Stacey Vanek Smith

Stacey Vanek Smith appears in the following:

Pennsylvania County Welcomes Refugees With Open Arms

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

A rural county in Pennsylvania was once dubbed the "refugee capital of America" by the BBC. How did Lancaster County earn this nickname?


The Great Cranberry Crash Of 1959

Thursday, November 21, 2019

How did the cranberry go from a seasonal, Thanksgiving favorite to an all-year round, ubiquitous supermarket staple?


WeWork And The Future Of Coworking

Thursday, October 31, 2019

WeWork's name had become synonymous with coworking and it had plans to go public. Until investors had the opportunity to look at the company's books.


Forever 21 Reveals The Flaws Of Fast Fashion

Friday, October 18, 2019

The most recent retail sales numbers suggest American consumers are pulling back. Forever 21 filed for bankruptcy and revealed some big flaws in the business model known as fast fashion.


High-Tech Companies Look To Mexico For Qualified Talent Pool

Friday, September 20, 2019

There's a tech boom in Tijuana, Mexico, as American companies look for skilled labor to fill technology jobs at a lower cost than it would be in California.


Episode 665: The Free Food Market

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A while back, the charity Feeding America was a mess. It was sending pickles to food banks that wanted produce, and potatoes to Idaho. So they called some economists, and a free food market was born.


How Bond Investors Are Being Used To Save Rhinos

Thursday, September 05, 2019

The horn of a rhinoceros can go for more than $100,000 on the black market. For poachers, the rhino is a walking gold mine. Can the plight of rhinos be solved by using capitalism?


The Price Of Gold Is At A 6-Year High. But Is It Actually A Good Investment?

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

The price of gold is at its highest in six years. "Gold bugs" — that is, die-hard gold investors — swear by the commodity as a certain bet. But are they right?


The U.S. Has Nearly 1.9 Billion Acres Of Land. Here's How It Is Used

Friday, July 26, 2019

The U.S. is a big place, nearly 1.9 billion acres. Stacey Vanek Smith and Cardiff Garcia from NPR's daily economics podcast, The Indicator, look at how all that land is divvied up.


Cornhole And Other Less Traditional Sports Gather More Attention

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Niche sports, such as cornhole, axe throwing and even professional arm wrestling, are beginning to attract interest and money. These less traditional sports are gaining sponsors.


Amazon Shuts Down Food Delivery Service

Thursday, July 04, 2019

One of the largest companies in the world, Amazon, just shuttered its food delivery service, Amazon Restaurants. But Amazon's fails are a bit different.


In Tight Labor Market, Blue-Collar Employers Turn To Non-Compete Clauses

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Long a feature of white-collar employment agreements, non-compete clauses are increasingly showing up in blue-collar job contracts. That move may be hurting the economy.


How 1 Farmer Navigates California's Strict Limit On Groundwater

Thursday, June 20, 2019

New rules in California governing groundwater usage have pushed farmers to experiment with some innovative techniques, including developing micro markets for water.


More Evidence In Office Temperature Battles

Friday, June 14, 2019

A recent study finds that the temperature of the workplace could be affecting productivity, and women might be getting the worst of it.


Flexible Workspaces Could Be The Future For More Americans In The Next Decade

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

WeWork has been cropping up in cities all over the world. And now, it's planning to go public. More and more Americans are expected to work from flexible workspaces over the next decade.


What Trump's Latest Aid Package Means For U.S. Farmers

Friday, May 31, 2019

President Trump announced an aid package for farmers last week worth $16 billion. It's meant to offset losses from the trade war. The Indicator podcast talked to one U.S. farmer about how helpful it will be.


Catch The Wave: Commonalities Of Surfing And Finances

Friday, May 31, 2019

In recent years, technology, education and government regulation have helped make the sport of surfing and finance less risky. Both have a lot in common and teach us a lot about risk.


Why Banning Plastic Grocery Bags Could Be A Bad Move

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Plastic bags are not biodegradable and can do great harms to wildlife. Cities and states across the country are banning plastic bags, but those bans may be having unintended consequences.


Selling Dinosaur Bones On eBay

Thursday, May 02, 2019

What one eBay listing can tell us about the bustling market for dinosaur bones.


Where The Gender Pay Gap Is Widest

Monday, April 29, 2019

A report from Glassdoor reveals which industries have the starkest gender pay gaps.