Jul 31, 2020

What it means to plant your flag in a coronavirus vaccine

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Plus: What's going on with the economy (and whether Americans' savings accounts are ready for it), how loss leaders work and the state of labor organizing in a pandemic.

Segments From this episode

The Weekly Wrap: The worst economic week on record?

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks with Heather Long at The Washington Post about the most recent Federal Reserve meeting, the expiration of federal unemployment benefits and what might very well be the worst economic week on record.

As the COVID-19 lockdown took hold, savings rates spiked

Jul 31, 2020
Government relief has boosted some incomes, and shutdowns have made it harder to spend.
A shuttered movie theater in Los Angeles. As people are unable to spend money on outings like movies and restaurants, the savings rate has climbed.
Mario Tama/Getty Images

Why retailers price some items below cost

Jul 31, 2020
Lots of industries rely on loss leaders to get you in the door while quietly raising prices on other products.
An employee restocks the milk shelves at a Miami supermarket in April. Milk is often what economists call a loss leader.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Why are people suddenly clicking on a 9-year-old article?

Jul 31, 2020
We asked Brian Ronaghan, Marketplace's director of product, to tell us about his search into why an old interview about the Book of Revelation was spiking online.
An open Bible in 1955.
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

U.S. and EU vaccine deals raise fears of 'vaccine nationalism'

Jul 31, 2020
What does it mean for the rest of the world if countries have dibs on vaccine doses?
President Donald Trump tours a North Carolina lab making components for a potential vaccine. The U.S. has struck deals with drug companies for access to coronavirus vaccines in development.
Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Recessions are bad for labor movements ... except when they're not

Jul 31, 2020
What the history of union movements can teach us about worker power during the pandemic.
Women strikers on a New York City picket line during the Uprising of the 20,000, a garment workers strike of 1909 and 1910.
Bain News Service

Music from the episode

black coffee Elijah Who
Moonshape Blackbird Blackbird
Tej The So Ons

The team

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

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