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#988: The Economics Of Hospital Beds

Listen to #988: The Economics Of Hospital BedsBellevue, the oldest public hospital in the nation, has seen everything and survived everything. But even they might not have enough beds. Here's why. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#987: The Race To Make Ventilators

Listen to #987: The Race To Make VentilatorsVentilators are the supply and demand problem of the COVID pandemic. We go inside the scramble to build more, fast. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#986: America Unemployed

Listen to #986: America UnemployedA record number of Americans filed for unemployment this week. The system isn't designed for this. What's next? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

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

Listen to #985: Where Do We Get $2,000,000,000,000?The COVID-19 rescue bill is the largest ever. Where will that money come from? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#984: Food And Farmworkers

Listen to #984: Food And FarmworkersTo find out what's happening with our food, we talk to an economist, a farmer, and, of course, farmworkers. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#983: You Asked About The Virus Economy

Listen to #983: You Asked About The Virus EconomySome answers: The deal with toilet paper; stock market circuit breakers; coronabucks; corporate paper & how to help. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#982: How To Save The Economy Now

Listen to #982: How To Save The Economy NowNeel Kashkari is the President of the Minneapolis Fed. And he's run a bailout of an economy already. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#981: How To Test A Country

Listen to #981: How To Test A CountryMaking a test for a pandemic — which rules should you keep, and which to bend? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#980: The Fed Fights The Virus

Listen to #980: The Fed Fights The VirusThe central bank is trying to prevent a health crisis from becoming a financial crisis. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#979: Medicine For The Economy

Listen to #979: Medicine For The EconomyCOVID-19 is hammering our economy. We ask three super smart economists what we should do about it. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#978: Coronavirus, Oil, and Kansas

Listen to #978: Coronavirus, Oil, and KansasOil prices are way down. We follow the story from an outbreak in China, to a meeting in Vienna, to a small-time oilman in Kansas. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#977: Where's The Vaccine?

Listen to #977: Where's The Vaccine?Coronaviruses didn't come out of nowhere. They've actually been around for years. But economics makes it hard to find a vaccine. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#976: Terms Of Service

Listen to #976: Terms Of ServiceAn online review turns into a fine-print nightmare — until the victims fight back. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#975: Reparations In New Zealand

Listen to #975: Reparations In New ZealandA wool magnate gets pulled into a fight with the government over reparations. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#826: Vodka Proof

Listen to #826: Vodka ProofVodka is the best-selling spirit in the United States, and there are zillions of brands. But is there any difference between them? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#974: Michael Milken

Listen to #974: Michael MilkenMichael Milken once made $550 million in one year. Then, he went to prison. This week, the President pardoned him. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#973: Indicate This

Listen to #973: Indicate ThisFrom our daily podcast The Indicator: How Amazon Prime packages reach you so damn fast? And why Lancaster, PA became the refugee capital of America?

#972: The CryptoQueen

Listen to #972: The CryptoQueenA mysterious woman promises a financial revolution. That promise leads to greed, corruption and... a beauty pageant. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#971: Our Valentines 2020

Listen to #971: Our Valentines 2020We're sending valentines to books, ideas, and other stuff we love. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#970: Raw Milk Deal

Listen to #970: Raw Milk DealA farmer in California built an empire dealing raw milk. And then the Feds showed up. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.