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About Damn Time?: Strong US Dollar, Microchip Manufacturing, Shark Sightings
- First: We've got the major headlines from this week: President Biden tests positive for Covid-19, heat waves scorch western Europe and 100M in the US, a marriage equality vote in the House, and an election security vote in the Senate.
- Next: The Euro and US Dollar are just about equal for the first time in along time, but it isn’t JUST about cheap aperol spritzes (well, maybe to some people). We’ll break down how we got here – and how you can take advantage of a strong dollar – all in 60 seconds.
- ICYMI: Monkeypox cases are on the rise, and vaccine appointments are still scarce. We talk to an expert about why cases are spreading, why the government has been so slow to act, and what to expect as new infections continue.
- Also: Tiny microchips are the talk of the town in Washington DC. We’ll explain why microchips are getting the A-list treatment on Capitol Hill, and what this means for the future of American tech innovation.
- Finally: Baby there’s a shark in the water. Or like, 100 of them. With all the recent shark attacks and sightings in the Northeast, we sat down with a shark expert to learn why it seems like there’s more than usual and what we can do to stay safe at the beach.
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On this episode, you’ll hear from:
- Keletso Makofane, PhD, FXB Health & Human Rights Fellow, Harvard University
- Will Knight, Senior Writer, Wired
- Candace Fields, PhD Student in Predator, Ecology ,and Conservation lab, Florida International University
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