Economics & Economy

Graduate students win recognition as employees

Aug 24, 2016
Amy Scott

Colleges and universities are still absorbing the news of a ruling Tuesday by the National Labor Relations Board. The board voted 3-1 that graduate student research and teaching assistants at Columbia University are employees and have the right to unionize. Grad student unions have been recognized at many public universities since 1969. Among private schools, just New York University voluntarily recognizes a student union.

TPP proponents face a tough crowd this election season

Aug 24, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour

Trade deals are rarely popular in election years but this year they seem to be extra unpopular.  Mr. Trump appears opposed to most of the U.S. trade deals up to this point and both he and Secretary Clinton oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership.  That complicates the efforts to get the thing passed, even as President Obama has said he would make a push for the deal after the election. 

The U.S. military is kinda like Walmart, here's how

Aug 24, 2016
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

Rosa Brooks did a stint at the Pentagon as well as a civilian counselor of the undersecretary of defense for policy.

Her experiences there are the foundation for a new book about the way the American military does what it does today — which is a whole lot.

It's called, “How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon.”

Sam Beard

The warnings were dire.  Vote for Brexit and Britain will suffer a disaster, said a whole slew of experts before the referendum . The stock market will crash.  House prices will plummet. Three million people will be thrown onto the dole.

Two months on, none of this has happened. In fact, the opposite has occurred: the stock market has reached new highs, unemployment has sunk to its lowest level for a decade and house prices are stable and retail spending is up.

Keeping business afloat in Louisiana flooding

Aug 24, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

Horst Pfeifer and his wife, Karen, run Middendorf's, a catfish restaurant north of New Orleans. Pfeifer has been flooded out three times since he bought the restaurant in 2007. The restaurant is on a causeway between Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas, which both collect floodwaters from the Mississippi and the lowlands along it. We talked with Pfeifer about what it's like to run a business in a place where high water is an inevitability.

On how he looks after his employees during floods: