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Apr 04, 2020 21 min

#988: The Economics Of Hospital Beds

Bellevue is the oldest public hospital in the nation. It's seen everything, and survived everything. But even they might not have enough beds for the COVID peak. Here's why.
Mar 31, 2020 24 min

#987: The Race To Make Ventilators

At maximum output, Seattle-area-based Ventec can produce about 1,000 ventilators a month. That's not going to be nearly enough. So, they called in help.
Mar 28, 2020 22 min

#986: America Unemployed

There are 3,283,000 new claims for unemployment – but the unemployment system wasn't designed for that kind of record number. Now 3 million people are asking, "What's next?"
Mar 26, 2020 20 min

#985: Where Do We Get $2,000,000,000,000?

The government's economic rescue package will cost so much it's worth writing out the full number: $2,000,000,000,000. Where will that money come from? And what will happen next?
Mar 25, 2020 17 min

#984: Food And Farmworkers

In this episode, to understand how the coronavirus might impact our food, we talk to an economist, a farmer, and, of course, the people who really make farms go — the farmworkers.
Mar 24, 2020 28 min

#983: You Asked About The Virus Economy

We're here with you! And wow do you have questions. From stock market shutdowns to Coronavirus checks, to "What's the deal with toilet paper?" This episode, we try to answer a few.
Mar 20, 2020 13 min

#982: How To Save The Economy Now

The Federal Reserve usually has one main job: Setting interest rates. But in emergencies, another Fed job becomes more important: Trying to prevent a financial crisis.
Mar 19, 2020 21 min

#981: How To Test A Country

To try to understand the coronavirus tests we've all been hearing so much about — we take you inside the pandemic testing system.
Mar 16, 2020 18 min

#980: The Fed Fights The Virus

The Federal Reserve usually has one main job: setting interest rates. But in emergencies, another Fed job becomes more important: trying to prevent a financial crisis.
Mar 14, 2020 25 min

#979: Medicine For The Economy

COVID-19 is hammering our economy. We called up three super smart economists and asked what we should do about it.
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