Insight On Business the News Hour

Michael Libbie

Insight on Business the News Hour is a daily look at the business news of the nation/region and long form business interviews.

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It's been a wild week on Wall Street compounded by the new variant and the threat of a government shutdown. Whew... And, because it is Friday stay with us because after the news we're riffing about Bitcoin Machines as well as "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro with Jeff Pitts from Cityview. But...first the news: The jobs report and the unemployment rate; Produce and maple syrup made the news; She asked, "Why are beef prices so high?" Another retail giant to close stores in January; That Bass Pro/Sportsman's Warehouse deal...off; The Wall Street Report; Don't get rid of that home office...yet. Those stories plus find out what Jeff's wife thinks about him shelling out $7,000 for a "Bitcoin Machine that spits out money". Sure we also talk about stuff to do in the greater Des Moines Metro but the "Bitcoin Machine" has us going.  You can hear all of that by clicking 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 PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher 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.

Dec 3

9 min 40 sec

Each week Jeff Pitts the managing editor for Cityview Magazine comes in to chat it up about "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro but today...we spend some time talking about his fascination with a "Bitcoin Machine". "Hey, you just plug it in and it spits out money..." Clearly I'm not buying it (and neither is his Bride) but it makes for a fun listen. Then we get into sports, music, plays a little Big Ten conversation about the football game and more. Hey, it's Friday...have some fun already!  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 PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher 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.

Dec 3

22 min 42 sec

Oh, what a difference a day makes.  Investors took to the buying mode today even as yet another case of the Omicron variant was found in Minnesota. Here's what we've got for you today: The markets surge for two reasons; Some oil pricing news; Hey, Minnesota you get the FIRST; A new survey studies the labor shortage; More diversity is happening...at least in movies; The Tesla move to Texas is done...well, sort of; CEO's moaning about high costs...but not record profits; The Wall Street Report; Square is now Block...go figure. 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 PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher 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.

Dec 2

13 min 8 sec

We've been doing this newscast for a very long time but I can't remember another day in which the Dow did a nearly 1,000 point turnaround in just...hours. That story and more plus stay with us as we talk with Congresswoman Cindy Axne of Iowa about fixing the supply chain troubles that are impacting...everything. But first the news: The Dow and the Turn and Why; Bad corporate experience? Try...Twitter; Burger King to change it's menu and you won't believe why; Toys R Us is back with brick & mortar in the U.S.; GM, Korea and EV's; The Wall Street Report; And, "The Rock" is rockin' Netflix. For the interview it's Congresswoman Cindy Axne of Iowa in to talk about fixing the supply chain crisis with a number of legislative efforts she is pushing in Congress. Actually fixing something rather than leading the charge on wedge issues? Refreshing and to listen to that conversation click here.  That's a wrap and 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 PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher 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.  

Dec 1

11 min 23 sec

The supply chain disruption is a pain point for everyone from manufacturing to wholesale to retail and, of course, the consumer. The events that have led to this disruption are wide and varied; from a once in a century pandemic to political roadblocks. So, how to fix it? Here you will meet Congresswoman Cindy Axne (D-IA) who shares the six congressional actions that, she says, will fix the trouble we're in. Working on solutions that will impact all Americans rather than hot-button issues that inflame, meet Congresswoman Cindy Axne.  That's a wrap and 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 PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher 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.

Dec 1

12 min 17 sec

It is the final day of November and once again we saw a sell off on Wall Street. We'll detail that and more plus today a story about loans that come with zero fees and no interest and are created for entrepreneurs. Today you'll meet Kaitlin Byers from Kiva...but first the news: Panic selling on Wall Street and why; Apple stock surges; Some good news about energy today; Surplus products, we've got a list; Data on why people are quitting their jobs; The Wall Street Report; The Google "motto" goes to court. And today, if you are an entrepreneur you know how difficult it is to get funding. What if we told you there is a way for your to get up to $15,000 with no fees and at zero interest?  It's true and with us to explain it all is Kaitlin Byers from Kiva.  To listen to this interesting funding program click here. That's a wrap and 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 PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher 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.  

Nov 30

10 min

One of the sad realities of being an entrepreneur is how tough it is to acquire much needed capital. Often traditional lending institutions require years of financial records making it tough for a startup. Then there are the interest charges and potential fees. Not any more. Today you'll meet Kaitlin Byers from Kiva of Iowa. Kiva offers up to $15,000 with no interest and no fees. You read that correctly. Learn more about the process and why Kiva might be the answer you're looking for. And, click here to see who is benefiting from Kiva. Touch base with Kaitlin by email: mailto:Iowa@Local.Kiva.org That's a wrap and 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 PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher 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.

Nov 30

18 min 44 sec

Welcome back! We hope you had a great weekend and if you, like millions of others celebrated the American holiday of Thanksgiving...we hope it was a memorable and meaningful time with family and friends. In the business news headlines for today: President Biden, "...no lockdowns or shutdowns"; The Markets rebounded; Oil prices also rose a bit today; What nation has the most...guns? And, the slowest selling car in the U.S. is.... Some fast food news for you today; Amazon workers in Alabama get another union vote; The Wall Street Report; And, Jack Dorsey is out...again...at Twitter. That's a wrap and 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 PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher 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.  

Nov 29

11 min 46 sec

The day after Thanksgiving in the U.S. and the stock market had its worst day since October of 2020 as a new COVID variant roiled the markets.  And, because it's Friday, make sure you click through for Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. But, first the news: The markets react to more COVID news; Pfizer stock surges and why; Fast food restaurants getting rid of dining rooms; The FBI weighs in on scams; Oil prices took a beating today; The Wall Street Report; Some Black Friday surprises. Those stories and Jeff Pitts from Cityview. To hear us talking about cool stuff to do just click here and thanks for listening!  

Nov 26

10 min 15 sec

Each Friday Jeff Pitts the managing editor of Cityview Magazine is in to chat it up about Stuff to DO in the Greater Des Moines Metro this weekend and into next week.  Today we're riffing about a bunch of holiday events from Disney on Ice to the Festival of Trees to Jolly Holiday Lights to Santa Rockin' Lights at Living History Farms music in Pella, Martina McBride in Ames authors at Beaverdale Books, Wil Farrell trivia at Smash Park...click through and have a fun weekend and week. That's a wrap and 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 PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher 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.    

Nov 26

14 min 37 sec

The day before the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving and we're still at it. A programing note we're off tomorrow but to keep you in the business news "fix" we'll be posting up some of our long-form interviews from our Out to Lunch series. That's where we take thought leaders out to lunch and then record our conversation. And, it's something we hope to bring back in the new year.  But, for today...here's what we've got for you. After the UAW strike John Deere shares some numbers; The new unemployment numbers the lowest in over 50 years; Economic growth figures revised; Still American's are grumpy even with the good news; West Coast ports are doing a better job off-loading ships; Oil prices dropped today and nobody got the numbers right; UPS wants 100,000 holiday workers but, yeah, there is a but; The Wall Street Report; The beauty company Lush says goodbye to social media and why. That's a wrap and 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 PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher 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.

Nov 24

9 min 17 sec

Our top story today will depress the heck out of my granddaughter...the Dollar Store is officially dead as Dollar Tree today raised their prices by a whopping 25%.  Also today you'll meet Rep. Ras Smith a Iowa House member who has announced his intention to become the next governor of this state. The intersection of business and politics today. The Dollar Store Story; President Biden and oil; Are gas prices historically high? Walmart ain't going back to 24/7; Best Buy and organized crime; Retailers betting on Black Friday foot traffic; The Wall Street Report; He will take his salary in...Bitcoin. Also today you'll meet Rep. Ras Smith (D-Waterloo) and his really interesting story. Rep. Smith is running to become the next Iowa governor so we talk about business, education, hunting and so much more. To listen, 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 PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher 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.

Nov 23

9 min 56 sec

While we don't do "politics" on the Business News Hour we do realize that politics and business are greatly linked. Employers want highly skilled bright workers and those workers must come from world class classrooms. Many women have left the workforce because there is a lack of reliable child care and the list goes on. Today you'll meet Rep. Ras Smith (D-Waterloo) who has announced his candidacy for governor. You're just a click away from a whole host of issues that impact every person and business in the State of Iowa. Go... 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 PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher 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.

Nov 23

26 min 42 sec

It is the Monday Edition of the business news headlines and it is also the 58th anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy. How many of us remember that awful day. In the business news headlines: What was up suddenly turned down; Oil futures go up and we'll share why; Musk and Boebart agree on this point; Will Powell be confirmed by the Senate; Gambling more are you; Target makes an announcement about Thanksgiving; The Wall Street Report; Dads are slacking off again it would seem...and why. 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 PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher 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.

Nov 22

11 min 15 sec

Welcome to Friday!  The Blue Chips had a rough day today and we'll share why. Also, because it is Friday, Jeff Pitts is in to check out a list of Stuff to DO in the Greater Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. Enjoy!  But, first the news: Tough day the the Dow...blame COVID; Gas and Oil companies faltered today; Some thoughts on the red-hot housing market; Is truck driving...worth it? Who, really, is responsible for the high cost of insulin? Seems a joint EV deal between Ford and Rivian is dead; Another Detroit automaker is pushing vaccines; The Wall Street Report; And, might inflation be your...friend? Those stories plus Jeff Pitts from Cityview is in....to listen to that conversation about Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro just click here!  

Nov 19

10 min 52 sec

Each Friday we spend some time riffing about "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro with Jeff Pitts the managing editor of Cityview Magazine and today we've got lots of stuff to talk about. From The Iowa Wild hitting the ice on Friday to Shakespere at Simpson College some quilt talk, violins, threads at the Historic Franklin Jr. High, Gladys Knight and the Pips at Hoyt Sherman...wow!  Some sports talk about basketball, football and a whole bunch more. Get local with us...and have some fun. 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 PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher 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.  

Nov 19

20 min 25 sec

Yes, it is...Friday Eve and welcome to the business news headlines for Thursday the 18th day of November.  And, stick around for the interview with author Rachelle Chase about the once equality centered town of Buxton, Iowa.  But, first the news: U.S. Consumers seem...resilient; Unemployment numbers fall again; Could the "chip troubles" be over soon? President Biden's approval numbers sink; KFC has some bad numbers too; Another job walk out and why; UAW workers end their strike against Deere; CVS Pharmacy closing stores and why; Will there be a "Fed Chair Shuffle"? The Wall Street Report; Apple adjusts, again, the return to the office. Those stories and for the interview you'll meet author Rachelle Chase who has written the remarkable books about Buxton, Iowa...called the "Black Utopia" 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 PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher 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.  

Nov 19

11 min 29 sec

This is both a story about history and also hope. Here you'll meet author Rachelle Chase who has written two books about the racially diverse community of Buxton, Iowa. A community that was started by "Corporate America" yet the citizens, both black and white, lived in harmony. The amazing thing is Buxton dates back to 1900 in a time when discrimination and inequality were the order of the day. You'll also learn more about her non-profit Uniting Through History. Meet Rachelle and her story: 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 PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher 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.

Nov 18

21 min 4 sec

As we steam toward the weekend the buzz is all about inflation. From fuel to toys and that made for a rough day on Wall Street.  Here's what we've got for you today: Court documents say Zillow...misled; Stocks faltered and the Visa story; Gasoline and President Biden and the FTC; Empty shelves and Thanksgiving...don't panic; The Dubai air show is a big deal for aviation; Are inflation worries...over inflated? The Wall Street Report; A stunning number of overdose deaths rock the U.S. 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 PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher 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.

Nov 17

10 min 23 sec

Two big reports out today about consumer spending and retail That's where we'll start with the business news headlines for this Tuesday evening: Inflation be damned...shoppers are shopping; Wall Street bonuses are, well, over the top; Pfizer is back in the news; So too is Times Square but the governor says... Rumblings about the Fed Chair; The Egg McMuffin is 50 and McDonald's has a promotion; Papa John's is changing things up; Dealers are pricing new cars way above MSRP; Home Depot and Walmart report sales; The Wall Street Report; Amazon to pay a $500,000 fine and why. 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 PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher 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.

Nov 16

11 min 43 sec