The state of the Presidents Day sale
Feb 18, 2022

The state of the Presidents Day sale

Today, we chat about the role companies play in inflation and dig through the numerous forms of corporate performance data.

Segments From this episode

The Weekly Wrap

“Marketplace” host Kai Ryssdal chats with Bloomberg’s Jordyn Holman and ADP’s Nela Richardson about the omicron’s effect on the economy and how corporate price hikes play into inflation.

Do consumers expect discounts when inflation is running hot?

Feb 18, 2022
President's Day weekend is usually marked by sales. But both supply chain shortages and inflation are complicating the hunt for a bargain.
Walmart reported strong earnings this week, as consumers try to find bargains at a bargain-scarce time.
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Twitter CEO paternity leave draws range of reactions

Feb 18, 2022
Less than a quarter of people in the U.S. work for companies that offer paid parental leave. Even fewer offer paid paternity leave.
Paternal leave faces stigma in the U.S., but it might only take a few high-profile fathers to change that.
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What’s the best way to measure corporate performance?

Feb 18, 2022
“There isn’t one,” said Patrick Badolato, a professor of accounting. But investors and analysts use “net income” and “EBITDA” in their attempts.
Obscure financial metrics "seem to tell a nice and neat and tidy story, and the reality is messy and nuanced,” said Patrick Badolato, an associate professor of accounting at the University of Texas.
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WHO plan will help ramp up COVID vaccine production in Africa

Feb 18, 2022
Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia will have access to mRNA vaccine technology. Is that enough?
While global vaccination rates hover at around 60%, vaccine rates in Africa are just a fraction of that.
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How the "Great Reassessment" brought this Dallas dancer to confront the gender gap in dance

Feb 18, 2022
Even though there are more female dancers than there are male, men dominate leadership positions.
“As a dancer, you know you’re going to retire from your performance career before retirement age, so you have to have in mind what the next steps are going to be," said Alexandra Farber.
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Music from the episode

Becoming a Tree Richard Houghten
My Dearest Friend Manatee Commune
Agrimony MF DOOM
Tidal Wave Butcher Brown

The team

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