The Economy, What Now?

Saturday, August 1, 8 & 15 at 10:00 p.m.
  • Hosted by Molly Wood, David Brancaccio, Kai Ryssdal

The convergence of a spiraling pandemic, unprecedented economic free fall and a national reckoning about racial injustice pushes us to examine what happens next. Is this the inflection point where we’ll see change in the direction of our country? Marketplace presents a series of three hour-long specials exploring The Economy, What Now?

Episode 1 - Marketplace Tech: Technology: The Pivot PointAugust 1, 2020 10 p.m. During this recession, technology has been keeping society and the economy afloat, from the platforms distributing food and masks to the physical wiring that lets us all stay connected. Biotech companies are working to transform the way we fight and cure diseases like COVID-19. And educators are struggling to find ways to make digital learning as effective as in-person classes. Marketplace Tech’s Molly Wood shares how current innovations might help us transition to our post-pandemic future, and how the crisis has underscored the inequity in internet access. Episode 2 - Marketplace Morning Report: Reimagining the EconomyAugust 8, 2020 10 p.m. We are in the midst of a pandemic that has led to one of the worst economic crises in our history. Once the public health emergency becomes manageable, this country still faces one of the biggest public issue of our lifetimes: will we go back to business, inequity and the systemic racism we had, or will we draw a blueprint for the economy we want? In this one-hour special, Marketplace Morning Report’s David Brancaccio explores what a new reimagined economy might look like and what it will take for us to get there. Episode 3 - Marketplace: The Economy, ResetAugust 15, 2020 10 p.m. The pandemic and the financial crisis have highlighted a fundamental truth: our economy has never worked for everyone. Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal will talk with experts about what it will take to begin to end the systemic racism that has defined our society and our economy for the last 400 years. Through host interviews, relevant historic examples, and personal stories, the program will offer solutions-based ideas for a fully integrated and inclusive economy.