Once again, a shutdown looms
Nov 13, 2023

Once again, a shutdown looms

We'll talk about what'll happen if Congress doesn't reach a deal by midnight Friday. Plus, worker protection during the clean energy transition.

Segments From this episode

How are health insurance costs reflected in inflation calculations?

Nov 13, 2023
To make the CPI’s health care component more accurate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics changed how it uses health insurance data.
Rather than tracking health insurance premiums, the BLS tracks how much health insurance companies retain of the premiums they receive after paying for services.
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What a government shutdown could look like: "Things start breaking"

Nov 13, 2023
With Congress approaching another funding deadline, we consider some of the practical effects if lawmakers don't avoid a government shutdown.
TSA agents are among the federal government employees who will stop getting paid as soon as a government shutdown starts.
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Pandemic stimulus spending boosted the economy. What happens now that it's over?

Nov 13, 2023
The government's fiscal policy is fairly neutral now for a reason: More stimulus spending could hurt the Fed's fight against inflation.
You can think of the Federal Reserve's current fiscal policy as pretty neutral, says Michael Pugliese, senior economist with Wells Fargo.
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UAW win highlights concerns over risks for workers in clean energy transition  

Nov 13, 2023
The UAW fought for protection if factories shut down. But workers in other carbon-intensive industries could find themselves displaced.
With an eye toward the eventual electrification of vehicle production, the United Auto Workers worked with GM to bring battery manufacturing under its contract. 
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For recent grad, living alone "really worked out"

Tyre White, a recent grad from the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff and a multimedia producer and reporter in East Texas, describes his experience living on his own.

Music from the episode

Heartbeats The Knife
Still Think Chrome Sparks
Wide Eyes Local Natives
Brukstep Mark de Clive-Lowe
Worst Comes to Worst Dilated Peoples
Edge of Town Middle Kids

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Producer II
Andie Corban Producer I
Sarah Leeson Producer I
Sean McHenry Director & Associate Producer II
Richard Cunningham Associate Producer I
Jordan Mangi Assistant Digital Producer