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Michael Libbie
Des Moines, Iowa
Working to restore Iowa Values for Iowa Families
Interests: Public Policy, Government Affairs, Marketing, Advertising, Iowa
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A light hearted conversation with actor Andy Buckley about his role on The Office, which was really a "side-gig". He'll explain. We also chatted about his wife, acting coach Nancy Banks, and yes, he did drop names. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Insight on Business
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Today: Grateful to be back in our studio! The new unemployment numbers shakes Wall Street. The Justice Department files against Ticketmaster. Traveling this weekend? Expect delays. The Wall Street Report and TikTok to axe up to 1,000 jobs. For the interview you'll meet Andy Blakeley who was in The Office and now is doing a comedy with Arnold Schwarzenegger called FUBAR on Netflix. We think you'll enjoy this. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Insight on Business
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A major loss for the UAW in Alabama is our first story. The Dow closes above 40,000 for the first time ever. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will expand its investigations. A Boeing whistleblower died at his own hands. Meanwhile Boeing shareholders approve of a whopping CEO pay package. What will consumers be buying this holiday season and how do we know? The Wall Street Report and while Amazon rakes in the cash its workers struggle to make ends meet. Finally a brief on what is a "living wage". Let's go! Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2024 at Insight on Business
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It was a big day for Walmart and might that bode well for other retailers? Aldi is lowering prices on 250 items and when. Consumers got a big win with a Supreme Court decision. A stunning, and truly awful report on forced prison labor in the U.S. McDonald's has a new $5 menu coming out and why. Some pot news for you from the DOJ. The Wall Street Report and some good housing news, for a change. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2024 at Insight on Business
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What a thrill to hear Harry K. Smith talk about his long broadcasting career from CBS to NBC and now just retired. I was able to get some time with him and ask a few questions. Have a listen and thank you Harry for helping all of us become a bit...smarter. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2024 at Insight on Business
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Today: A little inflation history think WIN. The inflation numbers today from the CPI, New retail sales numbers and planning for Memorial Day. TikTok with a likely buyer but, there is a but. A big win today for President Biden and consumers. Barge hits Bridge - It's becoming "a thing". Walmart to share earnings tomorrow and what we know today. The Wall Street Report and it's never too early to talk about football and the NFL...and Netflix. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2024 at Insight on Business
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Today: President Biden and increased tariffs on China and what's involved. The Producer Price Index for inflation came in higher than anticipated. Fed Chair Jerome Powell talked about interest rates. They're back! Meme stocks that is. What drivers should NOT do with decals. The Wall Street Report and Google is betting big time on AI and Gemini. For the conversation you'll hear from veteran broadcaster Harry K. Smith that, for years. helped make us all a bit smarter. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2024 at Insight on Business
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Hear from Tiffany, Mark, Joseph and Ro about their reactions to DMDC 2024 this past week. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2024 at Insight on Business
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Today: Look out Detroit the Seagull is coming...maybe. Great Britain turns the corner on its recession. Airlines say the new rules about being transparent about fees will be "too confusing" for you. The high price of chocolate may be on the way down and why. More confusing Tesla labor news. The Wall Street Report and credit card companies don't want you to know about THEIR "junk fees" and went to court. For the interview you'll meet four people who just returned from DMDC-2024 and their reaction to the 45th Annual Event. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2024 at Insight on Business
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Today: Yes, we're still in Washington, D.C. and a programming note that Friday is a full travel day and that will impact our reporting. Today we're talking about farm workers and unions. The U.S. economy is healthy but, there is a but. Is China making too much stuff and what that means. Tesla and another round of job cuts but this one is different. New jobless data is out and what that might mean for the Central Bank. The Wall Street Report and after 60 years we're saying goodbye to the Chevy Malibu. For the interview you can click through for "Voices on the Flight" six people who told us what they were expecting to accomplish during the Greater Des Moines Partnership D.C. trip. Thanks for listening. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2024 at Insight on Business
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Now for something very different. On a Southwest Airlines Charter taking some 200 leaders from Central Iowa to Washington, D.C. we decided to do some "in-flight" interviews. Short bursts of what some attendees hoped to accomplish on this the 45th Annual DMDC trip. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2024 at Insight on Business
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Now for something very different. On a Southwest Airlines Charter taking some 200 leaders from Central Iowa to Washington, D.C. we decided to do some "in-flight" interviews. Short bursts of what some attendees hoped to accomplish on this the 45th Annual DMDC trip. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2024 at Insight on Business
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Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day and we've got a list of some deals and a note about how grateful we are that you chose this profession. It matters. TikToc is going to court. Some good news about Social Security and a suggestion on how to fix the issue. The Boy Scouts are changing their name. EV news out of Rivian. Disney dragged down the markets. The Wall Street Report and "Charged Sips" is going away. We also have a brief programing note to share with you. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2024 at Insight on Business
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A conversation about the Central Iowa Business Conference with Gina Wright. What to expect, how to register, what you'll learn and so much more. We'll see you in Altoona later this month! Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2024 at Insight on Business
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Today: Congratulations are in order...think Pulitzer. Redfin settles a federal case and what that's about. Snoop Dogg seems to be everywhere and we've got some of the latest news. Former Starbucks CEO Schultz has some advice for the company on lagging sales. The Wall Street Report. DEI is going away...sort of. For the interview you'll meet Gina Wright from the Urbandale, Iowa Chamber as we talk about the Central Iowa Business Conference that happens later this month. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2024 at Insight on Business
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Today: The job numbers came in lower than expected but...hiring is still brisk. Meanwhile there are changes brewing on who is getting hired and who is sitting on the side-lines. Big changes from the government on tax credits for EV's and why. Aetna reaches a settlement think LGBTQ+ folk. Walgreens, Candy and TikToc. Yes, it's a thing. The Wall Street Report and something that families are doing to...get away for an extended time and why that's such a hot new trend. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2024 at Insight on Business
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Today: We take a side trip down "Memory Lane" with author, podcaster and community builder Ben McDougal as we chat it up about the start of Insight on Business on his podcast, "You Don't Need this Podcast". Good times! Also today jobless claims kick us off as we look at the strong job market in the U.S. Black taxpayers get audited more than others. What the IRS has to say about that. Microsoft headed to Malaysia. Peloton is axing 400 workers and its CEO. Mortgage rates climb yet again. The Wall Street Report and a real zinger from the courtroom: Google paid Apple huge dollars and why. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2024 at Insight on Business
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It was a "chance meeting" and I am so grateful. Here you too will meet Jonathan Sutter who founded TravelingWiki an organization that encourages airports to install rooms that can help folks with autism and other non-visible disabilities in an effort to overcome the fear of flying. This is truly worth your time. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2024 at Insight on Business
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Today: It's what we expected from the Central Bank but still there were issues for Wall Street. So, marijuana is a less dangerous drug. OK, but we still have a major issue. Airbnb has some sweet, new destinations to offer you. The muted reality of May Day in the United States. The Wall Street Report and AI is boosting revenue over at Amazon. For the interview you'll meet Jonathan Sutter and what he is doing to improve the flying experience among those people with non-visible disabilities. Think autism. A chance meeting and a great story. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2024 at Insight on Business
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Low inventory a lack of construction have both contributed to the high cost of home ownership. Add to that mortgage rates that have climbed in recent years. How do we fix America's Housing Crisis? Meet Jenny Schuetz who, in her book, details the issues and the solutions. Good stuff here friends! Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2024 at Insight on Business
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Today: Wages climbed during the first three month of this year. A good thing? Depends! U.S. newspapers sue AI creators and why. Amazon posts some solid profits. Wall Street has its worst month since last September and Walmart is getting "glitzy" with groceries and why. For the interview you'll meet author Jenny Schuetz who is in to talk about her book, Fixer Upper: How to Repair America's Broken Housing Systems. Good stuff just a click away. Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2024 at Insight on Business
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Today in the business news headlines: What? Driverless semi-trucks? Yep. Older affluent Americans are driving much of the U.S. economy but... Recent airline stories have prompted Congress to act. Chipotle employees may again eat...chicken. The Supreme Court will take up an unusual case. The Wall Street Report and Remembering seventy-three Iowans who lost their life on or at the job site with Paula Martinez. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2024 at Insight on Business
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Welcome to the "Late Edition" of the Business News Headlines and why...we're late. Today you'll hear about the impact the war in Gaza is having on Jewish synagogues even in Iowa. Also the fact that inflation seems to be stuck. The Feds are taking a second look at the Tesla Auto-Pilot as more accidents are mounting. Ford has pumped the breaks on EV's and turning to Hybrids and is it working? Some SWEET Trader Joe's news. The Wall Street Report and women's sports is having a moment and the key is to get in now. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2024 at Insight on Business
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Here you will meet Brent Roske a television host, movie producer and director who recently created The Flamingo Network on Roku. What is that all about. Join us for this conversation with a master creator. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2024 at Insight on Business
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Today in the business news headlines: The U.S. Gross Domestic Product stumbles. But wait, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says the numbers are wrong. President Biden was in Upstate New York to celebrate a new computer chip manufacturing plant. Net Neutrality is back and that's good for consumers and business. Whoa, $15 for a pack of smokes! Where and why. The Wall Street Report and we're not making enough babies and why that is happening. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2024 at Insight on Business