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America's many thirty-somethings

Jun 20, 2019

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Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

Erika Beras

Reporter

SHORT BIO

I'm a reporter covering the economics of aging throughout the lifespan.

What was your first job?

I worked as a salesgirl and helium balloon inflator at a card store when I was 15.

In your next life, what would your career be?

A synchronized swimmer … an oral historian … or in all honesty, probably a journalist.

What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?

A good pair of shoes.

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

I love textiles, fabrics and woven goods and always try to pick some up whenever I travel. I have a handful in and around my studio. They brighten up the space. Also, when I can no longer see them, I know it’s time to purge the piles of paper that just seem to accumulate.

 

Latest Stories from Erika (174)

How 65 came to be defined as a turning point into old age

by Erika Beras Jun 19, 2019
The origin story of 65 can be traced back to the 30s, when President Roosevelt sought to make retirement available to everyone.
Many of the regulars at The Allegheny Elks Lodge in Pittsburgh had a love/hate relationship with their 65th birthdays.
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Billboard takes a closer look at bundling

by Erika Beras Jun 11, 2019
A recent spat with DJ Khaled is making the music industry question what really counts as a sold copy of an album.
Records sit inside a store at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California.
Rich Fury/Getty Images

Shareholder meetings as a venue for political candidates

by Erika Beras Jun 5, 2019
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders plans to speak at Walmart's annual meeting.
A Walmart store is seen on May 16, 2019 in Miami, Florida.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Apple pulls the plug on iTunes as we know it

by Erika Beras Jun 3, 2019
The software is being split into separate applications for music, TV and podcasts.
Steve Jobs stands by a projection of the iTunes website as he launches iTunes Music Store in Great Britain, Germany and France in 2004.
Ian Waldie/Getty Images

Some Americans age 50 and older still paying student loans

by Erika Beras May 28, 2019
For some, student loan payments continue for decades.
René Gademann/Flickr

Food delivery apps bring business, but are they good for business?

by Erika Beras May 17, 2019
Restaurants may need to prepare those meals differently and hire extra staff.
A man delivers a food order by bicycle for Uber Eats in Tokyo's Shibuya shopping district in 2018.
Kazuhiro Nogi/Getty Images

Amazon offers employees incentives to quit ... and start delivery businesses

by Erika Beras May 14, 2019
The company wants to rely less on outside shippers.
 Boxes move along a conveyor belt at an Amazon fulfillment center.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Image

Rihanna and LVMH announce new luxury fashion house

by Erika Beras May 10, 2019
The 31-year-old star has made history (again).
Rihanna attends the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna anniversary event on October 3, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.
Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

How are you managing your retirement fund?

by Erika Beras May 10, 2019
Tell us what you're doing with your retirement savings.
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The cost of being a working mother? $18,000 a year, study says

by Erika Beras May 10, 2019
The pay gap is even greater for women of color.
The pay gap is even greater for women of color.
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