What have you always wondered about the economy? Tell us

Scott Tong

Correspondent

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I report on sustainability issues (energy, climate, environment, resources) for Marketplace, as well as the U.S.-China technology relationship, frequently describes as “fraught.” I am Marketplace’s former China bureau chief.

What was your first job?

English-language audiotape (yes, tape) voice-over work. Sixth grade.Taiwan.

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

Show up an hour before the interview.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

Gas for kid carpools; Washington Capitals hockey tickets.

What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?

Smoker (plus wooden slotted spoon).

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Sneaking into Burma for twenty bucks.

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China has been aggressively promoting its COVID-19 vaccines around the world — to provide a public good, boost its pharmaceutical industry and gain geopolitical allies.
A container of vaccines developed by China's Sinovac is unloaded near Sao Paulo. The treatment was recently approved by health authorities in Brazil, though some people are skeptical of the Chinese product.
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Ford is latest automaker to cut production due to microchip shortage

Jan 11, 2021
When the pandemic first hit last spring, auto plants shut down and carmakers curbed semiconductor orders.
The Ford factory in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2017. The plant recently had to shut down due to a shortage of semiconductors.
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Mobile, media giants submit record bids as 5G spectrum auction tops $78 billion

Jan 8, 2021
Mid-band frequencies are often described as the Goldilocks range of the spectrum, where 5G signals fly fast and far.
Most media and wireless behemoths — including Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Dish Network and Comcast — are betting on 5G to deliver next-generation phones, apps, entertainment and driverless vehicles.
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Mobile, media industries see optimistic signs for 5G wireless future

Jan 7, 2021
The airwaves on the auction block include frequencies in what's called the mid-band range, allowing 5G signals to travel fast and far.
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Biden plans federal board to surge COVID-19 testing. What might that look like?

Jan 5, 2021
To boost testing, the Biden team has proposed a federal Pandemic Testing Board, modeled after the War Production Board.
President-elect Joe Biden announces key members of his health team in December. Ramping up coronavirus testing will be one of his priorities.
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Oil drilling bids for Alaskan wildlife refuge expected to be meager

Jan 1, 2021
Oil giants are expected to sit out the bidding, which would mean low lease prices and measly royalties for the government.
Native American leaders hold signs against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge outside the U.S. Capitol in 2018.
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Spending, relief bill phases out planet warming refrigerants

Dec 28, 2020
Whenever a polluting product gets phased out, a cleaner one has to be sold by somebody.
The COVID-19 relief package includes legislation to phase out a polluting chemical coolant known as HFC.
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"Amateur" mistakes sink thieves of U.S. technology working for China

Dec 22, 2020
A case study of what not to do in the high-stakes world of economic espionage.
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As ultra-cold Pfizer vaccines ship out, dry ice supplies tighten in Northeast

Dec 21, 2020
The question is whether there’s enough dry ice to store and transport vaccine to neighborhoods and remote places.
A worker pours dry ice into boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as they are prepared to be shipped in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Dec. 13, 2020.
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