Your week at a glance: January 31-February 4

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Week of January 31

Marketplace (PM)

  • Kai speaks to Daron Acemoglu, political economist & MIT Institute professor, about the current state of capitalism, and how inequality affects our political stability.
  • The monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not include data on American Indians and Alaska Natives. Marketplace’s Savannah Maher explains how, as a result, these groups are often left out of discussions on economic well-being in the United States.

Marketplace Tech

  • Kimberly Adams continues to serve as the interim host of Marketplace Tech.
  • February 2: Kimberly Adams speaks with Yaya Fanusie, of the Center for a New American Security, on the Federal Reserve’s recent White Paper on a digital, central bank currency, how it would work down the road and how long it would take to set up a digital dollar system.
  • February 4: Kimberly Adams and Marketplace reporter Meghan McCarty-Carino discuss the state of unionization efforts across the tech sector as workers from Amazon’s Bessemer warehouse in Alabama begin the re-do of their union election.

On Point

  • January 31: On Point goes inside Operation North Star, a volunteer organization of US military veterans coming together to help the Afghans who helped them come to the US, months after the US withdrew from Afghanistan.
  • February 1: As the Omicron variant surged across the US, many cities and communities began requiring proof of vaccination to enter public places like restaurants or theaters. Meanwhile, Israel’s health ministry is recommending scrapping its ‘Green Pass’ proof of vaccination, saying it has not stopped the spread of Omicron. We take a close look at the latest science behind so-called vaccine passports.
  • February 4: Several of the team members at On Point are addicted to Wordle. The quirky word game has taken the internet by storm, with more than 2.7 million people playing it every day. We look at what’s behind its seemingly unlikely success.

Arts and Culture

Time Machine from The Current

February 4 – 1967

  • In recognition of February as Black History Month, Time Machine explores the year 1967 – an excellent year for black artists. The Chambers Brothers released a song for the times, The Jimi Hendrix Experience dropped their debut album and in Detroit, Motown was becoming, “the sound of young America,” with big hits from The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and Diana Ross. James Brown brought us to a cold sweat, and big things were cooking at a little studio in Muscle Shoals, AL where Aretha Franklin recorded much of the music on her best album yet and Etta James struck gold. There was great soul duos like Sam & Dave, Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, and Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, and we first hear the angelic voice of Aaron Neville, who hit #2 on the charts.
  • Outside the world of music, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice, Charley Pride became the first African American solo singer to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, starring Sidney Poitier, was one of the biggest films of the year.

The Splendid Table

NEW episode – February 4

  • This week, we’re getting inspiration for the winter kitchen!
  • Francis will be taking your cooking questions with Hetty McKinnon author of To Asia With Love, and chef Amanda Cohen of the vegetable-focused restaurant, Dirt Candy in New York City.

Timely Selections

Digital / Marketing tool from the BBC World Service

All BBC affiliated stations have access to rights-cleared videos produced by the BBC. Use these shareable videos to bolster your social platforms. Set up your account to access the BBC Media Partner Centre and follow the link below to explore the library of videos!


Questions? Reach out to your Station Relations Representative.

Witness: Black History Month

Broadcast Window: February 1, 2022 – February 28, 2022

Length: One hour

A special hour-long edition of Witness History from the BBC World Service, bringing together some incredible interviews looking at African-American experiences. Told by people who were there, we hear stories that are fascinating, harrowing, and inspiring.

Questions? Please contact your Station Representative.