How will we know if we're in a recession?
Unemployment, inflation, GDP growth, bond yields ... we do a lot of numbers on this show. But what should you really be watching if you're nervous about another economic downturn? We asked James Poterba, president of the National Bureau of Economic Research. But first, we'll recap Google CEO Sundar Pichai's congressional testimony and look at the lobbyist job market as nearly 100 lawmakers leave their jobs.
We can't all be influencers
You've got a corgi, some home-cooked meals and a few thousand bot followers. What more do you need to be famous on Instagram? Today we'll talk to a writer who learned it takes a lot more to make that sweet, sweet #spon money. But first, we'll catch you up on the latest with Brexit and now markets are responding. Plus, Lyft and Uber's race to become the first ride-share IPO.
How your donation reaches people in need
After a devastating wildfire season in California, millions of dollars poured in for relief and rebuilding efforts. But how does that money actually get to people in need? We looked into it. But first, let's pull apart this morning's jobs report, which showed more part-time jobs. Is that a sign underemployment is on the rise? Plus: What you need to know about the big business of Art Basel.
What happens when a company town loses the company
General Motors announced it will close plants in Maryland, Michigan, Ohio and a Toronto suburb called Oshawa. On today's show, we'll look at how the local economy there is trying to move past auto manufacturing. But first: everything you need to know about Huawei and the latest U.S.-China trade debacle. Plus: Will Lyft be the first ride-share company to go public?
The problem with scooters
The rise of electric scooters could benefit some low-income neighborhoods, where cities have struggled to provide dependable transportation. But first, they have to shake a serious image problem. Plus: OPEC gathers tomorrow in Vienna to discuss critical issues on oil production, but a lot of the action actually happens in the stairwell just outside the meeting. But first, we'll talk about the latest in coal deregulation, auto tariffs and the role of corporate boards post-#MeToo.
The yield curve is acting up
... Which is to say, it's starting to point down. It's inverting. And that can be an important warning sign for the economy. We'll explain. And speaking of warning signs: The housing market is losing steam, but is that bad news? We'll talk about the winners and losers. Plus, a conversation with Alexis Ohanian about creating the front page of the internet and life as a venture capitalist.
A trade armistice
After this weekend’s G-20 summit, the upcoming U.S. tariff hikes on Chinese goods have been put on hold for a 90-day truce in the ongoing trade war. But some American businesses aren’t feeling optimistic. We'll hear from them and from our Shanghai correspondent on the latest. Plus: Yet more consolidation in local TV, and looking back at the economic legacy of George H.W. Bush.
What's greener: a fake Christmas tree or a real one?
If you celebrate Christmas, you might find yourself strapping a fresh tree to your car this week or heading to a big box store for some faux fir. You might be wondering what's better for the planet: a foreign-manufactured collection of plastic and metal or the genuine article, which takes years to grow, just to decorate your home for a few weeks? We'll try to sort it out on today's show. But first: Maine has the oldest median age in the U.S. at 44 years old and counting. We'll look at the state's efforts to bring in a younger workforce. Plus, the latest out of the G-20, and how many streaming services is too many?