Even if you don’t have any spices in your kitchen, you probably still have salt and pepper. Ditto for even the most basic restaurants. But how did those two condiments become standard issue? On today’s show, we get into the deep questions. Plus: how Americans feel about relocating for work and having the awkward “money talk” with your partner.
U.S. parental leave leaves much to be desired
An uptick in retail sales last month is another sign of a strong economy. A U.N. report finds the U.S.’s parental leave policy, when compared to other countries, is sorely lacking. It’s not doing so great on energy consumption, either.
Want a lower credit card APR? Just ask.
Manufacturing jobs in the U.S. are way up, but not in the places that really need them. It turns out just asking your credit card company for a lower APR could work. Plus, talking about money can get awkward. Marketplace’s Reema Khrais talks about it her new podcast
The unforeseen costs behind a paper calendar
From the BBC World Service… Swiss women go on strike over unequal pay and gender discrimination, an unusual occurrence in the Alpine nation. The European Union member states finally agree a common budget after more than two years of negotiations. Plus, the British government’s decision to changing the date of next year’s early May national holiday will cost one calendar-maker about $250,000.
Would you buy cellphone service from your cable company?
Cable companies are some of the new players in the cellphone business. Since 2017, Comcast has offered cellphone service with Xfinity Mobile. Charter Communications offers will soon be offering cellphone service as well. The service is cheaper than standard cellphone services, with about $45 being the maximum cost per month. However, you can’t necessarily use any phone you want.