Postcards as cultural artifacts, Inflation and interest rates

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Greetings from Wisconsin postcard
Illustration by Kristian Knutsen, Hayley Sperling and Will Cushman; image via Boston Public Library (CC BY 2.0)

A historian and writer takes us through the history and cultural significance of postcards. Then, we learn more about how interest rates and the federal reserve works, with the help of a financial analyst.

Featured in this Show

  • A history of postcards and their place in today's communication

    We may think of postcards as a pleasantry you send your family when you’re on vacation, but our guest sees them as much more. She describes them as artifacts at the intersection of history, science, technology, art and culture. We look at how they got started and the role they play today.

  • How an interest rate hike could impact you

    With inflation on the rise, the Federal Reserve is weighing whether to raise interest rates sooner than expected. We’ll take a closer look at how the Fed works, and how an increase in interest rates could affect you.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Lydia Pyne Guest
  • Taylor Tepper Guest