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Episode 114: Antitrust the process

May 21, 2019

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The yield curve is acting up

The yield curve is acting up

Dec 4, 2018

... Which is to say, it's starting to point down. It's inverting. And that can be an important warning sign for the economy. We'll explain. And speaking of warning signs: The housing market is losing steam, but is that bad news?…

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Would you like some earplugs with that appetizer?

by Kai Ryssdal, Phoebe Unterman, and Sean McHenry Dec 4, 2018
Some noisy restaurants ring in at a decibel level that over a long period of time can cause hearing loss.
Popular restaurant design elements like hard, minimal surfaces, open kitchens and attached bars are responsible for restaurants' climbing decibel levels.
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Recent layoffs could be a sign of lessons from the Great Recession

by Andy Uhler Dec 4, 2018
Major company layoffs are not tied to economic worries necessarily.

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian on today's entrepreneurs

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Dec 4, 2018
There's "more of a wokeness to these founders," he says.
"I think that now is a better time than it's ever been if you have a hobby, if you have a passion, and you're building a following on Instagram ... to potentially turn into something that could be a real business," Alexis Ohanian says.
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What worries China's manufacturers more than tariffs? Labor shortages

by Jennifer Pak Dec 4, 2018
The country's workforce has shrunk 3 percent from 2012 to 2017; now its economy is slowing.
Huade High Voltage Electric needs a dozen more workers to keep up with demand.
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… Which is to say, it’s starting to point down. It’s inverting. And that can be an important warning sign for the economy. We’ll explain. And speaking of warning signs: The housing market is losing steam, but is that bad news? We’ll talk about the winners and losers. Plus, a conversation with Alexis Ohanian about creating the front page of the internet and life as a venture capitalist. 

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