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At-will employment and creative destruction

Apr 16, 2024
David Brancaccio’s economic lessons from “The League.”
Jackie Robinson in the 1950s.
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Meet the first Black baseball players

Apr 8, 2024
We're watching “The League,” a documentary about the contributions that Black baseball players and the Negro Leagues made to America’s pastime.
A magazine cover featuring Jackie Robinson in 1952.
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What “Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó” can teach about combatting loneliness as we age

Mar 25, 2024
While most older folks would prefer to age in place, home sharing — like that featured in “Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó” — could offer more older Americans the ability to stay in their homes while reducing the risks of social isolation.
Courtesy Disney+

The costs of banning books

Mar 20, 2024
This week, we’re watching “The ABCs of Book Banning” and looking into the economic impact of book bans for schools and blacklisted authors.
Book bans have nearly doubled in recent years.
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Oscar winner "The Last Repair Shop" explores the costs of repairing musical instruments

Mar 11, 2024
“The Last Repair Shop” focuses on the people who maintain the 140,000 musical instruments owned by Los Angeles Unified School District public schools.
Courtesy Searchlight Pictures

Arlo Washington is the barber — and banker — of Little Rock

Washington's mission to bring economic justice to Arkansas is on display in the Oscar-nominated film "The Barber of Little Rock."
"If you can have a trade and a skill that's essential and needed, and you also have access to an opportunity, then you're able to create a sustainable, profitable and scalable business for yourself as an entrepreneur," Arlo Washington said.
Courtesy Story Syndicate

For public good, not for profit.

Bethann Hardison on why changes in the modeling industry take so long

We hear how model and activist Bethann Hardison continues to fight for diverse runways.
Courtesy Magnolia Pictures

Why the fashion industry's commitment to diversity feels like a fad

Brands’ commitment to change the industry ebbs and flows.
Three looks from the Luar show during February 2024 New York Fashion Week.
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Addressing dismal working conditions in a glamorous industry

Feb 13, 2024
Proposed legislation in New York state would increase labor protections for models, content creators and other behind-the-scenes fashion pros.  
Fashion is glamorous, but it’s also work, and workers often have few protections.
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