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Health care can’t quit fax machines — here’s why
We have a good, old-fashioned “I’ve Always Wondered” kinda listener question today: Why is the doctor’s office seemingly the only place in American life you need to fax documents to? We’ll talk about why health records are so slow to digitize and the impact it can have on care. Plus more of your questions about gerrymandering and the Federal Reserve.
Here’s everything we talked about today:
“How Partisan Gerrymandering Limits Voting Rights” from the Center for American Progress
“Why States Should Wait for Census Data to Draw Voting Districts” from the Brennan Center
“Why in the World Do Doctor’s Offices Still Use Fax Machines?” from Slate
“Why your doctor still relies on fax machines” from Marketplace
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Airports are about to get an $8B boost. Where’s that money going?
The FAA’s $8 billion in grants is designed to help airports recover from the lingering effects of the pandemic. Will it? Also, we talk about heading back to the theaters as summer movie season gets underway, prognostications about GDP growth and how even house flippers are being priced out of the market.
It takes more than a “Help Wanted” sign to get people back to the labor force
Half of states have now decided to opt out of the extra $300 a week in federal unemployment benefits. Governors say they’re trying to help businesses that don’t pay enough to compete with government benefits to fill 9 million openings. But it’s not just an open job that people need to get back to work. Also, May saw a record year-over-year price increase for existing homes. But we need to be careful when comparing this year’s data to that of 2020. And, frustrated would-be homebuyers look for a light at the end of the tunnel in this hot housing market.
Teamsters union turns its attention to Amazon
The Teamsters union is set to vote Thursday on a plan to help Amazon workers unionize. Also, it’s sometimes called “thermostat hijacking” or “thermostat sharing”: Customers check the temperature only to see it set to warmer than they had programmed. Turns out this is something they’ve consented to, and it has to do with managing the power grid during a heat wave. And, keeping an eye out for corporate “rainbow washing” during Pride Month.
Britain’s travel industry is fed up with COVID restrictions
From the BBC World Service: Pilots, cabin crew and other aviation workers are demanding government action to save the summer vacation season and protect jobs. British Health Minister Matt Hancock says political leaders are working on plans to further relax pandemic rules, including those involving international travel. Plus, Hong Kong’s leading pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily will publish its last ever edition Thursday. And, the financial strain of COVID starts to hit foreign aid spending.
Rising prices make it harder to estimate what a house is really worth
The median sale price of an existing home rose to a record $350,300 last month, according to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors. Sales of existing homes fell in May for the fourth straight month as competition for the few homes available continued to push up prices. Last week, Zillow announced an update to its tool for estimating home values, saying the changes allow its algorithm to “react more quickly to market trends.” Marketplace’s Amy Scott spoke to Norm Miller, a professor of real estate finance at the University of San Diego and a consultant to companies that create automated valuation models for banks and the government.
Keep Molly, loose Kia!!!
Kia is what’s wrong with news. Uncomfortable tackling difficult uncomfortable subjects. Molly loves to take them head on … and with humor too
Love the podcast content and hosts, thank you. A couple of hosts have annoying voices ugh only reason had to cut one star
I refer to the people that view the world as if from space as ‘space aliens’ in that their concerns are devorced from the real world (eg dogecoin, et al).
I love to hear what the elite think, so insight is worthwhile.