you'll see fewer ads for it than ever before.

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Oct 27, 2017
The Trump administration slashed money for health care marketing and enrollment helpers.
Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Wait times for Social Security benefit appeals leave people in limbo

by Peter Balonon-Rosen and Sean McHenry Oct 20, 2017
Michael Astrue, a former Social Security commissioner, talks about how and where the backlog starts.
Michael Astrue, former Social Security Administration commissioner, says the backlog starts at the back end. That's where 
“you're having a thousand-day waits.”
Alex Wong/Getty Images

I went to the world's largest Applebee's to figure out why chain restaurants are dying

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Oct 20, 2017
The decline of chain restaurants coincides with the growth in income disparities.
The second floor dining room at an Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Manhattan.
Peter Balonon-Rosen/Marketplace

Schools have become the latest target of cyberattacks

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Oct 13, 2017
A hacking organization shut down a Montana school district for three days following threats of violence and a demand for bitcoin.
A laptop displays a message after being infected by a ransomware as part of a worldwide cyberattack.
ROB ENGELAAR/AFP/Getty Images

Changing the way we measure inflation could boost Social Security benefits

by Peter Balonon-Rosen and Sean McHenry Oct 6, 2017
Using an index that's representative of retirees would mean a bigger monthly check, but it's a tough sell.
Social Security checks are placed in bins before they are mailed at the U.S. Treasury printing facility in Philadelphia in 20005.
William Thomas Caine/Getty Images

What you need to know about reverse mortgages ... and their new rules

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Sep 29, 2017
These mortgages let seniors take out loans, using their homes as security.
The reflection of blue skies and palm trees are seen in the window of a Countrywide banking and home loans location offering reverse mortgages in Sun City, Arizona.
RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images

Why is Rihanna's makeup line selling like wild?

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Sep 22, 2017
Fenty Beauty boasts 40 shades of foundation. Fans say it gives women of color something they can't find elsewhere.
Bamike Ogunrinu, left, sits as New York City-based makeup artist Etzel Ecleston does her makeup with Fenty Beauty products. The brand, launched this month by popstar Rihanna, has been selling out online and in stores.
Peter Balonon-Rosen/Marketplace