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Week of July 4
- Marketplace’s Matt Levin looks at how advertisers used or obscured inflation in the 1970’s. Back then it seems like inflation was a staple of ad campaigns: “Everything else is more expensive, but we’re staying cheap!”
- A bunch of cities in the US – New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis – are testing temporary funding programs for artists. These aren’t grants for making work. They’re stipends. A sort of universal basic income for musicians, painters and performers. Why are these programs popping up now? Marketplace’s Kristin Schwab reports.
- Kimberly Adams continues to serve as the interim host of Marketplace Tech.
- Marketplace Tech continues its series on credit scores and the algorithms behind them.
- July 4 (encore): A rebroadcast of the Marketplace Tech episode looking at the future of in vitro fertilization in a post-Roe era, with a conversation with a OB-GYN physician and IVF specialist. Dr. Eve Feinberg speaks about how technology has made IVF safer and more affordable, and what barriers the field could face in a world where abortion is no longer legal across the U.S.
- July 5: Three-digit credit scores are the system we have, but they’re relatively new. In this reported feature, we’ll explore how a confluence of factors – a spike in credit demand after WWII, the increasing computerization of the credit risk profile, the public blowback to computerization of people’s credit records, action from Congress and, the consolidation of credit reporting agencies into the “Big Three” we know today – set a stage for the release of FICO’s eventual three digit credit score released in 1989 and it becoming the standard for credit risk assessment in the 90’s.
- July 6: People who migrate to the U.S. oftentimes do not have a credit history that follows them from their native country when they get here. Some who come into the U.S. might not even have the proper documentation to start their own credit line. This categorizes them as credit invisible, or under credited – when no credit is reported to the bureaus. Having no credit history affects people – they can’t get credit card offers, and sometimes aren’t able to get a mortgage or health insurance. In this episode, we take a closer look at a fintech company in San Francisco’s Mission District – a neighborhood predominantly populated by undocumented people from Latin America – that helps undocumented credit invisibles create their own credit history.
- July 7: The credit scoring system is what we have, and likely will have in the foreseeable future. Since so much of our financial lives are shaped by these scores, people have come up with all sorts of ways to get to the number they want or need. In this episode, we hear from people about their stories and strategies for managing their scores.
- July 8: Credit scores are what we have — but what are the alternatives to using them? Some experts discuss why we haven’t abandoned them entirely, and how alternative data may play a role. We zoom in on one woman’s story of using alternative credit to eventually qualify for a mortgage.
July 4 (encore with updated language): The United States is seeing a revival in union membership. In the last eight months, the National Labor Relations Board has recorded a 60 percent increase in workers filing for petitions that allow for union elections to take place. The circumstances that have prompted these unionization efforts have some similarities with the period that brought the largest gain in union membership in U.S. history, during the 1930s. Michael Barbaro speaks with Noam Scheiber about what that era can tell us about today, and whether current efforts are just a blip.
- July 4 (encore): On Point revisits our conversation with historian Jon Grinspan. He traveled across the US, talking to the people he met and heard similar observations time and time again; that these times are not normal, and something is broken in our democracy. He told us how you would have heard similar refrains in the late 1800s and how Americans fought for their democracy then.
- July 5: The Supreme Court has upended 40 years of deference to agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency. They’ve ruled that the EPA can’t aggressively regulate carbon emissions. On Point looks into how the ruling could curb the reach of almost every regulatory agency in the country.
- July 6: Delta airlines offered anyone traveling the July 4th weekend the opportunity to rebook without any penalty in the that hope travelers will consider changing their plans. No-one is expecting this travel weekend to be any better than previous ones that have seen the cancelation of hundreds of flights. On Point looks into what’s behind these most unfriendly skies.
Arts and Culture
July 8 – 1995
- The Time Machine survey’s 1995 this time. It was a big year for debut albums with releases from Alanis Morissette, Foo Fighters, D’Angelo and Garbage. Brit-pop had a banner year with albums from Oasis, Supergrass and Blur. The alt-country movement was thriving with debuts from both Wilco and Son Volt. No Doubt were selling CD’s like hotcakes. 2Pac dropped his comeback single after being released from prison. He was shot dead in Las Vegas less than a year later.
- Beyond the world of music: Cal Ripken Jr. breaks Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games played record, one that might never be broken. The Houston Rockets featuring Clyde Drexler & Hakeem Olijuwan swept Orlando for the NBA title. It was the Dallas Cowboys over the Pittsburgh Steelers to win Super Bowl #30. The Trial of the Century begins. ER was the top show on TV. Batman Forever starring Val Kilmer was the top film. It’s all 1995, our year on Time Machine from the Current.
Repeat episode – July 8
- We’re bringing you the regional foods of the Greek Isles this week with Greek food authority Diane Kochilas, award-winning scholar, and author of the classic, The Glorious Foods of Greece.
- Then we dive into the fascinating and underappreciated world of Greek wine with Tara Q. Thomas, Editor-in-Chief of Wine & Spirits and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wine Basics.
- Please note, Francis and friends will be taking your culinary questions! Record your question or comment on your phone using your voice memo app and send it to us at email@example.com or leave us a voice message at 800-537-5252. Be creative! Record with your friends!
Shareable video of the week
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- Description: We have all encountered stress in our daily lives. It may come from work, relationship, financial concerns and family. We are apparently more stressed than ever now. Why is that the case? How can we prevent stress from making us sick?
- Suggested social copy: How can we deal with stress?
- Duration: 2 minutes 18 seconds
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APM Presents special of the week
Broadcast Window: August 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022
Length: One hour
From the Spanish influenza of 1918, to the SARs epidemic of the early 2000s – accounts from people who have suffered from viral diseases and those who have worked to find a cure. We’ll hear first-person accounts of major moments in the battle against infectious disease, as told by the people who were there.
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