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Episode 119: How did CEO pay get so bloated?

Jun 25, 2019

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Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

Sabri Ben-Achour

Correspondent & Host

SHORT BIO

My job is to do what I can to help all of us understand the economic forces that shape our lives and our world.

What was your first job?

I was a waiter!

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

It can be hard to break down complex topics quickly and fairly.

In your next life, what would your career be?

A chemist or a geneticist, I think.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Playing with giant horseshoe crabs under the moonlight as they swam ashore to spawn. (It was for a story on how their blood is used in the medical industry).

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

My plants. I water them when I'm stressed. They get a lot of water.

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Trade showdown

The chips (makers) are down: Semiconductors suffer on trade tensions

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As China raises tariffs on the U.S., it's lowering them for everyone else

by Sabri Ben-Achour Jun 12, 2019
With one hand, China is closing the door to U.S. products. With the other, it’s opening the door to U.S. competitors in the rest of the world. Chinese tariffs on U.S. products have increased to an average of 42%; everyone…
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Tonys aren't made of gold, but they might as well be for shows

by Sabri Ben-Achour Jun 7, 2019
Winning a Tony could mean many more months for a play on the Great White Way.
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Anxiety Index®

How debt may take a toll on mental health

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Whether student loans or credit-card debt, indebtedness is likely to bring you down.
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Netflix, Disney, WarnerMedia threaten to leave Georgia

by Sabri Ben-Achour May 30, 2019
Hollywood is concerned about the state's restrictive abortion bill.
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How we pay for things is changing, and payment companies are merging to adapt

by Sabri Ben-Achour May 28, 2019
Major payment processing companies are also trying to fend up competition from tech newcomers like Square.
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Could tariffs make U.S. businesses less productive in the long run?

by Sabri Ben-Achour May 24, 2019
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by Sabri Ben-Achour May 21, 2019
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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell.
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As some states cut back on unemployment benefits, are they less prepared for a recession?

by Sabri Ben-Achour May 8, 2019
What cutting back on unemployment benefits could mean.
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