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Traffic jams have plagued the Seattle area for weeks. Now a traffic data company reports that congestion has been getting worse even before the traffic snarls of the last few weeks. 

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This week on Speakers Forum, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren tells the story of her life and her vision of a progressive America. Warren is known as an advocate for consumer protection. She was largely responsible for the hard-won establishment of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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David Hyde talks with Bill Hobson, executive director of Downtown Emergency Service Center, about how his organization would implement the $15 minimum wage and why he's advocating that the city help.

Ross Reynolds talks to Giovanni Peri, an economics professor at U.C. Davis, about how foreign-born workers in science and technology might affect the health of economies. Peri argues that the federal government should increase the cap on H-1B worker visas, which would ultimately encourage economic growth and innovation.

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The financial crisis of 2008 is widely referred to as the worst fiscal disaster since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It threatened large financial institutions with collapse and resulted in bank bailouts and downturns in stock and housing markets around the world.

'To Have A Place Where I Can Have Food'

May 27, 2014
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The Census Bureau estimates Seattle grew faster than any other major American city last year. As more people move here, the pressure is on to find an affordable home.

Thinking Like A Freak, Economically Speaking

May 23, 2014
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Arwen Nicks talks with best selling authors Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner about their most recent book, "Think Like A Freak."

Nomi Prins' new book, "All the Presidents' Bankers"

In Nomi Prins' new book "All the Presidents' Bankers," she delves into over a century of close ties between the White House and Wall Street. Using archival correspondence, she explores the ways a small group of influential people, elected and not, has shaped American policy at home and abroad. The book details economic expansion, contraction and crises from the panic of 1907 to today, in the context of what Prins calls America’s genealogy of power.

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Ross Reynolds talks with economist Dean Baker about why the way we talk about numbers is wrong, and how we can do it better.

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David Hyde talks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about the latest news from Canada.

We’ve all heard of the Western Gold Rush. But how about the Northwest cattle rush?

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Marcie Sillman speaks with Seattle Times business columnist Jon Talton about the economic climate of Snohomish County — with and without Boeing's business.

In what’s usually the busiest home-buying season, mortgage lending dropped to its lowest level in 14 years and purchases of new homes sank 14.5 percent.

Some of the factors: mortgage rates have ticked up and investors who snapped up homes last year have retreated. What’s in store for the near future of the housing market?

Tom LaMalfa, an economist and contributor to Mortgage Banking Magazine, discusses this with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton about the growing income gap between CEOs and workers.

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The latest figures show the unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.3 percent. The Employment Security Department said the state added an estimated 6,700 jobs in March. The biggest job gains last month were seen in professional and business services.

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