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Oct 28, 2020

When is it OK to sell an art museum’s paintings?

What about during a pandemic? Plus, as of Wednesday morning, the stock market is down 5% for the week. And, advertisers run into trouble with Facebook's temporary ban on political ads.

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Quarterly results from companies have been OK. So what's driving this week's stock market downturn?

Susan Schmidt, head of U.S. equities with Aviva Investors, says it's three big things: "increase in the number of virus infections, no stimulus before the election and then, importantly, that upcoming election, where we don't have a clear outcome." It's not just who wins or who loses the election. It's, do we know, in a timely fashion, who wins or loses? "Markets hate uncertainty," Schmidt said.

Should a museum auction its art to raise funds?

Oct 28, 2020
It's an existential question, says art critic Blake Gopnik. Once a work of art is in a museum, it's supposed to be more or less unsellable.
The Baltimore Museum of Art's plan to sell off pieces in its collection — including a silk screen of Andy Warhol's "The Last Supper," pictured above — was met with backlash from patrons and donors.
Lex Van Lieshout/AFP/GettyImages

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Pink + White Frank Ocean

The team

Nicole Childers Executive Producer
Victoria Craig Producer, BBC
Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Jay Siebold Engineer
Brian Allison Engineer
Alex Schroeder Digital producer
Meredith Garretson Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer/Director