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Feb 22, 2021

How making federal jobless benefits automatic would work

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On today's show: Some policymakers want to make benefits an "automatic stabilizer." Plus, how your fitness tracker could detect COVID-19 before a test.

Segments From this episode

What if jobless benefit boosts didn't need congressional approval?

Feb 22, 2021
Throughout the pandemic, federal unemployment benefits have had expiration dates. Some economists think there's a better way.
President Joe Biden discussing his administration's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief legislation.
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London’s East End struggles inside the “COVID Triangle"

Feb 22, 2021
The East End's suffering in the pandemic is analogous to its experience during World War II's Blitz, stirring solidarity.
Communities in the East End have come together with a solidarity comparable to the Blitz spirit of World War II.
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Music from the episode

Lush Four Tet
Motherboard Daft Punk
Jetty Tycho
Not Dead Yet Lord Huron

The team

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