Jun 18, 2020

Immigration is a labor force story

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Plus: The financial health of HBCUs and Howard University professor William Spriggs on his open letter to economists about racism in their field.

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"For too long, economists have dodged the issue of racism and discrimination"

Jun 18, 2020
In an “open letter to economists,” Howard University professor and Chief Economist for the AFL-CIO William Spriggs asked his fellow economists to consider how the profession views race.
As protests over racial inequality continue around the country, many economists are reconsidering their profession's approach to race.
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Supreme Court rules in favor of DACA, for now

Jun 18, 2020
But the Supreme Court’s decision today was narrow. The Trump administration or Congress could renew efforts to end the program.
DACA activists celebrate in front of the Supreme Court after the court rejected President Donald Trump's effort to rescind the program.
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Historically Black colleges get a $120 million gift. They need it.

Jun 18, 2020
The co-founder of Netflix and his wife hope their donations will help “reverse generations of inequality.”
A Morehouse College graduation ceremony. The HBCU is one of the recipients of a $120 million donation from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.
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Some businesses now have an easier way to apply for PPP loan forgiveness

Jun 18, 2020
The SBA and the Treasury Department released a streamlined forgiveness application for PPP loans this week.
A restaurant owner waits for customers in Key West, Florida.
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What's behind the national debt?

Jun 17, 2020
We look into how the government borrows money and what it means in the long run.
Then-Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in 2016. The national debt has since passed $26 trillion.
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An updated Community Reinvestment Act faces criticism

Jun 18, 2020
Activists are concerned that a new rule could weaken banks' partnerships with their communities.
Activists say that big banks will be able to comply with the CRA by funding projects like roads and bridges.
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U.S. walks out on global digital tax negotiations

Jun 18, 2020
The move escalates a trade dispute over how much tech companies can be taxed outside their home countries.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sent a letter to to several finance ministers in Europe asking for a pause in negotiations about a digital tax.
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Music from the episode

Sundress Butcher Brown
Beat Goes On Pete Rock
Space is the Place Ezra Collective
No Room Madison McFerrin
Nightrider Tom Misch, Yussef Dayes, Freddie Gibbs
U Mean I'm Not Black Sheep

The team

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