A grocery bill gut punch
Sep 14, 2022

A grocery bill gut punch

Food just keeps getting more expensive because it just keeps getting more expensive to make food. Plus, why wages are stagnant in the U.S. and how headlights are improving.

Segments From this episode

For producers, inflation is easing just a bit, Labor Department reports

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Producer prices reflect costs throughout the production process. Prices for raw materials are starting to ease.
Price increases have begun to slow in earlier parts of the production process.
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Food is more expensive because it's getting more expensive to make food

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Farmers are paying more for equipment and supplies. Drought in the Great Plains has hurt corn and wheat. The Ukraine war also plays a role.
Extreme drought has hurt corn production in the U.S. this year.
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Many Chinese homebuyers are paying mortgages on homes they may never live in

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With real estate firms in financial distress, thousands of people are left with unfinished condos. Some are trying to fight back.
Last year, musician Chen Peng took Marketplace to the development in Zhengzhou where he bought a two-bedroom condo. The development remains unfinished today.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace

Adaptive headlights will soon make night driving brighter without blinding others

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The technology, new to the U.S., can potentially make driving at night safer, says David Aylor of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Adaptive beam headlights use a forward-looking camera to detect other vehicles and "create a shadow in the area of that car," says David Aylor of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
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Household income stayed flat in 2021, census data shows

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Wage increases have been eaten by high inflation.
Despite talk about pay increases and a hot labor market, wages have remained stagnant for years when you account for inflation.
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The traditional business card is getting a tech makeover

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Manually inputting contact info is becoming a thing of the past. Instead, networkers are adopting QR codes and chips.
Traditional business cards are falling by the wayside as networkers adopt digital options.
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Remembering Jim Russell

Jim Russell, who created “Marketplace” in 1989, died on Sep. 13 at the age of 76. Today, we’ll take a few moments to remember the man who made this program possible.

Music from the episode

Cashmere Tree Theater
Dawn Rise Colton Bryan
Poison Beyonce
Do It Chloe X Halle
sweet spot Sweeps

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Producer II
Andie Corban Producer I
Sean McHenry Director & Associate Producer II
Richard Cunningham Associate Producer I
Dylan Miettinen Associate Digital Producer