The Gist: Does the Minimum Wage Create or Kill Jobs?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 19 2014 5:22 PM

Does the Minimum Wage Create or Kill Jobs?

The Gist weighs in on the living wage debate, and handicaps GOP chances of winning the Senate.

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If this job paid $15 an hour, how would it change who was hired?

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Listen to Episode 32 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Today on The Gist, political writer Harry Enten from Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight handicaps Democratic and Republican chances in November’s key Senate races. Plus, Adam Davidson from Planet Money explains why economic theory says a higher minimum wage is a terrible, terrible idea, but economic reality may differ. In today’s Spiel, Mike teaches us his special song hack with help from “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot and “Whoomp! (There It Is)” by Tag Team.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.