Wearing Face Masks To Prevent Coronavirus; Finneas Wins 5 Grammys
Since the coronavirus outbreak started in China, people in disposable face masks have become a defining image of the outbreak. We talk with an infectious disease expert about whether face masks make a difference. Also, Finneas O'Connell has produced all of his sister Billie Eilish's music. We revisit our conversation with him about synesthesia, his need for control and what it feels like to step out on his own.
Tribes File Climate Change Complaint; Taco Bell Increases Manager Pay
Louisiana has lost an average of a football field of land every hour over the past 25 years due to coastal erosion. Five tribes have filed a formal climate change complaint with the United Nations. Also, Taco Bell will begin a test to raise the salaries of some general managers in top-performing locations to $100,000 a year. We talk to Sam Oches, editorial director for Food News Media.
Remembering Kobe Bryant; Vacancy Taxes In U.S. Cities
Host Tonya Mosley talks with KPCC reporter Erick Galindo about Kobe Bryant's legacy and what he meant to the people of Los Angeles. Also, in 2019, approximately 12% of the nation's housing stock was vacant. Vacancy taxes are a new tool cities are implementing to ensure all available housing is used. But do they work? We discuss.
Avoid Making 'Dumb' Money Mistakes; Haiti's Parliament Dissolved
Taking on too much student loan debt is just one of the common mistakes seen by Jill Schlesinger, a certified financial planner. Schlesinger shares how to avoid the "dumb things" people do with money. Also, Haiti is now under one-man rule after its Parliament dissolved earlier this month — a result of failed elections last October. Host Tonya Mosley speaks to Jacqueline Charles of the Miami Herald.
Trump floated possible budget cuts to social programs in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. NPR's Jim Zarroli discusses the implications of those statements and what cuts to benefit programs, including Social Security, would mean. And, the Trump administration is rolling back federal protections for the nation's waterways, which could have a huge impact on more than half of the nation's wetlands.