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Kristin Miller


Video: Interview: Richard Cordray: Consumer Finance Protection Bureau

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau ” is charged with overseeing the Federal financial laws that specifically protect consumers—people who keep their money in banks and credit unions, pay for goods and services with their credit cards, and rely on loans to buy homes or pay for college, among other services.”

Transcript: April 5, 2013

MARIA HINOJOSA: Welcome to Need to Know and thanks for joining us. It’s great to be with you. The government has released its latest unemployment figures and the jobless rate last month fell. This was the number of jobs created. Of course, having a job these days does not guarantee an easy life. Wages have [...]


Video: Need to Know: April 5, 2013: Working bridges

In this program, we visit employers implementing the program, who agree it has dramatically reduced employee turnover and increased productivity.

Transcript: March 29, 2013

JEFF GREENFIELD [narration]: On this edition…The economy is growing again – but slowly. Is there any consensus about how we sustain a fragile recovery and move the economy forward? RANA FOROOHAR: I think income inequality is actually the greatest economic problem of our era. And I think that it’s a major contributor to slow growth. [...]


State economics: Budget recipes

President Obama continues to dine with GOP politicians and everyone with a budget plan has hit the news circuit. The word “entitlements” is on everyone’s lips. But to what end? Do you need a degree in the “dismal science” to parse the competing budget plans? Below you’ll find links to the actual proposals and a [...]


Video: Need to Know: March 29, 2013: Economic inequality and mobility

We’ve invited three highly-respected economic thinkers from different perspectives, to see if there is some common economic ground, and whether that common ground tells us anything about how we can improve our economic health.

Transcript: March 22, 2013

JEFF GREENFIELD: Welcome to Need to Know. Thanks for joining us. This week, we begin by posing a question: is the federal government doing enough to protect our safety? Not from crime or terrorism but from the very real dangers of some medical devices cleared for use by the Food and Drug Administration. While the [...]


Video: Interview: Dr. Josh Rising

Dr. Josh Rising is Project Director of the Medical Device Initiative at the Pew Charitable Trusts. One of its goals is to improve the tracking of the safety of medical devices on the market.