Dec 23, 2020
Where does the economy go from here?
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Congress finally got it together and passed a COVID-19 relief package this week. But let’s do some numbers. Consumer spending fell nearly half a percent last month — the first decrease since April. Personal income also fell by a little over 1% — the third decline in four months. And with more Paycheck Protection Program money on the way, small business owners haven’t forgotten that the first rollout wasn’t exactly smooth. On today’s show: Even with more COVID relief, the economy, businesses and people are still gonna be hurting. So what happens next? Plus, confusion in vaccine distribution to nursing home residents, and why it can be a challenge for LGBTQ veterans to get their benefits.
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The Weeds
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All organizing is local
Author, researcher, and University of Pittsburgh professor of history Lara Putnam sits down with Matt to talk about the structure of local progressive political organization. They talk about the recent history of these movements in the wake of the 2016 election, the effect of these groups on downballot races in Pennsylvania and nationally, and look to the future of these groups in the Biden era. Resources: "Democrats are surging in special elections, and that's not what we've been used to in recent years" by Daniel Donner, Daily Kos (Sept. 27, 2017) "The Other Infrastructure Program: Progressive Organizing" by Lara Putnam, The American Prospect (Feb. 22, 2021) "Let's Organize—and Not Scapegoat Leaders" by Michael Podhorzer, The American Prospect (Feb. 17, 2021) "Organizing Power: Theda Skocpol and Caroline Tervo" Guest: Lara Putnam (@lara_putnam), UCIS Research Professor, University of Pittsburgh Host: Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Credits: Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer As the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production. Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: About Vox Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Follow Us: Facebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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