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Episode 122: Space — the final business frontier

Jul 16, 2019

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Use-it-or-lose-it season

Use-it-or-lose-it season

Sep 18, 2018

China and the U.S. traded more tariffs since just yesterday, and many companies have said they’ll pass the cost onto consumers. So when can Americans expect a price hike? We'll talk about it, and interview a tile industry spokesman who…

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The Big Book

Rapper Dessa on hard truths about life as a touring artist

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Sep 18, 2018
"I have earned the dark circles this year," she says.
Dessa is a touring musician and a member of the Minneapolis based hip-hop collective Doomtree.
Chad Kamenshine/Courtesy of Dessa Wander

It's use-it-or-lose-it season in Washington

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Sep 18, 2018
Every year at this time, federal agencies scramble to spend down their budgets.
It's September, spendathon time in Washington, D.C.
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Consumers may not link tariffs and higher prices

by , and Sep 18, 2018
How much do you pay attention to fluctuations in the prices of stuff you buy? There are new tariffs coming on some $200 billion worth of goods from China. They’ll start with a 10 percent tariff Monday and climb to…
Signs with the U.S. flag and Chinese flag are seen outside a store selling foreign goods in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province on Sept. 19, 2018. - China on Sept. 18 announced tariffs on U.S. goods worth $60 billion in retaliation for President Donald Trump's decision to slap duties on $200 billion in Chinese products next week. 
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China and the U.S. traded more tariffs since just yesterday, and many companies have said they’ll pass the cost onto consumers. So when can Americans expect a price hike? We’ll talk about it, and interview a tile industry spokesman who supports the tariffs. Then: With the budget expiring at the end of the month, federal agencies are hurrying to spend their budgets before time runs out. Some are taking things down to the literal last minute. Plus, hard truths with rapper and author Dessa.

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