Six Hundred Atlantic tells the stories of the people of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and their work to shape the historic region they serve. The podcast explores the trends, challenges, and insights uncovered by the Boston Fed’s economists, researchers, and analysts, and it reports on how the Bank is working to strengthen the New England and national economies and make sure economic opportunity is open to all.
Inside a child-care void: What about parents working “nontraditional” hours?
The nation’s child-care sector is in crisis because affordable, high-quality care is so hard to find. But this care is even more scarce for those who don’t work 9-to-5. In a bonus episode, we hear from four moms and get insight from Boston Fed expert Sarah Savage.
A conversation about racism, narratives, and backlash
There’s agreement on the need to close racial disparities, but it’s fair to ask if solutions are even possible in today’s polarized environment. So we did. Georgetown’s Harry Holzer and Brown’s Glenn Loury discuss racism, narratives, and backlash.
Crime thrives, disparities grow where there is “concentrated disadvantage”
Researchers say even in high-crime areas, it’s usually just a few streets segments causing the problems. And they say that focusing on lowering crime in these areas of “concentrated disadvantage” can have a major impact on closing racial disparities.
Racially sorted: Segregated by choice?
The country’s sharp geographic segregation is fueling racial disparities, and our racist past has helped create divides. But researchers say a voluntary phenomenon called “racial sorting” may be playing an underappreciated role.
What is “a sharecropper’s education?” And when will it finally be gone?
Disparities in academic achievement across racial groups exist at all levels, and they aren’t closing. No one really knows how to narrow the gaps, which defy easy diagnosis. But experts say that even if there aren’t “silver bullets,” there is hope.
Complex, controversial, relentless: The nation’s damaging racial wealth gaps
Racial disparities in wealth are jarringly sharp. Asians and whites are the nation’s highest-wealth groups, and they are trailed significantly by Hispanics and Blacks. Closing wealth gaps is a priority, but the gaps are both complex and controversial.
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I enjoy this podcast. Among other things, it combines historical, sociological, and financial analysis in explaining disparities between rural and urban settings in America. Expert evaluation and contribution adds depth, yet is relatable.
Above all, it raises awareness regarding the possible trajectories for the country should these trends continue.
It piqued my interest in the subject—looking forward to more.
Interesting subject matter. Very well done!
Six Hundred Atlantic: A House Divided
Great stuff for the layperson as well as expert