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 (398)

What's a viral cause worth?

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

IPOs - why the frenzy ?

Jul 29, 2014
It might be the busiest week for companies going public since August 2000.

TSA crowdsources crowd problems

Jul 29, 2014
The airport security agency offers a prize to keep its "fast-lane" program fast.

In gaming, a famous face can cost you

Jul 17, 2014
What do Manuel Noriega and Lindsay Lohan have in common? They both just sued game developers.

Killing Archie, to keep his brand healthy

Jul 15, 2014
There are many Archies loose in the world.

Your job in 5 words

Medley: We asked, you answered. (<- 5 words)
Kai stumped President Obama. But not you.
Jim Watson/AFP

Super Tuesday State Economies

Feb 26, 2013
The week has started with a mad dash as the remaining presidential candidates held rally after rally ahead of Super Tuesday. Eleven states will award hundreds of delegates, mostly in the South, and the contests aren’t winner-take-all, so everyone’s trying to get a piece of the action. All this election cycle we’ve brought you stories […]