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You can’t manage what you can’t measure
Jan 7, 2019

You can’t manage what you can’t measure

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With the government shutdown in its third week, the U.S. Census Bureau is still closed, leaving businesses and investors without valuable economic data. We'll look at what they're missing and talk with a hog farmer about how he's affected by the impasse in Washington. Plus: What does a trip to the emergency room really cost?

Segments From this episode

Early admissions gets a second, and sometimes third, round

Jan 7, 2019
This fall saw college applications go out, and for some lucky students, early admissions letters came in. If students accept, the contracts are binding. The rest of the applicants? They have to wait until the spring to find out their fates. But increasingly, colleges have a second round. Click the audio player above to hear […]

ER bills are expensive. And secretive.

Jan 7, 2019
In some hospitals, you could pay thousands of dollars just to sit in the waiting room.
"The costs are high — and they vary hugely from hospital to hospital," says Vox's Sarah Kliff. "Case in point: I found one hospital charging $1 for a squirt of an antibiotic ointment called bacitracin —and another charging $76."
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

5G wireless without China

Jan 7, 2019
Washington regulators are debating a ban on Chinese telecom hardwire, but rural America may pay the price.
The FCC is considering a ban on Chinese telecom hardware like that made by telecom giant ZTE.
Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

A patchy picture of the U.S. economy thanks to the government shutdown

Jan 7, 2019
The Census Bureau was supposed to release figures on last November’s factory orders today. But thanks to the partial shutdown of the federal government, the Census Bureau is closed. Marketplace’s Mitchell Hartman looks into what data business decision-makers and investors will have to do without while the shutdown continues, what data will keep flowing (from […]

California utility is reportedly considering bankruptcy after wildfires

Jan 7, 2019
California lawmakers are back in session after a holiday break, and a new governor is in place. One of the sticky issues all those folks might have to confront is what to do about the troubled utility Pacific Gas and Electric. The investor-owned utility provides gas and electricity to more than 5 million Californians. And […]

Farming during a government shutdown

Jan 7, 2019
Between unresolved tariffs and a partial government shutdown, it's a tough moment for American farmers.
A hog is prepared for showing at the Iowa County Fair in July in Marengo, Iowa.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

With the government shutdown in its third week, the U.S. Census Bureau is still closed, leaving businesses and investors without valuable economic data. We’ll look at what they’re missing and talk with a hog farmer about how he’s affected by the impasse in Washington. Plus: What does a trip to the emergency room really cost?

Music from the episode

Feel Good Inc Gorillaz
Santeria Sublime
Kodiak Whale Fall
Tarova Snarky Puppy
Elegy Tycho
Artifice SOHN

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Associate Producer