economy http://kcur.org en Gender Wage Gap Persists http://kcur.org/post/gender-wage-gap-persists <p></p><p>The inequality of pay between men and women isn't a new issue-- and that's the point. Since the wage gap first received lots of publicity years ago, why hasn’t it closed?</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we examine why, on average, women still earn 23 percent less than men and what solutions are in the works.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:31:31 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 61154 at http://kcur.org Gender Wage Gap Persists How Microloans Are Affecting KC Businesses http://kcur.org/post/how-microloans-are-affecting-kc-businesses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just what is a microloan and how can we use it to help a local business?</span></p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs.date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske talks with a Kansas City, Mo., councilman and local business owners about a new program that's making a big difference in the city.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Scott Taylor,</strong> councilman for Kansas City, Mo.</li></ul><p></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 61057 at http://kcur.org How Microloans Are Affecting KC Businesses Early Education, Economy And Ferguson With Mayor James http://kcur.org/post/early-education-economy-and-ferguson-mayor-james <p>A new campaign is urging parents to spend more time reading with their kids, and Kansas City is at the front of this push for early childhood education.</p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Kansas City mayor Sly James and a representative from the U.S. Department of Education join us to discuss what cities can do to promote early learning for kids. We also talk with Mayor James about what the situation in Ferguson means for Kansas City residents. We also take a look at some economic and development issues facing the city.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:06:58 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 61046 at http://kcur.org Early Education, Economy And Ferguson With Mayor James 7 Reasons To Get Excited About IKEA Opening In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/7-reasons-get-excited-about-ikea-opening-kansas-city <p>For the uninitiated, IKEA is just a big furniture store.</p><p>But for those in the Kansas City area who have been to IKEA before, the <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2014/08/12/kansas-city-ikea-grand-opening-date-time.html" target="_blank">grand opening of a new store in Merriam, Kan.</a>, on Sept. 10 is a big deal. The Swedish furniture chain is allowing people to line up 48 hours before the Merriam store opens. And they will.</p><p>Why? Well, because of all the possibilities.</p><p>Here are some of the reasons you should be excited about IKEA opening in the metro.</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:16:15 +0000 Cody Newill 60403 at http://kcur.org 7 Reasons To Get Excited About IKEA Opening In Kansas City Obama Discusses Economy During Speech At Uptown http://kcur.org/post/obama-discusses-economy-during-speech-uptown <p></p><p>The recession hit more than five years ago, but its effects are still rippling through this country-- and that's what President Obama is here to address. In Wednesday morning's speech, he will be talking to a crowd at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo., about the economic challenges facing middle-class families and why he has taken executive action on issues such as minimum wage.</p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a> will provide coverage of the event, with a live feed of the speech and post-speech analysis from local experts.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:13:04 +0000 Brian Ellison & Beth Lipoff 59710 at http://kcur.org Obama Discusses Economy During Speech At Uptown Author Puts Unconventional Spin On Economics http://kcur.org/post/author-puts-unconventional-spin-economics <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Who has the power in capitalism? The critics of capitalism say the rich have the upper hand. But author </span><a href="http://johnhopebryant.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">John Hope Bryant</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> thinks the story is more complex than that. He thinks that capitalism works best when it benefits not the few, but the many.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:00:32 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross & Christina Lieffring 59655 at http://kcur.org Author Puts Unconventional Spin On Economics Building Up KC With Local Entrepreneurs http://kcur.org/post/building-kc-local-entrepreneurs <p></p><p>Whether it’s a bakery or a tech firm, running your own business is no cakewalk. Developing one from the ground up takes a lot of hard work and planning.</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with some local entrepreneurs about how they got started, the difficulties they encounter and what the future might hold for them. We also talk about why their relationship with the community matters so much and how they stay profitable.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 59224 at http://kcur.org Building Up KC With Local Entrepreneurs What Are The Biggest Challenges Facing Kansas City's Entrepreneurship Scene? http://kcur.org/post/what-are-biggest-challenges-facing-kansas-citys-entrepreneurship-scene <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Entrepreneurship group <a href="http://1weekkc.com/">1Week KC</a> wants to make Kansas City a top destination for innovative businesses and start-ups, a goal they're promoting with a week-long celebration that began Monday.</span></p><p>The obstacles and challenges that entrepreneurs face are wide and varied, but here is what<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;some of the people who attended this week's events had to say about the climate in Kansas City:</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:06:37 +0000 Cara McClain 57277 at http://kcur.org What Are The Biggest Challenges Facing Kansas City's Entrepreneurship Scene? Report: Kansas City Economy Lags Behind That Of Other U.S. Cities http://kcur.org/post/report-kansas-city-economy-lags-behind-other-us-cities <p>The Mid-America Regional Council presented a sobering assessment of the Kansas City area economy Thursday, one showing the metro is having trouble bouncing back from the recession.</p><p>The report, called "Prosperity at the Crossroads," says that fewer than half of the 100 largest metropolitan areas, including the greater Kansas City region, had recovered all the jobs they lost during the recession by the end of 2013.&nbsp;</p><p>D<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ata in the report show that Kansas City employment rates, wage growth and job growth are all down.</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:42:42 +0000 Frank Morris 57234 at http://kcur.org Report: Kansas City Economy Lags Behind That Of Other U.S. Cities The Disappearance of Investigative Journalism http://kcur.org/post/disappearance-investigative-journalism <p></p><p>Following the 2008 financial meltdown, many were left asking, "where were the journalists at?"&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>On the second half of Wednesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/program/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, host Steve Kraske discusses the lack of investigative journalism in recent years with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist&nbsp;<strong>Dean Starkman</strong>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:26:03 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 54269 at http://kcur.org The Disappearance of Investigative Journalism Figuring Out The Federal Reserve http://kcur.org/post/figuring-out-federal-reserve <p></p><p>You know the Federal Reserve is important to the government, but what does it really do?</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George about why Kansas City has a Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City. We'll also look at the history of the bank at its centenary.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Esther George,</strong>&nbsp;president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City&nbsp;</li></ul> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:18:37 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53798 at http://kcur.org Figuring Out The Federal Reserve How Corporate Giants Are Dominating Online Commerce http://kcur.org/post/how-corporate-giants-are-dominating-online-commerce <p></p><p>You can post just about anything you want on the internet, but when it comes to e-commerce, the online world is dominated by a few major players.</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we examine the corporate giants that control the online marketplace and discuss how consumers might revolt against their monopolies.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53525 at http://kcur.org How Corporate Giants Are Dominating Online Commerce One Journalist's Bleak Forecast Of America's Landscape http://kcur.org/post/one-journalists-bleak-forecast-americas-landscape <p></p><p>If you look at America through journalist George Packer’s eyes, you’ll see a landscape where familiar staples of society, such as Social Security and privacy, are disappearing in a country-wide decline in civilization.</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with the National Book Award winner about his latest book, why he sees such a bleak picture for the country and how we might make it to the light at the end of the tunnel.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest: </span></strong></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:36:32 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53462 at http://kcur.org One Journalist's Bleak Forecast Of America's Landscape Repairing The Economy With City Policies http://kcur.org/post/repairing-economy-city-policies <p></p><p>The economy has been in trouble for a while — that's no secret. But a new idea about the "metropolitan revolutions" proposes investments in things like infrastructure and manufacturing on a city level.</p><p>In the first part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org.programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about the implications of this philosophy and where it could lead.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:</span></strong></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:32:05 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 49576 at http://kcur.org Repairing The Economy With City Policies Fixing Fiscal Policy http://kcur.org/post/fixing-fiscal-policy <p>With the House of Representatives and the president once again butting heads over the federal budget, a government shutdown is looking more likely by the day.</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:49:51 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 44126 at http://kcur.org Fixing Fiscal Policy What Is A Bitcoin? http://kcur.org/post/what-bitcoin <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.4318181818181819; white-space: pre-wrap;">In a society where we pay bills online, transfer money via the internet, and can buy virtually anything on the web, would you be surprised to know that a currency has been developed that only exists in digital form?</span></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:27:07 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 43744 at http://kcur.org What Is A Bitcoin? Topeka To Host 2015 Horseshoe World Tournament http://kcur.org/post/topeka-host-2015-horseshoe-world-tournament <p>Topeka narrowly beat out Charleston, West Virginia to be named as the home for the 2015 World Horseshoe Pitching Championship.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The event will be held in July 2015 at the Kansas </span>Expocentre<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jeffrey Alderman, with the organization Visit Topeka, says the event is a big economic opportunity. He says the competition could draw more than 1,500 participants, known as horseshoe pitchers. </span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:54:45 +0000 Stephen Koranda 41871 at http://kcur.org Topeka To Host 2015 Horseshoe World Tournament Third Shift Workers Start At Claycomo Ford Plant http://kcur.org/post/third-shift-workers-start-claycomo-ford-plant <p>As promised in May, Ford Motor Company began a third assembly line shift Monday at the Claycomo Plant.</p><p>The 900-worker expansion brings the total of rank and file UAW jobs to some 4,500. The emphasis of the additional team will be making the F-150 pickup.</p><p>Plant manager Dan Jowiski said potential workers went through pre-interview testing to see if they were qualified to do the job. That was in late April, just before Ford started beefing up the force.</p><p>Jowiski cited strong company ties to the area when the jobs were announced this spring.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:15:27 +0000 Dan Verbeck 41478 at http://kcur.org Third Shift Workers Start At Claycomo Ford Plant Sen. Blunt, Roberts 'Disappointed' With President's Speech http://kcur.org/post/sen-blunt-roberts-disappointed-presidents-speech <p></p><p style="margin-right: 0.03in; margin-bottom: 0in">President Obama's Warrensburg speech drew unified and quick disapproval from Republican officials. In one case, the critique came before the president spoke.</p><p style="margin-right: 0.03in; margin-bottom: 0in">The White House was very open in advance about the fact that the president would be urging acceptance of his existing priorities, including investment in education, infrastructure and health care.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 08:38:42 +0000 Steve Bell 40808 at http://kcur.org President Obama Lauds Missouri College Cost Cut Program http://kcur.org/post/president-obama-lauds-missouri-college-cost-cut-program <p></p><p>Speeches on the economy and the middle class in Illinois and Warrensburg, Mo. Wednesday were parts of a plan by President Obama.</p><p>President Obama said in Warrensburg he will take his message to a series of American towns in coming weeks.</p><p>In total, it was not a new theme.&nbsp;</p><p>At University of Central Missouri the President talked of making a college education more affordable.</p><p>He also spoke of building more ladders for people to climb to the middle class, if willing to work for it. He said he would make early childhood education a priority.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 02:53:24 +0000 Dan Verbeck 40803 at http://kcur.org President Obama Lauds Missouri College Cost Cut Program Tracing The Economy's Roots http://kcur.org/post/tracing-economys-roots-0 <p></p><p></p><div><p>The<strong>&nbsp;financial crisis</strong>&nbsp;may have&nbsp;<strong>started in this century</strong>, but the economic system that built up to it has been part of this country&nbsp;<strong>since its founding</strong>.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:55:01 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Elizabeth Alex 35237 at http://kcur.org Tracing The Economy's Roots History: Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States http://kcur.org/post/history-land-promise-economic-history-united-states <p>History host Monroe Dodd speaks with <strong>Michael Lind</strong> about his most recent book, <em>Land of </em>Promise<em>: An Economic History of the United States</em>.&nbsp; They explore the curious history of the United States from its inception to today through the lens of three distinct economic republics.&nbsp; These three periods of American history are distinct in their incredible transformation brought about by technological and subsequent economical changes that also transformed the very way America understands itself.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 23:05:14 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 35148 at http://kcur.org History: Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States Getting A Handle On The Financial Crisis http://kcur.org/post/getting-handle-financial-crisis-0 <p></p><div>With the <strong>financial crisis</strong>, it seems everyone’s got economics on the brain—and for <strong>good reason</strong>.</div><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:20:23 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 34921 at http://kcur.org Getting A Handle On The Financial Crisis Ambassador Talks African Economy Emergence http://kcur.org/post/ambassador-talks-african-economy-emergence <p>The <strong>global economy</strong> isn’t just about trading with China, India and European countries-- <strong>Africa is making an impact</strong> as well.<br> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 31166 at http://kcur.org Ambassador Talks African Economy Emergence Red Ink: The High Stakes Politics Of The Federal Budget http://kcur.org/post/red-ink-high-stakes-politics-federal-budget <p>In Sunday's Kansas City Star, Up to Date host Steve Kraske wrote about "the fiscal cliff."</p> <p>In short, the cliff refers to a series of big choices facing lawmakers in this country that could lead to sweeping tax increases affecting almost everybody and a series of spending cuts that would affect many of us.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 15:04:52 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 26003 at http://kcur.org Red Ink: The High Stakes Politics Of The Federal Budget Obama's Jobs Plan Focuses On Federal Investment http://kcur.org/post/obamas-jobs-plan-focuses-federal-investment <em>In the next two installments of <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/162089707/solve-this" target="_blank">Solve This</a>, NPR's series on the major issues facing the country, we'll examine each presidential candidate's approach to boosting employment. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 20:41:00 +0000 John Ydstie 25688 at http://kcur.org Obama's Jobs Plan Focuses On Federal Investment Kansas City, Overland Park Mayors Talk Regional Cooperation http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-overland-park-mayors-talk-regional-cooperation <p>Kansas and Missouri say they’d like to work together, but they keep poaching each other’s businesses. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 22:24:16 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 25529 at http://kcur.org Kansas City, Overland Park Mayors Talk Regional Cooperation Economic Roundtable: Post-Keynesian Theory http://kcur.org/post/economic-roundtable-post-keynesian-theory <p>Want to satisfy your inner econ geek?&nbsp;</p><p>You've come to the right place. On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard" target="_blank"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we’re having a roundtable talk on all things Post-Keynesian with distinguished UMKC research professors <a href="http://law.umkc.edu/faculty-staff/people/black-william.asp" target="_blank"><strong>William Black</strong></a>, <a href="http://cas.umkc.edu/economics/people/facultyPages/wray/default.asp" target="_blank"><strong>Randall Wray</strong></a> and <a href="http://cas.umkc.edu/econ/economics/faculty/Hudson/Hudsonmain.html" target="_blank"><strong>Michael Hudson</strong></a>.</p><p>Find out why the dynamics of private sector are essential to understanding the economy. Plus, we’ll discuss government transparency and accountability. If you're just little rusty on your economic theory and policy, join us at the table for the perfect refresher course. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:56:05 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon & Jabulani Leffall 25134 at http://kcur.org Economic Roundtable: Post-Keynesian Theory Two Plans For Fixing The Economy, But Few Details http://kcur.org/post/two-plans-fixing-economy-few-details As this presidential election year was kicking off, strategists were saying the focus would be on the economy. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 17:48:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 25044 at http://kcur.org Two Plans For Fixing The Economy, But Few Details Missouri's Economy Stagnant In 2011 http://kcur.org/post/missouris-economy-stagnant-2011 <p>Missouri&rsquo;s economy stayed stagnant last year.&nbsp; A new report by the federal <a href="http://www.bea.gov/" target="_blank">Bureau of Economic Analysis</a> says <a href="http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/gdp_state/gsp_newsrelease.htm" target="_blank">Missouri&rsquo;s gross domestic product remained</a> steady in 2011.</p><p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:50:10 +0000 Jacob McCleland 18987 at http://kcur.org Missouri's Economy Stagnant In 2011