Economy

In U.S. Restaurants, Bars And Food Trucks, 'Modern Slavery' Persists

A new report highlights victims of human trafficking in the food industry, from farm workers to restaurant cooks and wait staff. Some victims are exploited for both sex and labor.

Episode 650: The Business Genius Behind Get Out

Jason Blum makes a lot of movies and makes them cheap. So why are so many turning into blockbusters?

Launch, Land, Launch — SpaceX Tries Reusing Its Rocket

Thursday the private company SpaceX plans on launching a satellite using a rocket that it has launched once before. Reusing equipment could make it cheaper to do business in deep space.

Trump Company Reportedly Looking To Add Another Hotel In Washington, D.C.

Ethics experts often criticize the Trump Organization for running a hotel just blocks from the White House. Now, the company might be looking to add a second hotel in the nation's capital.

Where Have All The Bob Seger Albums Gone?

In the era of streaming music, everything ever recorded is supposed to be at our fingertips. So how did one of the biggest names in the Classic Rock canon go missing?

Kushner Family, China's Anbang End Talks Over Manhattan Real Estate Deal

Anbang had discussed investing more than $400 million to redevelop an office tower owned by Kushner Companies — a deal that raised ethical concerns.

Westinghouse Files For Bankruptcy Protection, 10 Years After Acquisition By Toshiba

Through Westinghouse, Toshiba had planned to build four nuclear power reactors — two each in Georgia and South Carolina.

Brexit Gets Real: Prime Minister May Has Triggered U.K.'s Exit From EU

"This is an historic moment, from which there can be no turning back. Britain is leaving the European Union," British Prime Minister Theresa May tells the House of Commons.

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California Doubles Down On Efforts To Slow Climate Change

The Trump administration said it would review tail pipe emissions and fuel standards. But the state of California is doing more to curb emissions from cars.

Wage Deal Averts Threatened Boycott By U.S. Women's Hockey Team

Players demanded better pay — and not just leading up to each Olympic Games, as had been the case. During negotiations, they warned they would sit out the upcoming, U.S.-hosted world championships.

Boston’s 2 Sides: How The City Can Have A Booming Innovation Economy And Widening Inequality

June 9, 2016
The gap between the rich and the poor is a theme that increasingly defines the city of Boston, with its booming innovation economy -- and its growing number of people struggling at the bottom of the economic ladder. Here's construction in the heart of South Boston’s Innovation District in March. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

It’s a theme that increasingly defines the city of Boston, with its innovation economy and its number of people struggling at the bottom of the economic ladder.

Makers Versus Takers: The Financialization Of American Business

June 7, 2016

Business reporter Rana Foroohar on the “financialization of America” and what the consequences could be.

Economists Caught Off Guard By A Weak Jobs Report

June 3, 2016
Hundreds of Verizon workers strike outside of the telecommunications company's Brooklyn offices on April 13, 2016 in New York City. Some officials are blaming the strike in part for weaker than anticipated job gains in May. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Labor Department reported just 38,000 new jobs in May, far fewer than most economists predicted.

IMF Post On Neoliberalism Raises Questions About Organization’s Policies

June 3, 2016
The International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. (Flickr/Creative Commons, @World Bank Photo Collection).

Posts on the website of the International Monetary Fund do not usually go viral, but one did this week.

U.S. Economy Adds A Paltry 38,000 Jobs In May

June 3, 2016
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) stands on Wall Street and Exchange Streets on December 21 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Wall Street fell today upon news of the smallest monthly addition of jobs in almost six years.

Thomas Frank On Mass. Democrats And The Innovation Economy

May 31, 2016
An Uber driver sits in his car near the San Francisco International Airport. In his new book, Thomas Frank argues the innovation economy has worsened economic disparity in the U.S. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

In his new book, journalist Thomas Frank offers a passionate critique of Massachusetts Democrats and the booming economy they’ve helped create.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh On Unions, Affordable Housing, Gun Violence

May 26, 2016

It’s been a busy month for the mayor of Boston.

The Spending Race Between Japan And China On Global Infrastructure

May 26, 2016
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron (not seen) during a bilateral meeting on May 24, 2016 in Shima, Japan. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Japan is touting a new $200-billion infrastructure plan, while China has been heavily investing across Asia and Africa.

Boston’s Walsh Earmarks $7.5M For Affordable Housing Program

May 24, 2016
Housing in the city's Jamaica Plain neighborhood (Soe Lin/Flickr)

The aim of the loan program is to keep people from being priced out of their homes and neighborhoods.

What Long-Term Contracts With Canadian Hydropower Would Mean For Mass.

May 24, 2016

A long-awaited bill was unveiled Monday by House lawmakers. It requires long-term contracts with hydropower and offshore wind projects.

In The Age Of Texting And Tinder, Is Dating Dead?

May 23, 2016
A young couple takes a stroll in New York City in 1961. (Dan Grossi/AP)

Workers are told that they have to be “flexible” in their careers, that they should expect nothing more than short-term gigs in the current job market. So, is it any surprise that they bring the same approach to the dating market?

Searching For The Shrinking Middle Class In Worcester

May 23, 2016
Worcester City Hall. (Jason Ouellet for Destination Worcester/Flickr)

The changing dynamics of Worcester can lend insight into why it’s so complicated to move into the middle-class in the U.S.

The Politics Of Home Ownership

May 23, 2016
In his book, “No Place Like Home: Wealth, Community & Politics of Home Ownership,” Brian McCabe finds that our belief about home ownership as a way to improve civic life doesn't necessarily pan out.

Author Brian McCabe finds that our belief about home ownership as a way to improve civic life doesn’t necessarily pan out

Fewer Business Startups Are Based In Small Towns And Rural Areas

May 23, 2016
Silicon Valley's capital city San Jose, California as seen in this aerial photo is undergoing an urban development revolution calculated to keep it as the thriving heart of a region renowned for technological innovation. (Helene Labriet-Gross/AFP/Getty Images)

New research found that startup growth remains primarily based in areas like California’s Silicon Valley.

What Would Be The Impact Of A June Interest Rate Hike?

May 23, 2016
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the morning of December 14, 2015 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

There are more signs today that the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates at its June meeting.

Good Gig? New Employment Proposals For Contract Workers Could Make It Better

May 23, 2016

The gig economy — perhaps best embodied by companies like Uber and Lyft — may account for less than 1 percent of the workforce. But, it has sparked a debate over what’s fair to those making a living outside typical employment relationships.

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