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Consumers, jobs and interest rates — oh my!
Apr 29, 2024

Consumers, jobs and interest rates — oh my!

We're sorting through the slew of economic data slated to be released this week and what it could mean for the Federal Reserve.

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Unpacking a slew of economic data

We’re gonna get some important insights this week on how the U.S. economy is doing, including consumer confidence, the unemployment rate is and how many jobs are out there. And smack in the middle of it all, the Federal Reserve is going to discuss what to do with interest rates. We’ll chat with Julia Coronado, founder of MacroPolicy Perspectives and a professor at UT Austin, to help us sort through it.

Royalties from the sounds of nature

Recording artists have incorporated the sounds of nature into their songs for decades. Think of the chirping wildlife in The Beatles’ “Blackbird” or the outdoor acoustics of Neil Young’s “Natural Beauty.” Now, artists who sample nature will be able to automatically split their profits with environmental causes through a United Nations-backed project. The BBC’s Mark Savage has more.

The team

Leanna Byrne Host, BBC
Kelly Silvera Executive Producer
Meredith Garretson Morbey Senior Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer
Alex Schroeder Producer
Ariana Rosas Producer
Dylan Miettinen Digital Producer
Jesson Duller Media Producer
Nic Perez Director/Producer
James Graham Producer, BBC
Jo Critcher Producer, BBC
Naomi Rainey Producer, BBC
Lis Mahy Producer, BBC