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Episode 136: VC hype vs. Wall Street

Oct 22, 2019

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Plus: Nearly 50,000 members of the United Auto Workers went on strike against General Motors today, and oil prices jumped following an attack on Saudi oil facilities. 

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What GM workers are thinking as they join picket lines

by Tracey Samuelson Sep 16, 2019
"We're getting little pennies compared to [GM executives]," one worker told Marketplace's Tracey Samuelson.
Members of the United Auto Workers who are employed at the General Motors Co. Flint Assembly plant in Michigan, hold signs as they go on strike in the early morning of September 16, 2019.
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Food cannons and goat yoga: Farmers get creative for profits

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Sep 16, 2019
In troubled trade times, anything to bring business to the farm.
A farmer in La Union, New Mexico, built a 10-acre corn maze in 2000 as a way to supplement their income.
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Juul struggles to secure research on the effects vaping has on health

by Blake Farmer Sep 16, 2019
With vaping under intense scrutiny and a deadline of May 2020 to apply for FDA approval, the company is under pressure.
A man smokes an electronic cigarette.
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Oil prices rise on Mideast risk assessment

by Scott Tong Sep 16, 2019
The 14% spike, following a weekend attack on a key Saudi oil production facility, reflects what traders consider a "Gulf premium" based on new oil supply risks.
Smoke billows from an Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq in Saudi Arabia's eastern province on Sept. 14 after drone attacks sparked two fires.
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Will spiking oil prices tip us into a global recession?

by Kai Ryssdal Sep 16, 2019
Probably not, says Roberto Perli of the economic policy research firm Cornerstone Macro.
An attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities caused crude oil prices to spike.
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Oil infrastructure limits ability of U.S. to quickly ramp up exports

by Marielle Segarra Sep 16, 2019
Problems like shallow shipping channels are one reason the U.S., despite being the world's biggest oil producer, is not its biggest exporter.
A pumpjack sits in the Permian Basin on the outskirts of Midland, Texas, in 2016.
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Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
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