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Dec 16, 2020

A look at the state of retail, as holiday shopping wraps up

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On today's show: how the pandemic is affecting retailers and consumers alike. Plus, what the SolarWinds hack could mean for the U.S. economy.

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What Fed Chair Powell had to say today

The Federal Open Market Committee today concluded its last meeting for 2020. "Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal breaks down some key takeaways from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s press conference.

How we shop for the holidays is different this year

Dec 16, 2020
People are shopping online more, buying gifts for fewer people — and in some cases, changing up what they usually give.
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For small retailers, COVID-19 is changing business, but to what extent?

Dec 16, 2020
It might depend on what is sold and where it's sold. We check in with three business owners to see how things look in the middle of the holiday shopping season.
Shoppers carry bags from Macy's department store in New York on Black Friday, Nov. 27.
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What the SolarWinds hack could mean for the U.S. economy

Dec 16, 2020
“I think it's going to take months, maybe a year to figure out where they went,” says New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury, pictured here, was one of several government agencies hacked in a Russian espionage attack.
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"We're definitely counting on a comeback"

Dec 16, 2020
That's what the president of Mississippi-based Golding Barge Line says he's hoping for in the new year.
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Losing a job hasn't translated to losing health care — so far

Dec 16, 2020
Most people who've lost jobs during the pandemic didn't get health insurance at work.
Doctors test hospital staff at a triage center in New York early in the pandemic.
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Number of Americans moving homes hits lowest level in 73 years

Dec 16, 2020
Migration patterns could change in a work-from-home world brought on by the pandemic.
A pedestrian walks by a building advertising an apartment for rent on Sept. 1, 2020, in San Francisco, California.
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The team

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