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Tuesday, Aug 14

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From Prison To The Workforce

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People who've been to prison find it hard to get work once they're free. One solution to the problem may be a simple certificate.

Monday, Aug 13

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Messy Desks, Light Bulbs & Dune

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We play overrated/underrated with Tim Harford, author of 'Fifty Inventions that Shaped the Modern Economy.' We talk messy desks, light bulbs and Dune, the board game.

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White House Takes Aim At Financial Protections For Military

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Documents obtained by NPR show proposed changes that critics say would leave service members vulnerable to getting ripped off when they buy cars.

Saturday, Aug 11

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We Asked: How Is The Homeownership Crisis Affecting You?

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More than 450 people responded to our callout on social media that asked our NPR audience what they've experienced while trying to buy a home in today's market. Here's what they told us.

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Rural America Faces A Crisis In 'Adequate Housing'

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Small towns have their own version of the housing crisis: not enough homes being built, plus a lack of move-in ready homes. Local leaders say it's hard to expand the tax base without more homes.

Friday, Aug 10

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Privacy Please: Why Public Companies Go Private (Or Vice Versa)

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Today on the Indicator: why companies decide to be publicly-traded or privately-owned. It's all about control. And money.

Thursday, Aug 9

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The OG Yield Curve Whisperer

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A conversation with Campbell Harvey, whose 1986 thesis first explained how the yield curve could predict the direction of the economy.

Wednesday, Aug 8

Trickle-Down Economics: Pricing H2O

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What's the best way to price water in a drought, to ensure people get what they need without breaking the bank?

Tuesday, Aug 7

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Sanctions, Iran, And The Battle Over SWIFT

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Today on the Indicator: How a small Belgian company wields enormous influence in global finance and diplomacy.

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In Baltimore, The Gap Between White And Black Homeownership Persists

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The gap between black and white homeownership rates has widened in recent decades. Baltimore is a majority black city, but research shows it has a gap of 31 percent, mirroring the national average.

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Genetic Tests Can Hurt Your Chances Of Getting Some Types Of Insurance

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Federal law keeps insurers from using genetic test results when pricing and issuing health insurance. But the tests might keep you from being able to get life insurance or a long-term-care policy.

Monday, Aug 6

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Tariffs, Now With Extra Cheese

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The U.S. has been renegotiating trade deals and putting tariffs on different goods. Meanwhile, other countries are re-negotiating their trade agreements and some deals are leaving U.S. producers out.

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The New Housing Crisis: Shut Out Of The Market

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Ten years after a housing collapse during the Great Recession, home values have rebounded but there are too few homes on the market. Buyers face intense competition, and that means higher prices.

Friday, Aug 3

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Fight Against Low, Low Pay In Minor League Baseball Continues Despite New Obstacles

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Minor league baseball players make very little money. Congress has locked in those low wages by exempting Major League Baseball from federal wage and overtime rules. Some players are fighting back.

Beating The Clock On Jobs (Summer) Friday

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Five indicators in five minutes — Let's gooooooooo!

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U.S. Economy Added 157,000 Jobs In July; Unemployment Dips To 3.9 Percent

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The economy continued to add jobs at a steady pace last month and the unemployment rate remained low. Analysts have been looking for signs that wage growth might pick up, but it held steady, too.

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Grey Poupon And The Cultural Divide

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Income inequality in the U.S. has been climbing for a while. Has it also been accompanied by a widening cultural gap between rich and poor?

Thursday, Aug 2

What A Tariff Looks Like

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What happens when a new tariff gets put in place? To really see the action, you have to go to Newark, New Jersey.

Wednesday, Aug 1

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More Taxpayers Will Owe The IRS In April Because Of Underwithholding, Report Says

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The Government Accountability Office says 3 million more Americans are likely to have experienced underwithholding from their paychecks in 2018 as a direct result of the new tax law.

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Trump Administration Eyes Capital Gains Tax Cut

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The Trump administration is weighing a cut in the capital gains tax. It would save wealthy Americans up to $20 billion a year, but add to the federal government's red ink.

What's In Your Paycheck?

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The pace of wage growth is one of the best indicators of economic health. But it can be measured with different methods. Each method tells a slightly different story about how the economy is doing.

Monday, Jul 30

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Putin Vs. Russia's Economy

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Russia has had a huge presence in the news lately. But its economy... not so huge. It's smaller than the economy of Texas. Today on the show, we look at what's been holding it back.

Friday, Jul 27

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When Oracles Err

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Three legends in their respective fields, three disastrous investment mistakes.

Thursday, Jul 26

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The Diamond-Water Paradox

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The Diamond-Water Paradox poses the question: If we need water to survive and we don't need diamonds, why are diamonds expensive and water cheap?

Tuesday, Jul 24

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Trump Vs. The Fed, Or Trump Vs... Trump?

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President Trump broke with tradition by lamenting that rising rates are keeping the dollar strong and the trade deficit wide. But rising rates and a stronger dollar are the results of his own agenda.

Monday, Jul 23

Google's Mobile Monopoly

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The European Commission just slapped Google with a $5 billion fine for abusing its Android monopoly. How did it create the alleged monopoly? By making Android free.

Friday, Jul 20

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The Market For Air

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How something that's all around us came to be worth millions of dollars.

Thursday, Jul 19

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Three Indicators To Keep A (Side)eye On

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Three worrying indicators to keep an eye on — less complicated than the yield curve, but something you can talk about at the water cooler.

Wednesday, Jul 18

Trade Wars And The Batman Problem

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It may be too late to avoid a trade war between the U.S. and China, but there might be a simple way to stop the trade wars of the future.

Monday, Jul 16

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Japan's Ninja Shortage

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Japan's population is shrinking. It's harder and harder to find qualified people to fill a lot of jobs. Including ninjas.