Jun 14, 2018

Sedan sales aren’t what they used to be

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The trusty sedan might not be enough for Americans these days. Sales have been tanking the last few years, giving way to bigger trucks, SUVs and crossovers. We find out why. Also on the show, we talk with Politico’s Annie…

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When it comes to chicken-processing plants, some communities see jobs where others see environmental concerns

Jun 14, 2018
A suburban community in Kansas turns away from the prospect of a chicken processing plant, while a rural town sees the possibility it would bring new jobs.
Shops and restaurants line one of Concordia’s main streets in downtown.
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The venerable sedan gives way to crossovers and trucks

Jun 14, 2018
Two out of every five vehicles sold in the United States is a cross utility vehicle, or CUV.
Honda executives celebrate as the 2018 Honda Accord is named the car of the year at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan, on Jan. 15, 2018.
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U.S. tariffs boost trade tensions and protectionist theory

Jun 14, 2018
Beijing has special rules for the industries of tomorrow while Washington is protecting aging sectors.
A worker trims a newly cast steel slab at the NLMK Indiana steel mill in March in Portage, Indiana.
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ECB to end stimulus. Is Europe's economy out of the woods?

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Jun 14, 2018
The European Central Bank announced today it is doing something the Federal Reserve has been doing for several years now: It’s taking its foot off the gas pedal of the economy — in this case, the eurozone economy. Specifically, it’s…

Spike in demand for building materials helped drive overall retail sales in May

Jun 14, 2018
New numbers out Thursday show that Americans spent a lot of their paychecks on retail last month. U.S. retail sales were strong in May, rising about eight-tenths of a percent from a month earlier.  That may sound small, but it’s…

The trusty sedan might not be enough for Americans these days. Sales have been tanking the last few years, giving way to bigger trucks, SUVs and crossovers. We find out why. Also on the show, we talk with Politico’s Annie Karni about her reporting on the how the White House was looking for new employees at a job fair. Plus, we ask, “Is there a way for a country to engage in ‘good’ protectionism for its own interests?” Short answer: Well, it depends. Just give it a listen. (06/14/2018)