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How the war in Ukraine is fueling sky-high gas prices
Mar 7, 2022

How the war in Ukraine is fueling sky-high gas prices

The potential for a ban on Russian oil imports is prompting a surge in crude oil prices.

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How rising oil prices make gasoline more expensive

Mar 7, 2022
Gas prices are based on oil prices, and traders are getting nervous about a potential ban on imported Russian oil.
Gasoline prices have surged along with the price of crude oil. The war in Ukraine has raised the possibility of a ban on imports from Russia, which could squeeze the global supply.
Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Why do we import Russian (and other foreign) oil when we have a lot of it in the U.S.?

Mar 7, 2022
The way U.S. oil refineries are set up has a lot to do with it.
A pump jack operates in New Mexico. Though the U.S. has oil-producing regions, it would take a hefty investment to retrofit refineries to process light sweet crude.
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Ukrainian students in the U.S. face emotional, financial hardships

Mar 7, 2022
As the end of the school year nears, those students who cant or don't feel safe returning home will have to find housing and a way to pay for it.
For Ukrainian students in the United States, the emotional and financial toll of Russia's invasion hits hard.
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What it means to cut off Russia's economy with sanctions

Mar 7, 2022
Closing off an economy as large and complicated as Russia's has far-reaching implications.
If Russia's oil and gas revenues in dollars and euros were shut down, it could lead to the country’s near-total isolation, something called “autarky.”
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Ukrainians in the U.S. struggle to send money home as war rages

Mar 7, 2022
In a typical year, they send more than $500 million to family and friends. Now, it's not easy.
The Russian invasion has complicated the process of sending remittances to Ukraine through money transfer companies like Western Union.
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After 2 years in the pandemic economy, businesses still face uncertainty

Mar 7, 2022
But it's not necessarily the pandemic that's driving it. Three businesses on three continents share what they're seeing.
Small businesses have been through a lot of stress and uncertainty in the last two years, and the war in Ukraine is creating new challenges.
Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images

Music from the episode

Go Gina SZA
Carefully Little People
Notion Tash Sultana
Lush Four Tet
Inside Out Spoon
Pyramid Blue Richard Houghten
Hold On, We're Going Home Drake, Majid Jordan

The team

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