Stacey Vanek Smith

Stacey Vanek Smith appears in the following:

The Market For Air

Friday, July 20, 2018

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

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Three Indicators To Keep A (Side)eye On

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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

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How The Campaign To Ban Plastic Straws Got Its Start

Thursday, July 19, 2018

As more companies announce bans on plastic straws, NPR's Planet Money talks to one of the originators of the campaign against plastic straws to learn the strategic choices that made this campaign catch on.

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Trade Wars And The Batman Problem

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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.

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Saving Women

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Women invest far less of their paychecks than men do. Sallie Krawcheck spent her career on Wall Street and she says this is a problem we need to solve.

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Japan's Ninja Shortage

Monday, July 16, 2018

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

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We Hear You

Friday, July 13, 2018

We respond to your letters, tweets and messages: We talk Iran, yield curve and how to pronounce Hyundai.

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The Last Straw

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Starbucks, Ikea, Vancouver, Scotland: They've all banned plastic straws. The movement is meant to help reduce plastic waste in the ocean. But will it work, or will it backfire?

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Fed Accounts For All!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Banks and other financial institutions have their own banking accounts at the Federal Reserve. Morgan Ricks argues that regular folks should have access to Fed accounts, too.

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The Price of A Hyundai in Iran

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

President Trump recently announced strict economic sanctions in Iran. Today on the show, we talked to a young Iranian man about what it's like to live in the Iranian economy right now.

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The Recession Predictor, Still Predictive?

Monday, July 09, 2018

Every time the yield curve has inverted since 1970, the economy has fallen into recession. It's getting close to inverting now, but it may no longer be the recession predictor it once was.

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Episode 852: Two Summer Indicators

Friday, July 06, 2018

Two stories from our Indicator team. One province in China makes many of the world's flags. It's a unique window on global trade. And we find out why so few teenagers are working summer jobs.

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A Sign of Future Recession

Friday, July 06, 2018

The status of the "yield curve" — a historically accurate predictor of upcoming recession — is starting to worry Wall Street. What is it? We get answers.

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The Long French Goodbye

Thursday, July 05, 2018

A quirk in French labor law makes it especially difficult for a company to lay off its employees. It's a system designed to protect workers, but it also has consequences for the rest of the economy.

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Star Spangled Indicator

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Flags: symbol of a country, patriotic rallying cry, and a telling economic indicator. Today on the show, a factory in China that makes American flags, and what it tells us about the modern economy.

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The Problem With Unobservable Variables

Monday, July 02, 2018

The unemployment rate is already below the Federal Reserve's estimate for maximum employment. But former Fed Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin says it may still have further to fall.

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Dungeons & Dragons & Balance Sheets

Friday, June 29, 2018

Every year, the nation's biggest banks are subjected to stress tests, hypothetical disaster scenarios designed to test their balance sheets. But the stress tests could soon be getting less stressful.

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Why Teen Employment Numbers Are Down

Friday, June 29, 2018

We look at the reasons why the number of teenagers looking for summer jobs has dropped over the past few decades.

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Bubble, Bubble, Oil And Trouble

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The price of oil continued climbing throughout this year, catching forecasters and consumers by surprise. What happened, and what might make it move in the second half of the year?

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AMC Theatres Introduces New Monthly Program To Compete With Movie Pass

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Movie Pass — which lets people go see one movie per day for $10 a month — has new competition. AMC theatres is now offering three special format movies a week for a set monthly price. But Movie Pass has always had competition from Netflix. The question really is do you want to go out or stay in tonight?

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