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An economic double-take
Aug 29, 2022

An economic double-take

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As weird as the economy is right now, the dollar and job market remain strong. Plus, OB-GYNs in Tennessee weigh their legal risks amid the state's abortion ban.

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Why the U.S. dollar is so strong right now

Aug 29, 2022
The dollar index hit a 20-year high in European trading, the result of the Fed's rate hikes and the relative strength of the U.S. economy.
The dollar is essentially at par with the euro — lower than it’s been since the European common currency was launched.
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How long can the job market stay this hot?

Some laid-off workers are surprised at how fast they were able to find new positions, says Sarah Chaney Cambon of The Wall Street Journal.
"The job market is still this bright spot really and it's overall outperforming kind of the rest of the economy," said Sarah Chaney Cambon, an economics reporter for The Wall Street Journal.
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Proposed Manhattan congestion fee could make return to office even harder

Aug 29, 2022
Manhattan could soon charge drivers a toll to enter midtown, the financial district and other active areas.
Dense traffic in midtown Manhattan. New York City’s proposed congestion plan could include tolls as high as $23 during peak hours.
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Obstetricians weigh their legal risks under Tennessee's new abortion ban

Aug 29, 2022
The new laws punish those who perform abortions, now criminalized as a felony that comes with a fine.
Dr. Kimberly Looney previously served as chief medical officer for Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi. She’s now moved into private practice and expects she will receive more scrutiny because of her experience providing abortions.
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Why is modern interior design so gray?

Aug 29, 2022
Amid the rise of HGTV after the real estate meltdown of 2008, investors have remodeled a vast swath of properties to look alike.
The drive to make money from housing, rather than live in it, has entrenched a handful of design tropes that include gray floors and mosaic tiles, observes Amanda Mull of The Atlantic.
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Music from the episode

Black Coffee Elijah
Ndinewe Hope Masike
Esperar Pra Ver Poolside & Fatnotronic
Fishin' Takenobu
Cosmic Sans Cory Wong
Tennis Origins

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Daisy Palacios Senior Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Andie Corban Associate Producer
Richard Cunningham Associate Producer