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- 9657 - Swampland for Sale
In this episode, we travel back in time to the place South Florida used to be — the Everglades before it was drained, developed and transformed into the megalopolis we know today. We start with a bird’s-eye view of the ecosystem. Then we get down on the ground to look at the consequences of drainage up close. Finally we discuss why a restoration plan passed more than two decades ago is more pressing now than ever before.Wed, 07 Dec 2022 - 35min
- 9656 - An environmentally friendly model for crypto mining shows promise
Despite the bankruptcies, hacks and general foul mood in crypto, one metric is moving in the right direction. As we talked about earlier this year, ethereum — the world’s second-largest crypto network — made a move to reduce the energy used in the “mining” process for authenticating transactions on the blockchain. In September, ethereum switched from the so-called proof of work method, in which a bunch of miners compete to solve an authentication puzzle with giant banks of supercomputers, to a method called proof of stake, in which just one miner validates a transaction. That requires much less electricity. Marketplace’s Meghan McCarty Carino spoke with Alex de Vries, the founder of Digiconomist, a website that tracks cryptocurrency energy use, about just how much less energy the ethereum network is consuming, based on a paper that De Vries recently published.Wed, 07 Dec 2022 - 08min
- 9655 - Climate change is disrupting the insurance industry
Today we’re talking about that thing we all sort of dread paying: insurance. It’s a big business and a critical part of the housing market and our economy. But in the era of climate change, this multitrillion-dollar industry is being disrupted in a major way.
There’s datathat shows insured losses from extreme weather disasters will exceed $100 billion for the second year in a row. And in one state in particular, the situation is, well, messy. On the show, Marketplace’s Amy Scott walks us through Florida’s complicated insurance marketplace and explains what’s at stake if the insurance industry doesn’t prepare for our changing climate.
In the News Fix, there are signs the U.S. economy is dis-inflating. Kai talks about what this might mean for interest rates. Meanwhile, Kimberly highlights a blockbuster case before the Supreme Court that could have major implications for the 2024 election and beyond.
Later, we’ll hear from a listener who picked up ice skating, and a writer explains what she got wrong about the mantra “It’s better to give than to receive.”
Here’s everything we talked about today:Check out episode 5 and episode 6 of the “How We Survive” podcast on Florida’s broken insurance market“Insurance needs insurance too: reinsurance and cat bonds explained” from APM Research Lab“Insured losses from disasters will exceed $100B for second year in a row, led by Hurricane Ian, new data shows” from CBS Miami“In high-stakes election case, justices will decide validity of ‘independent state legislature’ theory” from SCOTUSblog“Club Q alleged shooter charged with murder, hate crimes in second court appearance” from Colorado Public Radio“The Best Santa Hats for Christmas” from Wirecutter
As 2022 winds down, so are we! Join us Friday for our final episode of the year. We’re hosting a special holiday-inspired Economics on Tap starting at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT on YouTube livestream.
And if you have a holiday cocktail recipe for Kimberly, please send it our way. We’re at email@example.com or 508-U-B-SMART!Wed, 07 Dec 2022 - 24min
- 9654 - Economic security is national security
The military, just like everyone else, has to deal with supply chain disruptions and inventory balancing acts. In today’s show, we check in with the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer about the war in Ukraine, a defense bill of nearly $850 billion and what the just-in-time economy means for the Department of Defense. Plus, normalizing retail inventory, confusion in streaming services and tensions between airlines and airports.Wed, 07 Dec 2022 - 28min
- 9653 - How advantageous is the private option for Medicare?Tue, 06 Dec 2022 - 08min
- 9652 - The CHIPS are falling in Arizona
In one of the biggest foreign investments in the U.S., Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has pledged billions to make chips in Arizona, which has attracted the attention of President Biden, Apple CEO Tim Cook and others. Also, we look at where the money is moving in the Warnock-Walker Senate race in Georgia. Then, we talk mayo eggnog, much to the delight of some companies … they hope.Tue, 06 Dec 2022 - 08min
- 9651 - Ukraine boosts its Starlink capacity
From the BBC World Service: Ukraine’s digital minister tells us how the country is doubling its use of Elon Musk’s Starlink network to overcome infrastructure damage. Plus, Canada sanctions three wealthy Haitian businessmen for links to criminal gangs. And, how do you clean the world’s oceans? We hear from The Ocean Cleanup’s founder Boyan Slat.Tue, 06 Dec 2022 - 07min
- 9650 - Solving an old equation brings a new wave of AI
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have solved a particularly challenging differential equation that dates back to the early 1900s. The explanation gets pretty technical pretty fast, but the point is that solving this equation enabled researchers to create a new type of artificial intelligence system that can learn on the spot and adapt to changing patterns, as opposed to traditional systems in which the machine learning is based on existing patterns or expected outcomes. Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams speaks with MIT researcher Ramin Hasani, who said it’s called a liquid neural network, and it kind of works like a human brain.Tue, 06 Dec 2022 - 07min
- 9649 - AI isn’t all fun and games
There’s a new AI chatbot that’s going viral. Popular results shared on social media show just how scaryaccurate the chatbot can be. We’ll discuss what widespread use of artificial intelligence like this could mean for certain sectors of the economy and the spread of misinformation. Also, an update on the status of Iran’s morality police. And, Kimberly shares her encounter with a feisty camel.
Here’s everything we talked about today:“New AI chatbot is scary good” from Axios“Real ID Deadline for Airline Travel Is Being Pushed Back to 2025” from Bloomberg“Is this the end for Iran’s notorious morality police?” from CNN“Did Iran Actually Abolish Its Morality Police?” from Foreign Policy“Life, Death, and Total Football” from GQ“Camel pageant is among World Cup’s sidelines attractions” from AP News
If you’ve got a question about the economy, business or technology, let us know. We’re at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave us a message at 508-U-B-SMART.Tue, 06 Dec 2022 - 12min
- 9648 - End of an era for a strong dollar
The U.S. dollar has given up about half its 2022 gains in the past month or so. That’s good news for exporters, but not so great for American companies that import pricier items. Today, a look at what’s going on with the greenback. Plus, inflation and other problems create a “perfect storm” for food banks, an Oregon bar serves up women’s sports and studios debate whether fans will flock back to movie theaters.Mon, 05 Dec 2022 - 28min
- 9647 - The labor market might not be as strong as it looks
Solid wage and job growth showed up in the most recent jobs report, but some of that might be an illusion on the power of the labor market. For more insight, Julia Coronado of MacroPolicy Perspectives talks with us. Elsewhere, China appears to be easing up its zero-COVID restrictions. Then we learn more about the diffusion index, which could offer even more clues about the job market.Mon, 05 Dec 2022 - 08min
- 9646 - Europe tries to add more pressure to the Russian economyMon, 05 Dec 2022 - 08min
- 9645 - Oil prices rise as cap kicks in
From the BBC World Service: Oil prices rise as an E.U. embargo on seaborne Russian oil comes into effect, along with a price cap. Estonian minister Riina Sikkut tells us it’s not low enough – but it’s a start. Elsewhere, China begins to relax its zero-COVID policy. And, we find out how Kenyan farmers are adapting to climate change.Mon, 05 Dec 2022 - 09min
- 9644 - Meta’s pixel code helps businesses reach online customers, but shares sensitive data about them
Most websites have code running in the background to help the site run better and, of course, to target advertising. A recent investigation from “The Markup” found many tax-filing sites were sharing users’ financial data with Facebook using a code called Meta Pixel. Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams speaks to Simon Fondrie-Teitler, an infrastructure engineer at The Markup and co-author of this investigation.Mon, 05 Dec 2022 - 08min
- 9643 - Why women are gaining more jobs than men
Today, we’re doing the numbers on the latest national jobs report. Women got the majority of jobs gained in November. We’ll explain why this isn’t a total win. Plus, Iowa traditionally holds the first Democratic caucus, making the state superinfluential during election seasons. But that’s all about to change. And, we’ll play a round of Half Full/Half Empty! Here’s everything we talked about today:“DNC moves forward with dramatic change to presidential primary calendar” from PoliticoTweet from @BetseyStevenson about the jobs report“Why Are Middle-Aged Men Missing From the Labor Market?”from The New York Times“November Jobs Report: Strong Job Growth Continues, But There Are Hints of Weakness” from the University of Michigan“The Big Problem With Spotify Wrapped” from WiredTweet from @TheDailyShow about World Cup spectators yelling at each other“Black Twitter has been a cultural engine. Where will that community go if the site breaks?” from Marketplace“Amazon Plans to Invest $1 Billion a Year in Movies for Theaters” from Bloomberg“Why Japan’s winning goal vs. Spain was awarded by the VAR after the ball appeared to go out” from ESPN“Pepsi wants you to drink soda mixed with milk this holiday season” from CNN Business
We can’t do this show without you. Keep sending your comments and questions to email@example.com or leave a voice message at 508-U-B-SMART.Sat, 03 Dec 2022 - 28min
- 9642 - A labor market that’s still on a roll
The word of the day today is “jobs.” The job market remains surprisingly strong, wages are rising, and job churn is high but settling. In this episode, a dive into the November jobs report and how it could influence the Federal Reserve’s next moves. Plus, day care staffing woes continue, Russia takes aim at Ukraine’s power grid, and Indigenous nations make progress in their push to co-manage public lands.Sat, 03 Dec 2022 - 26min
- 9641 - It’s another better-than-expected day for the U.S. labor market
Job numbers from the Labor Department came in strong, and to help us make more sense of them, we are joined by Chris Low of FHN Financial. Elsewhere, the saga over Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan has reached the halls of the Supreme Court. Then, we examine the Fed’s balancing act of taming inflation while also trying to keep people working.Fri, 02 Dec 2022 - 07min
- 9640 - What does the future hold for China’s zero-COVID approach?Fri, 02 Dec 2022 - 08min
- 9639 - Europe edges closer to a price cap on Russian oil, but …Fri, 02 Dec 2022 - 07min
- 9638 - Irish regulators fine Meta for not safeguarding user data
Data regulators in Ireland fined Meta earlier this week for failing to safeguard the sensitive information of Facebook users. The tech giant was fined the equivalent of about $275 million for a 2019 data leak, when personal information from more than 500 million Facebook users was scraped off the site and then published in a hacker forum. Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams speaks with Adam Satariano, a tech correspondent for The New York Times based in London, who reported on this story. He says this recent punishment is just one of several fines the Irish government has imposed on Meta, and it’s part of a larger trend.Fri, 02 Dec 2022 - 08min
- 9637 - How can we tell when inflation is on its way down?
There’s no one economic figure that paints a perfect picture of where inflation is going. On today’s episode, we’ll do the numbers for fresh economic data and hear what economists are looking at to predict inflation’s next move. Plus, who gets the blame when layoffs come, what lessons new teachers are learning on the job and why consumer spending is on the rise while savings dwindle.Fri, 02 Dec 2022 - 27min
- 9636 - Dude, where’s my EV charging station?
idespread access to charging stations is key to getting drivers to go electric. But the businesses who can build those stations still aren’t sure how they’ll make money. Today, we’ll discuss the EV charging station dilemma. Plus, we’ll highlight an investigation into the failures of Florida’s foster care system. And, tell you about the women making history at the men’s World Cup. Then, Kimberly defends her status as a Midwesterner.
Here’s everything we talked about today:“Why America Doesn’t Have Enough EV Charging Stations” from The Wall Street Journal“Austan Goolsbee Named Next President of the Chicago Fed” from The Wall Street Journal“Innocence Sold: Foster system a pipeline for child sex traffickers” from The Sun Sentinel“Referee Stéphanie Frappart Will Lead First All-Woman Team at World Cup” from The New York Times“NASA Awards $57M Contract to Build Roads on the Moon” from Nextgov
We can’t do this show without you. Keep sending your comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voice message at 508-U-B-SMART.Thu, 01 Dec 2022 - 12min
- 9635 - For richer or for poorer
Marriage is all about beginnings, but staying married can often depend on how well two people adapt to change. The changes for Taylor and Gavin have been constant in the 14 years since they said, “I do.” There have been struggles and arguments over money, or the lack thereof. But even when money’s been the problem, having more of it hasn’t always been the solution. This week, we’ll hear the story of how they held things together and what they expect from each other when the unexpected keeps happening.
This episode was reported by Reema Khrais, produced by Marque Greene, edited by Karen Duffin and engineered by Drew Jostad.Thu, 01 Dec 2022 - 39min
- 9634 - The Fed might ease up on interest rate hikesThu, 01 Dec 2022 - 07min
- 9633 - Interest rates are high. How long can they stay that way?Thu, 01 Dec 2022 - 07min
- 9632 - European Council chief meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping
From the BBC World Service: An official visit by Charles Michel to Beijing comes amid persisting economic tensions between the two sides. Kenya’s president William Ruto has unveiled a new program to offer cheaper loans to entrepreneurs. It’s called the Hustler Fund – so named because on the campaign trail, Ruto said represented what he called the “hustler nation” of millions of young Kenyans struggling to make ends meet. UNESCO has added the French baguette to its “intangible cultural heritage” list.Thu, 01 Dec 2022 - 06min
- 9631 - Black Twitter has been a cultural engine. Where will that community go if the site breaks?
While Elon Musk has been celebrating a bump in users and app downloads since he took over Twitter, many longer-term users say they’re seriously considering leaving. Some are even holding mock funerals anticipating the site would break down. This week, Twitter users discovered the company is no longer enforcing its COVID-19 misinformation policy. But if Twitter actually fell apart, what would happen to the distinct spaces there, like what’s commonly referred to as “Black Twitter”? Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams speaks with Shamika Klassen, an information science Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She co-authored a research article about Black Twitter last year.
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- 9630 - Why was so much money sitting in FTX?
When the former cryptocurrency exchange FTX went under, billions of dollars in investments seemingly vanished. A listener asked us why FTX customers didn’t move money to a wallet. We’ll get into it and answer more of your questions about what happens when your company goes public and who benefits when you make a charitable donation at the grocery store checkout lane. Also, where do political campaign signs end up when the election’s over?
Here’s everything we talked about today:“What Are The Risks Of Crypto Savings Accounts?” from Forbes“Tom Brady, Stephen Curry, Larry David and Other Celebrities Are Being Sued for Pushing FTX” from Observer“The Ups and Downs of Initial Public Offerings” from Investopedia“So Your Company Is Going Public? 5 Things Every Employee Should Know” from Nasdaq“How to recycle political campaign signs” from Today“Who Gets the Tax Benefit For Those Checkout Donations?” from the Tax Policy Center“Where do your donations at the checkout register go?” from Marketplace“Meet America’s Charity Checkout Champions 2021” from Engage for Good“‘Checkout charity’ can increase a shopper’s anxiety, especially when asks are automated” from The Conversation
If you’ve got a question about the economy, business or technology, let us know. We’re at email@example.com, or leave us a message at 508-U-B-SMART.Thu, 01 Dec 2022 - 17min
- 9629 - China reaches a boiling point
Protests have broken out in several Chinese cities since the weekend over the country’s strict zero-tolerance for COVID policy. On today’s show, “Marketplace” correspondent Jennifer Pak talks to demonstrators to hear about their exhaustion, anxieties and demands after nearly three years of stringent restrictions. Plus, demystifying the “wait, what?” economy, rethinking a career in the crypto industry and learning how to scam scammers.Thu, 01 Dec 2022 - 26min
- 9628 - Betting Against a Storm
We’ve told you the insurance industry in Florida is in crisis. Or as one industry insider put it, it’s holding on by “a piece of chewing gum.”
In this episode, we explore possible solutions. We dive into the business of reinsurance, or insurance for insurers (turns out you can insure almost anything, including insurance policies); and we look at another possible solution that was born from the wreckage of Hurricane Andrew 30 years ago: the catastrophe bond, a financial instrument that allows investors to bet against storms and make money on risk. So long as a big storm doesn’t wipe them out completely.Wed, 30 Nov 2022 - 30min
- 9627 - U.S. economy shows solid third-quarter growth
A revised GDP report from the Commerce Department shows nearly 3% growth. Private sector jobs grew as well, but fell way short of expectations. We dive in further with Susan Schmidt. Also, frozen Russian assets might come in handy in helping Ukraine. Finally, we report on the death of Jiang Zemin, the former president of China.Wed, 30 Nov 2022 - 08min
- 9626 - Twitter stops enforcing COVID misinformation policyWed, 30 Nov 2022 - 08min
- 9625 - Could Europe use frozen Russian assets to rebuild Ukraine?
From the BBC World Service: European commission president Ursula von der Leyen has proposed taking Russian assets that have been frozen in Europe and using them to compensate for wartime damages. Unrest has continued overnight in various Chinese cities as protesters call for an end to strict COVID measures. And if your flight is cancelled or severely delayed in the U.S., you’re entitled to compensation. In Australia, travelers no such guarantees, so consumer groups are pushing for better legal protections.Wed, 30 Nov 2022 - 08min
- 9624 - Scientists aim to 3D bioprint human tissue in space
Earlier this month, the SS Sally Ride cargo capsule made its way to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was carrying hundreds of pounds of scientific experiments. One of them involves what’s called a 3D BioFabrication Facility, which can build human tissue and organs in space that scientists can’t make on Earth. Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams speaks with Rich Boling, vice president at Redwire, which manufactures the equipment for these experiments. She asked him about how 3D printing works when you’re printing something alive.
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- 9623 - Tech layoffs: The Great Correction?
Amazon. Meta. Twitter. A lot of tech companies are letting workers go. According to one estimate, nearly 140,000 have been laid off in the industry this year. And while that’s small compared to job losses during the dot-com bust, the vibes are not great.
On the show today, Rucha Vankudre, a senior economist at labor analysis firm Lightcast, walks us through what’s driving the latest layoffs across the tech industry and what it all might mean for the U.S. economy. Is it a sign of things to come? (Fyi: We expectJOLTS numbers and the November jobs report this week.)
In the News Fix, it’s all about the Democrats. We’re taking a closer look at their position on the railroad strike along with plans to shake up future Democratic presidential contests.
Then, we’ll hear about the world’s greatest eggnog recipe, and a listener calls in to share what she got wrong about being laid off.
Here’s everything we talked about today:“Tech Layoffs Are Here. That Doesn’t Mean the Sky Is Falling.” by Rucha Vankudre in Barron’s“Tech layoffs show why managing growth can be so tricky for companies” from Marketplace“Congressional Leaders Say They Will Act to Prevent Rail Strike” from The New York TimesTwitter threadfrom the NYT’s Binyamin Appelbaum“Democrats prepare to upend presidential primary calendar” from Politico“World’s Greatest Eggnog” from Garden & Gun magazine
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- 9622 - COVID vaccine conundrums
With federal funding for COVID vaccines running out, doctors and clinics will soon have to pay for doses. Today, we’ll take a closer look at what this means for pediatricians and how the costs may cut into the care they provide. Also on the program: the state of the housing market, a growing list of Apple App Store critics and the stakes of the University of California strike.Tue, 29 Nov 2022 - 28min
- 9621 - Your move, Federal Reserve
Today is the eve of Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s speech, where he’s expected to lay out the current economic landscape and offer hints as to what the Fed might do with it in a couple of weeks. For more, we talk with Karen Petrou of Federal Financial Analytics. The BBC examines China’s renewed focus on vaccines as it deals with uproar over its zero-COVID restrictions.Tue, 29 Nov 2022 - 08min
- 9620 - Congress jumps on board looming rail strike situationTue, 29 Nov 2022 - 08min
- 9619 - Markets react positively as China vows to boost vaccination rate
From the BBC World Service: Beijing vowed today to boost the COVID vaccination rate for people 80 and older. Brazil’s president-elect has presented a new budget to Congress, which circumvents the nation’s strict budget ceiling rules. And this year marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Guggenheim Museum in the city of Bilbao, in northern Spain. Perhaps its biggest legacy is a phenomenon now known as the “Guggenheim effect” – when a single iconic building helps to drive urban regeneration.Tue, 29 Nov 2022 - 07min
- 9618 - Changes at Twitter put adult content creators in limbo
Some of the country’s biggest advertisers are balking at the new Twitter under Elon Musk. A recent report from Media Matters for America found at least half of Twitter’s 100 biggest advertisers have either announced they will stop running ads on the platform or just seem to be stopping more quietly. But not all businesses can easily walk away. Take sex workers. A recent survey from the website Sex Work CEO shows that Twitter is incredibly important for adult content creators, helping them connect with fans, find new ones and promote their legal businesses. Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams speaks with MelRose Michaels, the founder of Sex Work CEO. Michaels explained how adult content creators are responding to all the recent changes at Twitter.Tue, 29 Nov 2022 - 12min
- 9617 - China is at a COVID-19 crossroads
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s strict zero-COVID policies have kept the virus at bay, but public frustration with lockdowns and a stunted economy are coming to a boil. We’ll discuss what recent mass protests could mean for the Chinese economy. Plus, who gets to access public lands in the United States? A navigation app is revealing how much public land is blocked by privately owned land. And, how artificial intelligence could help us connect with our inner child.
Here’s everything we talked about today:“Chinese Protests Put Xi Jinping in a Bind” from The Wall Street Journal@jpakradio’s coverage of the Chinese lockdowns on Instagram“Musk claims Apple threatens to remove Twitter from App Store” from The Washington Post“It’s Public Land. But the Public Can’t Reach It.” from The New York Times“Supreme Court Case Could Curtail Rights of Medicaid Patients” from The Pew Charitable Trusts“Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is gaslighting” from CNNTweet from @Reuters about a protestor at the FIFA World Cup“White House reveals a homier look for 2022 holiday decorations” from The Washington PostTweet from @michellehuang42 about talking to her inner child via AI bot
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- 9616 - The “paper ceiling”
New York City employers will be barred from using artificial intelligence in hiring starting next year, unless the program passes an audit. AI can narrow down candidate pools but often excludes otherwise qualified applicants who lack a college degree. In this episode, we’ll look at the push to address bias in hiring technology. Plus, the looming rail strike, “buy now, pay later” for groceries and why Frontier Airlines won’t answer the phone.Mon, 28 Nov 2022 - 28min
- 9615 - The story of holiday shopping – and inflation – so farMon, 28 Nov 2022 - 07min
- 9614 - China’s zero-COVID policy leads to unrest in the streets and the marketsMon, 28 Nov 2022 - 08min
- 9613 - Markets react to ongoing protests in China
From the BBC World Service: Stock markets in Shanghai, Hong Kong and other places in Asia have fallen as anti-government protests spread across China. Ukraine’s use of Turkish-made drones has made the world take notice. The BBC sits down with the brothers who run drone manufacturing at their Istanbul offices.Mon, 28 Nov 2022 - 06min
- 9612 - For disabled shoppers, some Cyber Monday deals are out of reach
Cyber Monday has become one of the busiest — and most lucrative — online shopping days of the year. The National Retail Federation estimates that almost 64 million people will be looking for deals today. But for shoppers with disabilities, it can be a lot harder to take advantage of sales and promotions online. A significant number of the biggest retail websites are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act or Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, which lay out best practices to help make sites easier to navigate by people who are, for example, blind or hearing-impaired. Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams spoke with Josh Basile, community relations manager at tech accessibility company accessiBe, as well as a quadriplegic who uses assistive devices to help him navigate the internet, about how accessibility issues impact him when he shops online.Mon, 28 Nov 2022 - 09min
- 9611 - Economically stressed, but still spending
Despite inflation and rising interest rates, consumers are still spending as if they were awash in cash. But now they’re using credit cards, spending more on necessities and less on luxuries. Want more economic data? Plenty will come out next week. Plus, what melting ice means for Greenland, a day care center that saved itself by temporarily closing, and the Weekly Wrap.Sat, 26 Nov 2022 - 26min
- 9610 - Consumers vs. inflation becomes the biggest fight of the holiday shopping season
As holiday shopping kicks off today, we check in on what could await consumers and retailers alike. Most of the people responding to a University of Michigan survey think it’s a bad time to buy a house. There’s a new gold-oriented currency making its way around four states, but is it a worthy venture?Fri, 25 Nov 2022 - 08min
- 9609 - Remote work helps soothe the pain of holiday travel
The week of Thanksgiving is typically the busiest in terms of travel, but remote work has found ways to take the pressure off. Then, we look into the importance of the final two months of the year when it comes to holiday retail. Also, we speak to a New York Times reporter about a special way countries are fighting both debt and climate change.Fri, 25 Nov 2022 - 09min
- 9608 - Seoul offers cash to people who leave basement homes
From the BBC World Service: South Korea’s capital, Seoul, is offering cash rewards of around $150/month to people who leave their cheap basement properties. The city is trying to phase out these out after four people drowned during severe flooding last summer. A new type of flu vaccine, which could offer protection against all known strains of flu, could soon begin human trials. And as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, retailers across Europe worry it could be the worst season in at least a decade.Fri, 25 Nov 2022 - 08min
- 9607 - The new tech behind LeVar Burton’s crusade for child literacy (re-air)
Actor and producer LeVar Burton is famous for many things. His iconic roles on “Star Trek” and the miniseries “Roots,” for instance. But many of us got to know him as host of the PBS show “Reading Rainbow.” His run with the show ended in the mid-2000s, but Burton is still promoting literacy for kids. He’s now the “chief reading officer” at ed-tech company Byju’s Osmo. Together, they’re launching a reading program for kids ages 5 to 7 that uses an iPad and the Osmo app’s artificial intelligence and speech recognition to help kids grasp the fundamentals of reading. That program is set to launch next month. Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams spoke with Burton earlier this year about the unique reading challenges facing kids today. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.Fri, 25 Nov 2022 - 10min
- 9606 - Rising rates and real estate, global edition
As central banks around the world raise interest rates to fight inflation, it’s taking a toll on real estate markets far and wide. Today, we’ll map out where housing markets are stalling and where they’re finding buyers. Plus, retailers cautiously mark down goods, a classic chair gets an eco-friendly redesign and a novelist charts how humans would respond to an environmental catastrophe.Thu, 24 Nov 2022 - 29min
- 9605 - How to start a new job (from NPR’s “Life Kit”)Thu, 24 Nov 2022 - 18min
- 9604 - Bird flu threatens to gobble up Thanksgiving worldwideThu, 24 Nov 2022 - 08min
- 9603 - Telecom and aviation engage in another tussle over 5G
The aviation industry argues that 5G cell phone network will mess with altimeters. The BBC reports from the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, which is still mostly without power following Russian attacks. We speak with the CEO of an atypical food business about what it’s been like to navigate an unpredictable economy.Thu, 24 Nov 2022 - 09min
- 9602 - Amid turkey shortage, Brits turn to festive alternatives
From the BBC World Service: The U.K. is experiencing a turkey shortage due to its biggest-ever outbreak of bird flu. That’s impacting U.S. expats this Thanksgiving, as well as many British families who would normally cook a turkey at Christmas. And the International Monetary Fund is calling on China to boost vaccinations and reconsider its zero-COVID strategy.Thu, 24 Nov 2022 - 08min
- 9601 - Among the goals of Artemis I: launching the lunar economy (re-air)
Earlier this month, the highly anticipated launch of the Orion spacecraft finally happened at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The lift-off of that unmanned rocket was the first of a series in the agency’s Artemis missions, which aim to eventually establish a long-term human presence on the moon’s surface begin building a lunar economy including extracting precious metals and minerals to send back to Earth. But before sending humans, the agency has to test complex rockets, heat shields and life-support systems. And speed is of the essence. The U.S. and China are in a new space race to get humans to the moon. On this Thanksgiving holiday, we’re revisiting a conversation with Peter Garretson, a Senior Fellow in Defense Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council. He spoke with Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams about how the stakes are different this time around.Thu, 24 Nov 2022 - 08min
- 9600 - Untangling an economic puzzler
Unemployment claims are at a three-month high, which isn’t a great sign for the economy. But orders for durable goods — like auto parts and manufacturing equipment — were higher than anticipated in October. We’ll try to make sense of the economy’s mixed signals in today’s episode. Plus, a price cap on Russian oil fuels disagreement, “wonky” produce gains traction in the U.K., and small businesses make themselves holiday-ready.Thu, 24 Nov 2022 - 29min
- 9599 - Finding more clues in the rubble of crypto exchange FTXWed, 23 Nov 2022 - 08min
- 9598 - COVID unrest spills over at massive iPhone factory in ChinaWed, 23 Nov 2022 - 08min
- 9597 - Protests again at world’s largest iPhone factory
From the BBC World Service: Workers at the world’s largest iPhone factory in China have staged violent demonstrations to demand better conditions amid strict COVID regulations. Indonesia’s government has vowed to help with the cost to rebuild about 20,000 homes damaged by a devastating earthquake. The U.K.’s Supreme Court has ruled that the Scottish government does not have power to ask its voters whether the country should break away from the U.K.Wed, 23 Nov 2022 - 07min
- 9596 - Special Episode: Ask Amy Anything
You asked, we answered. Listeners wrote in wanting to know: “Who the hell loans these people money for mortgages” in risky coastal areas? Who ultimately owns the risk? Do certain investments, like REITs, drive gentrification (and what the heck is a REIT, anyway)? And finally, we tackle the age-old riddle: to rent or to buy? This episode is devoted to answering listener questions.Wed, 23 Nov 2022 - 23min
- 9595 - AI used for hiring and recruitment can be biased. But that’s changing.
Artificial intelligence is commonly used in automated recruitment programs. It helps narrow down large pools of applicants using algorithms to match job seekers to open positions. But there are growing concerns that this technology is disproportionately excluding certain groups, like women, people of color or those who don’t have college degrees, even when they’re perfectly qualified.Wed, 23 Nov 2022 - 05min
- 9594 - Is globalization a myth?
There’s lots of debate over globalization. Some experts believe globalization is dying. Others say it’s going through a reboot. And some think the free flow of goods across borders is evolving into something else.
But what if we never really globalized to begin with?
On the show today, Shannon O’Neil, author of “The Globalization Myth,” breaks down what we got wrong about globalization and what it means for the future of the U.S. economy.
In the News Fix, how inflation is affecting the cost of a Thanksgiving meal. Plus, are rich people running a shell game with money and the global economy?
Then, we’ll hear from a teacher who left the profession and learn why talking about the weather isn’t so boring after all.
Here’s everything we talked about today:“The Globalization Myth: Why Regions Matter” by Shannon K. O’Neil“Is this the end of globalization?” from Marketplace“Sam Bankman-Fried, Elon Musk, and a secret text” from Semafor“The rising cost of Thanksgiving” from CNN“Real wages are falling nearly everywhere” from Axios“The Types of Clouds and What They Mean” from Jet Propulsion Lab
“Make Me Smart” will be off the rest of the week for the Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll be back on Monday. In the meantime, keep sending your comments and questions to 508-U-B-SMART or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Wed, 23 Nov 2022 - 29min
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