PBS Newshour - Business & Economy Coverage-logo

PBS Newshour - Business & Economy Coverage


The latest news, analysis and reporting about Business & Economy from the PBS NewsHour and its website, the feed is updated periodically with interviews, background reports and updates to put the news in a larger context.

The latest news, analysis and reporting about Business & Economy from the PBS NewsHour and its website, the feed is updated periodically with interviews, background reports and updates to put the news in a larger context.
More Information


Washington, DC




The latest news, analysis and reporting about Business & Economy from the PBS NewsHour and its website, the feed is updated periodically with interviews, background reports and updates to put the news in a larger context.






MacNeil/Lehrer Productions 2700 South Quincy Street Arlington, VA 22206 703-998-2138


Fishermen and farmers fight over water in California

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Now to our continuing coverage of the drought in California. Farmers are preparing for state-ordered cuts in water use to take effect this week. They are expected to affect agriculture and people in the watershed of the San Joaquin River, which runs from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to San Francisco Bay. It’s a primary source for farms and communities. There are already battles over who’s using too much water. Economics correspondent Paul...


Sen. Warren: If Obama is confident about trade deal, he should make details

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSTrade bill is one of the most important in U.S. history, says Sen. Hatch What’s in the Trans-Pacific Partnership for U.S. and Japan? Why unions aren’t happy about a fast-track trade deal JUDY WOODRUFF: And let’s hear now from one of the more vocal opponents in this fight, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. She is a Democrat who has clashed over this issue with the president. And she is one of the leading voices of the left. Senator...


Why companies are racing for almost-instantaneous delivery

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSWhy would Amazon open a brick-and-mortar store in New York? USPS to test grocery delivery service Congress proposes to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery for millions JUDY WOODRUFF: Let’s turn to a story that shows how apps and the tech economy are delivering a jolt to the traditional world of retail, with the growth of same-day delivery. It’s on the rise in a number of metro areas. And just today, Amazon announced a plan to expand these...


Inside the new federal pay day loan rules

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week took new steps to protect the working poor from people critics describe as predatory lenders, those who make payday loans. For more about this, we are joined now from Washington by Chico Harlan of The Washington Post. So, first, I guess let’s just set the stage here. What qualifies in this category of loans that the CFPB is trying to regulate? CHICO HARLAN, The Washington Post:...


Swings in currency market, stock prices cap Wall Street’s chaotic week

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND ANCHOR: It was a topsy-turvy week in the markets, with huge swings in the currency markets and, by week’s end, another sharp rise in stock prices. The Dow and S&P 500 closed yesterday just below their all-time highs. For some insights into the forces at work, we are joined by Michael Regan of Bloomberg News. So, first of all, the comments that were made by the fed, everybody kind of thinks about interest rates, but...


Job gains continue, so why are wages stubbornly stagnant?

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSJob growth on a roll, will wages follow? Millennials are changing jobs at a less frequent rate than prior generations Ask the Headhunter: How can I find hidden jobs? JUDY WOODRUFF: The February jobs report came in stronger than expected, with more than 200,000 jobs a month being added for the past year, the best pace since 1995. The unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point since the financial crisis of 2008. Still, it has not translated...


Tricks and tips for getting the most from Social Security

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKS10 Social Security rules that are insane How to get what’s yours from Social Security 4 reasons not to trust Social Security’s benefit estimates JUDY WOODRUFF: Most Americans depend on Social Security in retirement, and yet navigating the system is often complex and confusing. Our economics correspondent, Paul Solman, has co-authored a new book on the ins and outs of the benefit system. And, tonight, he shares some of what he’s learned. It’s...


What will Wal-Mart’s wage hike mean for workers and the economy?

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: Wal-Mart made news this week by announcing that it is raising the wages for its employees above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. Starting pay at the company, the world’s largest private employer, is going up to $9 an hour, and $10 an hour by next February. To discuss the broader implications, we are joined now by Shelly Banjo. She has reported the story for Quartz, a business site published by the Atlantic Media Company. So, how...


EU deal averts Greek economic crisis for now

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSEyes on Greek instability as euro plunges to nine-year low – Part 1 Facing snap elections, uncertainty grows in Greece After an election built on promises, what can Greece’s new leadership deliver? JUDY WOODRUFF: European countries struck a crucial deal today that will extend a bailout for Greece. It would buy four more months of aid after tense negotiations over austerity measures, and, for now, it eases some worries for the global economy...


Is the economic impact of the labor disputes at West Coast ports just hype?

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioALISON STEWART: In Canada today, 3,000 members of the Teamsters went on strike. They are in a dispute with the Canadian Pacific Railway over wages and benefits. Analysts say a prolonged strike would affect the flow of oil, lumber, auto parts and other products into the United States. Another labor dispute between ship owners and longshoremen has been going on for months now on the West Coast of this country. And, this weekend, the president dispatched Labor...


Viewers respond to manufacturing boom in Columbus, Mississippi

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioALISON STEWART: And now to Viewers Like You: Your response to last week’s signature segment from Main Street, Columbus, Mississippi where a number of international companies have opened up shop and started hiring. Most of your comments were skeptical. JeanSC said:The key to Yokohama Tire’s choice to locate here is NON-UNION jobs. The “golden triangle” is part of the “third world” part of the USA. The manufacturers locating here are, for the most part,...


Will new manufacturing ease Mississippi’s ‘psychosis of poverty?’

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJOHN LARSON: Just a look at Main Street in Columbus, Mississippi and you can sense why Travel and Leisure voted it one of “America’s Great Main Streets”. But it hasn’t always been this way. As these images taken over the years by Columbus’s own renowned photographer Birney Imes suggest, Mississippi has endured challenges throughout its history. Unemployment, still 15 percent in some parts, including some of the poorest people in the poorest state in the...


What ‘Gangnam Style’ can teach us about the Psy-chology of investing

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKS‘Gangnam Style’ proved to be swan song for YouTube’s view limit Understanding modern China through comedic rap Keynes-Hayek Rap Video Goes Viral! Non-economists Worldwide Infected! GWEN IFILL: Now economics correspondent Paul Solman examines how viral music videos, television interviews, and good looks can boost a company’s stock price. It’s part of our ongoing reporting Making Sense, which airs every Thursday on the NewsHour. PAUL SOLMAN: Pop...


Will S&P’s penalty for too-rosy mortgage securities ratings send a message?

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSJustice Department Charges Standard & Poor’s Defrauded Investors A Mortgage-Backed Security Map: The Fantastic Fate of One Man’s Loan In Bank of America settlement, who’s feeling the pain? JUDY WOODRUFF: More than six years after the financial crisis hit the economy with full force, the government has finally closed one of its major cases against a key player. The Justice Department’s settlement with Standard & Poor’s centered on credit ratings...


Do cities actually lose money hosting the Super Bowl?

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioWILLIAM BRANGHAM: Today, of course, is Super Bowl Sunday. In the days leading up to the game, fans debated which team will win, and economists debated the wisdom of cities trying to host the big game. Yesterday, Hari Sreenivasan spoke with Mina Kimes, a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. HARI SREENIVASAN: So, each year, we see cities compete for the Super Bowl as if it’s the Olympics, as if it is going to bring tons of money, and energy and excitement. Is...


Savings programs tied to prizes to become more widely available

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioEditor’s note: This is an updated segment that originally aired on PBS NewsHour Weekend and online on November 23, 2013. ANNOUNCER: “Tonight’s Mega millions jackpot is an estimated annuitized $149,000,000…” KARLA MURTHY: it’s a moment that millions of Americans wait for each week. ANNOUNCER: “Now, let’s see if we can make you a millionaire tonight…” KARLA MURTHY: The chance to win a huge, life-changing amount of money. ANNOUNCER: “A check for $10,000 dollars”...


Viewers respond to report on background checks for job seekers with crimina

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN:We turn now to Viewers Like You: Your comments about our recent work. This is some of what we heard after last Saturday’s signature segment describing employers doing background checks and the effect that has on people with a criminal record who struggle to find work. rematrav said:… let’s let the people signing the paycheck decide whom they want to hire. BobTheJanitor2 added:… if I’m the hiring manager and I have two applicants who are...


Bookies bank on sports fans who bet with their hearts

Watch Video | Listen to the Audio GWEN IFILL: With only days left until the Super Bowl, we turn now to reporter Paul Solman, who visited Las Vegas recently to take a look at the multibillion-dollar world of sports betting. It’s part of our ongoing reporting Making Sense, which you can find every Thursday on the NewsHour. PAUL SOLMAN: An afternoon in Paris, a lovely, traditional setting for a cafe break, says Teddy Covers, if just a bit faux. TEDDY “COVERS” SEVRANSKY, Professional Bettor:...


As oil prices drop, North Dakota’s booming industry braces for a winter coo

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSHow an EPA plan to cut carbon emissions is playing out in coal-rich Wyoming How will plunging oil prices affect the economy? President calls climate change the ‘greatest threat to future generations’ in State of the Union JUDY WOODRUFF: And the push for more oil and gas, as we know, comes in the wake of a record boom in domestic production, and after an unexpectedly steep plunge in the price of crude oil in recent months. One of the states where...


Almost every country in the world offers more generous maternity leave than

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSTwitter Chat: Why does the U.S. lag behind in its family leave laws? Why half of U.S. adults no longer believe in the American dream How Paid Parental Leave Helps You, Your Newborn and the Job Market PAUL SOLMAN: Teacher Michelle Alcoser was back in the classroom only five-and-a-half weeks after having son Sebastian. That’s all the time she could afford. MICHELLE ALCOSER: When I first came back, he was still only sleeping about 90 minutes at a...


Try Premium for 30 days

Live games for all NFL, MLB, NBA, & NHL teams
Commercial-Free Music
No Display Ads