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Episode 2: Crying at work

Jun 20, 2019

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Fed Chair says corporate debt a concern, not yet a catastrophe

by Sabri Ben-Achour May 21, 2019
The ratio of business debt to U.S. GDP is at historic highs. Fed Chair Jerome Powell said signs don’t point to corporate debt bringing down the whole financial system. But he also said there are some things we don’t know…
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell.
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As farmers age, they face the challenge of finding successors to take over

by Julia Mitric May 21, 2019
Farmers across America are getting older and weighing the fate of their farms.
Alan Haight, 62, prunes apple trees at Riverhill Farm in Nevada City.
Sean Havey for California Dream

T-Mobile-Sprint merger depends on promise to bring 5G to rural America

by Meghan McCarty Carino May 21, 2019
But it will require big spending on new tech in areas with small customer bases.
Picture shows a 5G antenna at Deutsche Telekom stand on the first day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona.
PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images

Postal Service experiments with driverless mail trucks

by Jack Stewart May 21, 2019
The big-rig mail trucks will include a safety driver in case something goes wrong.
One of the trucks being used in the trial.
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Why the Federal Reserve makes comic books

by Maria Hollenhorst May 21, 2019
“We just wanted to create a tool that was accessible.”
Federal Reserve Bank of New York

The business behind royal fashion

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser May 21, 2019
A viral Instagram series examines how Meghan Markel’s royal wardrobe works like a business endeavor.
Duchess Meghan Markle waves as she joins Queen Elizabeth II to walk from Storyhouse to Chester Town Hall in on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England.
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Urban Outfitters enters the clothing rental business

by Renata Sago May 22, 2019
It's the latest company to join this fast-growing retail market, but why?
Urban Outfitters is the latest company to enter the fast-growing retail rental industry.
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Music from the episode

Lush Four Tet
Dream Chorus TOKiMONSTA
Counting Stars OneRepublic
Eyes To The Wind The War On Drugs
Superposition Young the Giant

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Assistant Producer

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