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Flight shame gives way to the night train

Nov 13, 2019

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Marketplace

Marielle Segarra

Reporter

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As a reporter for Marketplace, my job is to show people how the ins and outs of the economy are relevant to their lives. That has meant explaining things like how a mall closure can gut a town's budget, how drug shortages are making it harder for doctors to treat patients and how a typo in the new tax law is causing retailers to hold off on store renovations. I'm also interested in the psychology behind the economic decisions we make.

What was your first job?

Summer camp counselor to a bunch of 5-year-olds.

In your next life, what would your career be?

I think I would still want to create things. Maybe I'd be a chef. Or an interior designer. Or I'd write for a TV show.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

Financial stability, which is a good start.

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

My stash of chocolate.

Latest Stories from Marielle (244)

Trade showdown

Just how much is the trade war hurting China's economy?

by Marielle Segarra Oct 14, 2019
For the month of September, China's import and export data looked weaker than economists were expecting.
The U.S.-China trade war rages on, as China's exports dip. Above, one U.S. dollar and 100 yuan notes on display at a bank in Beijing, China in 2006.
China Photos/Getty Images

Toys R Us and Target make a holiday deal

by Marielle Segarra Oct 8, 2019
The toy store's creditors — basically a bunch of banks — are trying to figure out how to make money from the brand.
Black Friday 2015, better days for Toys R Us.
Yana Paskova/Getty Images

China's farm tariffs are having real effects in rural America

by Marielle Segarra Oct 7, 2019
Car sales in rural areas most affected by China's retaliatory tariffs aren't growing as quickly as other areas.
Soybeans are harvested in Worthington, Minnesota.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

What is the service economy, anyway?

by Marielle Segarra Oct 3, 2019
The vast majority of American jobs are in the services sector; as distinct to manufacturing, agriculture and others.
Pixabay

Trade group asks U.S. government to call out Amazon for counterfeits

by Marielle Segarra Oct 2, 2019
The group also wants web sites in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines added to the list.
A trade group is asking the federal government to put Amazon websites, specifically those in France and India, on a counterfeit list. Above, Amazon packages in northern France.
Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Oil infrastructure limits ability of U.S. to quickly ramp up exports

by Marielle Segarra Sep 16, 2019
Problems like shallow shipping channels are one reason the U.S., despite being the world's biggest oil producer, is not its biggest exporter.
A pumpjack sits in the Permian Basin on the outskirts of Midland, Texas, in 2016.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Why it's so hard to deliver groceries

by Marielle Segarra Sep 12, 2019
Walmart, which is about to expand its unlimited grocery delivery nationwide, knows all about it.
Shopping bags lie on a checkout counter of a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Troy, Ohio.
Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Kroger taps into the demand for meat substitutes

by Marielle Segarra Sep 12, 2019
The grocery chain joins companies like Hormel and Tyson which are also entering the market of meat alternatives.
The Kroger Co. corporate headquarters is seen in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

The rise of the inner-child industry

by Marielle Segarra Sep 6, 2019
A lot of adults are going back to the things they loved as kids: scavenger hunts, coloring books, Lego sets, magic shows and summer camp.
Adults seem to be increasingly nostalgic for their childhoods.
George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images

What happens when retailers pass along tariff costs to customers?

by Marielle Segarra Sep 5, 2019
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
The Federal Reserve releases the Beige Book several times a year. Above, the Fed building in Washington, D.C., in 2008.
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