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New York City’s rat problem

May 23, 2019

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Tracey Samuelson

SHORT BIO

Report. Host. Edit. Write. Listen.

What was your first job?

Working in a bread store at the peak of the anti-carb movement.

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

Cramming all the interesting information I find reporting into a few minutes.

In your next life, what would your career be?

ER doctor.

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

Lots of stuff from Amazon.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

That time I went to Hawaii ... on assignment.

Latest Stories from Tracey (16)

New York City turns to dry ice to control its rat population

by Tracey Samuelson May 23, 2019
The frozen carbon dioxide is more effective than rodenticide in some cases. But experts say cities will never eradicate rats.
New York City exterminator Joseph Rodriguez drops dry ice pellets into a rat burrow. The dry ice turns into a gas, essentially suffocating the rats with carbon dioxide.
Tracey Samuelson

Changing supply chains isn't as easy as 1, 2, 3

by Tracey Samuelson May 22, 2019
Some companies are better suited to change where they get things made than others.
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

How the CBO became "God" in Washington's budget battles

by Tracey Samuelson May 15, 2019
Credit the agency's founding director, Alice Rivlin, who died this week.
Keith Hall, Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), arrives to testify about CBO's Budget and Economic Outlook for Fiscal Year 2019-2029, during a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 29, 2019.
SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Government shutdown 2019

The business that's not happening, thanks to the shutdown

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer, Renata Sago, Marielle Segarra, Andy Uhler, and Tracey Samuelson Jan 9, 2019
From mergers and food regulation to taxes and immigration, daily commerce is in limbo.
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images
Trade showdown

FOIA documents unmask the tariff exemption process

by Phoebe Unterman, Tracey Samuelson, and Janet Nguyen Nov 5, 2018
We obtained Department of Commerce documents to see how applications were approved and denied.
The majority of requests for tariff exemptions have been denied. Above, a steel distribution factory in Monterrey, Mexico.
Photo by Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images
Anxiety Index®

Would China weaponize its U.S. debt as a trade war tactic?

by Tracey Samuelson and Janet Nguyen Oct 17, 2018
China owns more U.S. debt than any other country. Selling its current supply of U.S. treasury bonds to mess with the American economy would be an aggressive move that China would not undertake unless provoked further, according to one expert.…
A vendor picks up a 100 yuan note above a newspaper featuring a photo of Donald Trump, at a news stand in Beijing on Nov. 10, 2016. 
GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images
Anxiety Index®

How does America feel about the economy in 2018? Look to the Anxiety Index

by Tracey Samuelson Oct 17, 2018
People are feeling pretty good, though a majority of respondents fear that a recession is looming.
Photo by Sherman/Three Lions/Getty Images
Trade showdown

What does a trade war mean for the U.S. economy?

by Andy Uhler, Kimberly Adams, Scott Tong, and Tracey Samuelson Apr 4, 2018
Let's break down how it will affect the country's GDP, jobs or even agriculture.
A Chinese worker looks on as a cargo ship is loaded at a port in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong province in July.

The Fed rethinks its inflation target

by Kai Ryssdal and Tracey Samuelson Jan 9, 2018
The Federal Reserve has two main jobs: maximize employment and keep prices stable. That second piece, stable prices, has meant the Fed tries to keep inflation at 2 percent. Former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke made that target the explicit goal…

What does MetLife’s win in court mean for other big businesses?

by Andy Uhler and Tracey Samuelson Mar 31, 2016
The company can now shed its “systemically important” label, which could force a shake up in the government's “Too Big To Fail” process.
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