Jul 14, 2016

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Oil producers are using more efficient technology that allows them to make a profit drilling for oil when the price is as low as $60 a barrel; Our latest economic anxiety poll found nearly 25 percent of people said its been more than five years since they took a week-long vacation; and Larry Wilmore, host of The Nightly Show about the 2016 election and how he covers politics on his show.

Segments From this episode

Low oil prices made U.S. frackers lean and profitable

Jul 14, 2016
Even at prices half what they once were, U.S. oil producers can make a profit
Oil producers are using more efficient technology that allows them to make a profit drilling for oil when the price is as low as $60 a barrel. 
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What Diane Keaton can teach you about working women

Jul 14, 2016
Is it easier to find a movie with positive depictions of women in the workplace in the 1980s than it is today?
Diane Keaton in the 1987 comedy "Baby Boom."
United Artists Films

Drug prices still escalating and not stopping any time soon

Jul 14, 2016
Drug price inflation soars even as prices in the wider economy are stable.
Americans continue to spend on drugs at an increasing rate. 
Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Larry Wilmore says the presidential campaign is "scary"

Jul 14, 2016
The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore shares how he makes comedy out of dark places
 Host Larry Wilmore on 'The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore.'
Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Comedy Central

The middle class vacation squeeze

Jul 14, 2016
Taking an annual out-of-town vacation is a mark of middle-class attainment in the U.S. But about 1 in 4 households haven't managed to get away for a week or more — in five years.
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Oil producers are using more efficient technology that allows them to make a profit drilling for oil when the price is as low as $60 a barrel; Our latest economic anxiety poll found nearly 25 percent of people said its been more than five years since they took a week-long vacation; and Larry Wilmore, host of The Nightly Show about the 2016 election and how he covers politics on his show.

Music from the episode

To Go Home M. Ward
Subsonic Com Truise
9 to 5 Dolly Parton
Elsewhere Define Light, Miles Dominic
The Morning The Weeknd