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Flight shame gives way to the night train

Nov 13, 2019

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Justin Ho

Reporter

SHORT BIO

I'm a finance reporter.

What was your first job?

Grocery bagger.

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

In radio, you get a lot of people making pledge drive jokes, or jokes about Ira Glass, or “Prairie Home Companion.” People don’t realize that there are plenty of other jokes to make about public radio. Like making fun of bumper music, or the fact that we still use landlines, or the phrase “sustaining member.” Lot of comedic potential right there. It’s very hard dealing with this — I have to tell people this stuff all the time.

In your next life, what would your career be?

I’d stay in radio, probably. Best not to second-guess these things. Who knows what would happen if I became, like, a real estate agent or something. Might be happier, might not be.

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

Stainless Steel Vertical Sausage Stuffer 3L/7 lbs

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When interest rates drop, savers feel the pinch first

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Savers can be the first to lose when the Fed lowers the interest rate.
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Why the battle over fuel standards might be irrelevant for automakers

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Investor skepticism prompts WeWork to postpone its IPO

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Still, 2019 has been a good year so far for newly minted public companies.
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It's September and holiday workers are already in high demand

by Justin Ho Sep 10, 2019
Big retailers are out with plans to staff up ahead of the holidays. Perks include discounts, holiday pay, and in some cases, higher wages.
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Hurricane Dorian isn't just menacing coastal cities

by Justin Ho Sep 2, 2019
Hurricane Dorian is menacing coastal cities. But inland communities could be just as vulnerable.
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Food companies are banking on our urge to snack

by Justin Ho Aug 30, 2019
Processed food has been going out of fashion for years, but healthy snacks are driving up sales for old-school food companies like the Campbell Soup Co.
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How the public might use a new pledge against corporations

by Justin Ho Aug 27, 2019
The Oklahoma Attorney General cited the Business Roundtable's new pledge in a case involving Johnson & Johnson.
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