Tearing down houses in the flood zone
Apr 29, 2021

Tearing down houses in the flood zone

Recent flooding in Nashville has renewed the federal government's practice of buying and tearing down houses that are at risk. Plus, the Federal Reserve once again leaves interest rates near zero. Also, an update on how the global chip shortage is affecting carmakers and tech companies. And, the Justice Department reverses a Trump-era policy on cutting money to "sanctuary cities."

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Fed once again leaves interest rates unchanged

Chair Jerome Powell says the Fed is committed to its goals of 2% inflation and full employment.
Fed Chair Jerome Powell says the higher inflation we’re seeing now in some parts of the economy is temporary, and unemployment is still too high.
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Federal money withheld from "sanctuary cities" back in play

Apr 29, 2021
For some jurisdictions, the grant money is the biggest source of federal law enforcement funding.
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Nashville flooding renews federal push to tear down homes

Apr 29, 2021
Those in areas prone to flooding are weighing whether it's better to stay in a home, or take a government buyout.
Baylie McDaniel is a public school teacher in Nashville who is starting the long process of rebuilding after floodwaters inundated her home in late March. She says she'd prefer the city to focus on controlling Seven Mile Creek rather than buying homes to tear them down.
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Music from the episode

3OWLS Marvin Romero

The team

Victoria Craig Host, BBC
Stephen Ryan Senior Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Jay Siebold Technical Director
Brian Allison Engineer
Meredith Garretson Morbey Senior Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer
Rose Conlon Producer
Alex Schroeder Producer