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March 15, 2006

Extension economist launches daily podcast

Mike Walden photo

Looking for the latest scoop on gas prices, mortgage rates, job forecasts or tax trends? N.C. State University’s Mike Walden has launched a new “Economic Perspective” Web site to bring daily analysis and insight on these and other economic issues straight to people’s desktops.

Walden’s new site, at http://waldenradio.ncsu.edu/, approaches the national economic headlines from a North Carolina angle. The site incorporates text transcriptions and audio files based on his long-running 1- to 2-minute “Economic Perspective” radio shows, which are made available Monday to Friday to radio stations across the state.

With the enhanced Web site, North Carolinians can access the segments whenever they want, as long as they have a computer and an Internet connection. The site offers visitors the chance to get the information through a text transcript or an audio file. The site also features a podcast, allowing listeners to subscribe and download the shows from the Web to their computers, iPods or other mp3 players.

Walden, widely known for his ability to relate larger economic trends to individual consumers, is a professor with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and a North Carolina Cooperative Extension specialist.

He produces “Economic Perspective” with host Sonya Williams, a video producer and broadcast specialist with N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Designed to help North Carolinians better understand the economy, how it operates and how it affects their day-to-day lives, “Economic Perspective” has been a North Carolina Cooperative Extension fixture since 1980.

Recent show topics included recommended savings rates, emerging industries in North Carolina and a trend toward “home-shoring” -– that is, businesses hiring people who work from their homes.

Posted by deeshore at March 15, 2006 12:24 PM