Dec 2, 2016

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On today's show, we'll talk about an Italian referendum that could determine not only the fate of the country's government, but some of its shaky banks. We'll also discuss Starbucks' announcement that CEO Howard Schultz is stepping down from his…

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In Louisiana, kids learn about balancing the books and paying bills

Dec 2, 2016
Last May, Louisiana made financial literacy a mandatory topic in state public schools.
At the Finance Park, a financial literacy simulation in Baton Rouge, middle school students learn the basics of paying bills and taxes, and how to balance a monthly budget.
Jesse Hardman

2016 wage growth: good but not great

Dec 2, 2016
The U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November, with the unemployment rate declining to 4.6 percent.  Forecasts had predicted a net gain of around 180,000, jobs, a signal of steady hiring in the labor market. Though average hourly earnings declined…
About 1,500 people seeking employment wait in line to enter a job fair in Washington, D.C.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

How will U.N.-U.S. relations fare under Trump administration?

Dec 2, 2016
Today, President Obama will meet with incoming United Nations chief Antonio Guterres. Guterres will step into the Secretary General role in January. That’s also when we’ll see a new administration in Washington. What could U.N.-U.S. relations look like under President…
United Nations Secretary General-designate Antonio Guterres looks on during a joint press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the foreign ministry on Nov. 28, 2016 in Beijing, China.
Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Those who live and work in Tennessee towns hit by deadly fire grapple with uncertainty

Dec 2, 2016
The resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn. are trying to come to terms with the loss of life, homes and livelihood.
A burned sign and structures in Gatlinburg.
Mark Nagi./Tennessee Department of Transportatoin

What’s next for Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz?

Dec 2, 2016
He’ll focus on the company’s fancy coffee pursuits.
Howard Schultz drinks a cup of coffee at the first Starbucks store in Chongqing, China back in 2006. 
China Photos/Getty Images

A $720 pair of Nikes that will tie its own laces

Dec 2, 2016
The November jobs report, financial literacy in Louisiana public schools, and self-tying Nike sneakers.

On today’s show, we’ll talk about an Italian referendum that could determine not only the fate of the country’s government, but some of its shaky banks. We’ll also discuss Starbucks’ announcement that CEO Howard Schultz is stepping down from his position, and look at financial literacy in Louisiana classrooms. 

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC