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Getting Back to Business in a Post-Sandy 2013

Thursday, December 27, 2012

For many in the New York and New Jersey area, this week's winter storm comes as their recovery from super storm Sandy is still underway.  That slow path to recovery for Sandy victims is particularly daunting for local business owners contending with how to keep their doors open. As winter sets in and 2012 comes to a close, a handful of business owners in and around Red Hook and nearby Sunset Park in Brooklyn share their stories about how they're trying to rebound two months after the storm.

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NBA Cancels First Two Weeks of New Season

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Commissioner David Stern cancelled the first two weeks of the new NBA season on Monday night, after the league and the players failed to reach a deal to end a four-month-long lockout. At dispute is how to divide billions of dollars of league revenues, as well as league rules over how players are paid. The NBA will lose between $700-$800 million for each month of play lost.

For more on that, we're speaking with Mitch Lawrence, NBA columnist for The New York Daily News.  He was following the negotiations until late last night.  We're also speaking with Superfan Darrell Bailey, aka Clipper DarrellFor more on that, we're speaking with Mitch Lawrence, NBA columnist for The New York Daily News.  He was following the negotiations until late last night.  We're also speaking with Superfan Darrell Bailey, aka Clipper Darrell. For more on that, we're speaking with Mitch Lawrence, NBA columnist for The New York Daily News.  He was following the negotiations until late last night.  We're also speaking with Superfan Darrell Bailey, aka Clipper Darrell.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Really Creates Jobs? Pt2: Small Business

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Yesterday we discussed manufacturing, today we look at small business. How many jobs are actually created? Our guest is, Greg David, Director of Business & Economics Reporting Program at CUNY Journalism School.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Really Creates Jobs? Pt1: Manufacturing

Monday, September 26, 2011

Politicians love to talk about manufacturing as the main job engine in the U.S. But how much does the manufacturing sector actually contribute? And is supporting that sector the best road to recovery? Director of the Business & Economics Reporting Program at CUNY Journalism School, Greg David, discusses.

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The Takeaway

Estimating Chinese Holdings of US Debt

Friday, July 01, 2011

China celebrates its 90th year of Communist rule today; but in the background, the nation is playing deeply capitalist games with international debts. China owns a large portion of US debt, but a Reuters investigation shows that they may have more than the Treasury could previously report. By buying up US debt through internationally disparate financial intermediaries, Chinese entities hid exactly how much US debt they had acquired—estimates say it is above $1.13 trillion. 

 

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The Takeaway

As Greeks Strike, Parliament Remains Calm

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Greece is preparing this morning to vote on drastic austerity measures that have sparked nationwide strikes and rioting in the country's capital, Athens. 5,000 police were deployed to Athens over the past two days, to combat protesters with tear gas. Meanwhile, the climate inside Parliament is calm as they prepare to vote. If the austerity measures pass, Greece will be able to obtain a second bail-out from the European Union, and avoid defaulting. 

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The Takeaway

Should Farmers in Developing Nations Be Shielded from Volitile Food Prices?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Volatile food prices are making the survival of the small farmer in developing countries nearly impossible. As the developed world weathers the storms of rising food prices through sophisticated commodities markets, smaller operations in Latin America, Asia and Africa are left to the mercy of massive price fluctuations.

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The Takeaway

Has Greece Reached Pariah Status? Greek-Americans Give Their Take

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

European Union Commission President Jose Manuel Borroso believes next week will be the "moment of truth" for the Greek government. Prime Minister Papandreou is facing a tough battle to secure parliamentary backing for further austerity measures. The economic instability continues to cause ripples across the world—including here in the U.S. within the Greek-American community.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The New Tech Bubble?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Jenna Wortham, New York Times reporter and writer for the Bits blog, discusses the new boom in tech companies that has some seeing another dot com bubble.

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The Takeaway

Predictor of Financial Crisis Dispenses Bite-Sized Wisdom

Monday, December 13, 2010

Nassim Taleb is the philosopher and former trader who correctly predicted that the mathematical models Wall Street used to measure risk would lead to a massive financial crisis. His new book, ‘The Bed of Procrustes,’ scrutinizes the economy, as well as human knowledge and values. The book features "practical and philosophical aphorisms," and includes fortune-cookie sized sentences that attempt to "expose self-delusions you have been living with but have never recognized."

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The Takeaway

Proctor & Gamble Look for Rising 'Tide' of Dry Cleaners

Thursday, December 09, 2010

When it comes to brands you find in the laundry aisle, Tide has been reinvented about a million different ways, whether as a more concentrated detergent formula, into a stain remover, or a fabric softener. There is one area of the laundry industry that has historically been very hard to corner nationally, however. Tide's parent company, Proctor and Gamble, now intends to take the brand into...dry cleaning. Can a major company like Tide replace mom-and-pop? 

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The Takeaway

What Should Become of the USPS?

Friday, December 03, 2010

The current Postmaster General is retiring this week with a nearly $5.5 million retirement package. The U.S. Postal Service has lost over 100,000 jobs and about $8.5 billion over the past decade. The numbers do not look good, and as electronic communication leeches away more and more business, they're not expected to improve. So, what should be done with the USPS?

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The Takeaway

G20: America and China Face Off, Economically

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The G20 Summit started earlier today in Seoul, South Korea, and high among the story lines we're watching is the economic skirmishing between China and the U.S. The U.S. has long been critical of how China has dealt with its currency, accusing China's central banks with keeping the RMB artificially low. China and other countries, meanwhile, are not happy with some of the White House's fiscal policies, most recently the Fed's plan to pump $600 billion back into the sluggish U.S. economy.

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The Takeaway

Census Data Show a Boom for Minority-Owned Businesses

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Census Data from the years 2002 - 2007 show that the number of minority owned businesses in the US rose by 46 percent during those five years, to about 5.8 million. That's nearly twice the national rate for all businesses during that time.

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The Takeaway

UN Climate Talks Resume in Bonn

Monday, May 31, 2010

After the bottom nearly dropped out of the international climate summit in Copenhagen six months ago, some say don’t expect much, if anything, to come out of a similar summit beginning today in Bonn, Germany. The main challenges on coming to an agreement remain, and one of the big questions is: How should rich economies help poor countries deal with climate change?

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Arms Treaty, Geithner in India, Tiger Woods Returns

Monday, April 05, 2010

We take look at what's ahead this week with Marcus Mabry of The New York Times and Rob Watson of the BBC. This week, the U.S. and Russia sign a new arms treaty, Treasury Secretary Geithner visits India, and a date will be selected for elections in the United Kingdom. Plus, Tiger Woods returns to the green.

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The Takeaway

Small Towns and the Economic Recession

Friday, March 05, 2010

Later today we expect to hear new national unemployment data which should offer economists a reasonable idea of where our economy is moving on a macro scale. But what about the smaller economic engines of America? How about the small towns in our country that may be largely sustained by a single industry or plant? Even if the economy, as a whole, were to make an unexpected recovery, that wouldn’t bring back the single manufacturing plant that sustaining some ten percent of its nearby residents, or the auxiliary economy that springs up around it like housing, restaurants, or shopping centers.

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The Takeaway

Stocks Tumble as Americans Brace for New Unemployment Figures

Friday, February 05, 2010

As European nations in the Iberian Peninsula fall deeper into debt, the U.S. markets came tumbling down on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing just above 10,000 points. All this comes hours before new jobless numbers are released.

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The Takeaway

Hard To Buy Products "Made in the USA"

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Many products we buy now come with labels that read “Made in China” or Japan or India, rather than the U.S.A. Minnesota tried to change that by implementing a law requiring state agencies to buy uniforms and safety equipment made in this country.

 

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Citadel Bankruptcy, NFL, Listeners on Student Loans

Monday, December 21, 2009

  • Money Takeout: New York Times business and finance reporter Louise Story reports on the bankruptcy filing of Citadel Broadcasting Company - the third largest radio group in the country and the home of popular syndicated programs from Don Imus and Rush Limbaugh, among others.
  • Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin recaps the weekend's NFL action, which leaves us with only one undefeated team in the league, a clearing playoff picture in the NFC but a murky one in the AFC.
  • Listener Responses: Listeners keep calling in with great stories (and great tragedies) that came in the fine print of their student loans.

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