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Translating all that Fedspeak
Jun 21, 2023

Translating all that Fedspeak

Kinda confused about if and when the Federal Reserve might up interest rates? We dive in. Then, why it'll take 131 years to close the gender pay gap.

Segments From this episode

What's Fed Chair Powell trying to tell us about future interest rate hikes?

Jun 21, 2023
Jerome Powell has stuck to the same script on whether more interest rate increases are coming — but that script has a cliffhanger ending.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday.
Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

A muffin? That'll be $5.50. (Thank inflation.)

Jun 21, 2023
Inflation is cooling, but food prices are still much higher than they were a year ago. Bakery products, in particular.
Blue Sky Bakery in Brooklyn, New York, has had to raise its prices to keep up with its costs.
Samantha Fields/Marketplace

Global gender gap is closing, but parity is more than 100 years away, report says

Jun 21, 2023
The World Economic Forum says in some countries, women's status is declining, and global gender parity is 131 years away.
The United States ranks 43rd in the world in gender parity, according to the World Economic Forum report.
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Carbon accountants help firms keep their climate pledges

Jun 21, 2023
Before companies can cut emissions, they first have to measure their carbon footprint. The new service is in high demand.
“Electricity usage and refrigerant leakage ... are the two main sources of emissions,” says Cooper Elsworth of Watershed, Sweetgreen's carbon accountant. Sweetgreen plans to become carbon neutral this decade.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

FedEx meets lowered demand for shipping with cost-cutting and layoffs

Jun 21, 2023
As consumers favor services over buying goods, FedEx and other shippers are feeling the pinch.
FedEx is spending more on wages and equipment while people are choosing experiences over goods.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Chinese investment in U.S. startups under scrutiny for espionage

Jun 21, 2023
The difficult relationship between the U.S. and China has many economic contours to it. One of the complaints on the U.S. side for years has been about theft of intellectual property. That tension is now extending into the world of investment, particularly startups.
“Unlike American companies, Chinese-owned companies are required by their government to support the military," said Andy Weber, a senior fellow at the Council on Strategic Risks.
Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images

Music from the episode

Coffin Nails MF DOOM
Dynamite BTS
Can I Kick It? A Tribe Called Quest
Cómo Me Quieres Khruangbin
All Day Knowmadic
Lowrider Yussef Kamaal
Franklin's Tower Grateful Dead

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