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Tony Wagner

Digital producer

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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.

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Latest Stories from Tony (384)

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.
Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images

Tell us: What makes you uncomfortable about money?

by Tony Wagner Jul 2, 2019
We might feature you on our brand-new podcast, "This Is Uncomfortable."
"This Is Uncomfortable" host Reema Khrais

Crying at work is uncomfortable, and that's OK

by Tony Wagner and Reema Khrais Jun 25, 2019
One of the country's foremost crying-at-work experts set us straight on shedding tears at the office.
It's ok, let it out.
AMC/screengrab via Netflix
The Uncertain Hour

The opioid epidemic in 5 charts

by Tony Wagner Apr 9, 2019
Putting the numbers in broader context.
Dr. Gurcharan Kanwal lost his medical license after an investigation by the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force found that he was running a "pill mill," or distributing drugs without a legitimate medical purpose, out of this building in Coeburn, Virginia.
Julia Rendleman for Marketplace

We're still not sick of Christmas music, believe it or not

by Tony Wagner Dec 24, 2018
Holiday music is more popular than ever, but that doesn't mean it's easy to make jingle bells rock.
The brothers in Hanson — Zac, Taylor and Isaac — are reissuing their 1997 holiday album "Snowed In" this year. Their second holiday album, "Finally it's Christmas," came out in 2017.
Peter Balonon-Rosen/Marketplace
Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

We did the numbers on our filter bubbles

by Tony Wagner Nov 20, 2018
Kai and Molly hand over their Twitter data to see what they're not seeing.
DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images

Thanksgiving doesn't have to cost so much

by Tony Wagner Nov 20, 2018
The American Farm Bureau Federation's average is lower than it's been in years.
A customer looks over turkeys for sale at Costco, 2004. 
PAUL J.RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

Here's how to see what you log into using Facebook

by Tony Wagner Oct 4, 2018
The latest cyberattack goes way beyond the social network itself.
Facebook's corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images
Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

Trump's situation isn't new — presidential conflicts of interest date back to George Washington

by Tony Wagner Sep 26, 2018
A closer look at Washington's finances, slaves and the conflicts of interest that came with them.
First U.S. President George Washington and 45th President Donald Trump
Getty Images and Wikimedia Commons
Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

10 things you didn't know were in the Library of Congress

by Tony Wagner Sep 25, 2018
You don't have to go to D.C. to explore one of the biggest libraries in the world.
You don't have to dig around in the archives to explore the Library of Congress.
Alex Wong/Getty Images