Rico Gagliano is a radio reporter, producer and host. Along with Brendan Newman, he’s heard on Marketplace’s bi-monthly “Small Talk” segment, asking the show’s staff and reporters what odd and under-the-radar news stories they’ll be talking about at dinner parties over the weekend. Gagliano also co-created and co-hosts American Public Media's popular radio show and podcast The Dinner Party Download, for which he’s interviewed guests including Spike Lee, Venus Williams and Sir Richard Branson. Gagliano filed his first freelance story with Marketplace in 2001 and his pieces also appeared on The Savvy Traveler and All Things Considered. He joined Marketplace full-time in 2004, spending several years as an international field reporter filing stories from England, Ireland, Sweden, The Netherlands, South Korea and India. He also wrote, performed and produced most of Marketplace’s “Marketplace Players” comedy sketches. Prior to joining Marketplace, Gagliano was a television writer serving as a staff writer on shows for ABC, MTV and Fox Family, as well as his sketch comedy troupe “The Ministry of Unknown Science” which shot two pilots for Spike TV and the Sci-Fi Network. Gagliano’s writing has appeared in The Pittsburgh Post-GazetteL.A. Weekly, and The Village Voice among others. In 2009, Rico interviewed Mary Chapin of folk trio The Chapin Sisters for KPCC-FM’s program “Offramp.” That episode went on to win the “Best Public Affairs Show” award from both the L.A. Press Club and the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California. Gagliano is a magna cum laude and golden key honors society graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where he received his bachelor’s degree in film studies. He also received his master’s degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Gagliano currently resides in Los Angeles where he is an amateur photographer and guitar player.

Features By Rico Gagliano

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Small talk: Clothes, bosses, affairs

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano chat with fellow staffers Betsy Streisand, Jeremy Hobson and Stacey Vanek-Smith about under-the-radar stories: Destroying clothing, telling off your boss, and Mrs. Robinson.
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Award shows change to draw viewers

The Golden Globes will kick off what's come to known as awards season. For TV networks, it means big business. Or it used. Rico Gagliano reports.
Posted In: Entertainment
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IRS gets tough on tax preparers

Soon "unenrolled" tax preparers will be subject to higher standards. Rico Gagliano reports on the federal guidelines rolling out in the next two to three years, which are intended to help keep taxpayers safe.
Posted In: Taxes
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Dinner Party Download: Small Talk

Rico Gagliano, Brendan Francis Newnam and other Marketplace staffers look back on 2009 -- not the big stories but the some of the more fun stuff.
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Small talk: Dickens, Wal-Mart, wrestling

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano chat with fellow staffers Rod Abid, Deb Clark and Stacey Vanek-Smith about under-the-radar business stories involving Charles Dickens' toothpick, Wal-Mart's site-to-store shipping, and Obama wrestling.
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Small Talk

Marketplace staffers share the stories that you may not have noticed in the headlines this week -- from virtual marriage to North Korean designer jeans. (And yes, Brendan, there were sidewalk Santas.)
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The new digital pyramid scheme

The latest pyramid scheme comes to us in a new format: personalized videos. Rico Gagliano reports on what some people are referring to as "cash gifting."
Posted In: Internet
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Cruisin' for an economic bruisin'?

Cruise lines have a few competitive advantages when it comes to finding customers in turbulent economic waters. But will Royal Caribbean International's new quarter-mile, 6,000 passenger vessel be able to stay afloat? Rico Gagliano reports.
Posted In: Travel
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Dow's ups and downs fuel fear, anxiety

The Dow has been on a hair-raising ride in the past week, with swings of a couple hundred points up or down. While the blue chips are up 50% from their lows in March, the volatility has made reporter Rico Gagliano anxious. He tells us why.
Posted In: Wall Street
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Small Talk: News you haven't heard

Say goodbye to the headlines and the top stories. Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano find out what news items Marketplace staffers have noticed, but that you've likely not heard.

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