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The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening.

Latest Episodes

#988: The Economics Of Hospital Beds

Bellevue is the oldest public hospital in the nation. It's seen everything, and survived everything. But even they might not have enough beds for the COVID peak. Here's why.

21 MIN1 d ago
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#988: The Economics Of Hospital Beds

#987: The Race To Make Ventilators

At maximum output, Seattle-area-based Ventec can produce about 1,000 ventilators a month. That's not going to be nearly enough. So, they called in help.

24 MIN4 d ago
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#987: The Race To Make Ventilators

#986: America Unemployed

There are 3,283,000 new claims for unemployment – but the unemployment system wasn't designed for that kind of record number. Now 3 million people are asking, "What's next?"

24 MIN1 w ago
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#986: America Unemployed

#985: Where Do We Get $2,000,000,000,000?

The government's economic rescue package will cost so much it's worth writing out the full number: $2,000,000,000,000. Where will that money come from? And what will happen next?

20 MIN1 w ago
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#985: Where Do We Get $2,000,000,000,000?

#984: Food And Farmworkers

EIn this episode, to understand how the coronavirus might impact our food, we talk to an economist, a farmer, and, of course, the people who really make farms go — the farmworkers.

17 MIN1 w ago
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#984: Food And Farmworkers

#983: You Asked About The Virus Economy

We're here with you! And wow do you have questions. From stock market shutdowns to Coronavirus checks, to "What's the deal with toilet paper?" This episode, we try to answer a few.

28 MIN1 w ago
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#983: You Asked About The Virus Economy

#982: How To Save The Economy Now

The Federal Reserve usually has one main job: Setting interest rates. But in emergencies, another Fed job becomes more important: Trying to prevent a financial crisis.

13 MIN2 w ago
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#982: How To Save The Economy Now

#981: How To Test A Country

To try to understand the coronavirus tests we've all been hearing so much about — we take you inside the pandemic testing system.

21 MIN2 w ago
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#981: How To Test A Country

#980: The Fed Fights The Virus

The Federal Reserve usually has one main job: setting interest rates. But in emergencies, another Fed job becomes more important: trying to prevent a financial crisis.

18 MIN2 w ago
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#980: The Fed Fights The Virus

#979: Medicine For The Economy

COVID-19 is hammering our economy. We called up three super smart economists and asked what we should do about it.

25 MIN3 w ago
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#979: Medicine For The Economy

Latest Episodes

#988: The Economics Of Hospital Beds

Bellevue is the oldest public hospital in the nation. It's seen everything, and survived everything. But even they might not have enough beds for the COVID peak. Here's why.

21 MIN1 d ago
Comments
#988: The Economics Of Hospital Beds

#987: The Race To Make Ventilators

At maximum output, Seattle-area-based Ventec can produce about 1,000 ventilators a month. That's not going to be nearly enough. So, they called in help.

24 MIN4 d ago
Comments
#987: The Race To Make Ventilators

#986: America Unemployed

There are 3,283,000 new claims for unemployment – but the unemployment system wasn't designed for that kind of record number. Now 3 million people are asking, "What's next?"

24 MIN1 w ago
Comments
#986: America Unemployed

#985: Where Do We Get $2,000,000,000,000?

The government's economic rescue package will cost so much it's worth writing out the full number: $2,000,000,000,000. Where will that money come from? And what will happen next?

20 MIN1 w ago
Comments
#985: Where Do We Get $2,000,000,000,000?

#984: Food And Farmworkers

EIn this episode, to understand how the coronavirus might impact our food, we talk to an economist, a farmer, and, of course, the people who really make farms go — the farmworkers.

17 MIN1 w ago
Comments
#984: Food And Farmworkers

#983: You Asked About The Virus Economy

We're here with you! And wow do you have questions. From stock market shutdowns to Coronavirus checks, to "What's the deal with toilet paper?" This episode, we try to answer a few.

28 MIN1 w ago
Comments
#983: You Asked About The Virus Economy

#982: How To Save The Economy Now

The Federal Reserve usually has one main job: Setting interest rates. But in emergencies, another Fed job becomes more important: Trying to prevent a financial crisis.

13 MIN2 w ago
Comments
#982: How To Save The Economy Now

#981: How To Test A Country

To try to understand the coronavirus tests we've all been hearing so much about — we take you inside the pandemic testing system.

21 MIN2 w ago
Comments
#981: How To Test A Country

#980: The Fed Fights The Virus

The Federal Reserve usually has one main job: setting interest rates. But in emergencies, another Fed job becomes more important: trying to prevent a financial crisis.

18 MIN2 w ago
Comments
#980: The Fed Fights The Virus

#979: Medicine For The Economy

COVID-19 is hammering our economy. We called up three super smart economists and asked what we should do about it.

25 MIN3 w ago
Comments
#979: Medicine For The Economy

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