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Today โ€” February 20th 2019NPR Economy

In Garlic Capital, Tariffs And Immigration Crackdown Have Mixed Impacts

By Jasmine Garsd
Workers pull out cosmetically defective garlic (that will be processed separately) at the Christopher Ranch processing plant in Gilroy, Calif. About 6 percent of its garlic is bought from China; the rest is homegrown.

Gilroy, Calif., is known as the garlic capital of the world. Two Trump administration policies — one on trade, the other on immigration — are affecting the town in starkly different ways.

(Image credit: Talia Herman for NPR)

  • February 20th 2019 at 13:48
Yesterday โ€” February 19th 2019NPR Economy

Are Movies Getting Better?

By Greg Rosalsky
The Oscars are coming

Spoiler Alert: An economist has evidence that we're in a golden age of cinema.

(Image credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • February 19th 2019 at 16:37

Scrubbing The Past To Give Those With A Criminal Record A Second Chance

By Eric Westervelt
Jay Jordan, 33, is the director of the #TimeDone/Second Chances project for the nonprofit Californians for Safety and Justice. The clinic involves public defenders who volunteer to help people get their criminal charges or records reduced or expunged.

A criminal conviction can present obstacles to everything from jobs to housing. Since 2017, more than 20 states have expanded or added laws that help people seal or expunge their criminal records.

(Image credit: Philip Cheung for NPR)

  • February 19th 2019 at 10:58

The Pros And Cons Of Moving Toward A Cashless Society

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with economist Kenneth Rogoff about what would happen if the U.S. were to get rid of a lot of its paper currency, particularly larger bills, as he advocates.

  • February 18th 2019 at 22:32
Before yesterdayNPR Economy

Immigration And The Economy

The U.S. has a big advantage when it comes to a young labor pool — its population of immigrants. David Wessel of the Brookings Institution explains why to NPR's David Greene.

  • February 18th 2019 at 11:10

Car Loan Delinquencies Reach New High

By Danielle Kurtzleben

Economic pessimists seized on new data indicating an increase in car loan delinquencies as evidence of a looming recession, but a downturn is likely simply because of the economy's cyclical nature.

  • February 17th 2019 at 14:12

U.S. National Debt Passes $22 Trillion

The national debt passed $22 trillion this week, the biggest number on record. NPR's Scott Simon asks Business Insider's Bob Bryan why and what the long-term consequences could be.

  • February 16th 2019 at 14:15

If The U.S. And China Don't Reach A Trade Deal, Consumers Will Soon Feel The Impact

By Grant Gerlock

So far, the U.S. trade war with China hasn't affected consumers much. But without a deal soon, tariffs on thousands of products will more than double.

  • February 16th 2019 at 14:15

Friday News Roundup - International

A defecting spy, a verdict in the case of El Chapo and press freedom under attack around the world.

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  • February 15th 2019 at 17:06

Americans Tightened Their Belts, And It Might Hurt Economic Numbers Important To Trump

By Scott Horsley
Retail sales fell 1.2 percent in December, the most in nine years. The drop cut into forecasts for economic growth.

What started off as a strong holiday shopping season ended with a whimper, as December retail sales posted the sharpest drop in nine years. That could mean GDP growth will miss the president's target.

(Image credit: David Zalubowski/AP)

  • February 14th 2019 at 23:46

Florists Fear A 'No Deal' Brexit Would Wilt The Flower Business

By Frank Langfitt
Rosa Ashby runs Rosa Flowers in the English market town of Witney. Every flower in her shop, including lilies, chrysanthemums and lisianthus, is either grown in or distributed through the Netherlands.

U.K. flower shop owners who rely on shipments from the Netherlands are concerned about how leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement will affect them.

(Image credit: Frank Langfitt/NPR)

  • February 14th 2019 at 22:53

What You Need To Know About The $22 Trillion National Debt

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Jason Furman, former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Obama, about the national debt that's currently at $22 trillion.

  • February 14th 2019 at 22:43

Journalist: Kleptocrats' 'Ill-Gotten Fortunes' Are Being Parked In U.S. Real Estate

By Terry Gross

Atlantic journalist Franklin Foer says American real estate became a "giant magnet" for Russia's kleptocratic fortunes after lobbyists pushed to allow anonymous shell companies to buy properties.

  • February 13th 2019 at 19:18

U.S. National Debt Hits Record $22 Trillion

By Bill Chappell
The Treasury Department data comes as tax revenue has fallen and federal spending continues to rise.

Federal deficits are now expected to average $1.2 trillion, or 4.4 percent of gross domestic product — far higher than the average over the past 50 years.

(Image credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

  • February 13th 2019 at 16:47

Americans Lost $143 Million In Online Relationship Scams Last Year

By James Doubek
The FTC is warning Americans not to fall for online relationship scams.

The Federal Trade Commission says Americans who fell for online romance scams reported losing a median $2,600 each — far more than other types of scams.

(Image credit: Malin Rosenqvist/Getty Images/Ikon Images)

  • February 13th 2019 at 12:59

Aviation Workers Caution Another Shutdown Could Affect Holiday Travel

By David Schaper

Congress is moving to keep air traffic controllers and other FAA employees from feeling the effects of another government shutdown. Could that ease the pressure on leaders to avoid future shutdowns?

  • February 13th 2019 at 11:10

The Baby-Less Recovery

By Greg Rosalsky
Stork delivery

In the wake of the Great Recession, the U.S. fertility rate has dipped to a record low. Why hasn't it recovered with the broader economy?

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  • February 12th 2019 at 16:26

Trucking Industry Looks To Women To Help Alleviate Driver Shortage

By Frank Morris

The huge driver shortage in the trucking industry is forcing big changes in the way it does business. Trucking companies are trying to hire more women and younger people to drive their rigs.

  • February 12th 2019 at 11:02

Asian Markets Close Higher Reflecting Optimism Ahead Of U.S.-China Talks

By Amy Held
Stock figures of the top 10 active securities are displayed outside the Exchange Square complex, which houses the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in Hong Kong on Monday. Asian markets closed mostly higher ahead of U.S. China talks.

Indexes climbed on Monday as Washington and Beijing officials continue to try to hash out a deal and avoid an escalation of a trade war.

(Image credit: Justin Chin/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

  • February 11th 2019 at 15:12

Facing A Critical Shortage Of Drivers, The Trucking Industry Is Changing

By Frank Morris
Trucking companies have had a tough time hiring drivers willing to hit the road for long hauls. Now the U.S. is speeding toward a critical shortage of truck drivers in the next few years and companies are upping pay, making the job easier, and opening it up to new kinds of drivers.

The trucking industry has faced a shortage of drivers for years, but the problem is compounded now with baby boomer retirements, increased freight demands and a high turnover rate.

(Image credit: John Bazemore/AP)

  • February 11th 2019 at 11:01
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