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Dec 30, 2020

Relief checks are starting to arrive

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On today's show: Relief payments via debit card have advantages and drawbacks. Plus, Congress finally bans surprise medical bills.

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Millions will get their relief payment via debit card. That's good ... and bad

Dec 30, 2020
Cards are usually cheaper than checks. Unless there's a dispute.
President Donald Trump holds one of the prepaid debit cards being issued by the IRS, during a Cabinet meeting in May.
Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

No more surprise medical bills. What will that mean for insurance premiums?

Dec 30, 2020
One thing that’s not clear is how this might affect your insurance premiums.
Health workers in New York City carry a patient to an ambulance in April.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

2020, the year of the pandemic, and pandemic hobbies

Dec 30, 2020
To fill unexpected free time or to cope with stress, people have picked up hobbies: sculpting action figures and DJing socially distanced parties are just a few.
After getting furloughed from his job, Miles McAlpin has been creating custom action figures.
Courtesy of Miles McAlpin

Book sales are up, but is that helping independent sellers?

Dec 30, 2020
Book sales are up almost 8% this year. Mega online stores benefited the most, but some small players are pivoting in hopes of getting ahead.
James Fugate, co-owner of Eso Won Books in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, speaks with a customer on Nov. 24.
Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

As COVID-19 vaccines roll out, researchers still seek diverse pool for clinical trials

Dec 30, 2020
Latinx and Black participants are underrepresented in typical clinical vaccine trials.
A sign calling for trial volunteers at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, in August.
Leila Macor/AFP via Getty Images

Music from the episode

Headlines (feat. Westside Gunn, Conway & Benny) DJ Premier, Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, Benny The Butcher
Waterfalls Tree Theater
Be Alright The Foreign Exchange
Good to Me Freddie Joachim
Dancin - Krono Remix Aaron Smith, Luvli, Krono

The team

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