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Will New Mexico chile crop weather labor shortage and climate change?
In the early ’90s, New Mexico had 34,000 acres devoted to the production of chiles, the pepper seen on menus across the state. But that number has dwindled, with some 8,000 acres set aside for chile production in recent years, according to the New Mexico Chile Association. The decline in chile production — largely the result of climate change and a labor shortage — may be a threat to businesses and the culture of the region. Also on today’s show: Housing advocates vie for their slice of the reconciliation pie; examining just how ethical ESG investments are; and a festival sign writer crafts a pandemic side hustle.
How the FCC can better serve Indigenous communities with faster internet
There’s a program called “E-Rate” that subsidizes broadband data connections for schools and libraries. But libraries on tribal lands were excluded. Also, we’ll get yet another wave of signs about where the economy is headed (and where it’s most recently been) from profit and revenue reports for companies like Apple, Ford and General Electric — as well as the latest calculation of U.S. economic growth for Q3. And, AMC movie theaters are rolling out open captioning for those with hearing loss.
Discussing a new tax for the richest billionaires
Democrats in Congress are looking for new ways to fund a spending plan for increasing social benefits and fighting climate change. In the face of opposition to raising the corporate tax rate, Democrats are pivoting to a plan that would require billionaires to pay taxes on the increased value of assets such as stocks on an annual basis, regardless of whether they sell those assets. Also today: We look at the argument for why businesses should be interested in a four-day workweek for their employees.
U.N. warns millions in Afghanistan could face starvation this winter
From the BBC World Service: Estimates from the U.N. World Food Program say more than half of the Afghan population will face acute food insecurity unless urgent action is taken. Plus, profits at HSBC, one of Europe’s biggest banks, rocket as worries fade about bad loans driven by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, how celebrity culture in China can present a problem for big brands.
NASA’s data is headed for the cloud
A lot of NASA’s work has to do with what happens here on Earth, especially as we work to track and respond to the climate crisis. And at NASA’s earth sciences division, much of of the data collected by future missions will be stored in the cloud, hosted by Amazon. That’s partly because the agency needs more, well, space. Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams speaks with Kevin Murphy, the chief science data officer for NASA.
The Alec Baldwin on-set shooting is a labor story
We’ve been gripped today by the tragic accident on the set of the Western movie “Rust.” Star Alec Baldwin’s prop gun discharged while shooting Thursday, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding Joel Souza, the film’s director. The investigation is ongoing, but the reporting that’s come out of the New Mexico set so far indicates this is a much more complicated story about labor unions and workplace safety. We’ll talk about it today, plus Facebook’s rebranding and the merits of closed captioning. And, of course, we’ll play our favorite game, Half Full/Half Empty.
Here’s everything we talked about today:
“Haugen claims backed by new Facebook whistleblower filing with SEC” from The Washington Post
“Donald Trump Does a SPAC Deal” from Bloomberg
“Trump SPAC skyrockets as much as 1,657% since deal was announced” from CNN, plus this thread
“Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ camera crew walked off the set in protest before the fatal shooting” from the Los Angeles Times
“Alec Baldwin Was Told Gun in Fatal Shooting on Set Was Safe, Officials Say” from The New York Times
And our Half Full/Half Empty topics: bitcoin ETF, the Earthshot prize, PayPal acquiring Pinterest, Facebook’s new name and AMC adding closed captioning
Read the transcript here.