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feed audio Retiring into recession
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:00:00 -0600
Many Americans were close to retiring when the financial crisis hit. As part of our series Divided Decade, we'll look at the long road to recovery for seniors. But first, what you need to know about that Affordable Care Act ruling. Then, we'll look at what happens to the thousands of Californians displaced by fires.
audio Ghosting jobs like bad Tinder dates
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:00:00 -0600
Have you ever left someone on read because you just didn't want to date them anymore? More and more people are doing that with their jobs. We talk to the Washington Post’s Danielle Paquette about the growing trend of workers "ghosting" their employers. Then: Are you maximizing your flexible spending account? Millions of Americans still have money in their FSAs, which most have to spend before the year’s end. We look at how some workers are rapidly spending the money before it’s too late. Plus: We go over the latest on auto tariffs, trade and the U.S. budget deficit with the Washington Post’s Catherine Rampell and Politico’s Sudeep Reddy for the Weekly Wrap. 
audio Austin's getting an Apple II
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:00:00 -0600
Apple quietly announced a new $1 billion, 15,000-employee campus to Austin, Texas. It did so without the media frenzy — and blowback — Amazon experienced with its East Coast expansion this year. We'll compare the two tech giants' approaches. Then: Nearly half of American chief financial officers believe the country will be in a recession next year. Are we ready? Plus, this year's record-breaking box office numbers.
audio Where no business has gone before
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 15:00:00 -0600
Mainly, Mars. SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell talked with us about it during a tour of the company's main factory in Southern California. But first, with the sun (possibly) setting on the government-supported 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, we'll assess its pros and cons. Plus, why all those new apartment buildings look the same.
audio How will we know if we're in a recession?
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:00:00 -0600
Unemployment, inflation, GDP growth, bond yields ... we do a lot of numbers on this show. But what should you really be watching if you're nervous about another economic downturn? We asked James Poterba, president of the National Bureau of Economic Research. But first, we'll recap Google CEO Sundar Pichai's congressional testimony and look at the lobbyist job market as nearly 100 lawmakers leave their jobs.
audio We can't all be influencers
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:00:00 -0600
You've got a corgi, some home-cooked meals and a few thousand bot followers. What more do you need to be famous on Instagram? Today we'll talk to a writer who learned it takes a lot more to make that sweet, sweet #spon money. But first, we'll catch you up on the latest with Brexit and now markets are responding. Plus, Lyft and Uber's race to become the first ride-share IPO.
audio How your donation reaches people in need
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 15:00:00 -0600
After a devastating wildfire season in California, millions of dollars poured in for relief and rebuilding efforts. But how does that money actually get to people in need? We looked into it. But first, let's pull apart this morning's jobs report, which showed more part-time jobs. Is that a sign underemployment is on the rise? Plus: What you need to know about the big business of Art Basel.
General Motors announced it will close plants in Maryland, Michigan, Ohio and a Toronto suburb called Oshawa. On today's show, we'll look at how the local economy there is trying to move past auto manufacturing. But first: everything you need to know about Huawei and the latest U.S.-China trade debacle. Plus: Will Lyft be the first ride-share company to go public?
audio The problem with scooters
Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:00:00 -0600
The rise of electric scooters could benefit some low-income neighborhoods, where cities have struggled to provide dependable transportation. But first, they have to shake a serious image problem. Plus: OPEC gathers tomorrow in Vienna to discuss critical issues on oil production, but a lot of the action actually happens in the stairwell just outside the meeting. But first, we'll talk about the latest in coal deregulation, auto tariffs and the role of corporate boards post-#MeToo.
audio The yield curve is acting up
Tue, 04 Dec 2018 15:00:00 -0600
... Which is to say, it's starting to point down. It's inverting. And that can be an important warning sign for the economy. We'll explain. And speaking of warning signs: The housing market is losing steam, but is that bad news? We'll talk about the winners and losers. Plus, a conversation with Alexis Ohanian about creating the front page of the internet and life as a venture capitalist. 
audio A trade armistice
Mon, 03 Dec 2018 15:00:00 -0600
After this weekend’s G-20 summit, the upcoming U.S. tariff hikes on Chinese goods have been put on hold for a 90-day truce in the ongoing trade war. But some American businesses aren’t feeling optimistic. We'll hear from them and from our Shanghai correspondent on the latest. Plus: Yet more consolidation in local TV, and looking back at the economic legacy of George H.W. Bush.
If you celebrate Christmas, you might find yourself strapping a fresh tree to your car this week or heading to a big box store for some faux fir. You might be wondering what's better for the planet: a foreign-manufactured collection of plastic and metal or the genuine article, which takes years to grow, just to decorate your home for a few weeks? We'll try to sort it out on today's show. But first: Maine has the oldest median age in the U.S. at 44 years old and counting. We'll look at the state's efforts to bring in a younger workforce. Plus, the latest out of the G-20, and how many streaming services is too many?
audio There's no such thing as free shipping
Thu, 29 Nov 2018 15:00:29 -0600
Big retailers have followed Amazon's lead in making free shipping a staple. But that leaves small businesses in the uncomfortable position of managing expectations or just eating the cost of two-day air themselves. But first: Wages are up, inflation is down and consumer spending is on the rise again. That's all good, right? Well, maybe. We'll walk through some of the warning signs of downturn to look out for. Plus: A look back in trade history, when Japan had a turbulent relationship with the U.S.
audio Today the Fed said what you wanted to hear
Wed, 28 Nov 2018 15:00:00 -0600
That means different folks heard different things. Markets heard a potential end to interest rate hikes, but we'll go back over Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell's remarks and tell you what you need to know. Then: Home sales have fallen to their slowest pace in two years, and low inventory in the housing market isn’t helping. But with slow sales, is there enough incentive to convince builders to build? Plus, Canada is seeing more asylum seekers. 
audio What companies did with their tax cuts
Tue, 27 Nov 2018 15:00:00 -0600
Last year's corporate tax cuts were meant to, ultimately, drive economic growth. Prominent Republicans argued, sometimes on this very show, that companies would use the money they saved to reinvest in new equipment, factories and, most importantly, jobs. But many bought back their own stock instead, and that could contribute to an economic slowdown. We'll talk about it, and how oil refineries along the Texas coast are are trying to protect themselves from hurricane season. Plus: Why "sold out" games don't always look all that sold out.
With the economy as strong as it is right now, retailers are expecting a big Cyber Monday. But whether those gifts are for yourself or someone else, they have to get to your door somehow, and that's contributing to holiday season gridlock. But first: GM President Charles E. Wilson once said what's good for the country was good for General Motors and vice versa. So what about those 14,000 layoffs GM announced today? We'll talk about it. Plus: The economic consequences of climate change.
Workers on Wall Street got a half day, but for those in retail it's going to be a long one. We’ll talk about what the retail landscape looks like this holiday season. Plus, the NFL is trying to grow internationally, but is it going to work? Another question we have in the "is it going to work" department is what the terms will look like for Brexit. We hear from one fisherman in Scotland about his concerns. And we kick off the show with the Weekly Wrap and details of a new report on climate change and what it could mean for the U.S. economy.  
audio Let’s do the numbers on…Thanksgiving
Thu, 22 Nov 2018 15:00:00 -0600
U.S. Markets are closed today, so we’ll do some turkey economics for you instead. It’s Thanksgiving, aka the day before Black Friday. We’ll tell you what retailers want from you this season, besides cash. Plus, we look at how to make design more inclusive, and we talk to a woman who has made animation her career. But first, let’s start with a side dish. A good chunk of the country’s sweet potatoes — you know, the ones that end up on your Thanksgiving day table — are grown in North Carolina, but supply may be sparse this year after Hurricane Florence. 
What's this holiday weekend all about? Let's see. Travel? We'll tell you why more international carriers are popping up in unexpected U.S. cities. Family? We'll explore the data privacy issues around home genetic testing. Shopping? We'll tell you Target's plans to win back your business. Or maybe the holiday makes you want to float away and leave all that behind. We'll tell you how to become a blimp pilot.
audio How to be a chef, just in time
Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:00:00 -0600
We have a series around here called "How to Be a ..." where notable people tell us how they got their interesting jobs. Today, just in time for the holiday, we have Dominique Crenn. "Not everybody understands how to cook ... they don't have to know how to cook," she says about people who work in her restaurants. "But I hope they can know how to eat." But first: American household debt has reached a record high, topping its previous peak in 2008. We'll look at what that means for the holiday season. Also at a record high: homelessness among students at the largest school district in the nation. We'll look at why. Plus, a conversation with actor Frank Grillo about his new Netflix show.
audio No one stock should have all that power
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:00:00 -0600
Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn has been arrested by Japanese prosecutors, accused of underreporting his income. As the board at Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi votes on dropping Ghosn, industry experts are wondering if CEOs are holding too much power. Then: Why the rest of the stock market could follow Apple's decline. Plus, how food delivery is changing restaurants and how to make a living designing jewelry.
audio A little oil, a little Brexit and some puppets
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:00:00 -0600
This week had a bit of it all — tumultuous Brexit negotiations, a swing in oil prices and conversations about shifts in currency — so we break it down in the Weekly Wrap. We also talk about Apple’s new partnership with A24 (of "Moonlight" and "Lady Bird" fame) alongside the news of mortgage lenders like Wells Fargo laying off employees. Then, in our latest segment of How We Changed, we talk to a woman with a master's degree in puppet arts from the University of Connecticut. Lastly, how empty storefronts are helping form the new "retail desert."
audio Is it too early to talk holiday sales?
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:00:00 -0600
Nahhhh. With the holidays right around the corner, and ads inundating our collective consciousness, we try to figure out why deals are everywhere. But first, the British pound has fallen nearly 2 percent against the dollar amid shaky Brexit negotiations. What exactly are the markets trying to tell us? Then: a story about the state of temporary work in the years before and after the Great Recession. Also, one journalist (and mother) on how history, the economy and race have shaped American motherhood.
audio 585 pages of Brexit
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:00:00 -0600
There's a Brexit deal ... we think. What happens next? What sticking points have held up the process? We talk to Marketplace’s Stephen Beard about whether or not the May administration will be able to close the deal with the European Union. Then, a follow up to our reporting yesterday looking at the auto bailout 10 years later. This time, we look at how the financial crisis transformed the economy of Kenosha,Wisconsin. Plus, we'll talk to AEG CEO Dan Beckerman for this installment of Corner Office. 
audio What happens when Amazon moves in?
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:00:00 -0600
The wait is over — Amazon finally announced its new headquarter locations. They are near two major metropolitan areas: Crystal City, Virginia, just across the Potomac from Washington, D.C., and Long Island City in Queens, just across the East River from Manhattan. We'll be taking a look at what happens to housing and rent prices when Amazon moves in. Then, later in the show, we'll talk about what’s next for the places that weren’t chosen. Plus: Ten years ago, the government bailed out the auto industry partially on behalf of the workers. A decade on, how have those auto jobs fared? We check in on the bailouts that were meant to save the economy of Toledo, Ohio.
audio Today's market decline, explained
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 15:20:56 -0600
By now we don't have to remind you that the stock market is not the economy, but we'll give you some more context for today's decline. Also on today's show: One of the most influential companies you probably never heard of is going public. The mobile division of Japanese conglomerate Softbank is vying for an IPO. That's a big deal for American companies, including Uber, Slack and WeWork. Then: About 70 percent of online shopping carts are abandoned before purchase. Now e-commerce retailers are trying to figure out how to get shoppers to that last click. And we remember comic book genius Stan Lee. We talk to Gizmodo’s Evan Narcisse about Lee's impact on pop culture. 
audio So what if you don't want to pay tariffs?
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 16:18:36 -0600
It's been a long week. Let's take five minutes just to recap. We'll talk midterms, the Federal Reserve and more with the Wall Street Journal’s Kate Davidson and Politico Managing Editor Sudeep Reddy for the Weekly Wrap. Then, we'll get into tariffs, or more specifically, how to be exempt from paying tariffs. Since last March, the Commerce Department has been inundated with nearly 50,000 applications from steel and aluminum companies asking to be excluded from the tariffs — 10 times the amount it initially expected. So how does the Commerce Department choose who gets exempted? We dig into it. Plus, with tariffs there's always a catch, and the lobster industry is feeling it. We talk to Bloomberg’s Shawn Donnan about how Maine lobsters got caught in the trade war crossfire. 
audio Make the economy boring again
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 15:54:59 -0600
Some things might change with the American economy because of the midterms, but we can always count on the good ol' Federal Reserve. The Fed has been meeting this week to discuss interest rates and the state of the economy. While interest rates held steady this month, an increase is anticipated in December. But what about housing interest rates? The average rate on a 30-year mortgage hit 4.94 percent this week, a near seven-year high. Now, the housing market is cooling off — new data is showing a further decline in mortgage applications. We talk to experts about what that means for the economy. Also, the deficit hawks are about to get louder. Talk of the federal deficit was rather quiet during the midterm elections, but with Democrats as the majority of the House, we're going to hear a lot more about it. Plus: a check-in on Big Scooter. Yes, we said it. Big Scooter. It's a multibillion-dollar industry. 
audio Midterms are over. What happens now?
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 16:42:42 -0600
On today's show we'll look at the big-picture economic affects of the election results. New House, same deficit, so what can Democrats change? We talk to senior reporter Kimberly Adams about how the budget deficit will play out with the new Democratic majority. Voters in Idaho, Utah and Nebraska approved Medicaid expansion, meaning nearly 300,000 Americans could get coverage. A look at the future of Medicaid funding in these traditionally red states. And, in nonelection news, Puerto Rico has been approved for a $4 billion deal to assist its debt crisis. Plus, the latest installment of Corner Office. This time, we talk to Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson about the challenges of the health care industry.
Chinese tech company Foxconn planned to bring a lot of new manufacturing jobs to the people of Wisconsin, until those plans changed. Turns out there aren't a lot of engineers for hire in Wisconsin. Now Foxconn is asking engineers in China to raise their hands and come on over to Wisconsin. We talk to the Wall Street Journal’s Shayndi Raice about Foxconn’s labor troubles. Also on today's show: Americans spend billions of dollars on their pets every year, with a large portion of that spent on food, and companies are taking note. Plus, in our latest installment of #HowWeChanged, we hear the story of a Wells Fargo loan officer who became a whistleblower in a case alleging the bank unfairly targeted African-Americans with subprime loans.