Back-to-school season, already?
Aug 7, 2019

Back-to-school season, already?

Plus: A conversation with Ben Folds about his career in music and why FedEx is dropping Amazon.

Segments From this episode

Ben Folds worries about becoming uncool (not really)

Aug 7, 2019
"As satisfying and safe as it can feel to have mastered a craft, it also can be a sign that it’s time to learn a new trick," the musician writes.
"I cannot grow artistically if I am beholden to the opinions of an industry I’ve outgrown," Ben Folds writes in his memoir.
Joe Vaughn

Why do states hold back-to-school sales tax holidays?

Aug 7, 2019
Politicians and retailers say tax holidays are good for sales and they save people money. But it’s not that simple.
Shoppers peruse notebooks and other back-to-school items at a Walmart in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Why refugees make great entrepreneurs

Aug 7, 2019
The refugee entrepreneurs’ motives are often a mix of altruism and self-interest.
Migrants and refugees wait in the early hours in a tent outside the Central Registration Office for Asylum Seekers in 2015 in Berlin.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Recession risk rises with trade war

Aug 7, 2019
The U.S. economy is slowing. Whether it goes into recession could depend on tariffs and trade disruptions.
The numbers after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on August 5, 2019 in New York City. Stocks plunged after a forceful response by Beijing to the latest U.S. tariff announcement escalated an ongoing trade war, exacerbating global growth worries.
Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Bond market signals economic slowdown, or worse

Aug 7, 2019
There is no perfect economic crystal ball, but the bond market often gives a indication of where the economy is heading.
Traders work after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange in August.
Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Music from the episode

Can’t Keep Checking My Phone Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Esperar Pra Ver Poolside, Fatnotronic
Feels Right Carly Rae Jepsen, Electric Guest
Autumn Sweater Yo La Tengo
Still Fighting It Ben Folds

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Daisy Palacios Senior Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer

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