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Dec 4, 2019

Where the money from food stamps is actually going

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The White House is tightening work requirements for SNAP. Today, we're following the money. Plus: Twitter's junk bonds and how e-books impact libraries.

Stories From this episode

New SNAP rules will affect 700,000 aid recipients — and more than 250,000 retailers

by Marielle Segarra Dec 4, 2019
The new rules will require more people to work at least 20 hours a week to receive benefits.
The new SNAP rules means fewer people will qualify for the program.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

For a British honey shop, Brexit uncertainty still looms

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Dec 4, 2019
Holiday sales will help From Field and Flower, but Brexit could bring tariffs of up to 40%.
Samantha Wallace sources most of her honey from small producers in Europe. Above, worker bees process honey while others seal the honeycomb full of honey with white wax.
Prakash Singh/AFP via Getty Images

Twitter is issuing bonds rated below "investment grade." Here's what that means.

by Justin Ho Dec 4, 2019
"Junk" bonds don't mean the company got an F in a test.
Twitter is offering below investment grade bonds to raise some cash. Above, a Twitter banner hangs on the New York Stock Exchange during the company's IPO in 2013.
Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images
Kai Explains

Should we be paying closer attention to weekly unemployment claims?

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Dec 4, 2019
"It's really a measure, I think, of worker confidence in the economy," said Tara Sinclair of George Washington University.
Some states require unemployment insurance claims be filed in person.
Mario Tama/Getty Images

Why e-books make things complicated for libraries

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Dec 4, 2019
Digital books are more expensive than physical books and create logistical challenges for libraries.
A librarian displays a recently-arrived e-book at the Chicago Public Library in 2000.
Tim Boyle/Getty Images

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