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Quick Bites with John Norris

Each week I get to take a thought leader Out to Lunch but, before we dig into our long-form interview we ask each guest three questions. We call this Quick Bites and today those three questions are asked of John Norris a long-time friend and partner with the State Public Policy Group. John is passionate about rural economics, sustainable energy, agriculture and more. Tomorrow we'll load up Out to Lunch at Trostel's Dish but today you get "Quick Bites"

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm 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 8 May 2019

The markets failed to stage a big comeback today on fear that the U.S. and China may not reach an agreement before Friday when additional tariffs kick in. It's the business news headlines:

  • What happened on Wall Street and why;
  • GM an "about face" in Ohio? Well, sort of;
  • Walmart talking about wages and employees;
  • Some U.S. Moms are going to get..."Free Money".

Those stories and former HUD Secretary and presidential hopeful Julian Castro joins me for a welcome back to the Business News Hour. You can hear that conversation here

Thanks for coming by. 

The Business News Headlines 3 May 2019

Hey...yeah...it's Friday so only TWO more working days until Monday...right?  It's the Business News Hour for the 3rd day of May...thanks for coming by. Today:

  • All the boo-hah over the jobs report hides an issue;
  • The markets had a great day;
  • Let's talk wages;
  • Burger King and Mental Health;
  • Jeff Bezos about to make Mo Money from...
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories PLUS, because it is FRIDAY, we've got Jeff Pitts the Managing Editor of Cityview Magazine with us to chat it up about"Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro" this weekend into next week. We've got music, sports, food, fun and silliness just a click away. Here is that link. 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 24 April 2019

What goes up, must come down.... It's the Business News Hour and some of the stories you'll find on todays newscast include:

  • Why stocks struggled;
  • Detroit may have their timing wrong...again;
  • Bayer, Roundup and Cancer;
  • Price hikes in the future? Big company say yes;
  • Boeing and Earnings - One word "Ouch";
  • The Alexa team may be able to find your address;
  • What happened and why with the markets.

Also today Mary Bontrager the Executive Vice President for Talent Development of the Greater Des Moines Partnership sits down with me to highlight and go more into depth about some job numbers she shared just last month. Bottom line is that we don't have the people to fill thousands and thousands of Midwestern jobs and that leads us down to road to talk about re-education, housing, immigration and more. So, not only the problems but, some solutions. Listen here

Thanks for coming by. 

People, Jobs, Housing and More with Mary Bontrager

A couple of weeks ago I heard Mary Bontrager the Executive Vice President of Talent Development for the Greater Des Moines Partnership give a stunning report on the number of jobs that are not being filled in Central Iowa due to the fact we simply don't have the people. And that's not just an Iowa issue but something that is being felt all across the Midwest. So, we know the issue...what steps might we take to fix what may take our economy backward? Click through to listen. 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm 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 Affordable Housing Battle in Urbandale, Iowa

Everybody talks about it. "It" is affordable housing. There is a direct link between communities being able to provide affordable living conditions and economic development. And, there is a big impact that affordable housing has on filling jobs. With over 17,000 open positions in the Greater Des Moines Metro it's something that really matters. Affordable housing is on the short list of the goals espoused by the Greater Des Moines Partnership as well as one of the communities in this story. It's a story I stumbled on early this week and it has to do with the Merle Hay Mall, Anawim Housing and the City of Urbandale.  Let's get started.... 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm 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. 

2020 Presidential Hopeful Secretary Julian Castro

We all know that Iowa is "ground zero" when it comes to the 2020 Presidential Election and this week former San Antonio Mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro was in Iowa for another swing through the state. We caught up with him following a standing room only event sponsored by the Iowa Asian-Latino Coalition in Des Moines. Ten Minutes with Julian Castro: 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm 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 26 March 2019

It's the business news headlines for Tuesday the 26th of March...thanks, everybody, for being with us again today. Inside you'll hear about;

  • Investors still eyeing the global economy;
  • New car sales slump and it's not design issues;
  • More retail store closings;
  • Walmart seems to be winning at the curb and gaining new customers;
  • Ya know that iPhone update?  Better get to it;
  • Housing numbers are hurting;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Also today you are in for a major treat. His name is Mike Curtin and he's the CEO of something called the D.C. Central Kitchen a program that has served the Washington D.C. area for thirty years. But...it's not about just feeding people...that seems to be secondary. This is about delivering hope and purpose and a way out of poverty. Plan on listening to the end...it's a great story. To hear that story, click here

Thanks for listening! 

Quick Bites with Mayor Frank Cownie

Before we settle down for lunch we do "Quick Bites". Three questions...each of our "Out to Lunch" guests gets the same three questions:  Book, Movie and Job. Here the Mayor of Des Moines, Frank Cownie, Iowa shares his thought about his those things and what about them impacted his life. We're at Jesses Embers with the Mayor for Out to Lunch but first, Quick Bites:

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm 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 20 March 2019

If you've got ten minutes we'll get you up to speed on the business news headlines and you can always take it with you...the business news on YOUR time. Today:

  • The Fed holds interest rates down...isn't that a good thing?
  • FedEx has some scary words about the economy;
  • President Trump is out finding money for his "wall";
  • Disney closes the $71 billion deal with Fox;
  • Apple air-pods are new today;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Plus we'll talk podcasting with Stephen Meader who founded Podcast USA and started a bunch of state podcasting homes like Podcast New Hampshire, Podcast Iowa, Podcast Minnesota and more. You've got to listen.