The government could shut down again next week and some workers still don’t have back pay
Feb 8, 2019

The government could shut down again next week and some workers still don’t have back pay

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The government reopened two weeks ago, which means, yes, we're just one week from another potential shutdown. The thing is, it takes time to get an organization that large started again. Case in point: Thousands of workers still don't have back pay. We'll start with that, and the biggest economic headlines of the week. Plus: How streaming music is changing life for artists in Mexico.

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2 weeks after the shutdown ended, many federal employees still wait for pay

Feb 8, 2019
The partial government shutdown ended two weeks ago, but thousands of workers still haven’t received their back pay. Restarting an organization as immense as the federal government after an extended shutdown takes time and can be fraught with unexpected delays. Federal payroll processing has been delayed by email backlogs, software glitches and an overwhelming number […]
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Does the Northern Ireland border stand in the way of Brexit?

Feb 8, 2019
Ireland and the EU say the border needs to remain open or paramilitary violence will resume. Brexiteers say that's nonsense.
Activists attend a demonstration by the anit-Brexit campaign group Border Communities Against Brexit in Newry, Northern Ireland, on Jan. 26.
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VW invests in more charging stations to tackle "range anxiety"

Feb 8, 2019
A Volkswagen subsidiary is pouring half a billion dollars into more charging stations for electric vehicles as sales grow. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. Stories You Might Like And the markets are back up again 02/01/2018: Unintended consequences 01/22/2018: This is just the way it works now. 08/25/2017: Five weeks […]
Charging plugs sit connected to a Volkswagen e-Golf electric automobile to an electric charging station outside the Volkswagen AG (VW) factory on May 8, 2018 in Dresden, Germany.
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The government reopened two weeks ago, which means, yes, we’re just one week from another potential shutdown. The thing is, it takes time to get an organization that large started again. Case in point: Thousands of workers still don’t have back pay. We’ll start with that, and the biggest economic headlines of the week. Plus: How streaming music is changing life for artists in Mexico.

Music from the episode

Shadow Chromatics
Plastic People Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention
Airfield Javelin
My Only Swerving El Ten Eleven
Superposition Young the Giant
Freedom Pharrell Williams

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Associate Producer