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  • The $24 trillion market for U.S. Treasurys — i.e., federal government debt — is the deepest and most liquid bond market in the world. It’s a linchpin of the global financial system and impacts consumer credit too. It also happens to be what’s at risk in the unfolding debt limit debacle. Plus, cities anticipate big Memorial Day crowds and the mermaiding industry preps for a wave of business.
  • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says that a government debt default could happen “potentially as early as June 1.” Kinda wishy-washy, huh? Today, we’ll examine why the variability in government spending and revenue makes it hard to calculate an exact default date. We’ll also look at what goes into credit ratings and how the writers strike is impacting an Atlanta-based costume coordinator.
  • On today’s show, we’re joined by Raphael Bostic, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, to discuss tightening credit conditions, the necessity of raising the debt limit, and why “we’re right at the beginning of the hard part” in the fight to tame inflation. Plus, AI is reshaping the computer chip industry and millions stand to lose Medicaid coverage.
  • Remote work has its benefits — no commute, no awkward elevator chitchat, no frigid office temperatures. But that also means no socializing at the office, and many young people who entered the workforce during COVID-19 are missing out on building the personal and professional relationships at work. Also on the program: a trip to an LA cheese shop and the disconnect between how consumers feel about their personal economies and the larger economy.
  • Federal officials are running out of time to reach a deal on the debt ceiling. But at the heart of that debate, there’s a fundamental truth about money itself. In this special episode, we’ll hear from a businessperson, a political scientist and a legal theorist about what’s at stake in the fight over the debt ceiling and what it reveals about the nature of money.
  • It’s been a busy month in the corporate bond market. And while you may think companies would hold off on borrowing right now given how much interest rates have risen, big mergers and the looming debt ceiling deadline could be among the reasons. Plus, an examination of the welfare-to-temp-work pipeline and a move by ESPN that could shake up cable.
  • 2023 is on track to be the biggest year for Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in over a decade. Some churn is always normal, but what’s behind this year’s bankruptcy boom? Also on the show, we look at how a debt default would play out in Texas, how social media ads get us to click “buy,” and how climate change is hitting one pistachio farm.
  • Housing starts have ticked up recently. New homes have also been gobbling up an increasing share of the overall market, as current homeowners opt to stick with their low mortgage rates. Today, we examine the demand for new homes. We’ll also explore the expansion of retailer discounts, a new measurement of the U.K.’s debt and a roommate-matching site for aging boomers.
  • April retail sales numbers are making an already confusing economy even more confusing. Folks are putting off purchasing big-ticket items, yet are still splurging on services. The economy hasn’t returned to normal, but maybe “normal” is different now. We’ll also look at whether Congress can regulate artificial intelligence and who gets a leg up from welfare reform and work requirements, courtesy of Marketplace’s podcast “The Uncertain Hour.”
  • So far this fiscal year, the IRS has brought in about $2.7 trillion in tax revenue — $250 billion less than anticipated. That shortfall is part of what makes this week’s debt limit talks so urgent. Today, we sort through the tax receipts. Plus, why clawing back unspent COVID funds will hardly dent the deficit and why the banking bust may fuel the rise of “shadow banks.”
  • When the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. stepped in to make depositors whole after recent bank failures, the agency’s insurance fund took a $15.8 billion hit. So who’s on the hook to replenish it? If the FDIC has its way, it’ll be the nation’s largest banks. Also on the program: smaller tax refunds, an alternative solution to bank runs and a potential boon to private prisons.
  • As the pandemic-era border policy Title 42 draws to a close today, an increasing number of migrants have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border. Whatever their reasons for leaving their home countries, immigrants are drawn in part to the United States because of the strong economy. Also on the program: what producer prices can tell us about where consumer prices are headed, and what to make of rising jobless claims.