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Can Janet Yellen Save the Economy?

The progressivism of Biden’s choice for treasury secretary.


Episode Notes

Janet Yellen’s is a name most Americans will recognize, even if they’re not quite sure why. She’s the former chair of the Federal Reserve and the former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, and now, she’s been nominated to serve as Joe Biden’s treasury secretary.

If confirmed, Yellen will assume her new role during one of the greatest economic crises in a century. How would she guide Biden through the storm?

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

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Davis Land, with help from Frannie Kelley.

Correction, Dec. 1, 2020: This show page originally misspelled Jordan Weissmann’s last name.


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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.