What Manchin’s derailing of Build Back Better could mean for the economy
Dec 20, 2021

What Manchin’s derailing of Build Back Better could mean for the economy

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Plus: What two years of no student loan payments has meant for borrowers and a look at whether WFH fashion is here to stay.

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How government spending can affect inflation

Dec 20, 2021
What's the link between government funding for aid and new programs and that 6.8% inflation rate?
Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, fears the spending in the Build Back Better bill would be inflationary. But supply chain constraints and labor shortages stir inflation too.
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Apparent death of Build Back Better has climate scientists searching for a solution

Dec 20, 2021
"We don't really have a plan without the Build Back Better Act to stop the warming," a UC Santa Barbara professor says.
The Build Back Better bill includes more than $550 billion in environmental initiatives, like tax credits for companies and consumers that install solar panels.
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The pandemic is still in charge of the economy — and economic forecasts

While economists at Goldman Sachs likely won't be the last to drop their growth forecasts for next year, the forecasting business itself is still full of unknowns. "Marketplace" host Amy Scott spoke with Wendy Edelberg, director of The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, about the atmosphere for economic forecasts.

New lender aims to boost access to credit for Native farmers, ranchers

Dec 20, 2021
Indigenous agricultural producers say they've had it with the federal government's loan programs.
The Native American Agriculture Fund’s financial institution will support the tribe-owned community banks that many Indigenous producers use.
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Payments and interest on federal student loans set to resume after nearly 2 years

Dec 20, 2021
More than 40 million borrowers with federal student loans have had a respite through the pandemic. That ends Jan. 31.
Activists hold festive signs calling on President Joe Biden to cancel student debt. Federal student loan payments and interest are slated to resume Feb. 1.
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Sweatpants have gone professional, and there's no going back

Dec 20, 2021
The comfy remote uniforms are emblematic of the blurring between home and work.
In his experiments, social psychologist Adam Galinsky found that while “traditional work clothing” made some remote workers feel more powerful, “home clothing” made them feel authentic and more engaged in their work.
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Music from the episode

Pineapple Blue Lab Beats, Moses Boyd, Nérija
winterglow Elior, eaup
Afternoon Soul Gramatik

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Daisy Palacios Senior Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Andie Corban Associate Producer
Richard Cunningham Associate Producer