Economy/Labor/Biz

12:25pm

Wed October 10, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

What Is it Really Like to be a Real Estate Agent Today and Tomorrow (airs 12/16/12)

A career in real estate is attractive to many people because of low barriers to entry, high potential income, and the pleasure of buying and selling homes.


Alas, the reality isn't that simple today, and especially tomorrow. But I'll talk with a guy who's the savviest and straightest-shooting real estate broker I know: George Mantor.  I really think it's going to be a fascinating and helpful interview.

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5:48pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Chew on This: Community service on the street level

Ella Baker Center

Many of us wonder what we can do for the communities we live in. Sometimes we feel alienated, even from our neighbors, and just want to connect. Other times, we come together for the sake of safety. We join a neighborhood watch, or pay a visit to city hall. In this next story, we meet three residents of West Oakland who are finding new ways to clean up their communities -- literally. Reporter Charlie Mintz has the story from “Chew on This,” a new project coming to KALW this fall.

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12:00am

Tue October 2, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Today on Your Call: Is China ’s economy at a turning point?

On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the effects of the global economic slowdown on China’s growth. Chinese workers are protesting and demanding better working conditions and compensation. Are they pushing back in ways that could fundamentally change their situation? Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. What implications will the slowing Chinese economy have for its people and the global economy? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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12:00am

Mon October 1, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Today on Your Call: How much technology can one city take?

(Boonsri Dickinson, Business Insider)

On today's Your Call, we’ll speak with journalist David Talbot about San Francisco ’s digital gold rush, which he says is causing the city to struggle for its soul. His latest piece has caused quite a stir. He reports that the new tech boom has added $6 billion to the city’s tax roll over the past year, but rents are soaring and people are being squeezed out of town. Do you like what technology is doing to your city? Join us at 10 am PST or leave a comment here. It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.


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5:01pm

Wed September 26, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Microeconomics through the eyes of a microbrewer

Under CC license from Flickr user LoopZilla

At Linden Street Brewery in West Oakland, a red lager is fermenting inside a shiny kettle that looks sort of like a giant, silver crayon on its head. Nearby, co-owner Adam Lamoreaux surveys a drum-shaped cauldron in need of some scrubbing.

“Brewing is a whole lot more cleaning than actually making beer,” says Lamoreaux.

Lamoreaux, 38, is a mellow former Navy engineer with a shaved head and a Rasputin beard dangling over his collar. His wife hates it, but the beard's a charm, safe from the razor until the day Linden Street Brewery, which opened in 2009, stops growing.

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