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Week of April 18
- A group of hedge funds is betting that a lynchpin of the cryptocurrency ecosystem is about to tank; the “Big Short” for crypto. “Tether” is the leading crypto “stablecoin,” a class of crypto asset that is supposed to be pegged to the U.S. dollar and not fluctuate as dramatically as Bitcoin or Ethereum. Stablecoins are the secret lubricant of cryptocurrency trading, allowing traders to easily buy and sell crypto without having to constantly cash out to non-crypto assets— more than 75% of trades on crypto exchanges involve stablecoins. If the hedge funds are right that’s a big problem, not just for crypto but for the mainstream financial system too. The US Treasury has been warning about the systemic risk posed by stablecoins for years, comparing it to the “shadow banking” system that precipitated the 2008 financial crisis. Marketplace’s Matt Levin has this explainer on what stablecoin is, and why you should care.
- Meghan McCarty Carino will host Marketplace Tech April 18-22.
- April 18: In advance of Netflix’s earnings release, Marketplace Tech will look at the platform’s entrée into gaming. Netflix has already bought three boutique video game studios. Games have historically been at the forefront of technological advancements and have seen the rewards of them more immediately, at least in the last few decades. We’ll look at the future of gaming and Netflix.
- April 19: Marketplace Tech looks at the growth of tech hubs outside of the typical Silicon Valley areas, in places like Miami and beyond.
- April 20: Marketplace Tech talks with Nina Jankowicz about her new book How to be a Woman Online: Surviving abuse and harassment and how to fight back.
- Kimberly Atkins Stohr hosts On Point April 18-22.
- April 18: Kimberly Atkins Stohr speaks with journalist Danielle Friedman about the fascinating – but complicated – history of women in fitness. Her new book, Let’s get Physical, explores the intersection of exercise, image, and power.
- April 20: Earlier this month the CDC announced that Title 42 at the US-Mexico border will end on May 23rd. Title 42 is the Trump era policy, implemented at the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which allowed the US to expel migrants without a hearing. Critics have called it inhumane, but there are concerns that the policy is being terminated without a plan in place to deal with large numbers of migrants seeking to cross the border. On Point takes a close look at the impact and legacy of Title 42.
- April 21: Atlanta Journal-Constitution politics reporter Greg Bluestein joins Kimberley Atkins Stohr to talk about the how the Georgia governor’s race is heating up and how this election, and ones to come, will reveal whether Democrat’s success in turning the state people will last. Bluestein is the author of FLIPPED: How Georgia Turned Purple and Broke the Monopoly on Republican Power.
Arts and Culture
April 22 – 1999
- This time we party like it’s 1999. It was the year Santana became a pop star with his Supernatural recording, which was one of the biggest albums of the year and the biggest of his long respected career. Foo Fighters were all over the radio dial. Moby released his Play effort, which would go on to become the best-selling electronic album of all time. Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest fame, issued his solo debut. Speaking of first albums, the English singer Dido emerged bigtime. Wilco were becoming critics darlings. TLC recorded one of the catchiest song of the year which became their 3rd #1 single.
- Beyond the world of music: Former grocery store stocker Kurt Warner was the talk of the NFL, winning the MVP and the Superbowl for the St. Louis Rams. The San Antonio Spurs won the franchise’s first championship, becoming the first former ABA team to win an NBA title. The way we listen to music changed forever as Napster debuted and we first learned what file sharing is. It’s 1999 our Year on Time Machine form the Current.
New episode – April 22: Special Sauces
- This week, we’re looking at some of the world’s “Special Sauces.” René Redzepi of Copenhagen’s Noma joins us to talk about the delicious ancient sauce, garum.
- Diep Tran, the co-author of The Red Boat Fish Sauce Cookbook, brings us ideas for using that liquid gold in everyday recipes.
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Broadcast Window: April 1 – April 30, 2022
Length: One hour
A special hour-long edition of Witness History from the BBC World Service. Remarkable stories of the history of the environmental movement, told by the people who were there. Selected from the BBC’s Witness History program, we hear about the major moments that changed our understanding of the planet we live on. We’ll hear about the discovery of whale song – a book that kickstarted the movement against pesticides – and the story of a child climate activist who spoke with passion and anger, back in 1992.
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