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Missed “Marketplace” with Kai Ryssdal on air? Catch up here! Listen now

Sabri Ben-Achour

Correspondent & Host

SHORT BIO

My job is to do what I can to help all of us understand the economic forces that shape our lives and our world.

What was your first job?

I was a waiter!

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

It can be hard to break down complex topics quickly and fairly.

In your next life, what would your career be?

A chemist or a geneticist, I think.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Playing with giant horseshoe crabs under the moonlight as they swam ashore to spawn. (It was for a story on how their blood is used in the medical industry).

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

My plants. I water them when I'm stressed. They get a lot of water.

Latest Stories from Sabri (91)

The world can't agree on how to tax big tech companies

by Sabri Ben-Achour Jan 17, 2020
Will the U.S. get into trade fight after trade fight with every country that tries to tax big tech?
Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images

Despite deals completed and in the works, many trade conflicts remain

by Sabri Ben-Achour Jan 15, 2020
There are plenty of other fights brewing, especially between the U.S. and Europe.
There could be still be stormy skies ahead for U.S. trade.
Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images

Bringing down the cost of bionic arms

by Sabri Ben-Achour Jan 9, 2020
Prosthetic limbs are essential for many people. But they are also expensive. One possible solution? Technology.
A 3D-printed bionic arm, created by Limbitless. The company hopes to bring down the cost of robotic prosthetics.
Sabri Ben-Achour/Marketplace

Where traditional retail stands heading into 2020

by Sabri Ben-Achour Jan 9, 2020
Some retailers are announcing store closures. Do holiday season sales have anything to do with it?
Macy's is set to close some stores after a tough year. Above, a Macy's store in Chicago.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Most U.S. automakers in China are having a tough time

by Sabri Ben-Achour Jan 7, 2020
Mass market models have suffered most.
Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

What to expect from this year's Consumer Electronics Show

by Sabri Ben-Achour Jan 6, 2020
Lots of next-generation 5G wireless, and lots of artificial intelligence
An attendee uses Sony's Playstation VR at the Sony booth during CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
David Becker/Getty Images

A year of trade fights and new deals

by Sabri Ben-Achour Jan 3, 2020
2019 was the year the United States began tearing down the rules-based system for international trade in earnest.
China's Vice Premier Liu He, second from right, shakes hands with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing in March during trade negotiations.
Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images

Inflation: Maybe it's all in our heads

by Sabri Ben-Achour Dec 13, 2019
It's possible that prices aren't rising much because we don't expect prices to rise much.
Alex Wong/Getty Images

Why is inflation still so low?

by Mitchell Hartman and Sabri Ben-Achour Dec 13, 2019
With the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, wages — and prices — should be rising faster than they are.
One reason inflation is so low might be globalization.
David McNew/Getty Images

Few workarounds for a hamstrung WTO

by Sabri Ben-Achour Dec 12, 2019
The WTO’s ability to settle disputes could be damaged for some time.
A red pedestrian trafic light next to the headquarters of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on December 10, 2019 in Geneva.
Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images