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Some companies have spent tens of thousands of dollars on thermal cameras, which can, supposedly, spot someone with an elevated temperature from a distance. Do they work, or is this just a form of health security theater? Molly Wood speaks with Meghan McCarty Carino, who covers workplace culture for Marketplace.
The convergence of nationwide protests over police violence and a global pandemic have placed renewed scrutiny on the role of companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple in our democracy. On Wednesday, chief executives from those companies will face lawmakers — virtually — for a much-anticipated hearing on their power and influence in this election year. We had New Yorker staff writer Andrew Marantz on the show to talk about it. He covers tech and social media for the magazine, and he wrote the book “Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation.”
We’re talking a lot about negotiation today, in your household and in Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said there won’t be a new COVID-19 relief package without liability protections for companies. It’s just one of many fault lines in the bill, and we’ll spend some time today talking about it and others, like unemployment benefits. Plus: America’s new multigenerational homes, what comes after “Our Black Year” and the behavioral economics of wearing a mask. We’ll also bring you a preview of our new podcast for kids and their families, “Million Bazillion.” Subscribe on your favorite podcast app!
This Thursday, we’re going to find out what happened to U.S. GDP in the second quarter. It’s going to be grim. Google is adding a new undersea cable network which it says will upgrade existing lines. The Trump administration moves forward with plans to regulate social media. And, Marketplace’s new podcast for all of those questions kids and their families have about money.
We now have two competing bills for COVID-19 relief after Senate Republicans released theirs Monday. How far is it from what House Democrats have proposed? Plus, the latest on President Trump’s picks for the Fed. And, a French solution for hand sanitizer shortages.
From the BBC World Service: One mom spotted a lack of diversity in magazines for young Black girls in the U.K. So she started her own. Malaysia’s former prime minister is convicted in 1MDB financial scandal. Google announces a new transatlantic data cable.
This week, we’re learning how to get what you want through negotiation. It’s about empowering kids — and hopefully avoiding big, nasty arguments — by employing new skills like active listening and compromise. We’ll use those skills to help our friend Ruby, who wants her parents to get her a new smartphone. Plus, we’ve got some great knock-knock jokes, and LeVar Burton tells us whom he wants to see on U.S. currency. Send us your questions about money along with your money designs to marketplace.org/million!
A recent study looked at how artificial intelligence is used to determine treatments and care. It found that many of the algorithms used in medicine use race as a variable, and that is a problem. Molly speaks with Leo Eisenstein, a physician at NYU and Bellevue hospitals, and one of the authors of the paper, as well as with Dorothy Roberts, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania who wrote a book about race in science and medicine.
Tech was one of the first industries to send workers home in response to the pandemic. And it was one of the first to let its employees work from anywhere. So what should we make of the fact that Google has pushed the date it’s calling employees back to the office to July 2021? Molly returns from a weekend of “Chrismukkah in July” to a Dark Place indeed. Join us! As always, you can find a list of everything we talked about on the episode page at makemesmart.org.
Stocks have been on a run since March’s lows. But gold, the investor’s last resort, is hitting a record high. So what gives? Today, we’ll look at what a surge in the precious metal means for confidence in this economy. Later, we look at China’s live-streaming marketplace and reopened box office. Plus: How do you enforce a mask mandate?
Pharmaceutical industry executives are expected at the White House Tuesday. President Trump says he’ll sit down with them to talk drug prices. What will Fed Chair Jerome Powell have to say about the economy this week? And, in California, Latino communities continue to bear the brunt of the pandemic.
Republicans are expected to roll out their trillion-dollar coronavirus relief package today. The number of people in the U.S. relying on food stamps grew by 17% in just the first three months of the pandemic. And, how have plant-based meat companies fared during COVID-19?
From the BBC World Service: European travel shares plummet amid concerns of a slow economic recovery from the pandemic. What’s in the Philippines’ COVID-19 recovery plan? Restaurants struggle with an increase in “no-shows” after lockdown.
This week on “Marketplace Tech,” we’re reporting on the innovations that will help us transition to a post-pandemic future. A lot of hopes are pinned on a vaccine for COVID-19. And there are, in fact, a lot of efforts on that front. Some combine the old ways of making vaccines with new techniques. Molly Wood speaks with Safi Bahcall, a biotech investor and author.
We’re 135 days into the COVID-19 pandemic and the bottom could fall out of the economy in a few days. Everyone’s having a hard time in some way, so our main message for today’s happy hour episode is this: Be nice to someone, or a few someones, this weekend. Also on tap, the mask policy at McDonald’s, a somewhat-related thing about George H.W. Bush, baseball’s return and more on that AOC speech. TGIF! As always, you can find a list of everything we talked about today on the episode page at makemesmart.org. Thanks to everyone who joined us live on YouTube! Subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss the next one.