I cover the intersection between politics and the economy, with a special focus on how federal policy affects the bottom line for businesses and individuals.
What was your first job?
Dental assistant. (Flossing is crucial.)
What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?
The "biggest" stories are not necessarily the most important stories to tell.
In your next life, what would your career be?
Astronaut ... definitely an astronaut.
What’s something that you thought you knew but later found out you were wrong about?
How to pronounce "subsequently."
What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?
My mug, which says "I'm a Grown-A** Lady and I Do What I Want."
Episodes by Kimberly (718)
Make Me Smart | Episode 888
Make Me Smart | Episode 886
Will recent bank failures affect debt ceiling talks?Mar 22, 2023
Make Me Smart | Episode 884
Latest Stories (732)
Crypto marketing attracted a disproportionate number of Black investors. Here's why.
Feb 3, 2023
Black Americans were more likely to be involved in cryptocurrencies than white Americans, with many using crypto as their first foray into investing.
This wedding planner's service costs have raised the cost of her service
by Kimberly Adams and Sean McHenryFeb 1, 2023
"We have all these extra fees that we really didn't have before," says events specialist Irene Tynedale. But prices will still fluctuate.
SEC suit against crypto exchanges is latest effort to regulate a largely unregulated industry
Jan 13, 2023
The Securities and Exchange Commission is suing Gemini Trust Company and Genesis Global Capital for selling allegedly unregistered securities.
Truckers aren't too enthused about an AI revolution
Dec 28, 2022
Autonomous vehicle tech has advanced quite a bit, but we're nowhere close to replacing truck drivers with AI yet ― and we probably don't want to.
Many low-income parents still struggle to find baby formula, even as production rebounds
by Kimberly Adams and Richard CunninghamDec 27, 2022
More than 80% of infants consume formula in their first year. Though supply has improved since the crisis in May, some areas are seeing shortages.
What did my Gen Z coworker just say?
by Kimberly Adams and Nicholas GuiangDec 26, 2022
Gen Z has developed its own way to communicate and is now bringing it into the workplace. But their use of language is leaving older colleagues bewildered.
Is traveling to Instagram-famous vacation spots ever worth the money?
by Kimberly Adams and Anais AminOct 18, 2022
"You'll have so much more fun going somewhere else that is more catered to you," says Rebecca Jennings of Vox.
When it comes to health apps, don't count on HIPAA to protect your medical info
Sep 26, 2022
Web searches about medical issues and data in health trackers aren't guaranteed the confidentiality given to records in a doctor's office.
Frustrating user-experience tactics can have real harm, "dark pattern" expert says
Aug 10, 2022
Website and app design strategies that trick users can cost consumers time and money, Harry Brignull says.
As wildfire disasters multiply, evacuation planning lags
by Kimberly Adams and Anais AminAug 8, 2022
Fires are unpredictable. They can spark anywhere, grow to any size and move in any direction, says Caroline Mimbs Nyce of The Atlantic.