Economics & Economy

What school principals can learn from CEOs

Sep 20, 2017

Eric Bethel was about to deliver some bad news to a tough crowd — a room full of school principals.

“All right, so, team,” he began, “there are some key data points that we need to look at.”

Actually, Bethel was only practicing to give the bad news to an even tougher crowd. In a few days, he’d have to tell his teachers at Turner Elementary School in Washington, D.C., that they’ll have to take turns monitoring the lunch room this year, because of behavior problems.

Checking in with Syrian refugees one year later

Sep 20, 2017

Much has changed over the last year for Ali, Fatima and their four kids. They’ve moved into a sweet yellow house with a big back yard. They’ve planted a vegetable garden next to the driveway where the children ride their bikes. Ali now has his driver’s license and a part-time job at the Cheesecake Factory.

The food community comes together in Houston

Sep 20, 2017

My Economy tells the story of the new economic normal through the eyes of people trying to make it, because we know the only numbers that really matter are the ones in your economy.

Today’s installment in our series is from Monica Pope, a chef and restaurateur from Houston, Texas. 

Since I was 17, I've had this single-minded goal to open a restaurant and change the way Houston eats. 

09/20/2017: The saga to repeal Obamacare continues

Sep 20, 2017

(Markets Edition) Yep, the effort to repeal Obama-era health care reform is back. We'll talk about a new bill from Republican Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham that'll get rid of the mandate requiring you to buy health insurance. Afterwards, we'll take a brief look at the major stock indexes this morning, and then discuss how women are faring in the global workforce. Plus: A conversation with Americares' vice president of emergency response, Garrett Ingoglia, about how the nonprofit prepares in the event of a natural disaster.

How organizations prepare for natural disasters

Sep 20, 2017

Hurricane Maria is over Puerto Rico, with the eyewall soon due at the capital San Juan. Its arrival follows Tuesday's 7.1 earthquake in Mexico, where rescue crews are searching for survivors.

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, how do organizations prepare and send help?  Garrett Ingoglia — VP of emergency response for Americares, a Connecticut based nonprofit — joined us to discuss how his group does it, and whether people are becoming too emotionally fatigued to help out. Below is an edited transcript.