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Episode 136: VC hype vs. Wall Street

Oct 22, 2019

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Inside West Virginia’s overwhelmed foster care system

by Roxy Todd Oct 9, 2019
About 85% of the children in state custody have a parent who struggles with substance use disorder. The system is straining to care for them.
A homemade sign says "Think drugs gets you high give God a try," on a front lawn in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The town in Wise County has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic.
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How bowling shoes help explain the repo market

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Oct 9, 2019
It’s a wonky subject, but important. Arcades, power grids and plumbing systems also help make sense of it.
If you want to understand the repo market, think about renting shoes at a bowling alley.
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In the NBA vs. China battle, business could suffer

by Kai Ryssdal and Andy Uhler Oct 9, 2019
Billions of dollars in revenue is at stake for the NBA.
The NBA flagship retail store in Beijing.
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Here's what a "good economy" means to these shoppers

by Mitchell Hartman Oct 9, 2019
Consumers appear confident and willing to spend now, but they're worried about the future and haunted by memories of the Great Recession.
Consumers shopping in May in New York City.
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New rule could hurt home appraisal business

by Amy Scott Oct 9, 2019
Some 40% of home sales may no longer require appraisals.
A house for sale in Miami, Florida.
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