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What makes the dollar strong?

Aug 23, 2019

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Kai Ryssdal

Host and senior editor

SHORT BIO

I speak my native tongue into a microphone.

What was your first job?

Lifeguard. (Well, that and mowing lawns.)

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

Staying calm.

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

Don't think — just talk.

In your next life, what would your career be?

Helicopter pilot.

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Ben Folds worries about becoming uncool (not really)

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Aug 7, 2019
"As satisfying and safe as it can feel to have mastered a craft, it also can be a sign that it’s time to learn a new trick," the musician writes.
"I cannot grow artistically if I am beholden to the opinions of an industry I’ve outgrown," Ben Folds writes in his memoir.
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Trade showdown

U.S. farmer on worsening trade dispute: "It's like a knife in my heart"

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Aug 6, 2019
Farmers hoped for a resolution to the trade war, then everything got worse.
American hogs are selling for higher prices, but to a smaller market as trade war worsens.
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Trade showdown

IMF's acting director on U.S. and China: "It takes two to tango"

by Kai Ryssdal Aug 5, 2019
"Both sides should sit down and talk more," says David Lipton of the International Monetary Fund.
Then-IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton in 2018.
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Floods, fires and financial risk: What climate change could do to the financial system

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Aug 5, 2019
A regulator warns the changing climate could cause a financial crisis.
Midwest states are battling some of the worst flooding they have experienced in decades.
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Will the ice cream sandwich ever go out of style?

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Aug 2, 2019
A look at 120 years of a sweet business on National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.
Still a favorite today: elaborate ice cream sandwiches are often celebrated on social media.
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Mississippi business owner celebrates rate cut

by Kai Ryssdal and Andie Corban Aug 1, 2019
Kai Ryssdal checked in with Austin Golding, a small business owner in Mississippi.
Floodwaters in Vicksburg, Mississippi back in 2011.
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Why REI is embracing "re-commerce"

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Aug 1, 2019
Consumers today are "less interested in buying stuff and accumulating more things," said REI CEO Eric Artz.
As part of environmental stewardship efforts and changing consumer preferences, outdoor gear retailer R.E.I is doubling down on rentals and used gear sales.
Courtesy of R.E.I. Co-op

Foot Locker's plan to avoid the fate of American malls

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Jul 31, 2019
It involves "sneaker heads," venture capital and a lot of online sales.
A pair of Nike Huarache sneakers.
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Behind the scenes at the Fed

by Kai Ryssdal, Sean McHenry, and Maria Hollenhorst Jul 31, 2019
Kai Ryssdal spoke with a former Fed governor about what it's like to be in the room when the FOMC makes a major decision.
The Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C., in 2008.
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Why the Fed decided to be transparent

by Kai Ryssdal Jul 30, 2019
The Federal Reserve used to be an economic black box. Now Chair Powell holds press conferences throughout the year. How'd it get to this point?
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell decided to hold press conferences after each Federal Open Market Committee meeting beginning in January.
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