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When slowing wage growth isn’t so bad
Jan 31, 2023

When slowing wage growth isn’t so bad

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Wage growth moderated to 1% last quarter, but inflation eased too. This will be on the mind of Federal Reserve officials as they mull interest rate hikes. Plus, Ireland feuds with the EU over tech regulation.

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Wage growth is slowing down. But is there an upside for workers?

Jan 31, 2023
Wages increased 1% in Q4. Inflation is also slowing. All that could impact whether — and by how much — the Fed hikes interest rates.
Wage growth slowed to 1% in Q4, but inflation has been slowing too.
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This wedding planner's service costs have raised the cost of her service

Feb 1, 2023
"We have all these extra fees that we really didn't have before," says events specialist Irene Tynedale. But prices will still fluctuate.
Irene Tynedale reports that service vendors have told her they've had to turn down business because they lacked enough staff.
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What is it about cookbooks?

Jan 31, 2023
You can get pretty much any recipe you want online. But cookbooks still sell. A lot.
Leslie Gray Streeter, prepping to cook mushroom risotto, has 47 cookbooks in her kitchen. This year, her goal is to make something from every single one.
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Millions of high schoolers don't fill out financial aid forms — and leave billions on the table

Jan 31, 2023
You can't get federal grants unless you fill out the FAFSA.
Billions of dollars in Pell Grant money went unused last year. At least seven states have made filling out the FAFSA a requirement for high school graduation.
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U.S. court rejects Johnson & Johnson's bankruptcy petition over talc lawsuits

Jan 31, 2023
The case has implications for how corporations use bankruptcy to deal with lawsuits and the future of the "Texas two-step" strategy.
About 40,000 people sued Johnson & Johnson, alleging that its talc products, including baby powder, caused cancer.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Is Ireland too economically dependent on Big Tech to regulate it properly?

Jan 31, 2023
Ireland is at loggerheads with the European Union over the best way to police American tech giants with European headquarters on Irish soil.
The influx of Big Tech companies to Ireland has helped fuel  the country's economic growth. Above, Google's offices in Dublin.
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Music from the episode

Rififi Rococo Chris Joss
People Everywhere Khraungbin
Plate Richard Houghten
Suga Suga Baby Bash, Frankie J
Hypercolor goosetaf, anbuu, chromonicci
Mirage Toro y Moi
4/17/1975 Rob Viktum

The team

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