Money Talking New Yorkers crave informed and intelligent business and economic news. WNYC's Money Talking brings you just that with lively conversations that go beyond the headlines and the jargon to explore the most important business stories of the week. Every Friday join Jeff Greenfield as he hosts regular WNYC contributors Joe Nocera (The New York Times) and Rana Foroohar (Time). Context, conversation and insight. That's WNYC's Money Talking.
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New Yorkers crave informed and intelligent business and economic news. WNYC's Money Talking brings you just that with lively conversations that go beyond the headlines and the jargon to explore the most important business stories of the week. Every Friday join Jeff Greenfield as he hosts regular WNYC contributors Joe Nocera (The New York Times) and Rana Foroohar (Time). Context, conversation and insight. That's WNYC's Money Talking.

Most Recent Episodes

'Rabbit' Runs Away With Record Sales Price

A three-foot tall, stainless steel rabbit by Jeff Koons set the art world abuzz after selling for a record $91.1 million at auction. What does it tell us about the economy?

Where Things Stand Between the U.S. and China Over Trade

President Donald Trump has stymied hopes of a trade deal by raising tariffs on Chinese goods. In retaliation, China put additional tariffs on U.S. goods, causing the stock market to plunge that day. The Trump administration responded to that by taking steps to implement tariffs on even more Chinese products. So, who's winning the trade war? Trump's approach could signal a historic shift in U.S. policy which has largely encouraged free trade around the globe. The casualties of this fight could include American farmers, the Chinese companies, and the U.S. economy and consumers. But it might also lead to changes in how U.S. companies conduct business in China. This week on Money Talking, POLITICO Chief Economic Correspondent Ben White talks to host Charlie Herman about how much these escalating tensions should concern us.

Hey, Big Spender: Presidential Candidates And The Race to Raise Money

Recent financial reports filed by the 2020 presidential candidates show vastly different amounts of money raised in varying amounts from many different sources. Some candidates are focusing on small donors, others are turning to high-dollar bundlers and some are dipping into their own bank accounts. For example, Senator Elizabeth Warren raised raised $6 million in three months for her campaign, while Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke each raised that much in just a day. Yet with more than a year to go until the 2020 election, how much will the money they raise today matter in the long run? This week on WNYC's Money Talking, host Charlie Herman talks to CNN national political writer Fredreka Schouten and The Washington Post national political reporter Michelle Lee about the candidates' funds so far and their chances in the long run.

Hey, Big Spender: Presidential Candidates And The Race to Raise Money

Field of Presidential Dreams

After months and months of speculation, former Vice President Joe Biden announced he'd be running for president in 2020. Already an early frontrunner, Biden joins a crowded field of potential Democratic nominees. There are now more than 20 candidates running, from policy wonk Elizabeth Warren to newcomer Pete Buttigieg to 2016 veteran Bernie Sanders. The Iowa caucuses are nine months away and if everyone stays in the race, it could challenging for voters to keep track of where the candidates stand on critical policy issues like healthcare, taxes, and climate change. This week on Money Talking, WNYC's Charlie Herman talks to Rick Newman, senior columnist for Yahoo Finance, about some of the fiscal policies being put forth by the Democratic contenders — and what they might mean for your pocketbook.

The Marvelization of Hollywood

"Avengers: Endgame" is officially opened at movie theaters across the country. It's the most highly-anticipated movie event of the year and is expected to set a new box office record. Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and the whole Avengers crew are back to do battle with super villain Thanos after he wiped away half of the universe's population with a single snap of his fingers in last year's "Avengers: Infinity War." The movie is the culmination of a groundbreaking superhero movie franchise that's pushed out 22 films in 11 years, starting with the blockbuster "Iron Man" in 2008. With this movie, the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe is expected to easily bring in more than $20 billion in global box office earnings. Love it or hate it, this franchise has become one of the most ambitious commercial endeavors in the history of Hollywood. This week on Money Talking, Charlie Herman talks to Adam B. Vary, senior film reporter at BuzzFeed News, and Hunter Harris, associate editor at New York Magazine's Vulture, about how the Marvel universe has changed the movie business.

Uber Maps Out Its Future

Uber has taken its first steps to becoming a publicly traded company, following rival Lyft's debut on the stock market last month. The initial filing from Uber reveals even more extensive details about the company's revenue, ridership and potential roadblocks. The good? Ridership is up and Uber is expanding its food delivery service. The bad? The rid-hailing company is losing huge sums of money and faces steep competition. This week on WNYC's Money Talking, Charlie Herman talks to Aaron Elstein, Senior Reporter for Finance at Crain's New York Business and Maureen Farrell, IPO and markets reporter for the Wall Street Journal, about the latest information about Uber and what is says about the future of tech and driving.

Uncovering The Secrets of the Consulting Firm McKinsey

Much of the way influential consulting firm McKinsey & Co. operates is shrouded in secrecy. But recent reporting by the New York Times has revealed some of the company's secrets, including its involvement with controversial companies like Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, as well as foreign leaders and governments in Saudi Arabia and South Africa. Additional stories have focused on the firm's hedge fund MIO and alleged failures to make required financial disclosures. McKinsey has defended its work around the world. In a statement, the firm told the Times that "since 1926, McKinsey has sought to make a positive difference to the businesses and communities in which our people live and work." This week on Money Talking, Charlie Herman talks with New York Times investigative editor Walt Bogdanich and investigative reporter Mike Forsythe about their reporting on the often hidden world of McKinsey and why it matters.

Paying to Drive in Manhattan

New York City just became the first city in the country to implement congestion pricing. As part of the effort to ease traffic and raise money to fix public transportation, drivers entering Manhattan below 60th Street could pay between $10 and $15 per day for cars and possibly double for trucks. But how the system will work technologically, who might be exempted from paying the fees and how much they will actually raise are details that have yet to be decided. Cities like London and Stockholm have already implemented congestion pricing, but with mixed results. This week on Money Talking, Charlie Hermanand WNYC transportation reporter Stephen Nessen talk about the ways congestion pricing will cost you, and how it might pay off.

Google's Advertising Monopoly

Advertising has become a big business for Big Tech—and it keeps getting bigger. Google now controls a whopping 91 percent of the search advertising market. The tech giant's monopoly means it's almost impossible for businesses not to advertise with Google. That's especially true if you're a company that exists entirely online, like the ride-sharing app Lyft, or mattress brand Tuft & Needle. Lyft, for example, spent 92 million dollars on ads placed with Google last year. As a recent article in Bloomberg notes, that's about 10 percent of Lyft's 2018 net loss. And if a business decides not to advertise on Google, a competing brand might buy its keywords and place an ad against them. It's an advertising Catch-22. This week on Money Talking, Ilya Marritz speaks with Jake Swearingen, a contributor for New York Magazine's Intelligencer, about how Google came to dominate search advertising—and what it means for businesses and consumers alike.

Deal or No Deal, Time's Running Out for Brexit

It's been nearly three years since a majority of people in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. One of the arguments made by many Brexit supporters was to "take back control." Lately, however, the opposite has been true as the process spirals out of control. Britain was on track to leave the E.U. one week from today, but a last minute reprieve has given British Prime Minister Theresa May a new deadline of April 12, to come up with deal. No matter when or exactly how Brexit occurs, analysts expect there will be financial and economic consequences for the country. Already, the uncertainty has hurt businesses and overall economic growth. This week on Money Talking, WNYC's Charlie Herman speaks with Eshe Nelson, economics and markets reporter at Quartz about the effects of Brexit on that nation's economy and its people.

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