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The government’s labor watchdog is getting a bigger budget
Dec 28, 2022

The government’s labor watchdog is getting a bigger budget

During a time of growing support for unions, the National Labor Relations Board is getting a budget boost. Plus, oil drilling in West Texas leads to major earthquakes.

Segments From this episode

What to expect from the 2023 Farm Bill

Dec 28, 2022
Advocates for everything from nutrition programs to tribal food sovereignty to climate and sustainability initiatives will be keeping an eye on the bill next year.
Above, a sign alerting customers about SNAP food stamps benefits — which are funded through the Farm Bill — is displayed at a Brooklyn grocery store.
Scott Heins/Getty Images

Federal agency that oversees unions will get first funding boost in a decade

Dec 28, 2022
The National Labor Relations Board's resources have been stretched thin at a time when union organizing is surging.
The funding increase for the National Labor Relations Board comes at a time of high-profile labor organizing. Above, Starbucks workers on strike in Brooklyn, New York, in November.
Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

Which products — and people — are left out of the FSA bonanza?

Dec 28, 2022
The end-of-year deadline often means a rush to buy eligible items, like thermometers, pain relievers and feminine hygiene products.
Feminine hygiene products, like tampons, became FSA-eligible in 2020.
Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

In the West Texas oil patch, a boom in drilling has led to a growing number of earthquakes

Dec 28, 2022
After multiple near-record Texas earthquakes, oil and gas regulators say they’re stepping up efforts to reduce quakes triggered by industry activity.
A truck travels through the West Texas oil patch. Earthquakes that have rocked the region have been tied to the area's booming oil industry.
Mitch Borden

Can Mediterranean search and rescue NGOs survive in 2023?

Dec 28, 2022
The job of finding and rescuing people in the Mediterranean Sea has been carried out by charities since EU member states stopped their operations. But with spiralling fuel costs and competition for donations with other humanitarian causes, one NGO is concerned for the future of its funding.

Truckers aren't too enthused about an AI revolution

Dec 28, 2022
Autonomous vehicle tech has advanced quite a bit, but we're nowhere close to replacing truck drivers with AI yet ― and we probably don't want to.
AI technology isn't so much being integrated into trucks as it is invading cabs, says Karen Levy.
Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers

Music from the episode

Origins Tennis
Be Alright The Foreign Exchange
Lau's Lament Eric Lau
Just the Two of Us Gover Washington Jr. feat. Bill Whithers
Open the Gate Zach Bryan

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
Dylan Miettinen Associate Digital Producer