We hate days like this, when there's been a shooting in a school or at a concert. There's no economic angle right after a tragedy like this. It's not our story, but we can't ignore it. So we're gonna acknowledge it, trust that you've had your fill of it elsewhere and turn to our news of the day. It came this morning with a much-anticipated but kind of underwhelming report on inflation. It's up a bit, but nowhere near as drastic as we'd all expected it to be. Nevertheless, it's one more data point for policymakers to consider as they figure out how to steer this economy. As it happens, we have one of those policymakers on the show today: Robert Kaplan, president of the Dallas Fed. Plus, the cost of uncertainty at the White House and Netflix's latest big moves.
We'll get the latest monthly inflation numbers tomorrow morning, before the bell, and as we saw last week, markets are a little skittish. The thing about the Consumer Price Index is we can measure it pretty well, but predicting it is a lot harder. Then, we'll look ahead to the Fed and bond markets, and how interest rates could be affected by inflation. Plus: What we can learn from Facebook's "Two Years of Hell."
The fiscal year 2019 budget the White House released today isn't what you might call an "operative" piece of fiscal policy. Congress hammered out a two-year spending plan just last week, after all. But the budget is still worth a read for some of the assumptions the Trump administration's making — like a decade of economic growth at 3 percent or more. We'll start the show by unpacking that and the White House's new infrastructure plan, and the math issues therein. Plus: Purdue Pharma, which makes the blockbuster opioid painkiller OxyContin, said it'll no longer send sales reps to doctors to sell them on opioids. For a drug company known for its aggressive marketing, that's a big deal. Our podcast The Uncertain Hour has been investigating Purdue and the regulatory roots of the opioid epidemic, and producer Caitlin Esch is back to talk us through the news.
What a week, right? Huge market swings, a correction and, oh yeah, a baby government shutdown. Is this the new normal? That's what we're sorting through in the conversation that kicks off today's show. Now let's be clear: We're in a correction, there's no reason to get all jittery and do something crazy with your retirement savings. That said, it's understandable that people's calculations have changed in the decade since the financial crisis. Plus, revisiting "Dan and Dave," perhaps the most famous Olympic ad campaign of all time.
Another down, volatile day on Wall Street. The Dow closed down more than 1,000 points, and major indices are down about 10 percent from a couple weeks ago, putting U.S. markets square in correction territory. That's where we'll start today's show. Then we visit a small city in Arkansas trying to regulate the smell it says is coming from a local meat-rendering plant, and finding out there's not much it can do. Plus: Millennials aren't killing business cards, just making them weirder.
As we tape this, one congressional chamber has come to an agreement about how to run the American economy, at least in part. The two-year budget deal would mean we wouldn't have to worry about shutdowns or short-term funding bills until the middle of 2019, but it still has to pass the House and be signed by President Donald Trump. We'll start today's show with the latest. Then: Farming used to be a much bigger part of prison labor, but thousands of this country's more than 2 million inmates still grow vegetables or feed crops for sale on the outside. We'll take you to a Montana prison ranch where inmates get job training, build life skills and raise cows. Plus: a visit to the heart of "Brotopia."