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According to our latest poll with Edison Research, nearly half of Americans would find that bill at least somewhat difficult to cover. Today, we’re going to dive into more of our polling data, on household responsibilities and trust in government economic data. Plus, changes to Medicare and the problem with “optimism bias.”
Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman are very good friends. And as hosts of the podcast “Call Your Girlfriend,” and co-authors of “Big Friendship,” they’re also in business together. This week they sit down with Reema to talk about how work has changed their friendship and what they learned from couples therapy. Later, they join “The Group Chat” to answer listener questions about friendship and money. By the way, we’re still looking for your stories of hiding a purchase, some funds or anything else money-related from a romantic partner! Whether you are or were casually dating or married to this partner, we want to hear about it! Give us a call at 347-RING-TIU (347-746-4848).
The latest number, 898,000, is much higher than expected. Plus, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he will keep negotiating with Democrats to reach a deal on more pandemic relief. And, is the economy rigged to the benefit of others? We asked people nationwide and the poll results are in.
The results of the most recent Marketplace-Edison Research Poll are out today. The Economic Anxiety Index® is down only a sliver from its all-time high back during this locked-down spring. And, after 26 weeks on the benefit rolls, regular state jobless benefits normally run out. But, the CARES Act offers an extension.
From the BBC World Service: The company behind boy band BTS launches on the stock market in South Korea days after the K-pop group topped the Billboard chart. A second major airline CEO quits. Disagreement over fishing is holding up post-Brexit talks.
In the past seven months or so, we as a society have spent a lot more time at home. Some of us in the company of family, maybe some pets or maybe with some robots. Our computers, smartphones, smart devices and even Roombas are taking on new significance in our lives as we are forced to stay away from other people. These robots, and our relationships with them, are the subject of a new audiobook by Ayanna Howard, a roboticist at Georgia Tech. The book is called “Sex, Race, and Robots: How to Be Human in the Age of AI.” Amy Scott speaks with Howard about the danger of gendered digital assistants.
Tell us if this sounds familiar: The endless string of controversies around user data, disinformation, anticompetitive practices, QAnon and more have soured you on Facebook, big time. But where else are you going to keep up with your family, your neighborhood or your kids’ school? That’s the conundrum facing one of our listeners, and we give the best advice we can on this Whadda Ya Wanna Know Wednesday. Plus, your questions about airline bailouts, conference swag and interest rates. As always, find a list of everything we talked about today at makemesmart.org!
The unemployment benefit system is complicated, even more so after the CARES Act. But there’s an acronym you might be seeing more and more, if you’ve been watching weekly jobless numbers: PEUC, or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. But what exactly is PEUC? We’ll explain. Plus, airline COVID testing and a deep dive into two important indicators: bank reserves and the Producer Price Index.
Quarterly results show most big banks beating expectations. Plus, what would be the consequences of a Trump administration undercount on the 2020 census? And, how Black-owned restaurants in North Texas are faring given the pandemic and social justice movement.
On the CDC list of high-risk activities during the fall holidays? Shopping in crowded stores on Thanksgiving or the day after. Plus, quarterly results from the big banks, who are beating expectations. And, the potential for disappointment when it comes to the new iPhone 12 and faster wireless networks.
From the BBC World Service: President Xi Jinping wants the Shenzhen special economic zone to be a powerhouse for technology. Europe’s “traffic light” system to ease COVID-19 travel. The need for more cold storage for vaccine distribution.
Like other districts around the country, the city of Baltimore is weighing whether and how to return to school in person. Right now, most public school students there are attending classes virtually. Half of those students come from low-income families, and about 15% have disabilities, which adds to the challenge of teaching and engaging students remotely. Amy Scott speaks with Sonja Santelises, the CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, about how the district has used technology during the pandemic.
Disinformation is a growing business that brings up a lot of questions. Is that fake news story getting to your timeline from a troll farm in Russia? Or a teenage contractor a few states over? More importantly, who is making money off it? On today’s show, Wilson Center disinformation fellow Nina Jankowicz joins us for an informative, if depressing, look at the depth and breadth of this growing industry.
It has been nearly five years since China ended its one-child policy, but the number of births in the country last year was the lowest it’s been since 1961. On today’s show, we’ll look at why. Plus: Google without Chrome, voting rights lawsuits and Disney’s big restructuring.
A Big Pharma company has fine results from last quarter even as it runs into a coronavirus vaccine setback. Plus, big changes at Disney, which is reorganizing to boost its streaming video platforms. And, a tool to make it easier for humans to communicate with dogs.