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December 28, 2019

Hosted by Kai Ryssdal, our flagship program is all about providing context on the economic news of the day. Through stories, conversations and newsworthy numbers, we help listeners understand the economic world around them.



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More than 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment insurance since mid-March. Many of them told the Labor Department that they considered their layoffs “temporary,” that they’d been furloughed and would be back at work at some point. But “some point” seems to be dragging on, and coming back from layoffs might not happen at all for some. Today, we do the numbers. Plus: tourism, bar reopenings and problems in the supply chain.

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Another 2.1 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance this week. About  55% of the people who lost their jobs last month are women, which is a contrast from the last financial crisis. Today, we’ll look at the dynamics playing out now and why benefits have been historically hard for people to get. Plus: life on the farm and on the reservation.

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Most colleges in the U.S. have been shut down for months in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. But NYU’s campus in Shanghai could provide an example of how to reopen mid-pandemic. Today, we take you there. Plus: the PPP extension, a literal economic slowdown and how breweries are adapting to social distancing.

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Some companies have been experimenting with the four-day workweek to improve productivity and morale. Will the coronavirus pandemic finally push more workplaces to make the switch? Plus: what it’s like to quarantine in an RV, and will Q3 be the “fastest-growing quarter in U.S. history”?

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States — and counties within those states — are reopening at different stages with different rules and guidelines. Business owners are navigating the uncertainty around those rules as they try to determine which apply to their businesses. A bar owner in Boise, Idaho, thought she might be able to reopen, but realized her bar doesn’t serve enough food to meet the state requirement. Plus: a program in California focused on housing the homeless during the pandemic, high school seniors are facing a difficult decision and the life-saving properties of soap.

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It’s been about two months since Congress passed the big coronavirus relief bill, and 10 weeks since President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency. We’ll talk with some of our contributors and historians about the state of the economy and the historical context. Plus: China abandons GDP targets, Americans settle into working from home for the long haul and we chat with the president of the New York Stock Exchange.

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Another 2.4 million people filed for unemployment benefits last week. That’s down from the week before, but still about the population of Houston. There are two ways the government measures joblessness in this country, and it’s important to keep an eye on both. We’ll explain. Plus: how emerging markets are faring in this crisis, why evictions could surge in Texas and a conversation with the CEO of the travel company Booking Holdings.


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Restaurants, already operating on thin margins, have to balance keeping customers safe and making them feel safe, while trying to restore some normalcy. Today, we look at how one Atlanta Vietnamese spot is doing it. Plus: How Americans spent their relief checks, the coming wave of farm bankruptcies and the fight over hazard pay.

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Today we’re going to dig into some ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. While companies are looking for breaks from their rent, Home Depot says sales are up, and animation is about the only entertainment production still working. Plus: How remote work in oil and gas … works.

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We asked the CEO of digital education company Chegg. Plus, we’ll dig into the auto supply chain, examine how banking has changed and get a preview of the new season of “The Uncertain Hour.”

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…Now they might dip into those funds. Today on the show, we’ll look at the long-term effects of this economic crisis. Plus: new retail sales numbers, travel in a reopened China and the Americans staying away from hospitals even when they need care.

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As colleges and universities across the country plan virtual graduations for the class of 2020, many new graduates are looking for their first jobs in a very different world than they were planning for just a couple months ago. Today we check in with some of them. Plus: how rural libraries are holding up, how consumer spending is changing and the tense dynamic between reopening companies and employees who don’t feel safe coming back.

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Fed Chairman Jay Powell is live-streaming during this crisis like everyone else, and today he warned of a prolonged recession caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Today we’ll break down his remarks and what Congress might do about it. Plus: why home prices aren’t falling and how children’s TV changed America.

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Over 200 economists have signed a letter asking the Trump administration not to impose its new “Buy American” restrictions on medical supplies over fears they’ll exacerbate shortages and raise prices. Today, we do the numbers. Plus: the life of a hairstylist in a reopening state, what it would look like if a major American airline went under and a conversation with the CEO of Twitch.

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Across the country, many nonessential businesses and restaurants are reopening. But when the public is scared of the ongoing pandemic, we might be opening the door for more demand shock. Plus: 78% of the people who lost their jobs last month were temporarily laid off. Should they feel optimistic about going back to their original jobs? And we’ll look at the market for masks and rental housing.

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Nearly twenty-two million jobs lost and unemployment at 14.7% for April. It was a bad jobs report, no way around it. But there’s more to it then that. Today we dive into how furloughs are counted, what this means for people trying to make rent and what the “diffusion index” can tell us. Plus: We’re watching a lot of TV, but do people want to watch shows about the pandemic?

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Today the NASDAQ closed up for the year. We’re not sure how you square that, except by once again digging into why the stock market is not the economy. We’ve also got Chinese trade and small business loan forgiveness on the docket today. Plus: How are you sleeping?

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The economic effects of this pandemic are not equal. In our latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, we found a third of people have lost work, while about one-sixth of them are working more hours. Today we dig into why. Plus, the view on the ground as Texas reopens, a conversation with the CEO of Land O’Lakes and how the flower business is faring ahead of Mother’s Day.

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The newest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll is out today, and it paints a stark picture of how Americans are feeling amid the coronavirus crisis. We’ll dig into one figure in particular: more than four in 10 Americans say they couldn’t come up with the money for an unexpected $250 expense. Plus, how the health care system is changing, what it’s like to be making COVID-19 tests right now and how hazard pay works.

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The Small Business Administration says that as of Friday, banks have loaned out $175 billion from the federal Paycheck Protection Program. That’s good news for businesses and the banks lending to them. Today, we look at how long that money will last amid a new surge of applications. Plus, what’s going on with Texas oil, how consumer prices are changing and what to expect from Disney’s first-quarter earnings.

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Even as the economy reopens, returning to work could mean more than just changes to the physical space. Workers could be on staggered schedules and shorter weeks with scheduled remote days. Today, we look at office life post-coronavirus. Plus, fiscal vs. monetary policy, the crush of customer service calls and where those $1,200 checks are going.

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We now know that more than 30 million people have filed for unemployment since early March. That’s roughly 1 in 5 people who had a job back in February, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. But when we get unemployment numbers for April, the rate will likely be far below 20%. So what gives? Today we do the numbers. Plus: AMC bans Universal Pictures, corporate earnings are terrible and influencers are still … influencing.

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We’re starting to get a picture of just how much damage the pandemic is doing to the economy: GDP fell 4.8% in the first quarter, and this is the beginning. Plus: Why businesses don’t see the point in applying for emergency loans, the power and limitations of OSHA, and Michael Schur talks about bringing back “Parks and Recreation.”

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With China a little further along in restarting its economy, it might be reasonable to assume that a company whose supply chain is deeply intertwined with China might have a leg up right now. But it doesn’t really work that way. We’ll take a deep dive into those supply chains today. Plus, how Hollywood productions might work around COVID-19 and a conversation with the CEO of GoFundMe.

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Banks began accepting applications for $320 billion in new emergency payroll protection loans this morning. Last time, the process was unclear and bottlenecked. How’d things go today? We spent the day calling banks and small businesses to find out. Plus: The view from Shanghai, surprising essential businesses and why the stock market is not the economy.

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Throughout the economy, you’re seeing businesses pivot in response to COVID-19. Auto plants are making ventilators, distilleries are making hand sanitizer and many clothing retailers are making masks. Plus: that Congressional Budget Office report about how bad things will get, what happens when bodegas close down and love in the time of coronavirus.

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With 27 million jobs vaporized in just five weeks, economists, analysts and other observers are realizing that quarterly and monthly economic data just isn’t cutting it anymore. Today, we look at how looking at the economy has changed. Plus: the need for more contact tracers, the states leading on small business loans and putting a dollar value on human life.

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How’s your savings account looking? According to the data, not great. But it’s not your fault. Today, we’ll look at the cultural and economic forces that make Americans bad at saving money. Plus: how businesses are preparing to reopen, state funding in a crisis and Netflix is (surprise!) doing pretty well right now.

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Home health care workers are fighting COVID-19 by trying to keep their clients out of emergency rooms, which sometimes means quarantining with them. Plus: Oil’s storage shortage, declining home sales and how we talk to each other on Venmo now.

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U.S. crude oil prices plunged into negative territory today for the first time, falling to minus $37.63 per barrel. That’s possible because storage is the most valuable commodity in the commodity market. We’ll explain. Plus: how experts reckon with COVID-19’s impact on GDP and a conversation with a banker who’s giving small business loans.

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China’s first-quarter GDP contracted for the first time since 1992, and a new survey shows more American executives seeing the two countries “decoupling” economically. Today we look at another dimension of the pandemic and what it means for global supply chains. Plus: what it’s like to run an unemployment insurance program right now.

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Five million more people filed for unemployment insurance last week, bringing the total past 20 million for the month. But the real number is actually much higher. Today, we look at who isn’t counted. Plus, earnings season’s new “COVID metrics,” the New Yorkers not paying rent and the high delivery app fees squeezing restaurants.

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As of today, the Small Business Administration’s pandemic emergency lending program has approved more than 1.3 million loan applications worth nearly $300 billion. We’ll check in on the state of the program and some businesses that have applied. Plus, the spring clothing stranded in stores, coronavirus’ effect on college admissions and the country’s yeast shortage.

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In a normal year, the nation’s procrastinators would be firing up tax software or digging around for a W-2 tonight. But now that tax day is delayed three months, there’s a different kind of chaos unfolding for accountants. Plus: a new IMF outlook, the challenges of managing staff remotely and an unexpected essential business: livestock auctions.

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Whether it’s TP or a Nintendo Switch, if you’ve had trouble finding an item in stores or online recently, it all comes back to the supply chain. Today, we’ll break it down. Plus: The U.S. Postal Service’s financial trouble, how social distancing is changing the urban landscape and a conversation with the CEO of Feeding America.

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As state after state encourages people to stay home, therapists and psychiatrists have moved their practices onto the internet and over the phone. While mental health care can make that switch relatively easily, getting it covered is another matter. Plus, America’s truck driver shortage and the psychology of app-based tipping.

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About 17 million Americans filed unemployment claims in the past three weeks and the actual number of jobs lost is almost certainly higher. Today, we’ll try to figure out how high unemployment might go by the summer. Plus: how food banks are coping with the crisis and how credit markets might indicate recession.

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People of color are being hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic, in part because they are disproportionally represented among frontline workers. Today, we do the numbers on this country’s labor force and how workers’ families are affected. Plus, converting hotels into homeless shelters, when unemployment turns recession into depression and our new embrace of processed food.

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With so many “essential” workers putting themselves at risk, hazard pay has become a national topic of debate. Today, we’ll spend some time looking at exactly what it is and how it’s used. Plus, we explain deflation, the new distressed property market and why unemployment numbers are even higher than the data suggests.

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A new report from the American Enterprise Institute offers a roadmap — today we’ll talk with a co-author. Plus: consumer spending’s drop-off, what happens when retailers stop paying rent and how social distancing can lead to social media overload.

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We got the March jobs numbers this morning — 4.4% unemployment, more than 700,000 jobs lost, and it’s going to get a lot worse. Lenders are bracing themselves for missed mortgage payments and investors are avoiding loans that aren’t backed by the government. Today, we’ll dig into the economic ripple effects. Plus, small businesses trying to apply for emergency loans and the impact of COVID-19 on both funeral homes and the ad industry.

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Unemployment claims passed 6.6 million last week, more than double the week before. Many workers who still have their jobs are now doing them for reduced pay. We’ll ask how those pay cuts might ripple through the economy. Plus: the huge number of immigrants who will miss out on checks from the government, and the logistical challenge of giving small businesses emergency loans.

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States and FEMA are separately competing for ventilators, which is driving prices up to roughly $25,000 each. Today, we look at the market forces at work. Plus: What it’s like to run a barge company right now, why employers are backing off 401(k)s and how the housing market is adapting to low interest rates and no in-person showings.

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We’re starting to see some devastating economic indicators around the coronavirus pandemic. But just how bad are things going to get? Today we assembled a group of historians to talk about the economic crises of the past, and why it’s unlikely this one will look like the Great Depression. Plus, Britain’s ventilator shortage, insurance hikes and the science of setting the markets to music.

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If your inbox looks anything like ours, you’re seeing a bunch of ads for online sales. With nonessential businesses closed all over the country, many retailers are doing what they can to drum up business. It’s true that consumer spending is a primary engine of this economy, but is it right to splurge on fancy sweats right now? Plus: how deep this recession will get, how Americans are confronting the bills due this week and a conversation with rapper, singer and writer Dessa.

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Lawmakers have finally passed a $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package. When it comes to saving small businesses, will the aid be enough? We talk with some business owners who are barely getting by. Plus: the new economies of Canadian border towns, retailers’ rush to staff up and a conversation with the president of the Dallas Fed.

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Ventilators, masks, gloves and other supplies American hospitals need are produced in China, Italy, Malaysia and elsewhere. That puts the U.S. at a disadvantage in its fight against COVID-19. We’ll look through the supply chain and potential solutions. Plus: the new lifestyles of working parents and the non-traditional workers being hit especially hard by this crisis.

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Tomorrow’s first-time unemployment claim numbers are expected to be exponentially higher than a typical week, and many states have cut back on unemployment insurance in recent years. What about the people losing employer-sponsored health care? Today we’ll do the numbers and check in on the status of the stimulus bill that could provide some relief. Plus: What a 90-day tariff deferral would do for the people paying (that’s us).

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When you’re losing work because of COVID-19, it might not feel like there’s much difference between getting laid off and furloughed. But it’s an important distinction. We’ll talk about it, plus the unemployment claim numbers coming this week, how the repo market works and the nationwide mask shortage.

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When you’re staring down a financial crisis, you want to talk to someone who’s been there before. So today we called up Ben Bernanke, who’s both a scholar of the Great Depression and ran the Federal Reserve during the Great Recession. He says fiscal policy is going to have to “get its act together.” Plus: what an economic “restart” looks like, how small businesses in China are still under pressure and encrypted social platforms’ struggle to fight COVID-19 misinformation.

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We have pretty good, near-real-time data on the COVID-19 virus, the number of new cases, tests and so on (you can find daily updates on our website). But the economic impact? Not so much. Today, we’ll tell you what to keep an eye on. Plus: A few stories from a tidal wave of layoffs, and is Boeing too big to fail?

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The floor of the New York Stock Exchange is usually full of people, but on Monday it will move to electronic trading only to combat coronavirus. Today, we talk about how that will work and ask Nasdaq President and CEO Adena Friedman why markets are still open at all. Plus, the state of mental health benefits, economic impacts of the 1918 Spanish flu and a conversation with “World War Z” author Max Brooks.

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In just a few weeks, coronavirus has completely reshaped the way Americans are working. Today, we’re looking at the layoffs, the newly housebound office workers and the folks who still have to go out and risk spreading the virus, sometimes for minimum wage. Plus, more listener questions, like: What’s the difference between a recession and a depression? And can’t the Fed just pay for a stimulus?

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President Donald Trump acknowledged Monday that the economy may be headed toward a recession. Is that just due to the coronavirus, or is it the recession economists have been predicting for years? Today we talk a bit about the difference and what’s on the horizon. Plus: remote education in the digital divide, Americans stocking up, and why stocks are up.

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We’re answering more of your questions about the coronavirus pandemic today. Starting with: What exactly did the Fed do this weekend, and what would happen to the global economy if activity in the U.S. shut down? Plus, how China’s 270 million students are learning at home, what’s changing for supply chains along the border, and why working from home is great for hackers. Of course, we’ll also talk about stocks, which had their biggest single-day drop of the crisis so far.

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The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t causing an economic slowdown in the United States, it’s causing an economic stop. You probably have a lot of questions, like where the Fed’s $1.5 trillion went, how algorithmic trading is affecting volatility and what numbers to watch as we prepare for a recession. We’re going to answer all of them and more. Plus: What it’s like to run a movie theater right now and the increased risks for the hundreds of millions of homeless Americans.

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Stocks had their worst day since 1987 and the economy is experiencing uncertainty unseen since 2008. Today, we’ll help you understand what’s happening and what’s coming. We’ll talk with experts, business owners, a farmer and a doctor (who’s also school board president) about how they’re feeling the spread of COVID-19 and what they’re bracing for. Plus: the millions of uninsured or underinsured Americans who can’t afford to see a doctor even if they suspect they might have the new coronavirus.








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With a the Dow in bear market territory and a bunch of stimulus proposals under consideration, the COVID-19 pandemic might be giving you flashbacks to the financial crisis of 11 years ago. Today we compare current economic conditions to 2008. Plus, online dating and stockpiling “essentials” during the outbreak.

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As new cases of COVID-19 spread across the nation, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the economy is going to take a serious hit. With that in mind, the White House has floated a payroll tax cut and other steps to prevent a recession. Today, we’ll look at how that would work. Plus: canceled flights, canceled classes and a price war on oil.

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Phew, OK, wow. Like the markets this morning, let’s trip our own “circuit breaker” to recalibrate and talk through everything that just happened with stocks and oil. Plus, we’ll look to Austin, Texas, where residents and businesses are reeling from the cancellation of SXSW, and to Shanghai, where people are ever-so-slowly getting back to work and shopping.

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The COVID-19 outbreak has virtually shut down the entire movie industry in China, and that’s having ripple effects for big blockbusters, often the only reliable moneymakers in Hollywood right now. We’ll look at what’s happened so far and consider the summer movie season. Plus, what we can get out of today’s jobs report, diminishing returns on the 10-year T-note and a visit to the dark web.

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They call the Port of Los Angeles, which handles more cargo than any other port in the Western Hemisphere, “America’s Port.” Thanks to COVID-19, February volume was down 25% from last year. Today, we talk with the port’s executive director about what’s going on there and why it matters. Plus, what you need to know about market volatility and algorithmic trading, and the debt collection case in front of the Supreme Court.

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Markets are down 1,200 points one day, up 1,200 points the next. There’s lots of activity on the bond market and a lot of people looking to the equity index futures market. Today we talk through what that is and how you can read the futures, too. Plus, how airlines and OPEC are reacting to COVID-19, “Women’s Work” and why affordable mental health care can be so hard to find.

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There’s a lot the Federal Reserve can do to keep credit moving and help businesses weather the storm caused by the new coronavirus disease. Today, the Fed cut interest rates by a half point. But rates are already low, and in a COVID-19 outbreak, what if the economy needs more than the Fed can give? Plus, we’ll talk about what that decision might have been like in the Federal Open Market Committee and the reaction from the G-7 and the Treasury.

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As COVID-19 spreads to the United States, more workers here are staying home — and boosting telecommuting stocks. Plus: The mood in Shanghai, Jack Welch’s legacy at GE and how Judge Judy made a fortune in syndication.

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C’mon, have you seen markets this week? Today we’ll talk about stocks, bonds and why millennials are so into astrology. Plus, mortgages are getting cheaper and what a $200 million fine means to billion-dollar wireless carriers.

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COVID-19 fears have driven stocks down 10% from a 52-week high, putting us officially in a market correction. Goldman Sachs says S&P 500 companies won’t see any earnings growth this year. We’ll talk about what all that means, plus: the CDC’s Emergency Operations Center, the history of corporate buzzwords and we “sundown” our series “United States of Work.”

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had pretty straightforward advice for staying healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak: wash your hands and stay home when you’re sick. For a lot of Americans, the former is fine but the latter is easier said than done. Plus: What President Trump talks about when he talks about coronavirus, Silicon Valley’s VC drought, and in the latest installment of “United States of Work,” one woman tells us about working past retirement age.

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A lot of economic activities in China remain stalled, but as cases of COVID-19 are on the decline, some workers are back on the job. Today, we look at how office life has changed in Shanghai after the outbreak. Plus: more market reaction to the coronavirus and another installment in our series “United States of Work.”

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You had to know this was coming, right? The Dow dropped more than 1,000 points as COVID-19 spread continued its spread. We spend some time at the top of today’s show getting context for that reaction, and looking at why consumer confidence is still so high. Plus, made-to-order clothing at scale, more seasonal work visas and our series “United States of Work” heads to a private practice in rural Ohio.

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On today’s installment of “United States of Work,” we’re talking with Steve Fields, a Kansas City, Missouri, trucker who sees a lot of this country — and sees economic changes down the road, too. Plus, we meet a Los Angeles construction worker and dig into the latest business activity numbers.

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“Rule of law” is a legal phrase that’s been getting a lot of attention amid President Donald Trump’s controversial interactions with the Justice Department. But it’s not just the foundation of the legal system — it keeps the economy together, too. Plus: Morgan Stanley buys E-Trade, Bath & Body Works is one of the last mall stores standing and our series “United States of Work” heads to Nashville.

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Two in 10 American workers are in the service industry. As part of “The United States of Work” series, we’re following a bartender in Portland, Oregon, and a hair stylist in Boise, Idaho. Plus: sinking toy sales, new producer price index numbers and what it’s like to build your own house.

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There are 164 million people making this economy go. We don’t have room on our show to profile the entire workforce, but this year we’re going to follow 10 of them in a new series, “The United States of Work.” We’re starting with Michael, a New York-based accountant. Plus, how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting Apple and Nintendo earnings and a look at the booming market for hard seltzer.

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Portals into the dream of homeownership look a little different these days. Real estate apps and websites like Zillow have attracted a swelling audience of millennials looking to take a peek into the real estate market. Also, we talk about the sleep economy, apps helping native business and how George Washington handled national debt.

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The number of private bathrooms per American has doubled in 50 years. Doubled! Today, we talk to The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson about why the U.S. has so many toilets and what that says about us. Plus, Delta’s plan to become carbon neutral, dismal retail numbers and why teachers in D.C. aren’t managing to live where they work.

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The Congressional Budget Office says the U.S. government is on track to forgive over $200 billion in student loans over the next decade. Today, we look at how the program works and who benefits. Plus: The cost of canceling the Mobile World Congress, Asia’s pilot shortage and a conversation with the woman who runs Wikipedia.

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Matthew Wilder’s “Don’t Break My Stride,” a 1980s one-hit wonder, has been going viral on TikTok for weeks. So has Roddy Ricch’s “The Box,” which beat Justin Bieber to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. When does virility start to pay? Today, we do the numbers on streaming, memes and chart success. Plus: fake coronavirus news, unemployment insurance cuts and in-home grocery delivery.

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Thanks to a tight labor market, more and more Americans are changing jobs, and faster. Where does that leave the customary two-week notice period? Plus: the Sprint and T-Mobile merger, WME’s failed IPO and the first responders who can’t turn to Google Maps.

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The Justice Department is charging four members of the Chinese military in the 2017 Equifax data breach, in which hackers got the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of 145 million Americans. Attorney General William Barr said it was the biggest in a string of connected attacks, which China has denied. Today, we’ll look at what the Chinese would want with Americans’ personal data. Plus, President Donald Trump’s budget, the economies of early primary states, and the Oscars’ spotlight on hair discrimination.

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Growth is not a problem for Uber, but when it will start making money is another question. The company says it will be profitable by the end of year, and while Uber Eats accounts for two-thirds of its losses, it’s doubling down on food delivery. Today we’ll talk about why. Plus, how coronavirus is hitting supply chains, Brexit brain drain and why Warner Music is going public … again.

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Billions of American dollars are resting in unused gift cards and digital wallets. Starbucks and Walmart together have about $3.5 billion, PayPal is holding tens of billions. Where is that money sitting and what do companies do with it? That’s what we’re finding out on today’s show. Plus: The latest China trade news, how to get your personal data back and why Iowa’s caucus app failed.

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It was tough to be a Redditor in 2015. For every small, vibrant subreddit devoted to a hobby or earnest advice, there was a cesspool of misogyny or a community devoted to snuff films. But CEO Steve Huffman has been working to make the site less scary, and advertising revenue has started growing. The story of how a sinking ship righted itself could offer insights for other other social media sites trying to clean up. Plus: Ripple effects from cutting down flights to China, Casper’s IPO and more from Kai’s conversation with Janet Yellen and David Malpass.

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That’s what former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said onstage in Washington with World Bank President David Malpass this morning as part of a wide-ranging discussion with Kai Ryssdal. Today, we bring you some highlights from that conversation. Plus: YouTube’s earnings and how AI could help track the coronavirus outbreak.

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Fast fashion giant Forever 21, which filed for bankruptcy last month, is selling itself to a consortium of buyers that includes two large mall owners. Today, we take look at why America’s malls have an interest in buying their tenants. Plus: coronavirus turned Shanghai into a ghost town, tariff exemptions are harder to get and the world’s biggest oil producers mull cutting production.

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Netflix’s new documentary series “Cheer” is bringing new attention to both the world of competitive cheerleading and Varsity, the company with a monopoly on the sport. Plus, farm bankruptcies, the real cost of one-day shipping and Iowa’s deluge of political ads.

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Britain will finally exit the E.U. tomorrow. The U.K. now has eleven months to finalize a new trade deal with their former bloc. Today, we look at what comes after Brexit day. Plus, the return of the 20-year bond, sluggish business investment and America’s effect on Mexico’s economy.

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For a lot of retailers, especially restaurants, afternoons are tough. That’s why happy hour exists. Starbucks beat earnings expectations in part because it’s been able to bring more shoppers in during the afternoon. Today, we look at how coffee shops and other retailers are fighting through the “dead zone.” Plus: Warren Buffet gets out of newspapers, the latest from the Fed meeting, and how one man is finding shelter amid LA’s homelessness crisis.

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The Federal Reserve’s first meeting of the year just started, and gross domestic product numbers are out later this week. The production slowdown of Boeing’s 737 Max is slated to show up in that number, and we’re taking a look at the other products that impact GDP. Plus: 3M’s job cuts, Huawei’s role in the UK’s 5G network and the latest consumer confidence and durable goods numbers.

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The Chinese government extended the Lunar New Year holiday to slow the spread of coronavirus. While some workers will get paid time off, not everyone is so lucky. Today, reporter Jennifer Pak gives us the view from the streets of Shanghai. Plus, the outbreak’s ripple effects, new steel and aluminum tariffs and the official start of tax season.

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The federal government shutdown ended a year ago, but it’s still hurting temporary workers, like security guards, who will never get that month of wages back. The Trump administration is using a lot more contractors than previous White Houses, and today we talk with some people still paying off credit cards and other debt they took on. Plus: The head of the New York subway system steps down, the “American Dirt” controversy and how China is responding to the coronavirus.

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And not just in the U.S. All around the world, central banks have kept interest rates low or even negative, but inflation isn’t going up as expected. What’s going on? We kick off today’s show trying to answer that question. Plus: P&G’s earnings, bricklaying robots and the effects of the government shutdown, a year later.

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With a record 532 scripted series on air and an expensive streaming war on, this is a challenging time to take over a cable channel. We’ll talk about the business with AMC President Sarah Barnett. After that, we look at how Netflix measures its shows’ success and what counts as a “view.” Plus, the latest on auto tariffs, Boeing and Venezuelan refugees in Chile.

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President Trump told an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos today that the U.S. was in a “blue-collar boom.” We’re going to take some time to assess that claim and the state of blue-collar work in general. Plus: AI goes to the movies, a new spate of retail closures and why China is leading the world in solar, wind and … coal.

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Microsoft has recently announced plans to spend $1 billion on technologies that will help eliminate carbon from the atmosphere. It’s part of the company’s greater plan to becoming carbon negative in the next 10 years. Molly spoke to Lucas Joppa, Microsoft’s chief environmental officer, about this approach. Plus: Thousands of business leaders and lawmakers converse on Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. We also look at the IMF’s 2020 economic forecast, Ireland’s housing crisis and negative perceptions of female CEOs.

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While we’ve been hearing a lot about how the trade war has negatively impacted U.S. farmers, the executive vice president of the largest garlic producer in the country wants people to know it’s helped others. “We’re apolitical as a company,” said Ken Christopher of Christopher Ranch. “What we are is pro-American garlic farmers.” Plus: negotiations over a digital tax is causing a rift between the U.S. and E.U., when companies should split in two, and we find out just how the trade deal with China was approved.

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The Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission allowed corporations and unions to spend money in politics in an unprecedented way. It’ll be 10 years next week, so today we’re taking a look back on how our elections have changed. Plus: new retail and supply chain numbers, and the economics of hologram musicians.

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The U.S. and China signed a phase one trade deal this morning. Today we’re answering more of your trade questions, talking with a farmer about how she’s affected by the trade deal and examining more of America’s trade disputes around the globe. Plus, Target’s sluggish growth, the affordable housing shortage and Amazon’s fraught relationship with FedEx.

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The trade saga between the United States and China has gone on for almost two years. Now it might just be at the end. With President Donald Trump set to sign a phase one deal tomorrow, we’re devoting most of today’s show to the trade war: how we got here, what tensions still remain and how the conflict has impacted people, businesses and regulators here and abroad.

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According to the International Federation of Journalists, more than a dozen Iranian journalists recently reported having their Instagram profiles suspended after they posted about Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s death. Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, said any accounts or posts that are being blocked is because the company is being careful not to violate sanctions. It makes sense that sanctioned people, like Soleimani, might be blocked from the platforms, but what about people just posting about him? Plus: How phase one of the trade deal between the U.S. and China is affecting the steel industry, a new way to measure inflation and the lack of diversity in the financial planning industry.

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As soon as the electric scooters showed up America’s streets, they were gone. Some of them, anyway. One of the big players, Lime, is laying off 14% of its staff and pulling out of 12 cities. Today, we take a look at the competitive landscape of scooting. Plus: Verizon kills the bundle, gift cards had another big holiday season and, of course, we have to talk about the December jobs numbers.

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While most of the conversation around streaming services has focused on big American brands like “Star Wars” or luminaries like Martin Scorsese. But don’t sleep on anime — it’s a big draw for a young, engaged international audiences, and services like HBO Max, Hulu and Netflix are inking big deals with the premier Japanese animation studios. Plus: What you need to know about Facebook’s political ad policies, credit card fee hikes and how monetary markets are reacting to the conflict with Iran.

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There are some signs that tensions between the U.S. and Iran could be de-escalating, but there’s more than just a physical war to worry about. Today we assess the tools for cyber warfare Iran has at its disposal, and the market reaction to last night’s missile attack in Iraq. Plus: a look at how technology might bring down the cost of prosthetic limbs, and more from our “Adventures in Housing” series.

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Stocks hardly reacted to the first part of a trade deal with China last month, but the U.S. assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and new tensions with Iran have caused a stir. Today, we’re going to dig into how unpredictability riles markets and what it means for events to be “priced in.” Plus: What the low trade deficit does and doesn’t tell us, modern email etiquette and how the #MeToo movement has changed the American Economic Association’s annual conference.

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Former Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke sparked chatter in economic circles by saying the Fed should not rule out using negative interest rates. That would discourage banks from stashing their cash in the central bank and nudge them to lend. Even though the economy is growing at the moment, it could be good to have the option when things stall. But current Fed Chair Jerome Powell has pretty much ruled that out. Plus: How sanctions have shaped Iran’s economy, how alternative milks are putting a dent in the dairy industry, and how a Bahamian island is still recovering from Hurricane Dorian.

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A U.S. airstrike in Iraq early Friday morning killed Qassem Soleimani, a powerful Iranian military leader. Iran has vowed retaliation, and while nothing has come yet, the oil markets are reacting. This is a critical spot in the oil market, and analysts are trying to assess where the heightened risks are to oilfields, workers, pipelines, processing facilities, vessels and shipping lanes. Plus: global spending on video games hit a high in 2019, a new industry that’s helping adults make friends and economic opportunities that lie on the hiking trails.

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The U.S. dollar rose for most of last year, until September hit.  Since then, it has lost about 2.6% of its value, according to the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index. The rise and fall of global markets affects the value of the dollar because it’s thought of as a sort of safe haven. At the same time, the U.S. Federal Reserve started pumping more dollars into the U.S. financial system. But should we worry about the dollar’s drop? Plus: the fourth quarter election fundraising numbers are in, a new Nevada law that bans employers from denying jobs to applicants who test positive for marijuana, and the story of an international consultant who finally landed at home.

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Ever realize you have 17 bottles of hand lotion and decide to reevaluate? That’s what Haley Falconer realized before she decided to do a shopping fast. She decided she would buy only the essentials, like groceries, and forgo all else. In the latest installment of our series “How We Shop,” we hear how she did it and how the year long experiment saved her family $4,000. Plus: A look back at this decade in the workplace, the story of a security guard who just turned 80 and a conversation about the board game industry.

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A tweet from presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg about making the East Room in the White House an open office plan set the internet ablaze. Open plan office spaces have been trending for a few years now, but research shows there are quite a few downsides, like increased illness and decreased communication. Will the end of the decade bring the end of the open office? Plus: an update on U.S. trade relations, how a retired government contractor is winding down on the vineyard and a look at this decade in housing.

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“Marketplace Tech” host Molly Wood dropped by to tell us about the major tech trends of the past decade. If the 2000s were about the growth of the internet, the 2010s were about learning how to use it. Software saw a boom, with the rise of apps like Uber and platforms like Facebook. Molly’s big prediction? By 2030, phones will be no longer. Plus: the trade deficit in goods shrank for the third straight month, California’s new data privacy law kicks in at the start of the new year and a nurse navigates finances in her semiretirement.

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Comcast, NBCUniversal’s parent company, is reportedly in talks to buy Xumo, a free streaming service totally supported by advertisements. That could help NBCUniversal make good on its plans to launch Peacock as a free, ad-supported service not unlike good old fashioned TV. Plus: Tesla is set to deliver its first cars built in China, a sleeping pill-induced money horror story and how swimsuit fabric drummed up controversy at the Olympics.

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With new global emissions rules kicking in Jan. 1, most analysts agree shipping costs are likely to rise. Shipping companies can do a couple different things to reduce their emissions, including purchasing cleaner but pricier fuel. The upside: Our air will be cleaner. Plus: a look at automatic inflation adjustments in minimum wages, how Saudi Arabia is pushing entrepreneurship and Pantone’s 2020 color of the year.

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With the holidays wrapping up, we’re looking ahead at changes coming our way in 2020. The Department of Labor is raising the salary threshold for lower-paid salaried workers. Starting January 1st, 1.3 million workers will be eligible for overtime pay, we’ll talk about who is covered in this ruling. Plus: A look back at the last decade in trade and the last year in China.

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Disney Plus launched last month, along with the Star Wars universe show “The Mandalorian.” The breakout star is The Child, whom the internet has lovingly dubbed Baby Yoda. While the green little guy is huge online, there’s a noticeable lack of merchandise. We look at why the entertainment giant didn’t have the goods in time for the holiday season. Plus: a climate-conscious Christmas, a look back at the year in retail and one state’s efforts to curb traffic congestion.

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Over a year after the first 737 Max plane crashed, Boeing announced CEO Dennis Muilenburg will depart immediately. The board’s current chairman David Calhoun will officially take over on Jan. 13. What’s next for the company and when will the 737 Max be back in the air, if ever? Plus: a chat with the LA mayor, a breakdown of what being a “most-favored-nation” means, and why there’s an overload of packages being delivered to the office.

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The big GOP tax cut package will turn two over the weekend. We ask whether the cuts paid for themselves and stimulated the economy as the White House and its allies promised. Plus: Chinese surveillance companies finding blacklist workarounds, new consumer spending numbers and why it’s still so hard to shop sustainably.

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Executives from middle market companies say one of their top challenges is finding more skilled workers. Today, we pick that distinction apart a bit and look at what it takes to be a “skilled worker” and why they’re hard to come by. Plus: the economics of tangerine season, chat bots that can “yes and” and a conversation with Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari.

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A survey from consulting firm Robert Half said about half of employees planned to spend time online shopping at work this holiday season. Whether that puts you on the naughty list at work is none of our business. Today we dig into the overall effect on productivity, which isn’t as bad as you might think. Plus: The latest consumer price index numbers, FedEx’s “horrific” earnings and a conversation with the CEO of the nation’s second-largest charity.

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Turns out it’s about 1%. Today we look at the impact of halting production of the 737 Max, and how the decision could reverberate through the supply chain and economy as a whole. Plus: Three more stories from our “How We Retail” series and a look at the Southern California students turning to Mexico for affordable education.

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We’re headed back to Iowa today, continuing our look at how the trade war, not to mention climate change, are altering the $100 billion agriculture business in this country. Plus: Boeing will halt production on the 737 Max, and Uber is giving California drivers a bit more rider info.

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Holiday shopping season isn’t down to the wire quite yet, but it’s getting close. Today we’re gonna look at a couple ways shopping is changing: We call a mall manager to hear how the season’s going so far, then we hear from a retiree who went back to work for the app, Shipt. Plus, a quick update on Brexit, Europe’s crowded airports and the long view on inflation.

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The dramatic cut of corn and soybean exports to China as a result of the current trade war was a big blow to American farmers, leaving them scattering to find different markets to make up the losses. But that’s easier said than done. The Trump administration has handed out billions in aid, but not every region or crop has gotten the same benefits. Today, we’re doing the numbers on who’s getting that aid, and spend some time with three Iowa farmers to see how they’re coping. Plus, a look at how globalization is affecting inflation, and how technology is helping gift-givers comparison shop this holiday.

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Several recent surveys found that a significant number of Americans don’t just feel the pressure to buy more, they also end up overspending during the holidays. Today, we do the numbers on who’s going into debt this season and why, along with some tips to avoid spending more than you can afford. Plus: What you need to know from the last Fed meeting of the year and the big tech regulation that’s a sticking point in the USMCA.

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House Democrats have reached an agreement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement more than two years after the Trump administration started the process of renegotiating NAFTA. We’ll tell you everything you need to know. Plus: robotic produce pickers, the fight over irrigation water and a conversation with the first woman to run an American record company.

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Former Federal Reserve Chair Paul Volcker, who helped shape American economic policy for decades, died this morning. Today, we look over his impact on the economy, and recall the time he raised interest rates to 21.5%. Plus: A new innovation that could make recycling more efficient, how to make kids’ entertainment more diverse, and the “smoker’s track” at work.

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Uber reported today that of about 1.3 billion rides in the U.S. last year, there were 3,045 sexual assaults, nine murders and 58 people killed in car crashes. Today, we’re looking at those numbers in the context of Uber’s market share: some 70% of app-based ride services in the U.S. Plus: How Amazon changed Baltimore, takeaways from the latest jobs report and how inflatable holiday decorations took over American lawns.

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We’re a week into the official holiday shopping season and, thanks to a late Thanksgiving, some shipping companies are already racing to the finish line. Plus: The end of the WTO as we know it, Sen. Rand Paul’s creative proposal for student loan debt and will 5G live up to the hype?

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The Trump administration is tightening work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or sometimes “food stamps.” The White House says low unemployment should make finding work easy, and the move will save $5.5 billion over the next five years. Today, we follow the money to find out what impacts the move could have. Plus: Twitter’s junk bonds, e-books’ effect on libraries and the unexpected costs that come with treating rare cancers.

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We’re partial to “Stormy Weather” and “We’re In the Money,” but there’s one iconic sound that means it’s time to do the numbers: the bell that opens and closes the trading day on Wall Street. Today we take a look at that tradition, who gets to ring the bell and how they do it. Plus: Why batteries are getting cheaper and what the economy will look like in a year if the trade war continues.

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America is short more than 60,000 truckers, and that number is expected to double in the next decade. Today, we talk with a trucker who trains people for the road. Plus, the latest on currency and trade wars, how e-commerce has changed holiday hiring and another shortage Americans are grappling with: not enough access to childcare.

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Whether you spend the day after Thanksgiving hunting for deals or lounging on the couch, consumer spending is still one of the primary drivers of this economy. Today, we’re gonna look at the outlook for this holiday season. Plus: why more teens are headed to stores today, how one couple found perfect gift, and why you might find a pair of Crocs under the tree this year.

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Thanksgiving air travel is expected to break records this year, and that means a lot of sitting around at airports. But there might be alternatives this year: Some airports are building walking paths, yoga rooms and full gyms. But is that the best use of space? Also: How small businesses are negotiating tariffs, innovation in the flower industry and a “Decade of Fire” in the Bronx.

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NBA games are still banned from China’s state-run CCTV more than a month an official tweeted support for protestors in Hong Kong. How long can China’s economic grudges last? For South Korea, it’s three years and counting. Today, we look at how those lock-outs affect companies. Plus: The Trump administration’s tech import blocks, the latest business investment numbers and how all that plastic gets in the ocean.

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That was Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell talking about the economy this week. The job market is strong, holiday spending expectations are up, so why is consumer confidence down for the fourth straight month? Today, we unpack it all. Plus: Why eBay is selling StubHub, why young women bear the brunt of unpaid household labor, and why Mexican cartels are getting into the avocado business.

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We’re barreling toward the official start of the holiday shopping season, even though most stores have had tinsel up since late October. Today, we’ll hear from a bunch of different retailers about how their businesses have changed. Plus: Why companies are splitting up the chairman and CEO, who’s actually paying tariffs and how cryptocurrency works.

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The United States produces about 2.7 billion pounds of tomatoes per year. When they’re in season, there’s nothing like biting into a fresh one. So why are so many tomatoes on grocery store shelves so bad? Plus: The latest on Huawei, English winemakers’ plan to repair their reputation and how accessibility impacts shopping.

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The upcoming sequel to “Top Gun” may strike many moviegoers in the summer of 2020 as an aerial tribute to American military might, yet several sharp-eyed fans who have seen the trailer are asking if Paramount Pictures is doing the bidding of China. The studio changed Tom Cruise’s character’s signature jacket to remove the Taiwanese flag, and it’s just the latest example of Beijing’s censorship laws shaping entertainment in the States. Today, we trace many examples and talk about why they matter. Plus: A bunch of mergers and acquisitions news as PayPal buys Honey Science Corp. and Charles Schwab enters talks to buy its biggest rival, TD Ameritrade.

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A Japanese conglomerate just bought craft beer giant New Belgium Brewing, bringing an end to one of the largest employee-owned companies in the United States. There are only about 6,000 others in the country, so today we take some time to talk about how employee ownership works and why companies do it. Plus: The NFL’s latest efforts to attract women and our reading of the latest Federal Reserve meeting minutes.

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Like it or not, it’s already holiday shopping season. And while you might not be ready quite yet, the truth is all those potential gifts on store shelves got here months ago. Today, we’re taking a visit to the Port of Los Angeles, which handles about half of all the shipping container trade between the United States and China. You may have heard there’s a trade war on. We’ll talk with the workers at the port about how it’s going. Plus: Why Home Depot is struggling and a new kind of prosperity gospel.

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Ford is taking a big swing with the Mustang Mach-E, a new electric SUV the company announced last night. We have the exclusive interview with CEO Jim Hackett about the car and his vision for the company after a tough year. Plus: The Trump administration backs off its fight against flavored vape products, and Amazon takes criticism for how it handles counterfeit goods.

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Holiday shopping season is upon us, and many retailers are rushing to hire seasonal workers. Today, we look at how companies decide how much extra help they need and what happens when they get it wrong. Plus, what you need to know about the Trump administration’s push for transparent hospital pricing, and as always, we do the Weekly Wrap.

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Last November’s Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. Given the massive scale of what was lost, there are thousands of survivors who still need serious financial help to put their lives back together. But getting that help takes a long time and requires staying on top of paperwork and deadlines. The most important of those deadlines just passed, and some estimates indicate thousands of people with claims missed it. Plus: A conversation with the head of the Atlanta Fed and a sign that the real estate market could be getting less competitive.

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While you were busy watching the impeachment hearings, Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell was testifying before Congress with a warning: While a Recession is less likely now than it was earlier in the year, current fiscal policy and national debt isn’t ready for a downturn. Today, we’ll catch you up. Plus: A conversation with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the rise of “Porch Pirates.” Yarr.

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The unemployment rate is at near-record lows, but if that changes, it will mostly fall to states to pay unemployment benefits. That’s what happened in the Great Recession, but many states had to borrow to make up the gap. Plus: What you need to know about Google and health care records, and why banking apps and startups are named things like “Dave” and “Alice.”

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The town of Paradise, California, is still trying to recover from the deadly and destructive Camp Fire that broke out in November 2018, killing 85 people and destroying more than 13,000 homes. In the days and weeks after the fire, residents were worried that big developers would swoop in, buy up the land at a discount and rebuild Paradise in a way that would alter the existing community. Today, we’ll look at how it’s going a year later. Plus: How algorithms determine what you can borrow, how the Army’s trying to recruit Zoomers, and remaking “Joy of Cooking” for a new generation.

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Apple’s credit card is accused denying approval to women while giving it to their less credit-worthy male partners. Troubles in Hong Kong are making investors nervous. Plus, the opportunity the fall of the Berlin Wall gave a young girl from East Germany.

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Former WeWork head Adam Neumann walked away with a $1.7 billion payout when he was forced out of the company. Now, ahead of the planned layoffs of thousands of workers, WeWork employees are organizing to make demands of management. It’s not the only workplace trying to unlock the power of informal organizing. Plus: The lasting economic legacy of the Berlin Wall and … why is office paper that size, anyway?

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The risk of a possible recession appears to have died down. So what happened? And are regular business owners and consumers feeling any better about the economy? We look into it. Then, what you need to know about Xerox’s offer to acquire HP and other cash and stock deals. Plus: AI isn’t quite here yet, but Black Friday is.

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Productivity was down 0.3% last quarter, which isn’t a seismic change, but it’s part of a downward trend. Americans are working hard, so why are they working in the slow lane? We look into it. Plus: how climate change is affecting the wine industry, why a country short on affordable housing also has millions of vacant homes and what you aren’t learning in civics class.

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We’re taking the macro and micro angles on the trade war today. First, looking at the factors that caused the U.S. trade deficit to fall more than 4% to $52.5 billion. Then zooming in to look at how farmers in Montana are stinging from the hit on their income caused by trade war. Plus, conversations about carpooling, VCs and the future of banking.

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Halloween’s over, so you know what that means … it’s open enrollment! And this year, the marketplace has more “skinny” health care plans. But one person’s cheap, streamlined coverage package is another person’s “crappy insurance.” Plus: Why the government is concerned about TikTok, Apple’s affordable housing play and making the “perfect” Thanksgiving dinner.

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Once upon a time, Deadspin was a go-to website for sports, culture and news. Then a private equity company bought it. After being told to “stick to sports,” staff protested by quitting en masse. The disaster says a lot about what happens when private equity and digital media collide. Plus: The economy is contracting, and the NCAA moves forward on student athletes making money.

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Chrishelle Palay never expected to be living in Kashmere Gardens, a historically black neighborhood in Houston that’s still struggling with the legacy of segregation and neglect. Then her great-aunt died and left her house to the family. On today’s installment of “Adventures in Housing,” we hear from Palay about why she kept her aunt’s house. Plus: a look at how job wages are faring, and why the Fiat Chrysler-Peugeot merger is happening now.

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Retail may be changing, but so are consumers. That’s why we’re launching “How We Shop,” a new series looking at how, what and why we buy. To kick it off, we follow a shopper who takes frugality to the next level. Plus: The streaming wars carry on, and the Fed cuts rates yet again.

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Every earnings season, when companies announce how well a quarter went for them, you’ll see a pretty common headline: whether or not a given company beat or missed Wall Street’s expectations. But what exactly are “expectations,” and who makes them? Plus: The NCAA opens up to athletes making money, and the decline of coal.

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The governor of California declared a state of emergency yesterday after wildfire forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate. Wildfire season across the entire western part of the country is becoming more intense and more expensive every year — the federal government spent more than $2.4 billion on fire suppression in 2017. Today, a look at who pays after these disasters. Plus: scammed on the ‘Gram and a Brexit update.

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How does a city of 24 million do its recycling? Shanghai began requiring its households, companies and public institutions to sort recyclables out of the 33,000 tons of refuse they generate each day. On today’s show, we’ll look at how much progress they’re making. Plus: Why Americans are spending less on home improvement, and a conversation with the CEO of US Foods.

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The word “headwinds” showed up in no less than 18 companies’ quarterly earnings reports released today. So let’s talk about what that word, and “tailwinds” really means for companies. Plus: why the Boeing 737 Max is weighing down Southwest, and why self-driving trucks are so hard to figure out.

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Many, many rural Americans lack access to affordable broadband internet access, and it’s a real drag on the economy. State and federal governments spend hundreds of millions every year to address the problem, but it’s not always clear where the money should go. Plus: What you need to know about SoftBank (it’s not a bank) and what it’s like to buy a house for your parents.

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Have you received a Chinese-language robocall lately? Or a hundred of them? Federal authorities say these computer-generated scams, which began targeting American phone lines two years ago, are on the rise again. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to actually take one of these calls, we recorded a few and came away with some observations as to why the bad guys do it, how they succeed, and what happens to their victims. Plus: the trade war hits toys and why we do “The Numbers.”

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Whether because they want to or because they need to, more Americans are working past 65 and even 75 years old, which means we now have the most age-diverse workforce we’ve ever had. There are four, sometimes even five distinct generations working side by side. That dynamic can foster a lot of intergenerational miscommunication, starting with punctuation and emoji. Plus: Boeing’s latest woes and the difference between the minimum wage and a “living wage.”

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After a drone strike hit the Aramco oil facility in Saudi Arabia in September, the price for a barrel of oil surged by nearly 20%. You may have noticed a spike for gasoline, too. But what exactly determines the price for a gallon of gas? That’s our latest installment of “Kai Explains.” Plus: 5G and the business of Broadway.

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United Auto Workers presidents from around the country are meeting in Detroit today to vote on a deal that could end the monthlong General Motors strike. But even if that vote passes, rank-and-file workers need to approve it, too. We bring you the latest. Plus: Tariffs on European goods and changes to the Fair Housing Act.

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Amazon’s massive warehouses have a reputation for being hard places to work. Today we’re taking a tour, and it’s not an exclusive or an investigation — Amazon wants the public to come in. We tell you why and what we saw. Plus: New discretionary spending numbers, and what teachers are spending on their classrooms.

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For years, Oyler School has been trying to provide for students’ basic needs in one of Cincinnati’s poorest neighborhoods. Now, leaders are looking outside the school and trying to improve the local job market. Plus: The International Monetary Fund projects an economy without the U.S.-China trade war, and Walmart’s new direct-to-fridge delivery service.

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Cincinnati’s Oyler School serves one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Community leaders have used public and private money to add a food pantry, health clinics and more so students could focus on learning. Graduation rates have been steadily ticking up, but in recent years, the school’s been trying to help more homeless students find a place to stay. Administrators are realizing that transforming a school may not be enough to spark the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood. Plus: China’s latest import and export numbers, and why some key players are pulling out of Facebook’s cryptocurrency efforts.

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According to Census Bureau data, about 37% of Californians age 18 to 34 still live with a parent. In more expensive parts of the state, that number is much higher. Today, we look at the factors making living at home the new normal for some young adults. Plus: new consumer sentiment numbers and the first state law cracking down on forced arbitration.

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We talked a bit yesterday about West Virginia, which has the highest rate of children in foster care in the nation, thanks largely to the opioid crisis. Today, we’re continuing that story by looking at some of the challenges facing foster parents there. Plus: The impact California’s power outages are having on low-income households, and why negotiating a salary is so hard.

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As many American parents struggle with opioid addiction, the number of children put into foster care in the U.S. is steadily increasing. West Virginia has been hit particularly hard: 70% more children entered foster care there in six years, and most of them have a parent struggling with substance use. Today, we’ll take you inside a system that’s straining to care for them all. But first: The latest from the Fed, and the controversy in the NBA over Chinese protestors.

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If a service is free, the saying goes, then you’re the product. Most of us have come to accept that when you’re using social media or a free email client, you’re giving up some data in exchange. But what if you got paid for giving up some of that information? Today, we talk with a startup that’s working on it. Plus: Target is joining forces with a resurrected Toys R Us, and California is fighting wildfires by turning the lights off.

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General Electric will freeze pensions for 20,000 workers and offer pension buyouts to another 100,000 former employees. Today, we trace the decline of the once-common benefit. But first: We check in on the state of the trade war and the autoworkers’ strike. Plus, a conversation with the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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… usually they’re a dollar, but you get the idea. Today: the economics of happy hour, particularly discounted seafood. But first, let’s take apart that new jobs report.

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We talk about the federal government’s jobs report every month. But determining how many Americans are unemployed, how many jobs the economy created and in which sectors is a tricky business. Ahead of tomorrow’s new numbers, we’ll dig into how it all works. Plus: A story from communist China, which turns 70 this week. And who pays to fix federal monuments?

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Economists and market watchers have spent the past few months trying to figure out if we’re headed toward, or maybe already in, a recession. But there’s a growing chorus wondering if the U.S. economy is just headed toward a period of slow growth. Today, we dig into what that means. Plus: How Amazon handles counterfeit goods and how couples handle money.

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Oct. 1 is the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that means you’ll be seeing pink all over: at NFL games, at charity walks and on virtually any consumer good you could buy. Today, we dig into the economics of awareness. Plus: What’s behind this disappointing year for IPOs and the national debt, explained.

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It’s an interesting time in the American capital markets. Specifically, for stocks. The major indexes have been at or near record highs after trending up for more than a decade. But as we’ve said before, and we’ll surely say again: The stock market is not the economy. For today’s installment of “Kai Explains,” we’ll dig into what it is and isn’t. Plus: Why the Trump administration would want to curb American investment in Chinese firms, and how Amazon’s HQ2 could reshape Arlington, Virginia’s economy.

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We say it over and over: Keep an eye on the bond market. But it can be hard to know what the “10-year T-note” even is, much less what it tells us about the economy. So in today’s installment of our new series “Kai Explains,” we’re going to dig into bonds. Plus: Saudi Arabia opens up to tourists, and a conversation with Rakim.

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New data from the U.S. Census Bureau says inequality is the highest it’s been since the measure began in the 1960s. Today, we dig into why. Plus: Health care spending is breaking records, too, and consumer confidence, explained.

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Home fitness company Peloton is expected to go public tomorrow. It’ll be the latest in a series of high-profile tech IPOs, some of which haven’t gone so smoothly. Today, we’ll look at how companies are valued, how that process has changed and why markets haven’t quiet caught up. Plus: What a no-deal Brexit would do to Europe and what’s next for embattled e-cigarette maker Juul.

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Americans owe $13.86 trillion in household debt. That’s slightly higher than the total amount right before the 2008 financial crisis, and it’s rising. Today, we’re gonna dig into debt a bit: Who owes whom, what it does to the economy and what we can do about it. Plus: What you need to know about new overtime rules, and, inspired by Greta Thunberg, what we talk about when we talk about “economic growth.”

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Some might think that the best part of a taco is what’s inside. But Rick Ortega and Omar Ahmed, founders of Kernel of Truth Organics, disagree. They’re champions of soft corn tortillas and pride themselves on being the only known tortilleria in Los Angeles using certified organic corn. Plus: Americans are saving more money, and farmers aren’t keen on being bailed out.

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General Motors workers have been striking since midnight on Sunday after contract negotiations broke down. The company’s use of temp workers is one of the main reasons for the strike. Temps make less money, don’t get benefits and can take very limited time off, unpaid. We hear from one GM worker who was a temp for four years before being hired full time. Plus: Why grad students might lose their ability to unionize, and what items will be exempt from tariffs.

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Sometimes businesses make hard left turns. YouTube was a dating site. Shopify sold snowboard equipment. Then there’s Black Ridge: It recently got out of oil and gas and into the fast-growing world of competitive gaming. How’s a company go from fracking to “Fortnite”? Today, we look at the art of the pivot. Plus: Why central banks are predicting an economic slowdown and what Silicon Valley is (and isn’t) doing to combat climate change.

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President Donald Trump plans to revoke California’s ability to set its own fuel efficiency standards. But what happens when many consumers want lower emissions? Plus: What you need to know about the rate cut and an update on the GM strike.

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As the war of streaming TV services heats up, tech and media giants like Comcast, WarnerMedia and Disney are racing to build their libraries. That means dropping hundreds of millions of dollars for the rights to old shows like “Seinfeld” and “The Big Bang Theory.” Plus: We’ll walk you through the Federal Reserve’s toolkit and take a look at the way oil prices affect the larger economy.

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With new reports of people getting sick and politicians vowing to crack down on electronic cigarettes, the industry leader, Juul, is looking for new research on the health effects of its products. But the vaping giant has had difficulty finding scientists to take on that research, and the few who have accepted Juul’s overtures face blowback. Plus: Nearly 50,000 members of the United Auto Workers went on strike against General Motors today, and oil prices jumped following an attack on Saudi oil facilities.

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Forever 21 is expected to close 100 stores as part of a bankruptcy filing. Big anchor stores like Sears have been struggling for a long time, so what’s left? The American mall looks pretty different these days. Plus: The federal deficit has passed $1 trillion for the first time since 2012, and the latest in our “Adventures in Housing” series.

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The European Central Bank cut interest rates to -0.5 percent. President Trump praised the decision, as he’s been pushing the Federal Reserve to do the same. Today, we compare the economic situation in the U.S. and abroad and explore how negative rates would work. Plus: California’s attempt to curb soaring rents and a new DIY clothing start-up.

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A California bill that would reclassify many independent contract workers as employees is on track to becoming law. It would affect hundreds of thousands of people in the gig economy — not just those who deliver food and give rides, but also nail salon workers, truck drivers and more. Today, we talk with some of those independent contractors about how their lives would change and look at the broader economic implications. Plus: An update on the blocked offshore wind project.

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There’s another Democratic presidential debate on Thursday, and hopefuls that reach the stage will have done so by meeting polling and donation requirements. It’s just one reason why candidates spend a lot of time and energy hitting you up for cash, and there are a lot of businesses facilitating that effort. Today, we follow the money. Plus: Why Moody’s says Ford is “junk,” and looking ahead to the holiday hiring season.

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… But those tweets do affect markets, and JPMorgan is launching a new index to track the impact of a presidential tweet. Plus: dispatches from the supposed “worst place to live in America,” and is bigger still better for American companies?

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A growing number of adults are willing to pay to do kid stuff: smashing their faces into cake, watching Saturday morning cartoons, doing scavenger hunts. Today, we dive into the big money of feeling little again. Plus, we recap the jobs report and examine the declining entrepreneurship rate.

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The unemployment rate has been historically low for months now. But even in a tight labor market, not everyone who needs a job has one. Today we’ll meet some job hunters and run through some of the fundamentals of this economy. Plus: Why the company behind WeWork is still going public after slashing its valuation.

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As uncertainty looms about how Britain will leave the European Union, a trade deal with the United States would help make up for any loss of business with the EU and show the country isn’t cutting itself off completely. Today, we look at how a trans-Atlantic trade deal could happen and the sticking points that remain. But first: YouTube’s record fine to settle claims it violated children’s privacy, and the Trump administration’s plan to turn Fannie and Freddie private again.

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President Donald Trump says his tariffs on Chinese goods will create manufacturing jobs in the United States, but the opposite may actually be happening. We’ll look into it, and how businesses are affected by new tariffs. Plus: Taylor Swift’s staying power and why Uber can’t easily shake its toxic reputation.

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Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas today and is expected to move towards the east coast of the U.S. over the next 48 hours. Today, we’ll look at which communities are most vulnerable. Plus: The start of (fantasy) football season, how grounding the Boeing 737 Max will affect holiday travel and is it time for a stunt Oscar?

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Between the many hearings on Capitol Hill and antitrust investigations happening both in the U.S. and abroad, it would seem as though regulations are coming for the tech sector. But is the government ready to play referee in Silicon Valley? That was the question before a town hall Kai Ryssdal moderated recently. Plus: More tariffs starting Sunday and the rise of consumer debt with consumer spending.

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President Donald Trump’s latest round of tariffs will affect $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, and are set to go into effect Sunday. Today, we look at some of the industries affected. Plus: 100-year bonds, algorithms and volatility.

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We’re kicking off a new series today, “Adventures in Housing,” because that’s often what buying a home feels like. Today we follow a couple who decided to move into their own guest house. Plus: Why tech manufacturing is moving to Vietnam and a conversation with the president of the Dallas Fed.

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Last week, a CEO group declared that corporations shouldn’t be accountable to just shareholders, but employees and customers as well. That statement is already having an impact: An Oklahoma court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 billion over claims it downplayed the risk of opioids. Today, we take a look at what this redefinition could mean going forward. Plus: Why Amazon is streaming the Fenty runway show, and what you’re really getting when you pay for fast internet.

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“For all of the Fake News Reporters that don’t have a clue as to what the law is relative to Presidential powers, China, etc., try looking at the Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977. Case closed!” President Donald Trump tweeted this weekend. Today, we do that. Plus: The robocalls are getting sneakier, and Puerto Rico is prepping for hurricane season.

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President Donald Trump and his advisers have been talking a lot lately about the strength of the U.S. dollar, saying it’s weighing on U.S. exports and hurting American manufacturers. Today, let’s take a step back and explore how we determine what makes the dollar “strong” anyway. Plus: Robocalls, the toy-to-movie pipeline and the latest tariff news.

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The U.S. has averaged a recession every seven years since its founding. Australia, on the other hand, hasn’t experienced one in more than 25 years. So what gives? Today, we dig into the rules and chance governing the business cycle. Plus: What one city stands to lose when a GM plant shuts down, how negative interest rates work and President Trump’s relationship with new U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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A series of economic indicators are suggesting that businesses have pulled back their spending amid fear of a recession. But can talk of a recession make one happen? Plus: The latest Fed meeting minutes, virtual reality in the workplace and how an unexpected inheritance can complicate grief.

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As AI algorithms improve, scientists are still facing some difficulties, including language translations. But first: There’s been a lot of talk about an economic downturn lately, and in the middle of it all is the American consumer. Turns out, consumer spending might just be what’s keeping the U.S. economy afloat. But can consumers save the economy from a recession? Then, the number of video streaming services is on the rise. We look into the growing monthly costs for consumers. Also, the latest drink of the summer: White Claw.

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The Business Roundtable, a lobbying group comprised of about 200 CEOs, today announced a change in its definition of a corporation’s purpose: Shareholder value should no longer be their main objective, and they should prioritize customers and employees. This might just lead to a delicate balancing act to keep shareholders, customers and employees happy. We break it all down and what it could mean for the future of the corporate world.  Also, we take a closer look at the challenges surrounding cashless restaurants. Then: an interview with Jennifer Silva, on her book which examines the economic realities in the heart of coal country.

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YouTubers have started monetizing one of the biggest consumer moments in a kid’s life: the first day back at school. But first: yield curve inversions, trade wars and recessions, oh my! Remember to take a deep breath while we break it all down. This week, Netflix reported its U.S. subscriber loss in almost eight years. What does that mean for the company’s future? Then, how oat milk entered the mainstream.

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Markets panicked yesterday because the yield on 10-year government bonds dropped below that of 2-year bonds. Today, we’re gonna go deep on the different types of bonds, and why their differences matter. Plus: What high water in the Great Lakes is doing for the region’s economy, and why Pabst is getting in to the whiskey business.

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More than 30 years ago Hamtramck, Michigan, was desperate for a GM plant, so desperate that the government used eminent domain to tear down a neighborhood. Today, we look back at how that plant got built — and what happened when the work slowed down. Plus, we’ll do the numbers on today’s huge Dow drop, WeWork’s IPO and the yield curve inversion.

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After more than a decade apart, CBS and Viacom announced Tuesday that they are reuniting. Today, we look at how the new company, ViacomCBS, fits into today’s rapidly consolidated media environment. Plus, Trump’s holiday-driven tariff delay and why Tumblr lost so much value.

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The protests in Hong Kong are now in their 10th week, grounding flights in one of the word’s busiest airports today. The tense situation is beginning to take a toll on the region’s economy — and it has potential to reach much further beyond that. Today, a crash course in what the region means for the global economy. Plus: Nike’s new subscription service for kids and pumpkin spice season? Already?

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Former retail giant J.C. Penney is a now a “penny stock” and is at risk of being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange. Today, we look at what happens when a company gets delisted. Plus: the future of gig economy workers in California and the unwritten rules of the middle class.

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Online shopping has made returns easier than ever — but all that stuff can pile up, and it’s not always in the best shape. Today, we dive into the growing secondary market for your online returns. Plus: How the trade war is affecting food and the growing business of clothes rentals.

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As we enter the dog days of summer, several states are offering sales tax holidays. Officials say if you give people a temporary tax break, they’ll spend more at local retailers, and not just on school supplies. But do they really work? Today we dig into it. Plus: A conversation with Ben Folds about his career in music and why FedEx is dropping Amazon.

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GM announced last fall it would shut down manufacturing at some of its plants. About 15% of its workforce would get laid off, and there were new jobs available for workers willing to relocate. We follow one family for whom following GM didn’t feel like much of a choice at all. Plus: Toni Morrison’s legacy, China’s new label as a currency manipulator and what it’s like to “curate” snacks at Google.

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Usually when the markets have a day like today, we like to say, “Take a deep breath, calm down.” Not today. We’re in uncharted territory now. We catch you up on everything you need to know about China’s escalating tariffs and the race to the bottom for currency. Plus: How businesses react to tragedy.

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President Trump says China is bearing the costs of tariffs his administration has imposed on Chinese goods. That’s … not how it works. Today, we look at the effects of the trade war on consumers. Plus: the ice cream sandwich turns 120 and what the pyramids of central Mexico tell us about ancient economies.

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Illinois and New Jersey just banned employers from asking for job applicants’ salary history. At least 18 states and as many cities have adopted similar bans. Today, we look at the effort to fix pay gaps in race and gender, and how businesses are responding. Plus: What low construction spending tells us about the economy and a conversation with REI’s CEO.

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Well, it happened. The Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis. It was a quarter point. Markets reacted. We’re still here. So what’s gonna happen next? Today, we look back to 2008, explore negative interest rates and get a former Fed economist to answer your questions. Plus: We dig into what “Medicare for All” really means.

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The security breach at Capital One Financial, revealed this week, compromised the personal data of more than 100 million people. The Equifax breach hit 147 million people. Target’s 2013 data breach? Some 40 million. And there have been others. Today, we spoke to a mathematics professor about the odds you’ve been affected. Plus, yes, we’re prepping for the big interest rate cut.

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The Federal Reserve is widely expected to cut interest rates for the first time since 2008. Does that mean a recession’s on the horizon? Plus: the fight over who gets to sell cancer drugs and the uncomfortable feelings that can happen when your parents control your money.

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In presidential tweets to corporate earnings reports, the U.S. dollar has gotten a lot of chatter lately. Today, we take some time to explain why people are looking at the strength of the dollar and why that matters. Plus: Elvis in Vegas and the quest for carbon-neutral utilities.

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The governor of Puerto Rico announced his resignation last night, but even as the protests against Ricardo Rosselló die down, serious economic challenges remain. Plus: How companies gain trust and the business of urban paleontology.

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The Department of Justice is launching an antitrust investigation into Big Tech companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon. Today, we break down what that means for consumers and Silicon Valley. Plus: new players in local news and changes to the investor visa.

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The White House and Congress have reached a bipartisan deal by raising the debt ceiling and increasing spending by nearly $50 billion for the upcoming year. Today, we look at whether either party really cares about the national debt — and whether it matters. Then: Boris Johnson will be the United Kingdom’s new prime minister, raising concerns over a no-deal Brexit.

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Workplace messaging platform Slack has gone public, and now boasts 10 million daily users. But is it any closer to replacing email? We talked with CEO Stewart Butterfield about how his company has evolved as big competitors like Microsoft and Cisco are ramping up their efforts. Plus: Marvel’s plan to follow “Endgame,” and why people choose #vanlife.

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On July 20, 1969, the world watched as man set foot on the moon. But 50 years later, you can see the legacy of the Apollo missions in today’s tech. In fact, the mission to put a man on the moon was deeply tied to the birth of Silicon Valley. Today, we chart that path. Plus: “The Office” reruns as a cure for burnout and a conversation with the head of the Boston Fed.

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Lawmakers have just days to pass a budget deal before they leave for the August recess. Today we look at what’s in the deal, and what’s holding it up. Plus: How cities are dealing with the heat wave, and how Netflix lost American subscribers for the first time.

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The Chinese government claims low inflation, but people in the financial hub of Shanghai complain that the cost of living is rising much faster. Last available figures put the average monthly wage in the city at 7,200 yuan or $1,047. Today, we look at what it’s like to live on that. Plus: the Fed and business leaders are puzzled by the economy, but consumers don’t seem to mind.

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Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple were on the defensive in Washington today, as Congress held hearings touching on cryptocurrency, election interference, antitrust concerns and more. It was a lot to take in, so we’ll spend sometime at the top of the show getting you up to speed. Plus: Why Nestlé’s launching a premium Kit-Kat, and the numbers behind the new camping economy.

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Professionals keep losing to Pluribus, an AI poker player that’s learned a new strategy for a bot: bluffing. Today, we look at what this kind of breakthrough could mean for artificial intelligence overall. Plus: the business of Prime Day and a new strategy to fight the affordable housing crisis.

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More than half of American workers don’t use all their paid vacation days, and when they do, it’s with a fair amount of guilt. Plus: Alexander Acosta’s legacy at the labor department and a woman who found a career in counting cards.

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You hear it all the time: White House officials, pundits and lawmakers will claim a piece of legislation will “pay for itself.” President Donald Trump’s economic adviser Larry Kudlow said just this week that big 2017 cuts were two-thirds of the way there. But what’s that really mean, anyway? We’ll take some time today to define some terms. Plus: How Europe’s heat wave is affecting its economy and why Amazon is investing.

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How about “Rate cut coming in July”? The Federal Reserve is sending strong, consistent signals that it’s gonna happen. Today, we’ll break down everything you need to know. Then: A new report shows most immigrants who entered the country legally are highly skilled and educated, ahead of President Donald Trump’s policy changes set to emphasize those attributes. Plus: A new combatant has entered the streaming war, and it brought “Friends.”

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A proposal from House Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage received a mixed report from the Congressional Budget Office. Today, we look at how data and politics are shaping the debate. Plus: Ross Perot’s legacy and the big business of posting song lyrics online.

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It’s been widely agreed that politicians ought not dabble in monetary policy. But that’s a norm that’s becoming less normal. Arthur Laffer and other critics of the Federal Reserve are saying it should be controlled by the president and Congress. Today, we look at central banking’s independence in the United States and abroad. Plus: The race to make french fries stand up to delivery and making money off of carbon.

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The World Cup brings together the best of the best in the realm of women’s soccer and for fans of the game, the U.S. national side has done nothing but impress and people are taking notice. Jerseys are flying off the shelves and the Women’s Professional Soccer League has signed a deal with ESPN. But what does all this mean for the team after the final whistle? Plus a look at the latest jobs report and why Cadillac car sales are up in China.

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If discussing money is still a strange thing for you, maybe we can help. According to data from our eighth Marketplace Edison Research poll, younger people are talking about salary at work. We dive into local minimum wage increases and hear a teacher discuss her balance of work, pay and play. Plus, we examine whiskey and tariffs, couples and finances, and how a Portuguese island is creatively using electric cars.

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You’ve waited months for a glimpse of the latest movie blockbuster. The trailer comes out, you watch it … and it contains most of the major plot twists. Studios spend hundreds of thousands of dollars making the trailers in an attempt to get more people to the theater. But do they work? Plus: Ed Sheeran’s latest tour could be the highest-grossing concert series of all time. We find out why.


 

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It’s a short week on Wall Street: Markets close early Wednesday and stay closed over the July 4 holiday. That includes after-hours trading. Today we dig into what goes on after the closing bell anyway. Plus, Christine Lagarde’s appointment as head of the European Central Bank and the local economics behind Nike’s flag shoe recall.

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It’s a no-win scenario: You rush to the emergency room, pay a co-pay, then get hit with a surprise bill — hospital was in network, but the doctor wasn’t. One study found that mismatch happens in as many as one in five ER visits, and it’s a source of bubbling rage over health care costs. Today, we look into how it happens. Plus: what you need to know about the trade truce with China and Taylor Swift’s fight over the rights to her music.

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Open office plans give the workplace a hip, collaborative vibe. That’s why they’re popular. But the distractions that come with them have some people longing for the days of cubicles. Plus: what a weak dollar does to the economy and we meet one couple navigating an uncomfortable money situation.

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National Beverage, the company that owns the sparkling water brand LaCroix, is reporting a second straight quarterly sales decline. It’s a common business problem: How do you stay dominant when your product is easy to copy? Plus: The latest on Boeing’s 737 Max and your crash course on Shenzhen, China, where the world’s top electric vehicle and iPhone assembly companies were born.

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Hundreds of employees at Wayfair walked out of work today. They were protesting the online retailer’s sale of $200,000 worth of mattresses to a migrant detention camp. Wayfair isn’t the only one, so today we dig into the ethical questions of doing that kind of business along the border. Plus: How companies work around tariffs and the fight over casinos in Pennsylvania.

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Pride Month ends this week with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, a key moment in LGBTQ people’s long struggle for acceptance. But with countless brands sporting rainbow logos and trotting out floats at pride events, some are wondering if that “acceptance” has crossed the line to something more exploitative. Plus, we examine “decision fatigue” this election season and the economics of streetwear.

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Huawei has been banned from most of the American market after the White House called the Chinese tech giant a cybersecurity threat. Now the company is fighting back, and we visited its headquarters in southern China to take a look. Plus: Toys R Us plots its comeback and the new push to put a value on Americans’ data.

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It’s been a year since the Supreme Court overturned a ban on states collecting sales taxes from most online shopping. Today, we check in on how state budgets are affected. Plus: The new Sears concept stores and the case for hiding “likes” on Instagram.

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Be honest — someone might be watching. Researchers placed thousands of fake wallets around the world and found the return rate was higher the more money was inside. Today we look at the psychology of lost money. Plus: Why employers are projected to spend more on health care and the politics of crying at work.

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For a lot of people, turning 65 is a kind of love-hate experience. It’s legally seen as the start of old age, when you can collect Medicare and Social Security. Some people retire, some people feel like they can’t or don’t want to. So what’s so special about 65? Today, we talk to a few folks who are 65 (or 65 at heart) about the magic number. Plus: YouTube preps big changes to kids’ content and everything you need to know about the Fed.

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Libra season? Already? Facebook announced a new cryptocurrency today, Libra, which will run on the blockchain and launch next year within the company’s products and its new wallet app. But participating in the global economy in this way comes with challenges Mark Zuckerberg’s company hasn’t faced before. Plus: Why food recalls are on the rise and “How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World.”

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We Co., the proprietor of WeWork, is one of the most valuable startups in the country at $47 billion. Today we talk about how it got here and its path to profitability. Plus: The future of headphones could be augmented reality, and are we headed for an … Ital-exit?

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We’re excited to announce a new weekly podcast from Marketplace: “This Is Uncomfortable,” a show about life and how money messes with it. Every Thursday, host Reema Khrais will dig into the unanticipated ways money affects relationships, shapes identities and often defines what it means to be an adult. Listen to the first episode here and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

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Even if you don’t have any spices in your kitchen, you probably still have salt and pepper. Ditto for even the most basic restaurants. But how did those two condiments become standard issue? On today’s show, we get into the deep questions. Plus: how Americans feel about relocating for work and having the awkward “money talk” with your partner.

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Exxon Mobil’s annual shareholder’s meeting had a special guest recently: a senior figure from the Church of England. But why’s the church so interested in oil and gas? Plus: Tyson Foods gets in the fake chicken business and a look at Marketplace’s newest podcast, “This Is Uncomfortable.”

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We’re just starting to learn the real environmental toll of virtual activity like cryptocurrency, streaming movies and cloud computing. The data centers that store all that information use tons of power, which in turn dumps tons of carbon into the atmosphere. Today, we do the numbers. Plus: the latest on consumer prices and a conversation with “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.”

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DJ Khaled’s new album, “Father of Asahd” debuted at number two a couple of weeks ago. Khaled had bundled the album with an energy drink to boost sales, and it might have pushed him over the top, but Billboard didn’t count the bundles for its chart. Now the publication is examining the industry-wide practice of bundling altogether. Plus: how retailers are attracting hourly workers and an interview with Serious Eats founder Ed Levine.

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In return for Mexico’s assistance in keeping immigrants from entering the U.S., the Trump administration has decided not to impose any new tariffs on Mexican goods. But how enforceable is that agreement? And what happens if it falls apart? Plus: Why every city’s ballpark is a little different, and what you need to know about Huawei.

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The economy added 75,000 jobs in May, a whole 100,000 lower than expected. But unemployment is still at a 50-year low, and the new members of the workforce are able to find them. So was this a good month or a bad month? Today, we dig into the numbers and ask a couple experts. Plus: the changing faces of staffers on the 2020 campaign trail, and how environmental concerns are changing dry cleaning.

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Broad 5% tariffs on Mexican imports are set to start Monday unless negotiators and the White House can agree on a deal to limit the number of migrants arriving at the U.S. southern border. Today, we look at the unknowns facing businesses, brokers and officials this weekend. Plus: Uber’s new helicopter service and a conversation with Lawrence Lanahan about his new book, “The Lines Between Us: Two Families and a Quest to Cross Baltimore’s Racial Divide.”

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The majority of American workers say a warm, friendly environment is important on the job. But in our latest poll, about half of workers also said they’ve been yelled at by a co-worker, and a more than a third admitted yelling themselves. On today’s show: Why we yell at work, and what it does to us. Plus, how “30%” became the magic number for budgeting rent or a mortgage, and a look back at the economics of Tiananmen Square.

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Nearly two-thirds of people responding to the latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll said they’d take shorter workweeks and longer days. The preference was even higher for men and workers older than 35. Today, we look at industries where that’s already the norm. Plus: Why the Fed is so chatty lately and why conference room air could be making you dumber.

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Used to be, you didn’t bring politics or religion to work. But in a tight labor market and a changing workplace, those bright lines are becoming blurry. Plus: the death of iTunes, antitrust in Big Tech and the hot real estate market for … warehouses.

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The Trump administration has threatened a 5% tax on Mexican imports next month if the country doesn’t do more to fight illegal immigration to the U.S. The tax could go as high as 25%, which would hurt many American industries, automobiles most of all. Plus: Why condos aren’t making the comeback you’d expect and Disney’s massive “Star Wars” themed attraction, Galaxy’s Edge.

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Georgia has stood in for Hawkins, Indiana, on “Stranger Things,” Wakanda in “Black Panther” and countless other locations on film and television thanks to generous tax incentives. But now Netflix and Disney are threatening to pull production from the state if a controversial anti-abortion law goes into effect. Plus: America gets its first offshore wind farm and FedEx adds Sunday shipping.

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We know, we know, we know: The bond market can be confusing. But the yield curve is behaving abnormally, and that might be a sign of an economic downturn. Don’t worry, we’re going to walk you through it. Then, a look at the controversial, unregulated energy drink market. Plus: The tax cuts were supposed to be rocket fuel for the economy. So what happened?

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When you tape over the logo, most smartphones look exactly the same: black slabs made of metal, plastic and glass. When you turn them on and test their performance, it doesn’t always get easier to tell the super luxe from the nearly bricked. Today, we take a blind test. Plus: The payment industry’s merger frenzy and Gatorade’s personalized, data-driven future.

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Auto giants Fiat Chrysler and Renault could be headed for a merger. Some might think it’s a great idea, but with the world’s perpetually shifting auto tastes, what could a potential union between the two companies produce? Also, with parliamentary voting across the EU winding down, we examine how the EU’s direction could affect the rest of the world. Plus: We talk about the job market for grads, India’s leather trade, adaptation technology and the space economy.

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Millions of European voters go to the polls this weekend to choose lawmakers for the European Parliament. The election has been called “a battle for the soul of the European Union,” which could have far-reaching economic and political consequences. Plus: The rising cost of weddings and why Big Tech sees “blood in the water” of the health care industry.

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New York City is utilizing a new tool to deal with the never-ending battle to keep rat populations in check. But first, Huawei has been hit with further disruptions to its supply chain. How is the company planning to survive the crackdown? Plus, we talk to Katie Silberman, one of the writers of “Booksmart,” a female buddy comedy about two graduating high school seniors. Later in the show: the cost of living behind bars, and why money makes all the difference when you’re in prison — and once you’re released.

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To avoid the impact of tariffs on U.S. consumers, politicians will often encourage companies and retailers to change their supply chains. That might work for big businesses, but not so much for everyone else. Today we explain why. Plus, how Qualcomm’s antitrust case could affect 5G, and a conversation with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino, the creators of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

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If you live in the southwest, there’s a chance your mail may have been carried by a self-driving truck. Today, we look at why the Postal Service is looking toward a driverless future. Plus: what you need to know about corporate debt and the rise of rentable fashion.

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Billionaire Robert Smith announced this weekend he will pay off all the student debt for the class of 2019 at Morehouse College, a historically black college in Georgia. Today, we look at the disproportionately high debt facing black students when they get out of school. Plus: What you need to know about the layoffs at Ford and India’s election.

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It’s a spooky feeling: You’re discussing a TV show or a pair of shoes or whatever with a friend, then you open Instagram and see an ad for the exact thing you were just talking about. But it’s not like your phone is listening … right? Plus: How delivery apps are changing the restaurant business and the legacy of Grumpy Cat.

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Just 10 days ago, it looked like the trade war with China was all but wrapped up. No more. The Trump administration has effectively blacklisted Chinese tech giant Huawei, which has potential to drastically disrupt the global tech supply chain and shoot the U.S. in the foot. Plus: What American businesses get out of tariffs, and what you need to know about the SAT’s new “adversity index.”

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In most American cities, road repairs can tell you a lot about the communities that are prioritized and the communities that get left out. Oakland, California, is trying to change its approach, but not without controversy. Plus: What consumer confidence can (and can’t) tell us about actual consumption and the legacy of Alice Rivlin, the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office.

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Losing a hospital can jeopardize the health of rural community and its economy. About 100 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and today, we look at how one Georgia community dealt with it. Plus: An investment in China that feels too good to be true, and the “internet of things” comes to … diapers.

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The latest escalation in the trade war between the U.S. and China has some wondering if tensions will ever end. As we do the numbers for today (and you know we will), we look at how long the trade war will last. Then: Amazon’s delivery ambitions and the potential antitrust case against Apple. Plus, we look at a West Texas community that produces fracking sand, as the market’s been drying up.

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American farmers thought it was going to be a pretty good week. Until President Donald Trump announced a tariff hike on Chinese goods. That hike went into effect today, so we see how farmers are feeling. Also: Uber started publicly trading today, off 7.5% on Day One, so we look at why investors seem skeptical about the ride-hailing business. Plus: a snapshot of economic life on America’s riverboats.

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What was supposed to be a quick trip to urgent care became a lesson in how sick the medical system is for one mother and her two kids. But first: The latest trade deficit numbers are out. What do they say about ongoing trade negotiations with China? Then: How do IPOs like Uber’s impact already expensive housing markets? Also: The thirst for craft spirits.

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We’re talking about “jobs.” The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in 50 years, but there may be something other than this economy’s tight labor market that explains why claims for unemployment benefits are so low. Then: Ride-share drivers are striking ahead of Uber’s initial public offering in search of better pay and job security. But it looks like autonomous vehicles are the industry’s future. Plus: We talk to a Los Angeles Times reporter about staffing season for TV writers after Hollywood writers fired their agents. Also: Why gender, and assumptions around gender, might play a role in your personal economy.

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It’s not exactly the subject of conversation in polite society, but fundraising is sure looking like a hot topic this election cycle. But first, how about some tariff talk? If the markets were any indication, traders are taking President Donald Trump’s tariff threats seriously today. So we take a look at the import-export market. Then, a look at the airplane parking lot in California where Southwest Airlines is housing its grounded Boeing 737 Maxes. Plus, the story of how one woman’s business was affected when the brick-and-mortar store that provided her referrals moved online.

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You could say the trade war is back on after President Donald Trump’s tweets announcing potential tariff hikes. We break down what that might mean for American trade. This week also marks the latest round of talks between American and Chinese negotiators — we heard from someone trying to run a business affected by tariffs about the reality on the ground. Also, could Uber work as a surrogate for public transit? Find out how one Canadian city tried to build a transportation network out of ride-sharing.


 


 

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The economy added 260,000 jobs last month, and unemployment hit a record low. Wages are rising steadily but not dramatically. With such a tight labor market, what does it take to get a real raise? Often, it’s trading up for a different job. Plus, we take a short march through Chinese history and meet a 13-year-old CEO who counts her father as an employee.

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When trade talks resume in Beijing this week, American officials will be talking about intellectual property theft. But an even more common problem American businesses encounter in China is “trademark squatting,” a bad-faith application that could block a company from the country entirely. Today, we take to the high seas of so-called “trademark pirates.” Plus: Why stock buybacks are surging and why Hollywood isn’t making as many rom-coms.

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More and more Americans are working well past retirement age. For some, it’s a matter of necessity. For others, it’s a matter of choice — and the distinction is class-based. Today, we talk with some of those working seniors. Plus, the Fed’s decision to keep interest rates flat, and the race to create more plant-based proteins.


 


 

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Kidnapping — be it of people or precious cargo — is the stuff of nightmares. But ransom and the insurance that covers it is a big business, and the vast majority of people and property make it back safely. Today, we look at how this sophisticated criminal marketplace works. But first: It’s been more than a year since the United States imposed tariffs on Chinese goods. We’ll hear how they are affecting American businesses. Plus: With home prices dragging, are we headed for a buyer’s market?

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Marriott, the world’s largest hotel operator, is taking on Airbnb with its own home-rental platform. But can it break in without cannibalizing its own business? Plus, we predict the Fed’s move on rates tomorrow and explore a new trend in corporate America: fancy bathroom renovations.


 


 

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Cue the Vitamin C, it’s graduation season. As many students are preparing for life after college, they’re also figuring out how to pay back their student loans. Plus, the latest GDP numbers and Amazon’s plan to offer free one-day shipping for Prime subscribers.

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The number of the day is 75. Dollars, that is — it’s the price Brent crude oil passed today before settling a bit lower by the end of the day. You might have noticed higher prices at the pump this year, but gas isn’t the only thing that will get more expensive if this trend keeps up with new sanctions on Iran. We break it down. Plus: The big, nerdy business of “The Avengers” and gamer fashion.

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To understand the NFL draft, which starts tomorrow, think of a team’s general manager as an investment manager. Both have to build a balanced portfolio and manage risk. Both sometimes pay too much for glamour instead of going for more solid, steady performers. Believe it or not, we can take this metaphor even further, which is what we do on today’s show. Plus: Ford seeks the market for an electric truck, Lululemon pushes its menswear and Helvetica gets a makeover.


 


 

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Economic analysts have long warned that a recession may be on the horizon, but positive showings in retail and the stock market have some experts second-guessing that prediction. Today, we try and figure out where the economy might be headed. Plus: Why one company is fighting for more regulations and the rise of temps in the C-suite.


 


 

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A new study has found American consumers generally bear the brunt of tariff costs. Today, we look at which prices have gone up and whether the additional cost is balanced out by economic gains. Plus: The NRA’s finances and how President Trump’s new sanction threats could affect oil prices.


 


 

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It’s not easy being an undercover cop in a county with just 40,000 people. But drugs were making it hard for Bucky Culbertson to run his business, so now he makes his business getting rid of drugs. Subscribe to The Uncertain Hour wherever you get your podcasts.

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As tech and finance businesses have loosened up their dress codes in recent years, one garment has ascended to near ubiquity: The Vest. Usually fleece, worn over casual business attire with a company logo on the right breast, the vest is a big part of the way business looks right now. Today, we look at why. Plus: Why T-Mobile wants in the banking business, and who’s really to blame for slow Brexit negotiations.


 


 

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With the new “Avengers” movie poised to dominate screens in about a week, you’d think there wouldn’t be room for anyone else in the superhero landscape. Tell that to Ben Edlund, creator of “The Tick,” a show and character that’s found a small but lasting foothold in superhero culture. We also examine the struggles faced by regional grocery stores and how Texas factors into the discussion about immigration and the economy.


 


 

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For most people, buying or selling a house is the biggest single financial transaction they’ll ever make. But it’s an emotional process, too — is that thing you love about your home turning off buyers? Today, our housing reporter revisits her childhood home 30 years later and discovers just how much homeownership has changed — and stayed the same. Plus: The big business of Queen Bey and why luxury retailers are getting in the secondhand clothing business.


 


 

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Chances are you won’t be traveling on a Boeing 737 Max during your summer vacation. Southwest, American and United airlines have canceled their flights with the plane through summer. For airline schedulers, the year’s busiest season is going to get even more complicated. Plus, a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found the 2017 tax overhaul may have caused a decline in new home sales last year. We’ll look into it and play you a first-person account of addiction from this season of The Uncertain Hour.


 


 

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