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.
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.
Documents obtained by NPR show proposed changes that critics say would leave service members vulnerable to getting ripped off when they buy cars.
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.
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.
Today on the Indicator: why companies decide to be publicly-traded or privately-owned. It's all about control. And money.
A conversation with Campbell Harvey, whose 1986 thesis first explained how the yield curve could predict the direction of the economy.
What's the best way to price water in a drought, to ensure people get what they need without breaking the bank?
Today on the Indicator: How a small Belgian company wields enormous influence in global finance and diplomacy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Five indicators in five minutes — Let's gooooooooo!
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.
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?
What happens when a new tariff gets put in place? To really see the action, you have to go to Newark, New Jersey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three legends in their respective fields, three disastrous investment mistakes.
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?
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.
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.
How something that's all around us came to be worth millions of dollars.
Three worrying indicators to keep an eye on — less complicated than the yield curve, but something you can talk about at the water cooler.
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.
Japan's population is shrinking. It's harder and harder to find qualified people to fill a lot of jobs. Including ninjas.