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Episode 136: VC hype vs. Wall Street

Oct 22, 2019

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New overtime rule covers fewer workers than Obama version

by Kimberly Adams Sep 24, 2019
Had the 2016 rule been instituted, roughly three times more workers would have been covered.
Under the new rule, employers will be required to pay overtime to employees making less than $35,568.
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An economist responds to Greta Thunberg

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Sep 24, 2019
"I think she is cutting out a political path on which economists must now travel," said economist Ashoka Mody.
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