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A Big Sign of a Slowing Economy

The Fed will cut interest rates for the first time in a decade.


Episode Notes

The Fed will cut interest rates Wednesday for the first time since the Great Recession. Why are they cutting the rate now, and what does that mean for the underlying strength of the economy?

Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks.

Guest: Jordan Weissmann, senior economic correspondent at Slate


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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.