28 episodes

The Cost of Living loves money — how we make it, spend it, waste it and grow it. Come along with our host Paul Haavardsrud to discover how innocuous everyday decisions connect with the larger economy in ways big, small, good, bad, obvious and unseen.

Cost of Living CBC Radio

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The Cost of Living loves money — how we make it, spend it, waste it and grow it. Come along with our host Paul Haavardsrud to discover how innocuous everyday decisions connect with the larger economy in ways big, small, good, bad, obvious and unseen.

    Dispatches from the small businesses struggling with COVID-19, plus the economics of creating a vaccine

    Dispatches from the small businesses struggling with COVID-19, plus the economics of creating a vaccine

    Everyone still has bills to pay, and those financial obligations are especially tough on small businesses who are trying to face the challenges posed by the novel coronavirus and the world's reaction to it. Plus we look at what money means in the race to develop vaccines.

    • 27 min
    Customer service, the coronavirus and the hospitality industry

    Customer service, the coronavirus and the hospitality industry

    In this special podcast-only extra, The Cost of Living explores why customer service is of paramount importance for the hospitality industry as they reel from the extraordinary circumstances that make up the COVID-19 coronavirus situation.

    • 4 min
    The price of oil crashes — and the emotions (and emojis) behind buying so much toilet paper

    The price of oil crashes — and the emotions (and emojis) behind buying so much toilet paper

    The price war when it comes to oil can mean hard times both for the energy industry itself, and for Canada's economy from coast to coast to coast. Plus what do our consumer choices mean for the broader economy, and what are the emotional responses when there's a run on toilet paper?

    • 26 min
    The global oil industry explained … as a teen drama?

    The global oil industry explained … as a teen drama?

    Oil price wars, COVID-19, falling markets, all of this is super heavy. For a bit of levity, we explain the global oil market through the lens of a high school teen drama.

    • 5 min
    Slashed interest rates, getting a piece of the electric car pie, and a happy 'Jobs Friday' to all!

    Slashed interest rates, getting a piece of the electric car pie, and a happy 'Jobs Friday' to all!

    Will central banks cutting the overnight rate help the economy as COVID-19 leads to more uncertainty? And are the employment numbers from StatsCan really what you should be looking at each month? Plus how Canada can avoid shocks as vehicle manufacturing goes electric.

    • 27 min
    Bourse anarchy — what fear of the coronavirus is doing to markets

    Bourse anarchy — what fear of the coronavirus is doing to markets

    We explore the difficulty for Canada in balancing environmental priorities with economic development, along with a look at how COVID-19 is affecting markets.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

Dr Pony ,

Corporate propaganda by hacks

This podcast is a ham-fisted justification of unregulated capitalism which seeks to fool listeners into believing that rather than being taken advantage of, they being helped.

Case in point: “self-checkouts are there for our convenience”...how is doing additional labour when I shop given that I must still wait in line more convenient. The truth these charlatans try to hide is the ONLY reason self checkouts exist is because the increase in theft costs less than paying cashiers minimum wage.

JEMHFX ,

Interesting and Entertaining

One of my favourite new podcasts! The host is funny and makes topics relatable without dumbing them down too much. I love the variety of topics, and look forward to listening every week.

walrus47 ,

Fun host, snappy scripts

I love this show’s energy. The producers do a great job of finding engaging business stories that connect to pop culture, sports and politics.

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