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Nothing like a blocked Suez Canal to show the global supply chain’s fragility

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Cargo ships seen in the Suez Canal in 2019.

Cargo ships seen in the Suez Canal in 2019. Khaled Desouki/AFP via Getty Images

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The Suez Canal block could hit 'downstream' manufacturers the hardest

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry Mar 24, 2021
A container ship blocking the Suez Canal since Tuesday evening underscores the fragility of the global supply chain.

Durable goods orders sidetracked by February storms and pandemic shortages

by Sabri Ben-Achour Mar 24, 2021
Despite disruptions caused by bad weather and limited semiconductor supplies, durable goods shipments are up 2% year-over-year.

Why economic data has revisions

"Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal looks into why economic reports — such as weekly unemployment claims and GDP — often contain big revisions from previous releases.

    Why businesses are pushing Congress to expand paid family and medical leave

    by Samantha Fields Mar 24, 2021
    Federal funds would help businesses who already offer paid leave — and be an incentive for those who don't.

    Who will win the delivery app war?

    by Kristin Schwab Mar 24, 2021
    As more people start eating in restaurants again, delivery companies are competing for consumer loyalty and looking beyond food.
    COVID & Unemployment

    As state unemployment trust funds empty, employers face soaring taxes

    by Mitchell Hartman Mar 24, 2021
    States are scrambling to raise money — and changing their unemployment systems in other ways.

    Tweets are selling for millions as NFTs. We decided to see what all the buzz is about.

    by Kai Ryssdal and Andie Corban Mar 24, 2021
    Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal and Andrew CM from Valuables by Cent experiment with turning a tweet into a non-fungible token.

    Music from the episode

    Chosen Blood Orange
    Closer Project Pablo, Patrick Holland
    Overtime Nipsey Hussle
    Favorite Song Sinkane
    Dans Le Noir Dark Rooms

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