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The American consumer just won’t quit
Jun 15, 2023

The American consumer just won’t quit

May retail sales were up 0.3%. How much longer can we keep on spending? Then, what it means to electrify the kinds of cars Americans want to drive.

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The American consumer just keeps spending

Jun 15, 2023
Retail sales surprised with a 0.3% gain in May. Nearly every category advanced despite persistent concern about inflation.
Despite continued anxiety about inflation, retail sales ticked up last month.
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As Americans catch up on care they skipped during COVID, health insurance could get pricier

Jun 15, 2023
Patient numbers have bounced back to prepandemic levels.
Procedures like hip and knee surgeries have bounced back.
Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

Political advertisers worry about reaching sports fans streaming their games

Jun 15, 2023
With streaming services cutting into more live TV audiences, including sports, advertisers are changing their 2024 campaign strategies.
With streaming services increasingly airing live sports, political advertisers are changing their 2024 campaign strategies. Yet some platforms, like Apple TV+, don’t take political ads.
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Some districts are trying year-round school to alleviate learning loss

Jun 15, 2023
But having some students on a different schedule comes with challenges both societal and economic.
There’s an idea that year-round schooling prevents what educators call “summer melt:” forgetting fractions or nouns over the summer.
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

On Tulsa's Black Wall Street, shop owner finds inspiration in local sports history

Jun 15, 2023
Venita Cooper, owner of Silhouette Sneakers & Art, recently released an apparel line inspired by the Tulsa Fast Breakers.
A mural pays tribute to the Greenwood district's onetime identity as Black Wall Street.
Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images

EVs are supersizing as carmakers roll out more electric SUVs and trucks

Jun 15, 2023
While EV trucks and SUVs are better for the environment than their gas-guzzling counterparts, they come with other problems.
Andy Purdy stands with his Volkswagen ID.4 in front of his house in Benson, Vt. He bought this electric SUV last year to accommodate his family of four.
Henry Epp

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Producer II
Andie Corban Producer I
Sarah Leeson Producer I
Sean McHenry Director & Associate Producer II
Richard Cunningham Associate Producer I
Dylan Miettinen Associate Digital Producer