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What makes the dollar strong?

Aug 23, 2019

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Jack Stewart

Senior reporter

SHORT BIO

I'm a car nut and a transport nerd, so I cover trains, planes, autonomous automobiles and hyperloops for Marketplace.

What was your first job?

Making tea at a local radio station.

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

Elon Musk's Twitter feed.

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

Try decaffeinated tea.

In your next life, what would your career be?

I'd be a vet for one of the first human settlements on Mars and a part-time astronaut fireman, because it's all hands on deck when you're on a new planet.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness but it can buy you ______.

Tea.

What’s something that you thought you knew but later found out you were wrong about?

How to pronounce the English language. Apparently it's not alumin-eee-um or renayyyysance.

 

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

The tea kettle.

Latest Stories from Jack (66)

Why Waymo is sharing some of its self-driving car data

by Jack Stewart Aug 21, 2019
Figuring out self-driving cars is one of the biggest technology challenges for companies. Sharing data could benefit the whole industry.
Waymo's robominivans collect information about the world they drive through.
Waymo

Tesla's plan for simple solar rentals could increase competition

by Jack Stewart Aug 20, 2019
The company has seen a drop in solar power installations. Is the new plan sustainable?
Tesla plans to rent solar panel systems to customers starting at $50 per month.
Tesla

Tumblr was an early social media favorite. What happened?

by Jack Stewart Aug 13, 2019
Verizon is selling Tumblr, the social blogging platform.
Rob Kim/Getty Images for Tumblr

Shell's new plastics plant faces challenges: Balancing local and global impacts

by Jack Stewart Aug 13, 2019
The new Shell plant will create millions of tons of plastic a year, plus 600 onsite jobs.
Shell's new plant is currently a huge building project. It'll have three reactors and 15 miles of underground piping.
Shell

FedEx is cutting ties with Amazon and focusing on other e-retailers

by Jack Stewart Aug 8, 2019
But is there enough other delivery business out there?
A FedEx worker unloads packages from his delivery truck in San Francisco, California.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

After Boeing 737 Max grounding, demand for used planes takes off

by Jack Stewart Aug 5, 2019
Companies that want to sell planes turn to brokers, who work a little like real estate agents.
United looked to the used plane market when it needed to add capacity to its fleet.
United

Why is Google leaking details of its unreleased phone?

by Jack Stewart Jul 31, 2019
Google's taking an "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" approach to leaks.
The Googleplex Campus in Mountain View, California.
Google

"Recession" doesn't have to be a scary word

by Jack Stewart Jul 29, 2019
The “R” word means different things to different people, depending on their experiences.
A distressed trader working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 7, 2008 — the day the Dow closed down more than 500 points.
Mario Tama/Getty Images

Apple's acquisition of Intel's smartphone modem business is all about control

by Jack Stewart Jul 26, 2019
The iPhone manufacturer is buying the ability to make its own modem chips.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

What impact is the 737 Max grounding having on Boeing?

by Jack Stewart Jul 24, 2019
Boeing's 737 Max jets have been grounded since March. The repercussions are starting to add up for the plane maker and its airline customers.
Nadia Milleron, mother of Ethiopian Air crash victim Samya Stumo, shows a photograph of crash victim Julia Mwashi of Kenya during a hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Aviation Subcommittee about the Boeing 737 Max airplane on May 15, 2019 in Washington, DC.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images