NPR Economy Podcast
Manufacturers Notice Uptick In Sales Of Small...09/03/15
Truck sales are a key economic indicator. While Wall Street worries about China, sales of pickup trucks are through the roof. We examine what that means for the auto industry and the U.S. economy.
Fall In Shipping Commodities Threatens Commercial Railroad...
After decades of growth, some railroads are cutting staff because some of the most lucrative businesses for railroads — shipping commodities such as coal, crude oil and ore — have fallen off steeply.
Yahoo CEO To Take Limited Leave After Giving Birth To Twins
NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate DoubleX Gabfest's Hanna Rosin about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to take just two weeks worth of parental leave after having twins in December.
How A Suit Against Uber Could Redefine The Sharing Economy
A federal judge has allowed some drivers to proceed with a class-action suit against the ride-hailing service. The case could affect other companies in the sharing economy such as Airbnb and Lyft.
Economic Concerns Fuel Campaign To Save The Sage Grouse
Many in the West are backing an effort to keep the greater sage grouse off the endangered species list. By saving the bird, they feel they can save the culture and customs of the West as well.
Hotel Room Rates Skyrocket For Republican National...
Hotel room prices are always subject to demand. Big events mean big jumps in local nightly rates. But what's going on in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention seems extreme.
Back To School? Back To The Piggy Bank
So your kid is off to college. You've spent months navigating the financial aid process and meticulously budgeted for all sorts of out-of-pocket expenses ... or so you thought.
What Do Low Oil Prices Mean For Unconventional Extraction...
NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Barbara R. Shook, senior reporter-at-large at the Energy Intelligence Group, about how low oil prices need to go to make "unconventional oil" extraction too expensive.
Oil Market Bust Yields Unexpected Boom For Texas Repo Men
The price of oil has dropped to its lowest point in years in recent weeks. That's meant layoffs and people falling behind on payments for the fancy vehicles they bought during the good times.
A Close Look At The Volatility Index
As the stock market has swung wildly this week, investors have gotten intimately acquainted with volatility. Robert Whaley, a professor at Vanderbilt, explains the VIX, his gauge of market volatility.
China's Tricky Economic Transition: From Steel Mills To...
Shanghai's stock market rose Friday and investors are relieved. That doesn't change the fact that China's economy is undergoing a wrenching transition away from manufacturing, with more pain to come.
NLRB Ruling Could Pave The Way For Fast-Food Unions
The National Labor Relations Board ruling says companies that use franchises and contractors will be held responsible for working conditions of employees, even if they don't directly supervise them.
White House Explores Ways To Do Business With Cuba
It will take an act of Congress to lift the trade embargo against Cuba. President Obama, however, does have ways to make it easier for Americans to go to Havana or to sell goods there.
Stock Market's Sudden Correction Might Not Impact Most...
Only about 53 percent of Americans own stocks, and those who do mostly have them in retirement accounts they may not tap for decades. So the stock market's recent drop won't have much effect on them.
China's Economic Slowdown Further Hurts Depressed...
Turmoil in global stock markets have grabbed headlines, in large part due to China's shaky economy. For months, commodities worldwide have also been plunging, and much of that can be linked to China.
Despite The Drought, California Farms See Record Sales
While the drought has put a strain on California agriculture, its farms actually set an all-time record for total sales — $54 billion — in 2014. How? By pumping more water from their wells.
Farmworkers See Jobs, Earnings Shrivel In California...
More than 21,000 are out of work this year from California's drought, a study says. The majority are farmworkers, and those lucky enough to have a job are often working longer hours for less money.
Investors' Biggest Enemy Could Be Their Natural Instincts
Panicked selling after stocks have already crashed in value is a lousy investment strategy. But our human brains send us all kinds of bad impulses when it comes to investing.
Global Stocks Fail To Rally After Monday's Slide
China's stock market had another rough day as other markets across the world seemed to recover. But the Dow took a late day plunge after another major sell-off.
Preparing For The Fed's Planned Interest Rate Hike
NPR'S Audie Cornish talks to Megan Greene, managing director and chief economist at Manulife, about how the interest rate hike will affect mortgages, auto and student loans, and consumer behavior.
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