Archive for the ‘Politics & economics’ Category

America Unemployed   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/27/822944544/episode-986-america-unemployed

Within the past week, over 3 million people have filed for unemployment, a record number in the United States. Unemployment insurance was intended to help people, while also providing motivation to seek work. Seeking work, however, is close to impossible when you cannot leave your home.

Original Air Date: March 28, 2020

Length: 22 minutes 58 seconds

Discussion Prompt: What are the incentives inherent in the unemployment insurance policy? Do you believe the pandemic will change who qualifies for unemployment/how accessible unemployment benefits in either the short- or the long-run? 

Covid-19 Drives Unemployment Claims Up   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-morning-report/unemployment-claims-covid-19-automaker-factories-evictions/

Unemployment benefit registrations have increased dramatically in the past days. The U.S. government is trying to ensure that the current health crisis does not cause a long-term economic crisis. The government is also putting a hold on evictions and foreclosures in certain instances as well in order to prevent an increase in homelessness.

Original Air Date: March 19, 2020

Length: 7 minutes 21 seconds

Discussion Prompt: What are the economic ideas behind the strategies being implemented so far? What other ways could the government support those who lose their jobs during this health crisis? How can the government fund activities such as putting holds on evictions? What are the costs and benefits to be considered here?

Could a Wealth Tax Work?   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2019/07/24/744962126/episode-929-could-a-wealth-tax-work

2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren wants to impose a wealth tax on the ultra wealthy, which would generate billions of dollars of revenue. This tax would include any assets, securities, trusts, bank deposits and more. How will the United States make this tax work when it has failed so many times in European countries?

Original Air Date: July 24, 2019

Length: 22 minutes 36 seconds

Stimulus Response   Leave a comment

Stimulus ResponseLink: https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2018/02/14/585844313/stimulus-response

Summary: What would a liberal economist say about the state of America’s economy today? THE INDICATOR discusses how the country’s economy may need some form of stimulus to boost further economic growth.  However, would the benefits of the short run stimulus for the economy that we say we need, outweigh the cost of the long-term tax cuts?

Original Air Date: February 14, 2018

Length: 6 minutes 30 seconds

Weed GDP   Leave a comment

Weed GDPLink: https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2018/01/30/581923542/weed-gdp

Summary: Ever wonder what goods and services contributes significantly to a country’s economy? GDP is the basic measure that does just that and, in this podcast, the director general of Statistics Canada goes on a journey to determine the figures that represent marijuana’s contribution to Canada’s GDP to see the economic effects of marijuana legalization within the country.

Original Air Date: January 30, 2018

Length: 6 minutes 4 seconds

Obama, Trump, And Trade   Leave a comment

Obama, Trump, And TradeLink: https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2018/02/07/584032956/obama-trump-and-trade

Summary: THE INDICATOR discusses the Trump administration trade policy thus far regarding the tariffs on solar panels and washing machines that were implemented during Obama’s administration. How much of an impact do tariffs actually make on a country’s economy, if they do at all?

Original Air Date: February 7, 2018

Length: 5 minutes 18 seconds

 

Cost of military transgender care in the spotlight   Leave a comment

39-year-old transgender veteran Ashley Register stands outside her Dover, Delaware home.  Link: https://www.marketplace.org/2017/10/10/health-care/cost-military-transgender-care-in-spotlight

Summary: In light of the cost of transgender health care, President Trump has advised the Department of Defense to eliminate transition-related care for veterans and active duty transgender troops due to potential high costs that the U.S. can face. Though, in this podcast, one argues that the actual expenses will come from firing perfectly competent transgender troops and training future armed forces. Morality, gender issues, and politics are factors that clash together in this podcast.

Original Air Date: October 10, 2017

Length: 2 minutes 35 seconds