May 9, 2017

05/09/2017: The cost of losing a teacher

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It's National Teacher Day, which means kids will likely be showering their teachers with thank-you notes and gift cards and apples. And they need all the support they can get — about half of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years. On today's show, we'll explore the dissatisfaction they face and the negative effects such a high turnover rate has on schools. Afterwards, we'll look at why a key measure of investor anxiety, VIX, may have closed at its lowest level in decades, and then talk with Marketplace regular Allan Sloan about his proposal for how people should pay Social Security taxes.

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National Teacher Day brings gifts, but teachers also want support, better pay

May 9, 2017
Tuesday is National Teacher Day. Starting today and throughout the week, school-age children will be showering their teachers with everything from thank you notes to home baked goods to gift cards. It’s meant to show appreciation for all teachers do. But school systems across the country are having a hard time attracting and retaining quality […]

Didn’t that happen a long time ago? CDC finds wireless phones outnumber landlines

May 9, 2017
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control finds, for the first time, most American households have mobile phones but no landline. That’s important information for collecting data, lest researchers leave out wireless users when they do surveys and wind up with inaccurate results. Wireless connections are getting better and cheaper, but most homes […]

Teenage girls who code get encouragement from U.S. Bank

May 9, 2017
Teams of girls are coming up with financial apps as part of a global tech competition.
U.S. Bank Chief Innovation Officer Dominic Venturo and Chief Executive Andy Cecere pose with teenage girls the bank sponsored as part of Technovation, a global app-building competition.
Annie Baxter/Marketplace

'Fear index' at its lowest level since 1993

May 9, 2017
VIX, known as the 'fear index,' gauges market volatility.
Traders working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

05/09/2017: Your landline still has value

May 9, 2017
For the first time, most American households have mobile phones but no landlines. Turns out, though, that landline systems still have their benefits. We'll talk about the trade-off that comes with this shift in consumer behavior. Later on today's show, we'll also explore why investors seem to be so calm right now based on VIX levels, and then look at one global tech competition that's encouraging girls to create their own apps.

It’s National Teacher Day, which means kids will likely be showering their teachers with thank-you notes and gift cards and apples. And they need all the support they can get — about half of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years. On today’s show, we’ll explore the dissatisfaction they face and the negative effects such a high turnover rate has on schools. Afterwards, we’ll look at why a key measure of investor anxiety, VIX, may have closed at its lowest level in decades, and then talk with Marketplace regular Allan Sloan about his proposal for how people should pay Social Security taxes.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC