Inequality is at a 50-year high
Sep 26, 2019

Inequality is at a 50-year high

Today, we dig into why. Plus: Health care spending is breaking records and consumer confidence, explained.

Segments From this episode

The wealth gap widens

Sep 26, 2019
A lot of it comes down to taxation, the stock market and the country's demographic makeup.
Income inequality is rising even though the economy is in its longest period of growth.
Joe Raedle/Newsmakers

For businesses, American Community Survey is a trove of valuable information

Sep 26, 2019
The Census Bureau's annual survey helps businesses figure out where and what they should be selling.
Businesses use ACS data to decide where to open new stores. Above, a storefront for lease in Chicago.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

For those exiting the criminal justice system, housing can make all the difference

Sep 26, 2019
For people who served time in prison, finding affordable housing can be a challenge.
Johnny Washington in his new apartment in a Chicago suburb. He graduated drug court and got a Section 8 voucher.
Natalie Moore for Marketplace

Why do we care how consumers feel about the economy?

Sep 26, 2019
Consumer spending accounts for about 70% of gross domestic product.
Pedestrians walk through a shopping district in lower Manhattan in New York City.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Music from the episode

Palest Pearl Pure Bathing Culture
High Tide Brothertiger
Tej The So Ons
Back To You Selena Gomez

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Producer II
Sean McHenry Director & Associate Producer II

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