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The Business News Headlines 19 October 2021

Inflation? Forget about it we're now focused on earnings and Wall Street bounced up again today. Also, don't skip the interview with Shelly Skuster who is running for the Des Moines School Board. Yes, it's hyper-local but it also has a business link.  Here's what we've got:

  • Farmers are buying early and why;
  • Positive earnings boosts the markets;
  • Unions, Kentucky and Replacement Workers;
  • The docks and working 24/7 is it working?
  • Retail workers and enraged customers;
  • What's this story about Walgreens;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Facebook fined nearly $15 million and we'll tell why.

Those stories PLUS a conversation with Des Moines Public School Board Candidate Shelly Skuster. What motivated her to run and what is the deal with such hot school board races all across Iowa? Asked and answered. To listen click here.

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The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

 

 

Meet Des Moines School Board Candidate Shelly Skuster

Yes, we know that this is a national broadcast...and that many folks outside of the U.S. listen each day but...school board races in Iowa have become hot. There are all sorts of cultural issues driving this as well as masks, vaccines...you know the drill. Today we'll interduce you to Shelly Skuster. Yes, there is a business angle to education and something you may not know she's a former TV reporter.  See what we find?

Thanks for coming by!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

The Business News Headlines 18 October 2021

Since when is an increase of 4.9% for the GDP bad news? That story comes to you first and make sure you stick around for the conversation with Joseph Jones from the Harkin Institute...we're talking public policy.  But, first the news:

  • That troubling GDP number;
  • Ramping up another round of earnings;
  • Careful what you say in the drive-thru;
  • Hard to find stuff...we've got a list;
  • Electric Vehicles and automakers;
  • Why is beef so expensive...we have an answer;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Is a 4-Day Work Week...possible? Some thoughts.

Also, for the interview Dr. Joseph Jones is with me to talk about the Harkin Institute. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) was in congress for forty years and today the Harkin Institute is researching and presenting public policy on a host of issues. To listen, click here.

Thanks for coming by!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

 

 

The Harkin Institute with Joseph Jones

Senator Tom Harkin served in congress for a total of forty years. Ten in the House of Representatives and thirty as a United States Senator. During that time he amassed a great deal of public policy. Prior to his retirement in 2015 Sen. Harkin announced the creation of the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement. Today that organization, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Jones, engages in four core areas of public policy research and development.  The reason it exists is to inform, inspire and "catalyze change on issues of social justice, fairness and opportunity".  Meet Joseph Jones...

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The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

 

The Okoboji Writers Retreat - Reflections and Looking Forward

In the summer of 2021 writer, journalist, air personality and business leader, Julie Gammack called me to say she was putting on something called the Okoboji Writers Retreat (OWR).  She asked if I might be interested, we did a segment about what was planned and I ended up going. Here she reflects on what went on, the response, and some highlights and then offers us a peak into OWR-2022.  While her husband, Richard Gilbert, cooked up breakfast Julie and I had a chat: 

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The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

The Business News Headlines 4 October 2021

From social media outages to a whistleblower from Facebook on 60 Minutes...it's been quite the day kicking off the first full week of October. A reminder to click ahead for the interview with Lyle Muller from Iowa Watch as we talk about business and small communities and the struggle to stay...vital.  In the news:

  • Stocks took a drubbing today and why;
  • Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp down. Why?
  • A busy data week ahead;
  • The Biden Administration and high meat prices;
  • Pharmacy retailers in court...think opioids;
  • Captain Kirk is really headed for space;
  • Oil prices rise and why;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • "Going back to the office is so...2019."

Those stories and for the interview you'll meet Lyle Muller from The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism about how small towns are struggling to stay vital. What businesses work in some and fail in others. It's a stunning report and to hear that conversation, click here!

Thanks for listening! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

Staying Vital in Small Town Iowa

It's a return visit from Lyle Muller of Iowa Watch - The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism. Today we're talking about the 1118 incorporated and unincorporated communities in Iowa and the success/failure of business, population growth and quality of life. How some small communities are doing when it comes to all manner of business issues. We'll also talk about broadband and how some towns have been able to go it alone. It's a fascinating conversation that is not unique to Iowa.  Here is that article and here is our conversation. 

Thanks for listening! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

The Business News Headlines 29 September 2021

Stick around after the news headlines for a conversation about refugees and immigrants with our guest Karri True-Funk from the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.  But first the news:

  • Ultra luxury vehicles go all electric;
  • Dollar Tree announces a price shift;
  • Oil is back in the news;
  • Hey, it's National Coffee Day;
  • Then it's International Coffee Day;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Pot in the office...no, it's a thing, really.

For the interview you'll meet Kerri True-Funk who is a Field Office Director for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. This is some top-of-mind information as the U.S. gets ready to welcome thousands of Afghan refugees. We'll talk about what they do, how they find jobs and housing and how businesses can benefit by partnering with them.  You can hear all of that right...here!

Thanks for listening! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

Refugees, Immigrants and Business

There is so much many of us, including me, do not know about the issue of refugees and immigrants coming to the nation.  Here Kerri True-Funk a Field Office Director for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants shares with me how they work with new arrivals, what the process is, health issues, vaccination issues, finding jobs and housing. It's top of mind for so many people.  Lots of questions and lots of answers. Meet Kerri. 

Thanks for listening! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

The Business News Headlines 23 September 2021

Day two of the rebound on Wall Street but that's not the only big story from today and, make sure you stick around for an interesting conversation featuring author Beth Hoffman and her remarkable journey from the East and West Coasts...to a tiny town in Iowa.  But, first the news:

  • Amazon, AI Cameras and Unhappy Drivers;
  • Texas, Israel and Ben & Jerry's Ice Crème;
  • More retail concerns for the holidays;
  • Chips...we're talking chips again;
  • No shortage of unemployed workers...new numbers;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • The "Snowbirds" are once again headed south.

For the interview you'll meet educator, reporter, farmer and now author Beth Hoffman and the story of her remarkable journey. And her new book "Bet the Farm: The Dollars and Sense of Growing Food in America".

We think you'll enjoy our conversation and to listen...click here.

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