Spotify and audiobooks, A rise in pedestrian deaths, Perceptions of the economy

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We look into how the streaming of audiobooks is impacting authors. We also find out why pedestrian deaths are on the rise nationwide. Plus, a Wisconsin researcher shares what she’s heard from people about their feelings on the economy.

Featured in this Episode

  • Spotify is starting to stream audiobooks. Here's what that could mean for authors.

    Late last year Spotify announced that it would give premium users 15 free hours of audiobooks at no extra cost. A former tech executive explains what could happen to the publishing industry if Spotify applies the same model to books as it did to music.

  • Pedestrian fatalities are on the rise in the U.S., and most are happening at night

    Data shows that the United States is an especially dangerous place for pedestrians. Pedestrian fatalities have been on the rise for the past fifteen years, and most of the incidents are happening at night. A journalist unpacks the research into this phenomenon and a Wisconsin transportation expert gives a brief update on pedestrian safety in the state.

  • How Americans feel about the strength of the economy

    Economic data shows positive signs for the U.S. economy, but many people report not feeling optimistic about their economic situation. A UW-Madison professor joins us to share what she heard from her efforts to talk to the public about their economic concerns.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host

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