economy

International Finance
1:15 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Why The Crisis In Cyprus May End Up Hurting You Too

Cypriots protest an EU bailout deal outside the parliament in Nicosia on Monday. A proposed bailout deal would slap a levy on all Cypriot bank savings.
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Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 9:28 am

Ask Americans to point out Cyprus, and most would have to spin a globe several times before noticing the small island nation, east of Greece and south of Turkey.

But whether or not you have ever given a thought to the 1.1 million people living there under the warm Mediterranean sun, Cyprus might send a chill up your spine this week.

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Economy
12:21 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Take My Dog, Please! And Other Tales From The Sharing Economy

Would you let this guy sleep on your couch?
Flickr Photo/Jiuck

You've heard the phrase, "It's not personal, it's business." But as people start to share everything from their bedroom to their dog it can, and often is both. So what is the sharing economy? A personal exchange of goods and services, sometimes for free, sometimes for money.

Think couch surfing, where homeowners allow people to sleep on their couch or in their spare bedroom for free. Or AirBnB where you can rent out your house or apartment. Or the Phinney Neighborhood Association's tool library that allows you to borrow tools without a fee. Or new services that allow you to rent out your car. There is even a co-op to share dogs. Ross Reynolds talks to listeners about their experiences, both good and bad, in this new sharing economy.

News & Culture
10:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce: Coal Ports And Movie Direction

Coal transport by train.
Credit Flickr Photo/Ryan Sitzman

Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. And it turns out Canada doesn’t want a coal port either. Then, film critic Robert Horton asks the question: What does it mean when something is “directed” in a movie? Also, Seattle Times economy columnist Jon Talton explores how the sequester cuts will affect our local economy.   

Employment
6:23 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Pleasant Surprises: 236,000 Jobs Added; Jobless Rate Dips To 7.7 Percent

The scene at a job fair in Manhattan earlier this month.
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Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 6:54 am

There were 236,000 jobs added to payrolls in February — many more than expected — and the jobless rate unexpectedly dropped by two-tenths of a point, to 7.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

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Business News
10:00 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce: Disney's Oz Prequel And NW Business News

Canadian flag.
Credit Flickr Photo/Arlo Bates

Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton has a look at what's happening at the movies. Then, Michele Matassa Flores wraps up the region's recent economic news.

Money Matters
12:35 am
Tue March 5, 2013

For Baby Boomers, Lessons In Financial Basics

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Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 10:54 am

The oldest of the baby boomers came of age in the 1960s and are beginning to retire. Their younger cohorts are still putting kids through college and building careers. Baby boomers are a giant portion of the population — 78 million people, by one estimate.

They grew up in an era of rising living standards, but the Great Recession destroyed any sense of financial security — and many nest eggs. Financial planner Tim Maurer outlines a variety of issues boomers face.

Who is a baby boomer, and what defines their financial situations?

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Auto Sales
10:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Why Are Used Cars So Valuable?

"Sale" is spelled out in the open hoods of used cars at a Toyota dealership in Glendale, Calif.
Credit AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Right now is a terrible time to buy a used car. But it’s an excellent time to sell a used car, especially here in Seattle. Sales of new cars plunged between 2008 and 2010, and that’s caused a shortage of used cars. According to Forbes, Seattle is the second worst city in the country to buy a used car. So why here? We'll get some answers from Micheline Maynard. She covers business and the automobile industry for Forbes and other publications.

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Politcal Infighting
12:34 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

It's Not Me, It's You: The Politics Of Sequestration

As the date of the sequestration nears, fingers continue to get pointed, but what if political infighting is really the fault of the constituents? Ross Reynolds talks with New York Times Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt about why he thinks it is the constituents that are to blame for the looming across-the-board budget cuts.

Global Health
9:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Fighting To End HIV And TB Infections Worldwide

A health care worker in Zimbabwe showcases anti-retroviral (ARV) pills that are given to patients testing HIV positive.
Credit Flickr Photo/DFID - UK Department For International Development

Access to HIV and TB treatment has been improving worldwide. The rate of new infections is going down. But tuberculosis remains deadly, especially for the poverty stricken — TB killed 1.4 million people in 2011. Luwiza Makukula was diagnosed with HIV and TB after her husband died in 2001. Not only was she sick, she was completely isolated. Today, she works with NGOs focused on treatment, care, and support for HIV/TB patients, including Zambia's Community Initiative for TB, HIV/AIDS and Malaria (CITAM+). Luwiza Makukula joins us.

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State Budget
12:07 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

How Will Sequestration Impact Washington State?

Unless lawmakers in the other Washington can come to an agreement, the US is facing $85 billion of automatic spending cuts. How will sequestration hit us here in the Evergreen state?

Ross Reynolds talks with Governor Jay Inslee's budget director, David Schumacher, about how the looming federal budget cuts will impact Washington state.

News & Analysis
3:49 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce: Oscar Nods, Sequestration And A Canadian Pope?

Oscar trophies being polished before going on display at the Deutschen Filmmuseum in Frankfurt, Germany.
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Vancouver Sun political columnist Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton makes some Oscar predictions and previews SIFF's upcoming Noir City series. Then, Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton reviews the latest news on the Dreamliner and gives his take on the federal budget sequester and immigration reform proposals.

Business
12:20 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

What Effect Is The Shrinking Public Sector Having On The Washington State Economy?

Nationally the private sector added 5 million jobs since a low point in June of 2009. But during that same time period the public sector cut 721,000 jobs. What effect is the shrinking public sector having on the economy? And what’s the story here in Washington state?

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Gratuity
12:40 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

The Politics Of Tipping

What's your stance on leaving gratuities?
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Is tipping the best way to compensate people? Would you rather people get tipped or get paid higher wages? And is 25 percent the new 20 percent? KUOW’s Ross Reynolds takes your phone calls.

Business
12:20 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Ross Nerds Out With Slate Magazine’s Matthew Yglesias

Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias Flickr

Matthew Yglesias is a business and economics correspondent for Slate Magazine. In March he published his latest book titled "The Rent is Too Damn High." Today Ross talks to him about everything from Patty Murray to Spotify to policies on immigration.

Movies
10:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce: Stallone, Schwarzenegger And South Sound Economics

Sylvester Stallone in Sweden to promote
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Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton appraises two new movies starring some of the biggest names of 1980s Hollywood: Stallone and Schwarzenegger. Then, Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton considers the economic fortunes of Tacoma and the South Sound and wraps up the latest news on the Boeing 787.

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