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Feb 3, 2021

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On today's show: Jeff Bezos will become Amazon's executive chairman. But what does that mean, exactly? Plus, the U.S. isn't as innovative as it used to be, according to a Bloomberg ranking.

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What is budget reconciliation, and how might Democrats use it to pass COVID relief?

Feb 3, 2021
The process allows senators to avert a filibuster and bring a bill to a vote with a regular majority, but only in specific cases.
Democratic senators might use the reconciliation process to stop a potential Republican filibuster on President Biden's relief bill.
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U.S. falls out of top 10 in measure of innovation

Feb 3, 2021
When Bloomberg launched the rankings, America was first. Now South Korea leads the pack.
An engineering student works on a robot. Engineering is one of the fields in which the U.S. lags, according to the Bloomberg Innovation Index.
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What will Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos do as executive chair?

Feb 3, 2021
He'll be a strategic adviser to the new CEO. And with millions of shares of company stock, he'll have a lot of say in his role.
Jeff Bezos will most likely maintain plenty of power at Amazon. Above, Bezos, left, addresses moderator Charlie Rose and the Economic Club of New York in 2016.
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Why Valentine’s Day shipping delays are this CEO’s “biggest fear”

Feb 3, 2021
“There’s just a lot of it that’s out of our control completely,” says Christina Stembel of Farmgirl Flowers.
Valentine's Day shipping delays have the potential to cost Farmgirl Flowers $12 million in a worst-case scenario, CEO Christina Stembel says. Above, a Farmgirl Flowers bouquet.
Courtesy of Farmgirl Flowers

Puerto Rican businesses hang on in an economy shaped by disaster

Feb 3, 2021
Entrepreneurs have endured natural disasters and political crises — and now COVID-19. “You have to be super, super tough," a business owner says.
A medical worker stands at the entrance of a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in March.
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Music from the episode

So Good Pete Rock, The Soul Brothers
Good to Me Freddie Joachim
Waterfalls Tree Theater
Chief Rocka Lords Of The Underground

The team

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