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Friday, November 17, 2023
Hidden deep in an archive in New Jersey is the world's oldest living bond. It was originally issued to fund a dike in the Netherlands after a big flood.
Friday, November 10, 2023
Interest rates on a potential loan right now are pretty high. Part of the reason is the rate of a return, or yield, on a U.S. Treasury bond. The folks at The Indicator From Planet Money explain.
Friday, November 03, 2023
The Gulf of Mexico this summer saw the first-ever opening of an auction of leases for offshore wind production. But the expectations for robust bidding haven't been realized.
Friday, October 27, 2023
The producer of hit shows like Dear Evan Hansen explains how he applies lessons learned from venture capital tech funding to investing in multi-million dollar Broadway productions.
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
When the Fed wants to see if its policies are working to tamp down inflation, it looks to the Consumer Price Index. But to see into the future, policymakers look to the consumer sentiment index.
Friday, October 13, 2023
Each week, guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: A violin comedy duo, Moonlighting on Hulu, the movie The Royal Hotel, and more.
Tuesday, October 10, 2023
The coca leaf has been a part of Andean culture for thousands of years. But when an indigenous woman used it in a drink she calls Coca Pola, her company entered into the crosshairs of Coca-Cola.
Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Retailers are blaming thieves for falling profits. It's the biggest part of a problem called "shrink."
Friday, September 15, 2023
One of the most alarming indicators in China is the skyrocketing urban youth unemployment rate. Many college grads in China can't find work in their chosen field.
Friday, September 08, 2023
A drought is causing a slowdown in shipping traffic at the Panama Canal. It's introducing new problems for the global supply chain.
Friday, September 01, 2023
There is only one public bank in the United States, and a group in Rochester, N.Y., is trying to change that. The Indicator from Planet Money explores the challenges of public banking in the U.S.
Friday, August 25, 2023
The average mortgage rate in the U.S. is now over 7%, its highest level in more than 20 years. That has some homeowners feeling locked in, tethered to their low interest rates and unable to move.
Friday, August 11, 2023
Meta's new social media platform Threads had a rocket-like start when it launched a month ago as a challenger to X, formerly known as Twitter. But it's hard to tell which platform will dominate.
Friday, July 28, 2023
With more than 200 careers under her pink belt, Barbie has always been a hard worker. What can the types of professions Barbie's done tell us about women in the U.S. labor force? A lot, actually.
Friday, July 07, 2023
Many adults in Mexico don't have any kind of bank account, and a lot of those people are young and tech savvy. Financial tech startups see this as a big opportunity for online-only banks.
Friday, June 23, 2023
Each week, guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: Beware the Woman, Dungeons and Drag Queens, and the DVD menu of The Social Network.
Friday, June 02, 2023
Billions of dollars have flowed from traditional banks to money market funds in search of higher returns. These funds are supposed to be safe. But lately, things have been looking a little shaky.
Friday, June 02, 2023
New technologies often benefit highly paid, college-educated professionals — while putting others out of work. Research indicates generative AI could benefit middle-skill workers in surprising ways.
Friday, May 26, 2023
The U.S. debt has led to plenty of partisan fights and ... charitable gifts. For decades, a government program has been collecting donations from Americans who want to help pay off the national debt.
Friday, May 19, 2023
Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: The Soundtrack Show, Reservation Dogs, Janelle Monáe and more.