The race to control inflation is a marathon, not a sprint
Dec 12, 2022

The race to control inflation is a marathon, not a sprint

Though inflation seems to be cooling, it may take years to reach the Fed's 2% target. Plus, wildfires strain government budgets and hurricanes challenge scientific predictions.

Segments From this episode

Inflation's "last mile" is the trickiest

Dec 12, 2022
Fighting inflation starts like a sprint, but it's a marathon. And the last few miles are hardest.
Online prices and freight rates are down, pointing toward cooling inflation. But getting the rate back down to 2% will require a cooler labor market, says economist Sarah House.
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How Congress' latest bid to help Americans save for retirement falls short

Dec 12, 2022
Economists say bills like the Secure Act 2.0 mostly benefit those who already have some retirement savings.
One in four Americans aren't saving for retirement, many of them because they can't afford to.
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For many Chinese workers, the country's zero-COVID policy has tested family bonds

Dec 12, 2022
Most workers who leave small towns for higher pay in big cities can't bring their families with them. For nearly three years, travel restrictions have kept them apart.
A masked factory worker works on a machine line.
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Storm (prediction) chasers

The climate crisis, along with a boom in coastal development, means hurricanes can cause more death and destruction. Marketplace’s Amy Scott reports on the folks who are trying to predict such disasters.

Urgent care industry grows as need, business opportunity meet

Dec 12, 2022
The pandemic shone a light on urgent care's role in the health system. Private equity has taken notice.
A CityMD urgent care clinic in New York City. The chain is among several in the industry that are expanding aided by investment from private equity.
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Wildfires are more frequent, getting worse — and straining government budgets

Dec 12, 2022
Federal spending by the two main agencies that manage wildfires has doubled in the last decade, Pew found. States are spending more too.
A fire burns east of Eugene, Oregon, in September 2020. Pew researcher Colin Foard pointed out that the state of Washington's average annual spending on wildfires more than tripled during the 2010s.
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Music from the episode

Pink + White Frank Ocean
Perfect Circle Nujabes
All the Stars Kendrick Lamar feat SZA
Comic Sans Cory Wong feat Tom Misch
Nightrider Tom Misch + Yussef Dayes feat Freddie Gibbs

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