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The latest roadblock for carmakers? The semiconductor chip shortage.
Jul 1, 2021

The latest roadblock for carmakers? The semiconductor chip shortage.

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Also, the spike in propane prices, HBCUs and venture capital, and the state of electric grids across the U.S. as the climate changes.

Segments From this episode

The chip shortage is idling Ford plants – and Ford autoworkers

Jul 1, 2021
The automotive business has its ups and downs, but union contracts protect workers from big pay cuts.
A Ford worker at an F-150 truck plant in Michigan. Cutting F-150 production would put a dent in company revenue and employee paychecks.
Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

"Grow your own jeans": a British plan to reshape the textile industry

Jul 1, 2021
A pilot project in northwestern England aims to manufacture clothing locally, without the lengthy supply chains and pollution.
Justine Aldersey-Williams is one of the organizers of the Homegrown Homespun project. ”We aim to grow our own pair of jeans in Blackburn,” she said.
Mimisse Beard

U.S. electrical grids are not prepared for climate change

Jul 1, 2021
Experts say utilities have been forced to play catch-up when extreme weather hits.
The sun sets behind power lines in Los Angeles.
Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Starting up the gas grill may cost you a bit more this year

Jul 1, 2021
Heating your home too. Propane futures are trading at roughly twice what they were the past two summers and retail prices are up as well.
Elevated propane prices are making cookouts less affordable and might do the same to home heating when the winter comes.
Johannes Simon/Getty Images

Music from the episode

Pa Pa Power Dead Man's Bones
Bassackwards Kurt Vile
Uncle ACE Blood Orange
Flowers The Deli
Turnmills Maribou State

The team

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