May 15, 2019

Potholes can tell you a lot about inequality

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Plus: What consumer confidence can tell us about actual consumption and the legacy of Alice Rivlin, the founding director of the CBO.

Segments From this episode

One way Oakland is fighting racial inequality? By fixing potholes

May 15, 2019
Every city must contend with potholes, but some of the streets in Oakland, California, look like they’ve survived the climactic fight in a superhero film. “Some of them [potholes] are big enough that, if it rains my little great-nephew can…
Potholes line side streets in Fruitvale, one of Oakland's lower-income neighborhoods. The city's new $100 million road paving plan emphasizes low-income and minority communities.
Ben Bradford/Marketplace

Retail sales dip in April. Why are consumers holding back?

May 15, 2019
It offsets a big surge in retail sales in March.

Tariffs are stifling the region with world's largest BMW plant, official says

May 15, 2019
Spartanburg, South Carolina, had “white hot” growth before the taxes, councilman says.
CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images

How the CBO became "God" in Washington's budget battles

May 15, 2019
Credit the agency's founding director, Alice Rivlin, who died this week.
Keith Hall, Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), arrives to testify about CBO's Budget and Economic Outlook for Fiscal Year 2019-2029, during a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 29, 2019.
SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Music from the episode

Mockingbird Wild Belle
Eple Röyksopp
Doppelgänger Lissom
Ride Wit Me Nelly, City Spud
Fangless Sleater-Kinney

The team

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