The Fed’s evolving data diet 
Mar 20, 2024

The Fed’s evolving data diet 

As the economy shifts, the central bank shifts its data preferences for making interest rate decisions. Plus, the e-waste gold mine.

Segments From this episode

The Fed loves a data buffet. What's on the menu these days?

Mar 20, 2024
Beyond government reports on inflation and jobs, it examines bank and payment processor data along with factory output, credit and rents.
Fed Chair Jerome Powell leaves a news conference. "I like to refer to the Federal Reserve as the Hoover vacuum of data," says former Fed economist Claudia Sahm.
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CHIPS Act to give Intel $8.5 billion in direct funding, plus loans

Mar 20, 2024
Biden's legislation aims to boost U.S. semiconductor manufacturing, reducing reliance on foreign chipmakers.
President Biden speaks Wednesday at an Intel facility in Chandler, Arizona. The funding will enable Intel to build new plants in four states and expand operations in others.
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Think of your electronic waste as a mine of resources

Mar 20, 2024
E-waste is filled with old parts and precious metals that could be worth a lot to the right people.
About half of states have take-back laws that require device makers to accept old versions for recycling.
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Alaska has "gobs and gobs" of natural gas, but still may need to import it

Mar 20, 2024
It’s one thing to have plenty of gas available in the ground. But in a state as big as Alaska, it’s another thing to get the gas to where people can use it.
Enstar Natural Gas President John Sims explains how pipes and machinery pump natural gas into underground reservoirs at this Kenai, Alaska, facility, where it's stored for later.
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Protecting yourself from COVID-19 these days is hard. And it comes at a cost.

Mar 20, 2024
Governments and businesses need to invest in ways to prevent transmission, experts say, instead of leaving people on their own.
"We cannot rely on masking forever. We cannot ask people, even immunocompromised people, to mask for the next 100 years," says Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, a clinical epidemiologist.  Above, people with long COVID symptoms sit in on a Senate hearing about the condition.
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In the middle of Bourbon Country, this tea shop owner carved out a space for the sober community

Mar 20, 2024
Arielle Clark, owner of Sis Got Tea, started her business doing online sales. Now, she has a storefront in Louisville, Kentucky.
Arielle Clark, owner of Sis Got Tea in Louisville, Kentucky, says running her business has required sacrifice at times, but she "wouldn't change anything for the world."
Courtesy Clark

Music from the episode

"Esperar Pra Ver" Poolside, Fatnotronic
"Pin It Down" Madison Cunningham
"Ace of Aces" The Fearless Flyers
"Taylor McFerrin" Degrees of Light
"Chamakay" Blood Orange

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
Sofia Terenzio Assistant Producer
Jordan Mangi Assistant Digital Producer