Economy

An Update On The State Of The U.S. Economy

An Update On The State Of The U.S. Economy

January 28, 2014

Falling unemployment, steady job creation, jittery markets and transition at the Federal Reserve: What it all means for the U.S. economy.

Readers' Review: "The Grapes Of Wrath" By John Steinbeck

Readers' Review: "The Grapes Of Wrath" By John Steinbeck

January 22, 2014

For our January Readers’ Review: “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. Published almost 75 years ago, Steinbeck’s story of the Joad family's migration from Dust Bowl Oklahoma to California holds important lessons for today...

The Moral And Economic Costs Of Slavery (Rebroadcast)

January 20, 2014

The film "12 Years a Slave" is a brutal reminder of the connection between America's early economic success and the North American slave trade. Facing up to the moral and economic cost of slavery.

Understanding How Unemployment Insurance Works

January 13, 2014

Unemployment insurance first started in the Depression era by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. As the Senate weighs extending unemployment benefits, a look at how it works -- and answering your questions.

Pope Francis And His Global Reach

December 23, 2013

Roman Catholics make up 17 percent of the world's population, but the new leader, Pope Francis, is emerging as a global voice of conscience. Diane and her guests discuss the pope, his message of compassion and his potential influence around the world.

New Efforts To Extend Jobless Benefits

December 18, 2013

Jobless benefits for 1.3 million Americans will expire after Christmas. Democrats have a new strategy they hope will pressure Republican lawmakers to extend those benefits. Diane and her guests discuss the battle over unemployment insurance.

Debate Over Proposed Global Trade Agreements

December 17, 2013

U.S. negotiators are pushing to reach agreement on a major trade pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and a new deal with the European Union. But many unions, environmentalists and consumers are skeptical.

What's In The New Budget Deal And The Politics Behind The Negotiations

December 16, 2013

Congressional leaders strike a budget deal that eases the impact of sequestration and avoids another government shutdown. What's in the new budget deal and why some conservatives oppose the plan.

Unrest In Ukraine

December 12, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry expressed disgust that Ukrainian authorities are using riot police and bulldozers to quell protests in Kiev. Guest host Susan Page and her guests discuss the latest on unrest in the former Soviet republic and prospects for economic ties with the European Union.

Understanding The Volcker Rule

December 11, 2013

The so-called "Volcker Rule" is aimed at reining in risky trading by banks. Details on the new rule and whether it’s tough enough to prevent another financial crisis.

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