Tony Wagner

Digital producer


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 (397)

The numbers for September 10, 2014

Sep 10, 2014
As Obama preps for action in Syria, here are the numbers we're watching.

Some websites are slowing down today to make a point

Sep 10, 2014
Many websites are simulating slowdowns on Wednesday to advocate for net neutrality.

The numbers for September 9, 2014

Sep 9, 2014
Yes, there's a new iPhone coming. Here are five more numbers to keep an eye on today.

ABC is betting big on Shonda Rhimes

Sep 4, 2014
The network is promoting the showrunner as a star in her own right.

What is 4chan?

Sep 2, 2014
4chan is an anarchic website where anonymity plays out in several directions.

D'oh! FXX will air 552 episodes of The Simpsons

Aug 20, 2014
Yes, the FXX will air every episode of the longest running show in TV history.

The cost of travel, according to the federal government

Aug 18, 2014
Some hotels set their rates based on the federal standard.

What's a viral cause worth?

Aug 13, 2014
Social media stunts for charity aren't uncommon, but do they raise any money?