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Jan 13, 2021

How those $600 checks are being spent

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On today's show: We check in with how a few people are using the COVID-19 relief money. Plus, how baby bonds could help close the racial wealth gap.

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How are people spending their $600 checks?

Jan 13, 2021
The federal relief payments are going for things like tattoos and electricity bills, paying down debt and helping others.
A woman pays for a to-go order at a New York restaurant. Some people are splurging a bit and others are putting the relief payment into necessities.
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How baby bonds could help close the racial wealth gap

Jan 13, 2021
A proposed $1,000 savings account for every baby born in the U.S. could improve future outcomes for an entire generation of families.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, above, and Sen. Cory Booker are pushing for baby bonds to help close the racial wealth gap.
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Netflix promises a new movie every week. Can it afford that?

Jan 13, 2021
Some industry insiders are wondering whether it’s an overly ambitious strategy for the streaming giant.
Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

"Looking after children during the pandemic is uplifting"

Jan 13, 2021
Roopam Carroll runs a day care center in Nottingham, England. She explains how caregivers enable other kinds of work.
Roopam Carroll runs a day care center in Nottingham, England.
Courtesy of Roopam Carroll

How some British businesses view Brexit now that it's done

Jan 13, 2021
So how does Brexit look today, in the cold light of 2021? Marketplace checked back with three U.K. business owners
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is welcomed by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the EU headquarters in Brussels on Dec. 9, 2020.
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The (almost) secret workshops below Capitol Hill

Jan 9, 2019
The arrival of a new Congress sets off a flurry of activity on — and under — Capitol Hill.
To restore century-old "Turkish" chairs like this one, Mike Dean will use the original plans and actual horsehair for the stuffing.
Kimberly Adams/Marketplace

Music from the episode

Last Fare Little People
Forest Funk The Polish Ambassador, Ryan Herr, Tropo, Jesse James Hendricks
Candy Walls TR/ST
Counting Stars Nujabes

The team

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