Economic Update

July 16, 2003

Many economists predict three to four percent growth for the U.S. over the next year, but unemployment and other indicators tell a more complicated story. A panel talks about the realities of the U.S. economy today.

Economic Report from American Communities

June 11, 2003

Nationwide unemployment is at a nine-year high and U.S. cities have spent $3 billion on security since September 11th. Diane talks with mayors and listeners around the country about how the state of the economy is affecting communities and...

The U.S. Economy

May 28, 2003

Yesterdays consumer confidence survey numbers and housing market data have boosted hopes that our economy may be gearing up for a recovery. Two economists join Diane to talk about the economy and concerns that some have had about the...

War and the Economy

March 27, 2003

The Senate approved a tax cut plan this week that is half of what the administration had proposed. Two economists offer differing perspectives on the federal budget, the economy, and the economic implications of war in Iraq.

Alissa Quart: "Branded" (Perseus)

February 11, 2003

Today's teenagers spend about $155 billion annually on clothes, CDs and makeup. Diane talks with journalist Alissa Quart about the ways companies get teens to buy their brand-name products.

White House Budget Proposal

February 10, 2003

Two expert economists talk about President Bush's $2.23 trillion budget proposal: what it reflects about the president's priorities and philosophies, plus the latest on tax cuts, the deficit, defense spending, changes in government...

Economic Implications of War

February 3, 2003

A discussion on how a U.S.-led war against Iraq could affect domestic spending priorities, the federal budget and the U.S. economy.

Jason Goodwin: "Greenback" (Henry Holt)

January 27, 2003

Of all the currencies in the world, the American dollar is by far the most recognized, the most sought after, and the most stable. Author Jason Goodwin tells the story of the dollar and its impact on the world.

FDA Commissioner McClellan

January 15, 2003

Diane talks with Mark McClellan, the new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

Economic Outlook

January 6, 2003

Unemployment stands at 6% and the stock market posted losses for the third consecutive year. Three economists join Diane to talk about the economic outlook for 2003.

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