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Nov 26, 2019

“The glass is much more than half full”

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That was Fed Chair Jerome Powell talking about the economy this week. Plus: Why eBay is selling StubHub, young women are bearing the brunt of unpaid household labor and Mexican cartels are getting into the avocado business.

Stories From this episode

What is consumer confidence, anyway?

by Sabri Ben-Achour Nov 26, 2019
The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index has fallen for the fourth straight month, but what does that really mean?
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

How cartels seized Mexico's avocado business

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Nov 26, 2019
Mexico's avocado farmers report extortion, hijacking and related danger posed by cartels.
An avocado orchard in the Mexican state of Michoacan.
Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times © 2019
Adventures in Housing

Adventures in Housing: Holding out on a home to invest in something else

by Maria Hollenhorst Nov 26, 2019
Zarrish Khan was about to buy a house when tragic news prompted a U-turn.
Zarrish Khan with her children, Hasan, left, and Mishal.
Photo courtesy of Zarrish Khan

In many homes, housework falls disproportionately to young women

by Mitchell Hartman Nov 26, 2019
According to the Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project, unpaid household labor falls disproportionately to women between 16 and 24.
Ian Waldie/Getty Images

eBay aims to strengthen focus on core business as competition builds

by Meghan McCarty Carino Nov 26, 2019
The site known for its auctions has shifted to more fixed price sales, but can't compete with Amazon.
The eBay headquarters in San Jose, California in 2014.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Tariffs are making it harder for Dollar Tree to sell stuff for a buck

by Justin Ho Nov 26, 2019
Discount retailers are vulnerable to tariffs, especially when keeping prices at $1 is a business model and a brand.
A Dollar Tree store in Miami.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Music from the episode

Fishtail Parker Nightmares On Wax
Higher Noble Oak
Will You Miss Me The Notting Hillbillies

The team

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

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