Jan 21, 2021

“It only took a couple centuries, the first female secretary of the treasury”

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On today's show: Indie rapper Dessa shares "Who's Yellen Now?" — a track about the economic icon. Plus, how a new president can undo his predecessor's policies.

Segments From this episode

Big jump in unemployment benefit claims from gig workers

Jan 21, 2021
More people are relying on gig work, which puts a lot of risk on the workers themselves.
An Uber driver participates in a car rally calling for basic employment rights in August 2020 in Los Angeles.
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How the Biden administration can undo some Trump policies

Jan 21, 2021
Sometimes all it takes is a signature. Other cases require allies in Congress or the courts.
President Joe Biden signs executive orders on Thursday, January 21, 2021.
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Biden: Yellen needs a “Hamilton” musical. Dessa: Here you go.

Jan 21, 2021
We asked indie rapper and "Hamilton Mixtape" contributor Dessa to write a song about the first woman poised to be treasury secretary. Listen here.
"She’s 5-foot nothing, but hand to God, she can pop a collar, she can rock a power bob."
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United, weighed down by losses, aims to nimbly navigate COVID storm

Jan 21, 2021
The airline expects first-quarter operating revenue to shrink as much as 70% from the same period two years ago.
A closed United Airlines kiosk at San Francisco International in July. The carrier and its industry have been piling up losses.
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China's vaccine diplomacy begins critical test in Brazil

Jan 21, 2021
China has been aggressively promoting its COVID-19 vaccines around the world — to provide a public good, boost its pharmaceutical industry and gain geopolitical allies.
A container of vaccines developed by China's Sinovac is unloaded near Sao Paulo. The treatment was recently approved by health authorities in Brazil, though some people are skeptical of the Chinese product.
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Music from the episode

Lady Tune-Yards, Angelique Kidjo, ?uestlove, Akua Naru
Time Will Tell Arms and Sleepers
Beat Goes On Pete Rock
Before I Fall Bob Moses
Goodbye, Goodbye Tegan and Sara

The team

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