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Episode 136: VC hype vs. Wall Street

Oct 22, 2019

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Plus: Why the Trump administration would want to curb American investment in Chinese firms, and how Amazon could reshape Arlington, Virginia's economy. 

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After the fanfare, Amazon's HQ2 slowly gets going in Virginia

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A "Career Day" draws thousands, but Arlington residents are learning the 25,000 promised jobs will be filled over 10 to 12 years.
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Rural hospitals expect to see a boost with changes to Medicare reimbursement

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Medicare is increasing reimbursement rates for certain low-wage hospitals, but not everyone supports the change.
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A new report says banks are selling mortgages at risk of natural disaster-related default to government-backed mortgage giants.
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The tricky business of investment restrictions

by Tracey Samuelson Sep 30, 2019
The Trump administration is reportedly considering limiting U.S. investments in China as part of the trade war.
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The stock market is not the economy

by Daisy Palacios and Kai Ryssdal Sep 30, 2019
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