Nov 12, 2020

A “taste of normalcy” for some Baltimore students

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On today's show: Some students in Baltimore are back in the classroom but still learning online. And a look at what a "skinny" COVID-19 relief package would, or wouldn't, do for people who need it.

Segments From this episode

Consumer prices didn't rise in October. That may not be good news.

Nov 12, 2020
Low inflation is a sign that the recovery may be losing steam.
Customers shop at an Arizona mall in June. Flat prices across the economy might be a sign of weakness.
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As bank account yields fall, deposits are on the rise

Nov 12, 2020
People have been seeking safety for their money during the pandemic. With fewer things to spend it on, the cash piles up.
People wait to use an ATM outside a Chase branch in New York City. Interest on savings has dropped since last year.
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Will a "skinny" coronavirus relief package help those who need it most?

Nov 12, 2020
Kai Ryssdal talks with Gbenga Ajilore of the Center for American Progress, who argues that pandemic economic relief should be more inclusive.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meets with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in July.
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Few people are tapping 401(k)s, even without withdrawal penalties

Nov 12, 2020
The CARES Act made it easier to get money out of retirement savings early. But that only helps people with enough cushion to have a 401(k).
At Vanguard, 4.5% of people had taken a coronavirus-related distribution as of the end of September.
Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

How consumers are spending

We hear from several consumers about their spending habits and the price changes they’ve noticed as COVID-19 continues.

Baltimore students get a "taste of normalcy" at center for remote learning

Nov 12, 2020
Amid the pandemic, about 1,000 of the most vulnerable students have been attending a form of in-person school.
Christian Muñoz Aguilar sits at his workstation. The 11-year-old helped supervise his four siblings while trying to do his own schoolwork.
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Music from the episode

Yin And Yang Uyama Hiroto
Low Season Poolside
Feather Little Dragon
Red Bull & Hennessy Jenny Lewis

The team

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