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1745 - The State of the U.S. Economy in 4 Numbers
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  • 1745 - The State of the U.S. Economy in 4 Numbers

    The typical sales price of an existing family home in the United States in December: 372,700. The number of layoffs in the tech sector since the beginning of the year: 76,000. The number by which consumer spending fell in December: 0.2 percent. The increase in the cost of the same kind of carton of eggs bought by an editor on “The Daily” a year apart: 251 percent. What do these numbers tell us about the state of the country’s economy? Guest: Ben Casselman, an economics and business reporter for The New York Times.

    Wed, 1 Feb 2023 - 23min
  • 1744 - 7 States, 1 River and an Agonizing Choice

    In the United States, 40 million people in seven states depend on water provided by the Colorado River. After 20 years of drought, the situation is dire and the river is at risk of becoming a “deadpool,” a condition in which there is not enough water to pass through the dams. The states were supposed to come up with a deal to cut their usage by Tuesday. Now, the federal government may have to step in and make a difficult decision. Guest: Christopher Flavelle, a climate reporter for The New York Times.

    Tue, 31 Jan 2023 - 23min
  • 1743 - The Death of Tyre Nichols

    This episode contains descriptions of violence and strong language. Tyre Nichols was a 29-year-old Black man who lived in Memphis. His mother described him as living a simple and pleasant life. He worked for FedEx, loved to skateboard, was an amateur photographer and had a 4-year-old son. On the evening of Jan. 7, after a traffic stop, Mr. Nichols was violently beaten by the police, sustaining severe injuries. He died on Jan. 10. For weeks, what exactly had happened was unclear. This weekend, videos of the encounter were released. Guest: Rick Rojas, the Southern bureau chief for The New York Times.

    Mon, 30 Jan 2023 - 30min
  • 1742 - The Sunday Read: ‘Has the Amazon Reached Its “Tipping Point”?’

    In the past half-century, 17 percent of the Amazon — an area larger than Texas — has been converted to croplands or cattle pasture. Less forest means less recycled rain, less vapor to cool the air, less of a canopy to shield against sunlight. Under drier, hotter conditions, even the lushest of Amazonian trees will shed leaves to save water, inhibiting photosynthesis — a feedback loop that is only exacerbated by global warming. According to the Brazilian Earth system scientist Carlos Nobre, if deforestation reaches 20 to 25 percent of the original area, “flying rivers” — rain clouds that recycle the forest’s own moisture five or six times — will weaken enough that a rainforest simply will not be able to survive in most of the Amazon Basin. Instead it will collapse into scrubby savanna, possibly in a matter of decades. Losing the Amazon, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth, would be catastrophic for the tens of thousands of species that make their home there. What scientists are most concerned about, though, is the potential for this regional, ecological tipping point to produce knock-on effects in the global climate.

    Sun, 29 Jan 2023 - 58min
  • 1741 - Arrests, Executions and the Iranian Protesters Who Refuse to Give Up

    This episode contains descriptions of violence and injury. In September, protests began in Iran over the death of a young woman, Mahsa Amini, at the hands of the government. The demonstrations have since intensified, as has the government’s response, with thousands arrested and a terrifying campaign of public executions underway. Today, Iranians who have taken part in the demonstrations tell us — in their own words — why they are willing to brave such severe punishments to help bring about change. Guest: Cora Engelbrecht, an international reporter for The New York Times.

    Fri, 27 Jan 2023 - 34min
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