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Episode 139: When student athletes play hard, who gets paid?

Nov 12, 2019

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China 70

The people who connect the China and U.S. markets

by Jennifer Pak Oct 4, 2019
Darren Quon and James Gau worked in manufacturing before moving into the business of consulting and sourcing.
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China 70

The Chinese manufacturers behind U.S. shoe brands

by Jennifer Pak Oct 3, 2019
Shoe manufacturing shifted from Europe and the U.S., to Japan and Brazil, then to South Korea and Taiwan. Now, much of it takes place in mainland China.
Workers at Changjian Shoe factory in Dongguan city.
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What is the service economy, anyway?

by Marielle Segarra Oct 3, 2019
The vast majority of American jobs are in the services sector; as distinct to manufacturing, agriculture and others.
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China 70

The Chinese workers who make your shoes

by Jennifer Pak Oct 2, 2019
China makes almost 70% of the shoes imported into the U.S.
Most people who produce goods for the U.S. come from China's poor countryside.
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Chicago PMI shows signs of slowing economy

by Erika Beras Oct 1, 2019
One of the economy's warning lights just switched on.
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U.S. manufacturing is slipping into a recession

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Sep 11, 2019
How Trump's "America First" agenda may have backfired for U.S. factories.
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Trade showdown

U.S. factories feel the pinch as the trade war continues

by Justin Ho Jul 1, 2019
A new report says factory activity barely grew in June, fueling concern about the trade war’s impact on U.S. manufacturing.
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How trade policy changes are affecting one company in Columbus, Georgia

by Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios Jun 17, 2019
And how its customers are thinking about supply chains.
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Durable goods slump in April

by Eve Epstein May 24, 2019
Orders for autos, metals and business machinery were all down.
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After deadly crashes, added scrutiny for Boeing 737 software

by Jed Kim Mar 15, 2019
How a failure to train pilots on software led to deadly crashes.
A picture taken on December 9, 2011 in Paris shows the controls of a flight simulator in a reproduction of a Boeing 737 cockpit.
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