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12/26/16:  What does the Council of Economic Advisers actually do?
Dec 26, 2016

12/26/16: What does the Council of Economic Advisers actually do?

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As Trump continues his transition, we take a look at the role of the Council of Economic Advisers. They're kind of like the president's personal think tank. Also on today's show: Why drug resistance to infections and diseases is becoming a global economic problem. And on a lighter note: Ever wonder how hops are priced? You asked, we answered for the latest installment of I've Always Wondered...

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From farm to glass: How hops are priced

Dec 26, 2016
Hops provide the bitter taste beer drinkers love, but who says how much these fragrant little flowers are worth?
"Beer is still good business," says Patrick Smith, CEO of Loftus Ranches in Yakima, Washington. Above, fresh hops from a California farm.
Katherine Garrova/Marketplace

Spotify says "it's been weird" to 2016

Dec 26, 2016
Spotify launched an ad campaign titled "Thanks 2016, It's Been Weird."
General view of the atmosphere at 'The Evening Before'- a pre-White House Correspondents' Dinner party hosted by Eric Podwall and Spotify at Chaplin's Restaurant on April 24, 2015 in Washington, DC.
Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Eric Podwall)

Drug-resistant infections threaten economy

Dec 26, 2016
The World Bank has stressed the threat of drug-resistant infections.
A pharmacist fills a prescription bottle of antibiotics. 
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

How the Council of Economic Advisers serves the president

Dec 26, 2016
They have the ear of the president when it comes to economic policy, but what do they even do?
Shaun Donovan, OMB Budget Director, Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Cecilia Muoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council and Jeff Zients, Director of the National Economic Council, participate in a briefing on President Obama's FY 2017 budget request, at the White House, February 8, 2016 in Washington, DC. 
Mark Wilson/Getty Images

App aims to help curb food waste

Dec 26, 2016
We waste billions of dollars worth of food.
A take out container in a trash bin in New York City. 
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Small 'green' products company employees assured Unilever buyout won't shift core culture

Dec 26, 2016
Mission-driven companies are some of the fastest-growing, and giant corporations like Unilever are getting in on the game.
The Vermont-based company Seventh Generation is a mission-driven producer of natural homecare products. 
Kathleen Masterson/VPR

As Trump continues his transition, we take a look at the role of the Council of Economic Advisers. They’re kind of like the president’s personal think tank. Also on today’s show: Why drug resistance to infections and diseases is becoming a global economic problem. And on a lighter note: Ever wonder how hops are priced? You asked, we answered for the latest installment of I’ve Always Wondered…