Back-to-school season, already?
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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)
"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.
Why do states hold back-to-school sales tax holidays?
Politicians and retailers say tax holidays are good for sales and they save people money. But it’s not that simple.
Why refugees make great entrepreneurs
The refugee entrepreneurs’ motives are often a mix of altruism and self-interest.
Recession risk rises with trade war
The U.S. economy is slowing. Whether it goes into recession could depend on tariffs and trade disruptions.
Bond market signals economic slowdown, or worse
There is no perfect economic crystal ball, but the bond market often gives a indication of where the economy is heading.
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
Humbug Mountain Song Fruit Bats
Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Daisy Palacios Senior Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer