Apr 22, 2020

Americans aren’t very good at saving money

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Plus: how businesses are preparing to reopen, state funding in a crisis and Netflix is (surprise!) doing very well right now.

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Coronavirus pushes up demand for financial literacy, but money to pay for it is tight

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Netflix raises more debt. Is it sustainable?

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Netflix’s jump in viewership, driven by the lockdown, may be temporary.
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Music from the episode

Adventure Monster Rally
Sin Rumbo Panoptica Orchestra
Pieces Yppah
Chameleon Emancipator, 9 Theory
Black Sands Bonobo

The team

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