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Episode 136: VC hype vs. Wall Street

Oct 22, 2019

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Plus: What's behind this disappointing year for IPOs and the national debt, explained.

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How breast cancer awareness month became “more than pink”

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Oct 1, 2019
Kate Pickert, author of a new book about breast cancer in America said we've reached "peak awareness" when it comes to breast cancer.
In 2016, the Susan G. Komen foundation adopted the new slogan "more than pink."
Courtesy of the Susan G. Komen Foundation
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The Chinese workers who make your shoes

by Jennifer Pak Oct 2, 2019
China makes almost 70% of the shoes imported into the U.S.
Most people who produce goods for the U.S. come from China's poor countryside.
Photo courtesy of Shanghai 808 Studio
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Breaking down the national debt and budget deficit

by Daisy Palacios and Kai Ryssdal Oct 1, 2019
It's a new fiscal year for America. Let's look at our debt.
The National Debt Clock, a billboard-sized digital display showing the increasing U.S. debt, in New York City in 2011.
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Could the explosion of corporate debt lead to a new financial crisis?

by Ben Bradford Oct 1, 2019
Today's corporate borrowing is similar in many ways to the mortgage debt that burst the housing bubble.
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Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Assistant Producer
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