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American Dream, American Myth: The Decline Of Upward Mobility

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:06:30 -0400

Is moving on up even possible anymore?

Examining Links Between Academic Performance And Food Stamps

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:04:00 -0400

South Carolina researchers have drawn a connection between low-income students' poor performance on math tests and the time of month when their families run low on food stamps.

Hurricane Season Takes Its Toll On Home Sales And Builder Optimism

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:26:39 -0400

The recent enormous storms have hit the industry hard, with several signs turning negative. But economists expect a rebound when the weather improves.

Fed's Unwinding Of Crisis Programs Expected To Push Up Interest Rates Very Gradually

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:35:00 -0400

The Federal Reserve in October will begin unwinding the extraordinary stimulus it used to battle the Great Recession. That means that over the long run, rates on car loans and mortgages could go up.

Federal Reserve To 'Unwind' Holdings

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:10:00 -0400

David Greene talks with David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about the Federal Reserve's plan to shrink its balance sheet.

Equifax Confirms Another 'Security Incident'

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:46:00 -0400

Equifax is already struggling to retain public trust after it waited at least a month to disclose a cyberattack that potentially impacted the personal information of millions of people.

Eyeing Toys R Us' Future, Analyst Suggests Hands-On Displays

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:59:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jim Silver, toy expert and CEO of TTPM (Toys, Tots, Pets & More), a website that reviews toys. They talk about Toys R Us' bankruptcy declaration and the state of the toy industry.

The Dollar Is Weaker, But That Might Not Be A Bad Thing

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:04:00 -0400

The dollar is down nearly 10 percent since the beginning of the year. That's bad news if you're a tourist traveling to Europe but great news if your U.S. company sells goods overseas.

Ahead Of The Holiday Season, Toys R Us Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:53:00 -0400

The largest U.S. toy chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late Monday. Toys R Us plans to use $3 billion in bankruptcy financing to buy merchandise from vendors and fund operations.

Cities Try Convincing Amazon They're Ready For Its New Headquarters

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:53:00 -0400

Atlanta, Denver and other cities are making their cases for the online giant to locate its second headquarters in their area. At stake: up to 50,000 well-paying jobs and billions in investments.

Houston's Tight Rental Market Makes It Tough For Low-Income Hurricane Victims

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Even before Harvey, Houston had an affordable housing crisis. Prices are rising for apartments that weren't damaged, forcing some to stay in flood-damaged apartments, while others face eviction.

As Millennials Get Older, Many Are Buying SUVs To Drive To Their Suburban Homes

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:37:00 -0400

Having put off buying cars and becoming homeowners, America's largest demographic is starting to make big-ticket purchases.

Hurricane Irma Recovery Highlights Stark Divide Between Rich And Poor

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:35:00 -0400

In southwest Florida, the rich and poor live not far from each other. But how they experienced Hurricane Irma and its aftermath are worlds apart.

No NAFTA Deal Will Be Reached In 2017, Castaneda Speculates

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 07:39:00 -0400

Rachel Martin talks to former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has become a major irritant in U.S.-Mexico relations.

Episode 647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:19:04 -0400

Patty McCord helped create a workplace at Netflix that runs more like a professional sports team than a family. If you're not up to scratch, you're off the team. Is this the future of work?