Radio Archive by Tag

Economics

  • Act Eight.

    513: 129 Cars 12.13.2013

    The last day of the month continues and the truism is accurate: some people get great deals ...AutomobilesBusinessEconomics

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  • Money for Nothing and Your Cows for Free.

    503: I Was Just Trying To Help 08.16.2013

    Planet Money reporters David Kestenbaum and Jacob Goldstein went to Kenya to see the work of a ...EconomicsPersonal Finance

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  • 2011.

    496: When Patents Attack... Part Two! 05.31.2013

    NPR reporter Laura Sydell and This American Life producer/Planet Money co-host Alex Blumberg ...BusinessEconomics

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  • 2013.

    496: When Patents Attack... Part Two! 05.31.2013

    The dramatic conclusion to Laura and Alex's search for information about Intellectual Ventures, ...BusinessEconomics

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  • Prologue.

    490: Trends With Benefits 03.22.2013

    Ira Glass talks with Planet Money reporter, Chana Joffe-Walt, about Hale County, Alabama — ...EconomicsHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Act One.

    490: Trends With Benefits 03.22.2013

    Chana Joffe-Walt spent six months reporting on the rise in people on disability. She spends ...EconomicsEducation

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  • Act Two.

    490: Trends With Benefits 03.22.2013

    Chana Joffe-Walt continues her story about the phenomenal rise in disability payments over the ...Economics

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  • Some Like it Dot.

    483: Self-Improvement Kick 01.04.2013

    A young idealist named Octavio Sanchez is chief of staff to the president of Honduras. He gets ...EconomicsPolitics

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  • Washington, D.C.

    481: This Week 12.07.2012

    Ira asks Washington-insider Norman Ornstein if we actually need to be paying attention to all ...Economics

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  • Pre K-O.

    477: Getting Away With It 10.19.2012

    Producer Alex Blumberg tells the story of how Oklahoma, against huge odds, came to have the ...EconomicsEducation

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  • Death Takes a Policy.

    473: Loopholes 08.24.2012

    An estate attorney in Rhode Island discovers the investor's Holy Grail: a financial scheme that ...DeathEconomicsLegal System

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  • Forgive us our Press Passes.

    468: Switcheroo 06.29.2012

    Producer Sarah Koenig reports on a company called Journatic, that is producing local journalism ...EconomicsJournalism

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  • The Hamster Wheel.

    461: Take the Money and Run for Office 03.30.2012

    Planet Money's Alex Blumberg and NPR Congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook take a tour ...BusinessEconomicsGovernment

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  • PAC Men.

    461: Take the Money and Run for Office 03.30.2012

    Everything about political fundraising is changing right now, because of the 2010 Supreme Court ...EconomicsPolitics

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  • The O.G.s

    461: Take the Money and Run for Office 03.30.2012

    Ten years ago, Congress voted to reform campaign finance, after Senators John McCain and Russ ...EconomicsPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    459: What Kind of Country 03.02.2012

    In the town of Nowthen, MN, residents held meetings to debate whether a police force is worth ...EconomicsGovernment

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  • The Sound of Sirens.

    459: What Kind of Country 03.02.2012

    New Jersey governor Chris Christie has led some of the most sweeping budget cuts in the country. ...CrimeEconomicsGovernment

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  • Dream Come True.

    459: What Kind of Country 03.02.2012

    Perhaps the biggest proponent of smaller government in the United States is lobbyist and ...EconomicsGovernmentPolitics

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  • Do You Want a Wake Up Call?

    459: What Kind of Country 03.02.2012

    After the recession hit, Colorado Springs was in rough shape. City services were being cut left ...EconomicsGovernment

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  • Prologue.

    455: Continental Breakup 01.20.2012

    Ira Glass asks guest host Alex Blumberg whether we should really care about the current ...Economics

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  • Ground War.

    440: Game Changer 07.08.2011

    Sarah takes us to Mt. Pleasant, PA, where a gas exploration company called Range Resources has ...ActivismEconomicsEnvironment

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  • Job Fairies.

    435: How To Create a Job 05.13.2011

    For a look at the nuts and bolts of government job creation, This American Life Senior Producer ...EconomicsGovernmentJobs/Employment

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  • ONE PILL TWO PILL, RED PILL BLUE PILL.

    433: Fine Print 2011 04.15.2011

    Planet Money's Chana Joffe-Walt explains why prescription drug coupons could actually be ...EconomicsHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    423: The Invention of Money 01.07.2011

    Ira Glass speaks with several members of the Planet Money team, who all found ...EconomicsHistory

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  • The Lie That Saved Brazil.

    423: The Invention of Money 01.07.2011

    A trip to a country where the fiction that is money completely fell apart. And in this same ...EconomicsGovernment

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  • Weekend At Bernanke's.

    423: The Invention of Money 01.07.2011

    Though the name of the Federal Reserve includes the word "federal," it's not actually part of ...EconomicsGovernment

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  • Prologue.

    418: Toxie 11.05.2010

    Host Ira Glass explains how the Planet Money team spent a thousand dollars of their own money to ...Economics

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  • Fire Sale in Kansas City.

    418: Toxie 11.05.2010

    David and Chana buy a toxic asset, from a guy named Wit Solberg, who used to work on Wall Street ...BusinessEconomicsRetail/Commerce

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  • An Old Man Chooses Between Logic and Morals. Logic Wins.

    418: Toxie 11.05.2010

    David and Chana try to track down the actual homeowners in their toxic asset. The toxic asset is ...EconomicsHousing

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  • Flipper. Not the Dolphin.

    418: Toxie 11.05.2010

    David and Chana discover a dark criminal plot inside their toxic asset. They do this with the ...CrimeEconomics

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  • Villains And How To Sue Them.

    418: Toxie 11.05.2010

    David and Chana meet another toxic asset owner, like themselves. Only difference, David and ...Economics

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  • Toxie In a Coma. I Know. It's Serious.

    418: Toxie 11.05.2010

    David and Chana's toxic asset, which has acquired the nickname Toxie, gets sick. And the ...Economics

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  • Wall Street: Money Never Weeps.

    415: Crybabies 09.24.2010

    Ira with Planet Money economics correspondent Adam Davidson on why—even after everything ...EconomicsJobs/EmploymentPresidents

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  • Get Rich or Die Trying.

    412: Million Dollar Idea 07.16.2010

    Planet Money's Chana Joffe-Walt has this story about a really ambitious million dollar idea: ...DeathDrugsEconomics

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  • Prologue.

    410: Social Contract 06.18.2010

    We hear recordings from all over the country—and the world—of politicians arguing ...EconomicsPolitics

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  • Mister Fix It.

    410: Social Contract 06.18.2010

    Richard Ravitch has helped fix three governmental crises, including when New York City nearly ...EconomicsGovernment

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  • If You Were Stranded on a Desert Island and Could Only Bring One Economic Plan...

    410: Social Contract 06.18.2010

    Why is it that Barbados and Jamaica faced almost identical financial crises, but now Jamaica is ...BusinessEconomicsGovernment

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  • Eat My Shorts.

    405: Inside Job 04.09.2010

    A hedge fund named Magnetar comes up with an elaborate plan to make money. It sponsors the ...EconomicsHousingMusic

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  • Funny You Don't Look Two-ish.

    397: 2010 01.01.2010

    Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg from our Planet Money team report on economic forecasts for 2010 ...BusinessEconomics

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  • Me And Cherry.

    394: Bait and Switch 11.06.2009

    A few years back, Bill Cotter was a rare book binder who decided to get into the rare book ...BusinessEconomics

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  • Prologue.

    391: More Is Less 10.09.2009

    Former Bush Administration official David Frum explains a very surprising fact about Bush's ...EconomicsGovernmentHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    390: Return To The Giant Pool of Money 09.25.2009

    Host Ira Glass talks with NPR correspondent Adam Davidson about a black tie event he attended in ...BusinessEconomics

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  • Spring 2008.

    390: Return To The Giant Pool of Money 09.25.2009

    We replay sections from the original "Giant Pool of Money," in which This American Life producer ...EconomicsHousingJobs/Employment

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  • Fall 2009.

    390: Return To The Giant Pool of Money 09.25.2009

    We catch back up with the people we met in 2008, to see how they've fared over the last 18 ...BusinessEconomicsHousing

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  • Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough.

    384: Fall Guy 06.26.2009

    Planet Money's Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson talk to Ira about the lawsuit phase of the ...BusinessEconomicsLegal System

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  • Prologue.

    382: The Watchmen 06.05.2009

    Host Ira Glass talks with Michael Perrino, a law professor at St Johns University School of Law ...BusinessEconomicsLegal System

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  • Investigation Report #1.

    382: The Watchmen 06.05.2009

    Planet Money reporter Chana Joffe-Walt asks a simple question: Who was the federal regulator who ...BusinessEconomicsGovernment

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  • Investigation Report #2.

    382: The Watchmen 06.05.2009

    Alex Blumberg and NPR correspondent (and "Planet Money" reporter) Dave Kestenbaum examine what ...BusinessEconomicsGovernment

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  • The Mod Squad.

    380: No Map 05.15.2009

    Reporter Chris Arnold visits a foreclosure prevention event to find out the painful truth about ...BusinessEconomicsHousing

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  • Prologue.

    377: Scenes From a Recession 03.27.2009

    Host Ira Glass notes the sub-industry in journalism right now of reporting anything that looks ...EconomicsJournalism

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  • Is The Condo Half Empty, Or Is The Condo Half Full?

    377: Scenes From a Recession 03.27.2009

    Ira goes to Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood to talk to some condo owners who are in a ...EconomicsHousing

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  • Unbreaking The Bank.

    377: Scenes From a Recession 03.27.2009

    NPR reporter and Planet Money contributor Chana Jaffe-Walt reports this story of what it really ...BusinessEconomicsJobs/Employment

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  • Hey Mister Dj.

    376: Wrong Side of History 03.13.2009

    For NPR's Adam Davidson, dropping out of college is the worst thing any young person can do in ...EconomicsEducationJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    375: Bad Bank 02.27.2009

    Host Ira Glass plays clips from TV in a recent senate hearing and talks about how confusing the ...Economics

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  • The Collapse Of The Us Banking System Explained In Just 39 Minutes.

    375: Bad Bank 02.27.2009

    Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson tackle a very tough subject: Trying to explain exactly what a ...Economics

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  • Clean Up Crew.

    375: Bad Bank 02.27.2009

    Not everyone hates the idea of "toxic assets." Reporter Lisa Chow goes to New Jersey to follow ...Economics

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  • Act Four Fifteen Trillion Dollar Dismal Science Experiment.

    373: The New Boss 01.30.2009

    Our crack economics duo, Producer Alex Blumberg and NPR International Economics Correspondent ...EconomicsGovernmentHistory

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  • Hard Times.

    368: Who Do You Think You Are? 11.07.2008

    Studs Terkel, the Chicago reporter who recorded oral histories of ordinary Americans, died last ...EconomicsHistory

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  • Financial Mousetrap.

    366: A Better Mousetrap 2008 10.10.2008

    Looked at one way, the current flailing economy is a victim of invention—Wall Street invention. ...Advertising/MarketingBusinessEconomics

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  • The Not-for-profit Motive.

    366: A Better Mousetrap 2008 10.10.2008

    To deal with the financial crisis, our own government has also had to reinvent itself, with ...EconomicsGovernment

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  • Prologue.

    365: Another Frightening Show About the Economy 10.03.2008

    Host Ira Glass goes to Union Square, a 15-minute subway ride from Wall Street, where it doesn't ...BusinessEconomics

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  • The Day The Market Died.

    365: Another Frightening Show About the Economy 10.03.2008

    Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson recount the 36-hour period, two weeks ago, when the credit ...BusinessEconomics

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  • Out Of The Hedges And Into The Woods.

    365: Another Frightening Show About the Economy 10.03.2008

    One more confusing financial product that's bringing down the global economy. And one of way to ...BusinessEconomics

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  • Swap Cops.

    365: Another Frightening Show About the Economy 10.03.2008

    Ira talks with Michael Greenberger, a former commodities regulator, who tells the story of when ...BusinessEconomics

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  • Now You Sec Me, Now You Don't.

    363: Enforcers 09.12.2008

    TAL producer Alex Blumberg reports on a peculiar Wall Street practice with a dirty-sounding ...BusinessEconomics

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  • Prologue.

    355: The Giant Pool of Money 05.09.2008

    Host Ira Glass talks with an NPR business and economics correspondent about two gatherings he ...BusinessEconomicsHousing

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  • Act One.

    355: The Giant Pool of Money 05.09.2008

    This American Life producer Alex Blumberg teams up with NPR's Adam Davidson for the entire hour ...BusinessEconomicsGovernment

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  • Act Two.

    355: The Giant Pool of Money 05.09.2008

    Alex and Adam's story continues. (23 minutes)BusinessEconomicsGovernment

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  • The Plan.

    350: Human Resources 02.29.2008

    American cities have gone through a massive wave of gentrification in the last few decades. To ...CityEconomicsHousing

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  • The Race For Second Place.

    344: The Competition 11.30.2007

    Thanh Tan was a TV reporter in Boise, Idaho, when her boss passed along what seemed like a hot ...EconomicsTelevision

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  • 'P' Is For Porta-potty.

    299: Back from the Dead 10.07.2005

    This American Life producer Sarah Koenig visits Pearlington, Mississippi, a town in danger of ...EconomicsNatural Disasters

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  • Prologue.

    298: Getting and Spending 09.23.2005

    Marti Noxon used to work for a company that did "product placement" for the movie industry. When ...EconomicsFilm/Film MakingJobs/Employment

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  • Mothers Of Invention.

    298: Getting and Spending 09.23.2005

    Five stories of people doing what they think they have to, in order to make ends meet. A ...EconomicsPersonal Finance

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  • Social Studies Lesson.

    296: After the Flood 09.09.2005

    We compare Fox TV talk show host Bill O'Reilly's ideas about the hurricane's aftermath with ...EconomicsNatural DisastersTelevision

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  • My Buddy, Hackett.

    276: Swing Set 10.29.2004

    Ira spends hours talking to James Hackett, known to his friends, and by the end of the story, to ...EconomicsPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    263: Desperate Measures 04.16.2004

    Host Ira Glass visits the Richard E. Byrd Community Academy, a public elementary school in ...EconomicsEducation

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  • We Built This City On Rock And Coal.

    263: Desperate Measures 04.16.2004

    Ira talks with a college freshman in Michigan about her governor's new Cool Cities Initiative. ...Economics

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  • No Island Is An Island.

    253: The Middle of Nowhere 12.05.2003

    Nauru is a tiny island, population 12,000, a third of the size of Manhattan and far from ...EconomicsTerrorismTheater

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  • Detroit Is In The House.

    250: The Annoying Gap Between Theory...and Practice 11.07.2003

    Alex Blumberg spends three days with Michigan state representative Steve Tobocman. He ran for ...EconomicsPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    236: My Two Cents 04.11.2003

    We try to figure out the paradox of the current economy, where more and more Americans are ...EconomicsGovernment

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  • Stock Making Sense.

    236: My Two Cents 04.11.2003

    Producer Alex Blumberg bought a stock on a tip in 1997. By 1998 it was worthless. And now, in ...BusinessEconomics

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  • Self-deception.

    173: Three Kinds of Deception 12.15.2000

    Producer Alex Blumberg tells the story of an ex-con-turned-actor named Richie Castellano. After ...BusinessEconomicsFilm/Film Making

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  • Throwing Money At The Problem.

    139: Ghosts of Elections Past 09.03.1999

    A few years back Alex Kotlowitz wrote a book called There Are No Children Here, about two boys ...ChildrenCityEconomics

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  • Reservations.

    113: Windfall 10.16.1998

    Alix Spiegel reports on an entire community that's turned its back on easy money—for now. Nine ...EconomicsGambling

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  • Money Is Good.

    113: Windfall 10.16.1998

    How one woman learned to stop worrying and start spending. Liz Gilbert and her husband Michael ...EconomicsFamilyMarriage

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  • Pier Pressure.

    17: Name Change / No Theme 03.21.1996

    Navy Pier's renovation was presented as a success in last week's show, but recent press reveals ...BusinessChildrenCity

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  • Presumptiveness.

    16: Economy 03.14.1996

    Host Ira Glass brings together a panel of Republicans to discuss their lack of excitement about ...EconomicsGovernmentPolitics

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  • The Economy.

    16: Economy 03.14.1996

    Temporary employment agencies' business has exploded in the last few years as corporations lay ...BusinessEconomicsJobs/Employment

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  • Economic Development, Chicago Style.

    16: Economy 03.14.1996

    Ira takes a look at the remarkably successful $156 million renovation of Chicago's Navy Pier. He ...BusinessEconomicsJobs/Employment

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