Oct 21, 2020

What happened to Quibi?

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Plus: robots taking our jobs and the story of an affordable housing project in Baltimore.

Segments From this episode

Quibi is shutting down already

"Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal talks with "Marketplace Tech" host Molly Wood about mobile-focused Quibi shutting down after just six months of operation.

Are businesses automating at a faster rate thanks to COVID-19?

Oct 21, 2020
A forced digitization is taking place, as is a rethinking of how business should get done.
A bartender makes drinks at an event promoting AI in London last year.
Leon Neal/Getty Images

Customers want it now, and some apps are catering to those desires

Oct 21, 2020
Customers want their stuff on the same day they buy it. Instacart can make that happen for some smaller retailers.
An Instacart shopper selects an item at a Wegmans grocery store in Woodbridge, New Jersey, in August.
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

"You work twice as hard to make half as much”

Oct 21, 2020
For Puerto Rico’s restaurant industry, COVID-19 is just the latest in a series of challenges.
Chef María Mercedes Grubb and her brother John Mercedes, outside their restaurant Gallo Negro in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Gallo Negro's original location closed in December 2019.
Courtesy of María Mercedes Grubb

New Baltimore development raises questions about what progress really means

Oct 21, 2020
Neighbors fear the affordable housing project will further concentrate poverty in a distressed neighborhood.
A new low-income rental development rises down the street from where Black Women Build - Baltimore is renovating houses for homeownership,
Amy Scott/Marketplace

Satirist Tom Lehrer has put his songs into the public domain

Oct 21, 2020
Anyone's now free to record or perform the 92-year-old songwriter's parodies without owing royalties or consulting lawyers. And that's not a joke.
Tom Lehrer backstage at the Palace Theatre in London in 1959.
Evening Standard/Getty Images

Music from the episode

Dear To Me Electric Guest
Buried In Detroit Mike Posner
Mad (feat. Lil Wayne) Solange, Lil Wayne
Antenna Bonobo
Dance Through It Twin Peaks
Gold Silver Diamond Generationals

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Associate Producer