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Are the Democrats Making Child Care Even Worse?

Biden’s infrastructure bill promises more funding for a broken industry. But money isn’t all that’s needed.


Episode Notes

Child care has long been a “textbook example of a broken market,” as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said this fall. How have government efforts so thoroughly failed to fix this industry? And does Biden’s infrastructure bill threaten to hamper child care businesses even more?

Guest: Claire Suddath, writer for Bloomberg Businessweek.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz and Carmel Delshad.


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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.