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Episode 640: The Bottom Of The Well

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:09:52 -0400

Today on the show: the economics of drought, and why the rational thing to do in California right now is use more water.

High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:33:00 -0400

Huge shortages loom in the skilled trades, which require less — and cheaper — training. Should that make students rethink the four-year degree?

Rural Lands At Risk As Ranchers Prepare For Retirement

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:23:00 -0400

Universities and ranch land advocates are offering estate planning classes to ranchers with a goal of saving their land from redevelopment.

Watchdog Says Billions In Afghanistan Funding At Risk Of Misuse

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0400

Funds in the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund are at risk because the World Bank is not adequately monitoring how they are used. The U.S. has contributed $3 billion to the fund.

Interest Rate Rise Unsettles Stock Investors; Dow Falls 425 Points

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:51:00 -0400

For the first time in four years, the rate on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note crossed 3 percent. While it signals a stronger economy, it makes bonds more attractive investments, undermining stocks.

Protection For The Steel Industry Is As Old As America

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:19:00 -0400

The U.S. steel industry has enjoyed protection from foreign competitors since the 1790s. It says new import tariffs are actually just leveling the playing field and shouldn't be labeled "protection."

Sean Hannity's Real Estate Portfolio Raises Journalism Ethics Questions

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:01:00 -0400

The talk show host reportedly amassed a big real estate portfolio during the foreclosure crisis. Some homes were purchased with HUD support, which he didn't reveal when interviewing the HUD secretary.

What Will Change In Cuba After Castro?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:06:30 -0400

Does a new president signal a new day for Cubans?

Building Museum Exhibit Chronicles Scourge Of Evictions, Homelessness

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:59:00 -0400

An exhibit at the National Building Museum has been adapted from Matthew Desmond's 2017 Pulitzer-Prize-winning book Eviction: Poverty and Profit in the American City into an "immersive" experience.

Puerto Rico Board, Governor Clash Over Finances

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:34:00 -0400

Still reeling from damages caused by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico's financial situation is in major free fall. The federal oversight board ordered Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to cut public pensions by 10 percent.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:06:30 -0400

It's our second roundup this week.

Wells Fargo Hit With $1 Billion In Fines Over Home And Auto Loan Abuses

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:12:00 -0400

Some consumers were charged too much to extend the lock on their mortgage interest rates, and the bank's mandatory insurance program added unneeded costs and fees to borrowers' auto loans.

For One California Company, Trump's Tariffs Have Unintended Consequences

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:01:00 -0400

The administration says the steel and aluminum tariffs will raise costs just slightly. But in a low-margin business like canned goods, a little extra cost can take a deep bite out of profits.

IRS Computer System Crashes A Year After An Official Warning Was Issued

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:31:00 -0400

Right as people were filing their taxes, the IRS suffered a technical malfunction that did not allow online filing, but what happened? A look inside the crash — and how the agency has been hobbled and put at risk for this very thing.

Women Find New Ways To Raise Venture Capital

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:00:00 -0400

Just 2 percent of all venture capital dollars go to women. Now women are finding a different way to fund their businesses.