Pick a question, send an answer

Below are some of the questions I’m thinking about on the economy as well as some from our colleagues at Marketplace business radio. Pick a question. Every answer makes a little smarter about the economy.

What’s the economy like around you?


Share a quick story about the Minnesota economy. How are you faring? Are you seeing signs of recovery? Click here and tell us.

Many of the responses end up right here on MinnEcon or in one of the maps you often see embedded in the posts.

Had an awkward conversation about money?

It’s a question from our Marketplace friends. Talking about money can be as problematic during the holidays as discussing religion or politics. It can cause a lot of friction with family and friends over the holidays.

Share a story about those kinds of conversations and how to navigate them.

Ask the experts

Our public media colleagues across the country are asking people to send in questions about the economy, economic policy or finance. Answers to selected questions will be posted to PBS Engage December 10 and 17. 

Post your questions at PBS Engage (scroll down to the comment section) or on Twitter (use the tag #economystory).

Questions for us at MinnEcon? Post below or contact me directly.

  • Sue


    If I remember correctly there is a reprocessing plant out west that has had its funding cut. This reprocessing would greatly decrease the volume of nuclear waste needing storage.

  • Paul

    Does my electric bill reflect the actual cost of nuclear energy?

    Remember, this country is only 235 years old, nuclear energy is only about 50 years old and nuclear waste will be only half as poisonous 10,000 years from now. I think we are pushing the cost of our energy needs now to our children just like our national debt.

  • Paul Tosto

    Paul, thanks. Good question. Let me see if I can find an answer. Cheers. Paul Tosto / MinnEcon

  • Paul Tosto

    Sue, thanks. I’ll pass that on to the Midmorning folks. Cheers. Paul Tosto / MinnEcon

  • Gloria Gervais

    My thanks to the gentleman who called in and explained the why of the brake hesitation in the Toyota hybrids. I drive a Prius and have felt the hesitation. Freaks me out…a comfort to know the “why” of it, AND know my brakes will work…just takes a second.

  • Robert Kutter

    What about the effectiveness of checklist in teaching and learning?