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New Podcast Series

The Richmond Fed has launched a new podcast to inform listeners about the economy and the Fifth District Bank’s role in helping sustain it.

Developed by the Bank’s Research department, Speaking of the Economy will feature economists and staff from our community development and economic education teams discussing timely topics, such as access to credit, workforce development and regional differences in economic outcomes. The first three episodes address educational disparities in the wake of COVID-19, racial inequality in the Fifth District and the outlook for Virginia’s economy.

Charles Gerena, online editor for the Research department, explains why this podcast is important. “The economists and other subject matter experts in Research do a lot of work that offers meaningful insights into issues that matter for the average person,” he notes. “But those insights can get lost in technical language and complicated math. The podcast will reach a more general, less specialized audience by using the power of audio to tell a story.” “We’re excited about sharing our Bank’s research with the people who live and work in our District,” said Jessie Romero, director of Research publications. “We hope they find the podcast engaging and educational, and that they come away with a better understanding of what the Fed does and why it matters for our region.” The Fifth District encompasses Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, most of West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

In addition to being housed on the Richmond Fed’s website, Speaking of the Economy episodes can be downloaded on Apple Podcasts. Listeners can subscribe to receive biweekly installments in the series.

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