Decision time
Jun 22, 2023

Decision time

Today we've got two stories about big decisions, one involving a local mom-and-pop, the other, massive central banks.

Segments From this episode

Why central banks operate with a pack mentality

Jun 22, 2023
Traditionally, central banks have more or less unofficially moved in concert with each other when it comes to tackling monetary policy.
Above, U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. Group mentality is part of central banking culture, says Peter Conti-Brown of the Wharton School.
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Even with inflation, pricing can be a puzzle for small businesses

Jun 22, 2023
Big businesses can rely on reams of data to figure out how much to raise prices. Small business owners don't have that luxury.
Small businesses, including bike shops, often don't have the large-scale data that bigger businesses do.
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Be prepared to navigate a maze to cancel that subscription

Jun 22, 2023
Behavioral economics helps explain why it's hard to unsubscribe.
The FTC alleges that Amazon intentionally complicated the cancellation process for Prime subscription service.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Why are HBCUs underfunded?

Jun 22, 2023
While HBCUs provide bright futures for Black students, they aren’t as well funded as other prestige universities.
HBCUs are vital for educating Black professionals, but they remain underfunded.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

When moving means a higher mortgage rate, why sell?

Jun 22, 2023
Last month, 20% fewer existing homes were sold than in May 2022. People are staying put — and staying together — to avoid higher costs.
Lots of people are choosing to stay put in their homes even if they’d like to sell.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

In the face of high inflation, this couple's plant keeps growing

Jun 22, 2023
The owners of Growing Groves Plant Shop in Davis, California, are sleeping better after a year in business.
Ricky Barosa and Larry Groves are starting to give themselves days off after a year in business at Growing Groves Plant Shop.
Ashley Villanueva/Lusting for Light Photography

Music from the episode

Shoop Salt-N-Pepa
Ain't Nothing Changed Loyle Carner
Still In Love It's Butter
Cataracts Freddie Gibbs
That's Love Oddisee

The team

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