Rank #1: WeWork-ers are trying to organize without a union
Former WeWork head Adam Neumann walked away with a $1.7 billion payout when he was forced out of the company. Now, ahead of the planned layoffs of thousands of workers, WeWork employees are organizing to make demands of management. It’s not the only workplace trying to unlock the power of informal organizing. Plus: The lasting economic legacy of the Berlin Wall and … why is office paper that size, anyway?
Nov 09 2019
Rank #2: The recession that wasn’t (yet)
The risk of a possible recession appears to have died down. So what happened? And are regular business owners and consumers feeling any better about the economy? We look into it. Then, what you need to know about Xerox’s offer to acquire HP and other cash and stock deals. Plus: AI isn’t quite here yet, but Black Friday is.
Nov 08 2019
Rank #3: Working hard or hardly working?
Productivity was down 0.3% last quarter, which isn’t a seismic change, but it’s part of a downward trend. Americans are working hard, so why are they working in the slow lane? We look into it. Plus: how climate change is affecting the wine industry, why a country short on affordable housing also has millions of vacant homes, and what you aren’t learning in civics class.
Nov 06 2019
Rank #4: Feeling the trade war on the farm
We’re taking the macro and micro angles on the trade war today. First, looking at the factors that caused the U.S. trade deficit to fall more than 4% to $52.5 billion. Then zooming in to look at how farmers in Montana are stinging from the hit on their income caused by trade war. Plus, conversations about carpooling, VCs and the future of banking.
Nov 06 2019
Rank #5: What does a “Thanks …” email mean??
Whether because they want to or because they need to, more Americans are working past 65 and even 75 years old, which means we now have the most age-diverse workforce we’ve ever had. There are four, sometimes even five distinct generations working side by side. That dynamic can foster a lot of intergenerational miscommunication, starting with punctuation and emoji. Plus: Boeing’s latest woes and the difference between the minimum wage and a “living wage.”
Oct 21 2019
Rank #6: What those scam robocalls actually do
Have you received a Chinese-language robocall lately? Or a hundred of them? Federal authorities say these computer-generated scams, which began targeting American phone lines two years ago, are on the rise again. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to actually take one of these calls, we recorded a few and came away with some observations as to why the bad guys do it, how they succeed, and what happens to their victims. Plus: the trade war hits toys and why we do “The Numbers.”
Oct 22 2019
Rank #7: Inside an Amazon fulfillment center
Amazon’s massive warehouses have a reputation for being hard places to work. Today we’re taking a tour, and it’s not an exclusive or an investigation — Amazon wants the public to come in. We tell you why and what we saw. Plus: New discretionary spending numbers, and what teachers are spending on their classrooms.
Oct 16 2019
Rank #8: Rural America is an internet desert
Many, many rural Americans lack access to affordable broadband internet access, and it’s a real drag on the economy. State and federal governments spend hundreds of millions every year to address the problem, but it’s not always clear where the money should go. Plus: What you need to know about SoftBank (it’s not a bank) and what it’s like to buy a house for your parents.
Oct 23 2019