The global factors behind your grocery bill
Aug 1, 2022

The global factors behind your grocery bill

Global food prices may finally be moderating. Also, why strip malls are having a moment right now.

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Food price increases show signs of moderating

Aug 1, 2022
Grocery prices are up more than 12% over the past year. Climate change, the war in Ukraine and energy costs all have something to do with it.
A ship carrying corn leaves Odessa, Ukraine, on Monday, bound for Lebanon. Ukraine is an important producer of grain for world markets, and the Russian invasion prevented food exports for months.
Oleksandr Gimanov/AFP via Getty Images

Taiwan has leverage in U.S.-China standoff: semiconductors

Aug 1, 2022
Decades of investment and training in tech have helped Taiwan build a so-called silicon shield.
TSMC produces more than 90% of the world’s advanced semiconductors.
Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images

Why aren't oil companies drilling on their 9,000 land leases?

Aug 1, 2022
Shortages of labor and materials are making it hard to drill and maintain wells.
Shortages of steel pipe, sand and workers are cutting into potential oil production. Above, drilling rigs sit unused in Odessa, Texas.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Despite travel rebound, inflation and staffing continue to limit this Hawaiian tourism business

Aug 1, 2022
Manu Powers, who co-owns boat and snorkel tour company Sea Quest Hawaii, said their gas bill recently hit five figures for the first time.
 Inflation is affecting the price of gas, which has significantly cut into the profit margins of Sea Quest Hawaii
Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Macy's is expanding investment in strip malls with smaller stores

Aug 1, 2022
Outdoor shopping centers have become more popular as consumers look for convenience.
Macy's is building out its smaller-footprint concepts like Macy’s Backstage. They'll be located in strip malls, where consumers can make quicker shopping trips.
Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's, Inc.

Hollywood can't keep up with TV screen tech

Aug 1, 2022
As the TV in your living room gets better, the special effects in big-budget Hollywood films are starting to look worse. Lane Brown of New York magazine discusses.
Lots of films were designed to appear on theater screens or high-definition television. On 4K TVs, some special effects may look fuzzy.
Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Music from the episode

Cashmere Tree Theater
Bassackwards Kurt Vile
Easy Son Lux
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Y. O. U. Coin Banks, Rae
Kama Maribou State

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Daisy Palacios Senior Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Andie Corban Associate Producer
Richard Cunningham Associate Producer