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Jan 25, 2021

The presidential promise to “buy American”

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On today's show: Why is so hard to keep that promise? Plus, the difference that extra $300 in federal unemployment benefits made.

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"Buy American" is a common presidential promise. Why is it so hard to do?

Jan 25, 2021
President Biden signed an executive order to ensure that federal dollars purchase U.S.-made products — like the Trump administration and others before it.
President Joe Biden signs an executive order meant to channel the government's buying power into American products.
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Corporations pile on debt to survive pandemic

Jan 25, 2021
But eventually they'll need to make enough money to pay it back. Will changes in consumer behavior be permanent?
The pandemic has left corporations like AMC with no option but to go into debt in order to see another day.
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Extra $300 in federal jobless benefits is making a difference, but is it enough?

Jan 25, 2021
“It's not as good as the $600, obviously, but it's better than nothing."
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Boston Consulting CEO on the ties between business and politics

Jan 25, 2021
Rich Lesser said the business world is ready to find common ground with the Biden administration.
The New York Stock Exchange in New York City. "I think business leaders are all struggling with how prominent to be" at a time of stark political division in the United States, Rich Lesser says.
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The drivers of this economy: Long-haul trucking in the pandemic

Jan 25, 2021
Back in the spring, state transportation departments closed highway rest stops. And that put a strain on drivers.
Kearsey Rothlander, a long-haul truck driver, says there have been ups and downs for drivers as the pandemic changes what freight is in demand .
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Coke, Audi and Budweiser will sit out the Super Bowl

Jan 25, 2021
Between chaos in Washington and coronavirus anxiety, advertisers are worried about tone.
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Music from the episode

Teenage Birdsong Four Tet
Coco Mango (FloFilz Remix) MF DOOM, FloFilz
Colours Hot Chip
Ego Beyoncé
Superposition Young the Giant

The team

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