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We’re talking about Bruno…
Welcome back from the weekend, folks! It’s What’d We Miss Monday, where we discuss some of the stories we missed over the last few days. Today, we discussed Encanto taking over the charts (and our hearts!), Olympians going to great lengths to avoid COVID and an update on the Webb Space Telescope! Plus, updates from abroad and a sweet Make Me Smile!
Here’s everything we talked about on the show today:
“Olympians Face a Daunting Final Qualifying Event: Staying Healthy” from The New York Times
“Miranda Talks About Bruno, And the ‘Encanto’ Phenomenon” from Bloomberg
“A Glut of Cauliflower Is Coming to Britain” from Bloomberg
“China sends 39 warplanes toward Taiwan, largest in new year” from the Military Times
Tom Malinowski on Twitter
“Orbital Insertion Burn a Success, Webb Arrives at L2” from NASA
What’s making you smile this week? Let us know. Send a voice memo or give us a call at 508-82-SMART (508-827-6278).
How long-haul COVID is shaping the workforce
Close to one-third of people who contract COVID-19 suffer long-term symptoms. Amid a massive labor shortage, we take a closer look at how long-haulers are impacting labor force participation and may do so for a long time to come. Also on today’s episode: Omicron sidelines manufacturing workers, an internet access subsidy program has a marketing problem and a chat with Nobel laureate Amartya Sen about his memoir.
Geopolitics, fiscal uncertainty rattling the markets
A parade of risks is clouding the economic outlook at the start of the week. They range from speculation about what the Fed could do after its policy meeting Wednesday to the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Julia Coronado joins us to talk through it all. The White House is holding its second meeting of the Competition Council. A flight school named after one of the legendary Tuskegee airmen aims to give more people of color a chance to earn their wings.
Why are lumber prices skyrocketing? The answers are in Canada.
One of the major obstacles to home construction has been the availability and cost of raw materials. This is especially true for lumber, which has risen greatly in price. The source for that spike can be traced to a variety of problems in Canada. The U.S. and China have engaged in a duel of flight cancellations. Today’s markets are mostly continuing a selloff as there’s plenty of uncertainty to go around.
Could Italy’s presidential election cause economic turbulence?
From the BBC World Service: Italy begins today to decide who its new president will be, but there are fears that what is usually a largely ceremonial process could cause economic turbulence. Also, a warning of a global shortage of people entering nursing, and English workers head back to the office.
A “vehicle for antitrust change” picks up steam
The latest effort to reign in Big Tech cleared a procedural step in the Senate last week, moving one step closer to a floor vote. The American Innovation and Choice Online Act would prevent big tech firms from giving preference to their own products and services. According to some lawmakers, that unfairly stifles competition. Though the bill has bipartisan support, bipartisan concern over the details means it’s getting hit with requests for changes on questions like privacy and who exactly it applies to. Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams speaks with Will Rinehart, a senior research fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity, about the bill’s significance.