A rough time for startups 
Apr 3, 2024

A rough time for startups 

Venture capital investments are down to a near five-year low and large cashouts have slowed. Plus, how campaign ads shape our economic views.

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It's not a great time for startups

Apr 3, 2024
Venture capital investments fell in the first quarter of this year. And that's after the worst year for startup funding since 2019.
Venture capital investments fell in the first quarter of this year, according to Pitchbook. And that’s after the worst year for startup funding since 2019.
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For thousands of workers who rely on Baltimore's port, work has slowed or stopped

Apr 3, 2024
That includes longshoremen who unload container ships, warehouse workers who store the goods and restaurant servers who feed them all.
Workers use an overhead crane to move a reel of telecommunications wire at the Trans American Trucking & Warehouse facility near the port.
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How political ads try to shape the way we feel about the economy

Apr 3, 2024
Campaigns and advocacy groups may spend up to $17 billion on ads in 2024. Many pitches will focus on the local and the personal.
According to Tess McRae of the Parkside Group, successful messaging for incumbents will highlight smaller ways people’s lives have improved — like lower gas prices.
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The Realtors settlement could change how agents work with homebuyers

Apr 3, 2024
In a landmark settlement to several lawsuits, the National Association of Realtors could require agents and buyers to have a written agreement.
A rule change for Realtors could require buyers to pay agents directly, and that has some Realtors worried.
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It started with a web search and a love for animals. Now, she's been in the pet business for over a decade.

Apr 3, 2024
Judy Nunez, owner of Tails on Trails in Jersey City, New Jersey, says dog walking made her feel "like a functioning person."
"How can you have a bad day when you're walking a dog?" said Judy Nunez, owner of Tails on Trails.
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Music from the episode

"Cirrus" Bonobo
"Bassackwards" Kurt Vile
"It's Only" ODESZA, Zyra

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Producer II
Andie Corban Producer I
Sarah Leeson Producer I
Sean McHenry Director & Associate Producer II
Sofia Terenzio Assistant Producer
Jordan Mangi Assistant Digital Producer