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Dec 2, 2019

Just about everything you own came on a truck

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On today's show: America's shortage of both truckers and access to childcare, plus the latest on currency devaluation and the trade war.

Stories From this episode

Workplace Culture

E-commerce continues to change the nature of seasonal work

by Meghan McCarty Carino Dec 2, 2019
There are fewer seasonal retail jobs, but hiring in warehousing and transportation have picked up the slack.
A woman works at a distribution station at an Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island in February 2019.
Johannes Eiselle/AFP via Getty Images
My Economy

From hiring to navigating the road, "everything about trucking is a math problem"

by Bennett Purser Dec 2, 2019
A truck driver tells us about working one of the most in-demand jobs in the U.S.
A truck used by driver Kellylynn McLaughlin.
Courtesy Kellylynn McLaughlin

In search of child care solutions, startups turn to home providers

by Rae Ellen Bichell Dec 2, 2019
Demand for child care is high and in some places, there are shortages. A number of startups believe the answer lies in in-home child care.
Tricia Shields organizes toys at the in-home child care center she just started in Parker, Colorado.
Rae Ellen Bichell/Mountain West News Bureau

The suburban office park is making a comeback

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Dec 2, 2019
Many are adding modern amenities like cafes and open offices to attract workers.
A suburban neighborhood north of San Diego, California.
David McNew/Getty Images

New Trump administration tariffs mix currency dynamics into the trade war

by Kimberly Adams Dec 2, 2019
The president said Monday he’ll bring back import taxes on steel and aluminum from Brazil and Argentina.
"Brazil and Argentina have been presiding over a massive devaluation of their currencies," President Donald Trump tweeted this morning.
Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images

In a currency war, everyone loses

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry Dec 2, 2019
When countries tried to undercut each other to gain a trade advantage between world wars, it led to global inflation, a University of Michigan professor says.
A U.S. dollar and Brazilian two real note.
Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty Images

Music from the episode

Drifting Maverick Sabre
My Number Foals
Darling Real Estate
Dream Chorus TOKiMONSTA

The team

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

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