What Next

Will the Coronavirus Tank the Economy?

A combination of volatile oil markets and the coronavirus could spell trouble.


Episode Notes

On Monday morning, the Dow saw its biggest one day drop since 2008. This time, the cause was a combination of a volatile oil market and heightened fears of a pandemic. The usual economic tools may not be enough to reassure markets.

Guest: Jordan Weissmann, Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.*

Correction, March 11, 2020: This show page originally misspelled Jordan Weissmann’s last name.

Podcast Production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, Mara Silvers and Danielle Hewitt


About the Show

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.