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Sean McHenry

Associate Producer


Sean is based in Los Angeles, California.

He works on the flagship broadcast show “Marketplace,” where he produces host interviews, first-person stories via the “My Economy” series, and directs (he’s one of the people who picks the music you hear on the show).

Sean graduated from the University of Michigan and got his formal entry to radio as an intern on Michigan Radio’s daily newsmagazine “Stateside.” Before that, his notable jobs include writing teacher, barista, and he was briefly a janitor. He enjoys being a big nerd over coffee and TV, especially sci-fi and reality TV.

Latest Stories (397)

Inflation is "not yet where it needs to be," Treasury Secretary Yellen says

May 9, 2024
Janet Yellen addresses the state of the U.S. economy and underscores the country's rivalry and collaboration with China in an interview.
"I think it's important for Americans to understand how critical democracy is to economic performance," Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says. Above, Yellen testifies at a House Ways and Means committee hearing on April 30.
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Higher rates may not solve California's property insurance woes

May 6, 2024
With climate change hiking insurer costs, the state may allow catastrophe modeling as a stopgap, says former Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.
"As climate change  has driven more frequent and severe weather-related events, it's killing people, damaging property and causing more insurance losses," says Dave Jones, a former state insurance commissioner.
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Homeownership in the The Sims meets homeownership IRL

Apr 29, 2024
"The Sims had really kind of seeded that desire for homeownership in me at a young age," said Elle Hunt, a journalist based in the U.K. "And I'd spent the interim 20 years walking away from that dream a bit."
"The Sims had really kind of seeded that desire for homeownership in me at a young age," said Elle Hunt.
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The TikTok ban is poised to make the U.S.-China divide even starker

Apr 23, 2024
"You sort of have these two parallel internets that are existing in both countries," says WSJ technology reporter Meghan Bobrowsky.
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As drive-thrus get bigger, some cities aren't lovin' it

Apr 18, 2024
The rise of online ordering drives restaurant chains to build more drive-thrus, but traffic and walkability concerns have led to bans.
Cars swarm the drive-thrus at a CosMc's in Bolingbrook, Illinois. The brand, owned by McDonald's, only serves customers in drive-thru lanes.
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The Realtors settlement could change how agents work with homebuyers

Apr 3, 2024
In a landmark settlement to several lawsuits, the National Association of Realtors could require agents and buyers to have a written agreement.
A rule change for Realtors could require buyers to pay agents directly, and that has some Realtors worried.
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Fed Chair Powell: Interest rates likely won't return to "historically low levels" before the pandemic

Powell discusses how monetary policymakers arrive at consensus, the value of transparency and the issues that influence interest rate decisions.
"Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal interviews Jay Powell, head of the Federal Reserve.
Courtesy Federal Reserve

Vending machines: An emerging side hustle

Some vending machine owners make hundreds of dollars a month, says Joe Pinsker, a reporter with The Wall Street Journal.
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Refurbishing vintage furniture for art (and profit)

Mar 27, 2024
Latoyia Smith started by painting secondhand desks for remote students. Then their parents wanted her to beautify their own furniture.
"When I began the business, I had no expectations," said Latoyia Smith, owner of Lavish Furniture Flips. "I was like, if I build it, they will come, but will they buy? And then they did."
Courtesy Smith

More housing stock means the market may be shifting in favor of buyers

Mar 18, 2024
New home listings hit a 17-month high in February, and as more sellers sell, housing prices could flatten, says Conor Sen at Bloomberg Opinion.
"We're seeing inventory really grow off the very low levels of last year," says Bloomberg's Conor Sen. "And in a market that's very undersupplied, that's becoming a meaningful amount of inventory."
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