What have you always wondered about the economy? Tell us

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)

Why is Rihanna's makeup line selling like wild?

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

4 things you didn't know about North Korea's economy

Sep 22, 2017
Like, that its economy is actually growing.

This photo illustration shows North Korean currency purchased at a Chinese border town, in Beijing on Mar. 6, 2013.

With breach after breach, why are our Social Security numbers tied to everything?

Sep 15, 2017
Governments and businesses are turning to biometrics to find a universal identifier.
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With DACA's future uncertain, one young recipient pushes ahead with his business dreams

Sep 8, 2017
On the verge of opening his own cafe, Anthoa Munoz's future now teeters on the brink of the unknown.
Anthoa Munoz was 17 years old when he learned that he wasn't born in United States. Now the 25-year-old is working under protections from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He's in the process of opening his own cafe.
Peter Balonon-Rosen/Marketplace

Where does your donation dollar really go?

Sep 1, 2017
There's a journey between your pocket and the people in need — and a few pit stops along the way.
Sarah Menendez/Marketplace