Oct 15, 2020

Could you handle a surprise $250 expense right now?

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Today, we're going to dive into more of our polling data. Plus, changes to Medicare and the problem with "optimism bias."

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Nearly half of Americans would have trouble paying an unexpected $250 expense

Oct 15, 2020
The latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll shows the precarity of Americans' finances during the pandemic.
It's the 30th week in a row that more than 800,000 Americans have filed new applications for unemployment benefits.
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Mothers overwhelmingly supervise remote learning, poll finds

Oct 15, 2020
It's the latest example of how the pandemic is exacerbating inequality.
A mom asks questions at the end of her 5-year-old daughter's online kindergarten class in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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How losing a job can make the pandemic worse

Oct 15, 2020
For most Americans, losing work means losing health insurance. And the uninsured are 75% less likely to see a doctor if they need to, one expert says.
A doctor prepares to take blood from a patient for a COVID-19 antibody test in Miami Lakes, Florida.
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For seniors on Medicare, there are new offerings that may be appealing during COVID-19

Oct 15, 2020
Some supplemental plans offer benefits that are related to health care, like access to meal delivery services or transportation to medical appointments.
EMS medics treat a senior with COVID-19 symptoms in Houston, Texas.
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Here's why some are too optimistic about the pandemic

Oct 15, 2020
Behavioral economics helps explains why we're prone to letting our guard down.
Optimism bias can cause some to flout safety guidelines, like mask wearing and social distancing.
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How much do you trust government data? It depends on your politics

Oct 15, 2020
According to the latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, Biden supporters are less likely than Trump supporters to believe economic data from the federal government.
Thuli Katerere-Virima is one of 7% of Biden supporters who still have full confidence in government economic data.
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Coronavirus is driving people to one family farm

Oct 15, 2020
"I guess, thanks in large part to COVID, we had a lot of people looking for outdoor picking and being outside at farms," says Red Apple Farm owner Al Rose.
Al Rose says in New England, people associate fall with going apple-picking.
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Music from the episode

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The team

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