Public radio's 'Marketplace' gets bookish
The show "Marketplace," which is heard on public radio stations nationwide, is collecting all its books coverage in a new section of its website, dubbed the Big Book. "Marketplace" includes the flagship weekday show, a 10-minute morning show and "Marketplace Money," which is heard on weekends. All books coverage, plus excerpts, appear in the Big Book section.
"Marketplace," which somehow manages to make business news an interesting listen, covers smart books and business and the economy and even fiction, when it can bring a business spin. On Nov. 9, host Kai Ryssdal spoke with novelist Paul Auster about his new book, "Sunset Park," focusing on its treatment of housing and the financial crisis of the fall of 2008.
Although "Marketplace" shows are heard on National Public Radio stations, they are not produced by NPR, and they have a separate website. Instead, "Marketplace" is owned by American Public Media, the Minnesota-based radio company that also produces Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion."
Books coverage from programs produced by NPR can also be found in one place on NPR.org.
-- Carolyn Kellogg