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Our flagship program, helmed by Kai Ryssdal, examines what the day in money delivered, through stories, conversations, newsworthy numbers and more. Updated Monday through Friday at about 3:30 p.m. PT.

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MON-FRI 4pm-4:30pm, MON-WED 6:30pm-7pm
26:30

Economically stressed, but still spending

Despite inflation and rising interest rates, consumers are still spending as if they were awash in cash. But now they’re using credit cards, spending more on necessities and less on luxuries. Want more economic data? Plenty will come out next week. Plus, what melting ice means for Greenland, a day care center that saved itself by temporarily closing, and the Weekly Wrap.
29:13

Rising rates and real estate, global edition

As central banks around the world raise interest rates to fight inflation, it’s taking a toll on real estate markets far and wide. Today, we’ll map out where housing markets are stalling and where they’re finding buyers. Plus, retailers cautiously mark down goods, a classic chair gets an eco-friendly redesign and a novelist charts how humans would respond to an environmental catastrophe.
29:11

Untangling an economic puzzler

Unemployment claims are at a three-month high, which isn’t a great sign for the economy. But orders for durable goods — like auto parts and manufacturing equipment — were higher than anticipated in October. We’ll try to make sense of the economy’s mixed signals in today’s episode. Plus, a price cap on Russian oil fuels disagreement, “wonky” produce gains traction in the U.K., and small businesses make themselves holiday-ready.
29:57

A mystery gold rush

An unknown buyer, or buyers, has been purchasing a lot of gold recently. About 400 tons changed hands in the third quarter, worth more than $20 billion. Sure, countries can use it to pay for imports during a crisis or evade U.S. sanctions, but who would want to and why? Plus, borrowers fret over high interest rates, streaming services are in a bind and marshmallows pose a sticky question for tax policy.
30:02

A preview of the wonky holiday season ahead

These are still not normal times, and that means a not-quite-normal holiday season. Thanks to inflation, holiday shoppers are getting less bang for their buck, while a pilot shortage is causing major headaches for travelers and regional airports. Today, we’ll unwrap what’s in store. Plus, a CEO succession lesson courtesy of Disney, the FTX debacle worsens crypto trust issues and the threat of eroding beaches.
28:14

The workers the remote work revolution left behind

The transition to remote work during the pandemic could have offered tribal communities an opportunity to curb the outmigration of young people. Yet Native workers have disproportionately been left behind. Today, a closer look at the causes and costs. We’ll also take stock of the week that’s been, dig into booming apartment construction and unpack new guidelines for relieving student debt in bankruptcy.
28:05

Ticketmaster, monopolies and the wrath of Swifties

There’s bad blood between Taylor Swift fans and Ticketmaster after the site was nearly overwhelmed by fans trying to nab concert tickets. But the company is also drawing ire from elected officials who call it a monopoly. Today, how Ticketmaster cornered the market on live events. Plus, Starbucks workers go on strike, the FCC readies an updated broadband map and one reporter documents her return to China’s zero-COVID bubble.
27:25

“A microcosm for what’s happening in retail”

Target released disappointing quarterly numbers today. Revenue growth slowed as shoppers contend with inflation, and the CEO warned of a slow holiday season. Could Target’s results be the ghost of holiday shopping yet to come for retailers? Also, companies find solutions to crowded warehouses, chief diversity officers grapple with a lack of support and international students return to U.S. colleges.