Uri Berliner http://wesa.fm en Why Are Men Leaving The American Workforce? http://wesa.fm/post/why-are-men-leaving-american-workforce There's a long, unfolding story about work in America that often gets overlooked. It's the story of men opting out of work altogether. These are men who have vanished from the labor force — men who don't have a job and aren't looking for one.<p>To describe this historic development with the context it deserves, we start with the American economy after World War II. It was firing on all cylinders, dominant globally, confident and dynamic. It was a great time to be an American man in the workplace. Hiring was strong for white-collar jobs and factory work. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 34111 at http://wesa.fm Why Are Men Leaving The American Workforce? From Coffee Futures To Bulk Buying: A Year Of Adventurous Investing http://wesa.fm/post/coffee-futures-bulk-buying-year-adventurous-investing <em>A year ago, NPR's Uri Berliner decided to take his money out of a savings account that was losing value to inflation and turn it loose in an investing adventure. A <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/187092877/dollar-for-dollar-adventures-in-uncommon-investments" target="_blank">series of stories in 2013</a> described his newly acquired assets and sought to shed light on how the markets for them worked.</em><p>I had up to $5,000 of savings I was willing to risk. I ended up investing around $3,600. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 07:46:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 30484 at http://wesa.fm From Coffee Futures To Bulk Buying: A Year Of Adventurous Investing Why You Won't Win Warren Buffett's Billion-Dollar Bracket http://wesa.fm/post/why-you-wont-win-warren-buffets-billion-dollar-bracket <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq_K5Hg8TrM</p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 15:05:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 25910 at http://wesa.fm Why You Won't Win Warren Buffett's Billion-Dollar Bracket Tired Of Doom And Gloom? Here's The Best Good News Of 2013 http://wesa.fm/post/tired-doom-and-gloom-heres-best-good-news-2013 Being a news consumer means you're constantly on the receiving end of bad news. War, unemployment, crime, political dysfunction — it can be enough to make you think we humans aren't doing <em>anything</em> right. But good news: We are. As the year draws to an end, here's a look at a few areas of real progress in the U.S. and around the world.<p><strong>Air Safety</strong><strong></strong><p>Let's start with flying. It's not a lot of fun: baggage fees, pat-downs, cramped seating, disappointing snacks.<p>But the odds are remarkably good you will land safely. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 21881 at http://wesa.fm Tired Of Doom And Gloom? Here's The Best Good News Of 2013 Crippled By Sanctions, Iran's Economy Key In Nuclear Deal http://wesa.fm/post/crippled-sanctions-irans-economy-key-nuclear-deal Some of the sanctions against Iran will be eased under an <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/23/246954418/reports-deal-reached-to-limit-iran-s-nuclear-program">agreement reached</a> between Iran and six world powers over the weekend. In return, Iran promises to temporarily curb part of its nuclear program.<p>There's widespread agreement that sanctions have worked, squeezing Iran financially and bringing its leaders to the negotiating table. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 07:52:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 20341 at http://wesa.fm Crippled By Sanctions, Iran's Economy Key In Nuclear Deal The Roots Of Franchising Took Hold In A Hair Salon Chain http://wesa.fm/post/roots-franchising-took-hold-hair-salon-chain <em>We have been reporting for several weeks now on </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/235557499/ddd">small businesses in America</a>.<em> Today, we explore a business system where entrepreneurs and corporations come together: franchising. Franchising is a bit like marriage. It takes a good long-term relationship to succeed.</em><p>It makes sense to begin a story about franchising and the hairstyling business by looking to Martha Matilda Harper, a servant living in Rochester, N.Y., in the late 19th century. In her spare time, she developed a special hair tonic. The tonic sold well. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 07:05:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 18266 at http://wesa.fm The Roots Of Franchising Took Hold In A Hair Salon Chain Coffee Futures: The Highs And Lows Of A Cup Of Joe http://wesa.fm/post/coffee-futures-highs-and-lows-cup-joe <em>NPR's Uri Berliner is taking $5,000 of his own savings and <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/05/22/184201335/instead-of-snoozing-in-savings-let-s-put-5-000-to-work" target="_blank">putting it to work</a>. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 06:53:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 12172 at http://wesa.fm Coffee Futures: The Highs And Lows Of A Cup Of Joe The Art Of Investing: The Rewards Aren't Always Financial http://wesa.fm/post/art-investing-rewards-arent-always-financial <em>NPR's Uri Berliner is taking $5,000 of his own savings and </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/05/22/184201335/instead-of-snoozing-in-savings-let-s-put-5-000-to-work" target="_blank">putting it to work</a><em>. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 11700 at http://wesa.fm The Art Of Investing: The Rewards Aren't Always Financial How To Invest In Real Estate Without Being A Landlord http://wesa.fm/post/how-invest-real-estate-without-being-landlord <em>NPR's Uri Berliner is taking $5,000 of his own savings and </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/05/22/184201335/instead-of-snoozing-in-savings-let-s-put-5-000-to-work" target="_blank">putting it to work</a><em>. Though he's no financial whiz or guru, he's exploring different types of investments — alternatives that may fare better than staying in a savings account that's not keeping up with inflation. </em><p>Reckless bets on real estate can cause trouble. They can, for example, help to bring down the global economy. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:26:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 11337 at http://wesa.fm How To Invest In Real Estate Without Being A Landlord Resisting The Temptation To 'Win' When Investing http://wesa.fm/post/resisting-temptation-win-when-investing <em>NPR's Uri Berliner is taking $5,000 of his own savings and putting it to work. Though he's no financial whiz or guru, he's exploring different types of investments — alternatives that may fare better than staying in a savings account that's not keeping up with inflation.</em><p>Deciding how to invest in the stock market can be daunting. That's why I called on someone who's seen it all. Charley Ellis founded Greenwich Associates, a research and consulting firm, and wrote an influential investing book called <em>Winning the Loser's Game.</em> He worked in investment management for 50 years. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 07:24:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 10794 at http://wesa.fm Resisting The Temptation To 'Win' When Investing How A Trip To Costco Can Work As An Investment Strategy http://wesa.fm/post/how-trip-costco-can-work-investment-strategy <em>NPR's Uri Berliner is taking $5,000 of his own savings and <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/05/22/184201335/instead-of-snoozing-in-savings-let-s-put-5-000-to-work">putting it to work</a>. Though he's no financial whiz or guru, he's exploring different types of investments — alternatives that may fare better than staying in a savings account that's not keeping up with inflation.</em><p>Mark Cuban is a billionaire, so it may be a surprise that the owner of NBA's Dallas Mavericks purchases everyday items like razor blades and toothpaste in bulk batches. Thu, 30 May 2013 07:02:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 10457 at http://wesa.fm How A Trip To Costco Can Work As An Investment Strategy Instead Of Snoozing In Savings, Let's Put $5,000 To Work http://wesa.fm/post/instead-snoozing-savings-lets-put-5000-work If you have a savings account you probably already know this: Your money there is losing value to inflation. Yields are so low that returns are not even keeping up with the cost of living.<p>I've been watching some of my own savings dwindle. And that prompted me to take up a challenge: I'm taking $5,000 from personal savings and putting it to work. I'm not a financial whiz, pundit or any kind of guru.<p>In the coming weeks, I'll be reporting on the various investments I decide to pursue. Wed, 22 May 2013 07:01:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 9982 at http://wesa.fm Instead Of Snoozing In Savings, Let's Put $5,000 To Work