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Tony Wagner

Digital producer

SHORT BIO

I work on digital and publishing strategy for Marketplace's podcasts “Make Me Smart,” “The Uncertain Hour” and “Corner Office,” along with upcoming projects and the podcast versions of our flagship radio shows.

What was your first job?

I was a "party coach," serving pizza and cutting cake at The Play Station, a birthday venue in my hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It was kind of like a Chuck E. Cheese, but train-themed.

What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?

A good pair of boots is not cheap, but they'll last your whole life.

What’s something that you thought you knew but later found out you were wrong about?

I used to think I didn't like tacos, because when I was growing up in a small mostly white suburb in the Midwest, "tacos" meant ground beef, limp lettuce, pre-shredded cheese and a seasoning packet in a hard shell. It took moving to LA for me to realize how narrow my view was and start exploring the endless varieties and rich history of my absolute favorite food.

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

For Christmas a few years ago, my good friend (and Marketplace colleague) Sarah Menendez gave me a framed photo of the animatronic baby Grinch from the 2000 Jim Carrey adaptation of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." It's been on my desk ever since, and when people ask, I say he's my son.

Latest Stories from Tony (393)

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by Tony Wagner Dec 24, 2019
It depends! The Christmas tree a potent symbol not just for the season but for the sustainability of many things we buy.
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How "The Nutcracker" became a holiday classic

by Tony Wagner Dec 13, 2019
Tchaikovsky's ballet is a holiday institution and a big cash cow for dance companies. But it wasn't always that way.
"The Nutcracker" wasn't always a holiday tradition.
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How to send us a voice memo

by Tony Wagner Dec 3, 2019
They're just as easy to submit as voicemails — once you know how to do it.
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Our economy has changed. Should our economic indicators change, too?

by Mitchell Hartman and Tony Wagner Nov 26, 2019
That question stumped Kai and Molly on this week's "Make Me Smart." Here's the answer.
Don't count manufacturing out yet.
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How to handle a surprise hospital bill

by Tony Wagner and Marketplace Staff Nov 21, 2019
Step one? Don't panic.
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What you need to know about the NCAA and paying student athletes

by Andy Uhler and Tony Wagner Nov 13, 2019
This week on "Make Me Smart," we're talking about a longtime controversy that's starting to boil over. Here's a refresher.
The Virginia Cavaliers celebrate with the trophy after their 85-77 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the 2019 NCAA men's Final Four National Championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 08, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Here are some more of your money horror stories

by Tony Wagner Oct 31, 2019
Boo! More tales we couldn't fit in the podcast, including bad breakups, discounted patio furniture and an act of god.
Your trusty blogger, left, dressed as Regis Philbin circa "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," Halloween 2000.
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Tell us your money horror stories 🎃👻

by Tony Wagner Oct 21, 2019
Help us with an upcoming episode by sharing your money secrets, fears and regrets.
Chilling.
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Five simple rules for negotiating a better salary

by Tony Wagner Oct 11, 2019
A negotiation expert tells us how to know your worth.
Rule #2: Get comfortable
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Your uncomfortable stories of trying to dress like you belong

by Tony Wagner Aug 15, 2019
The brands change, but the class anxiety doesn't get any more comfortable.
For a solid decade-plus, this is what teens were told to aspire too.
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