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Everything You Wanted to Know About the Federal Reserve with Jeanna Smialek

interviews Mar 01, 2023


Let’s face it, the Federal Reserve (not a prison), is a public-private partnership that’s a little hard to understand. What’s its history? Why do they make the decisions they make–like to raise interest rates–and how do those decisions impact our economy? How much power do they have over financial policy?Sharon welcomes New York Times Federal Reserve reporter Jeanna Smialek to help answer these questions with easy-to-understand explanations.


Thank you to our guest, Jeanna Smialek.


Hosted by: Sharon McMahon

Guest: Jeanna Smialek

Executive Producer: Heather Jackson

Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder

Researcher: Valerie Hoback


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About the Guest:

JEANNA SMIALEK has been the Federal Reserve reporter at The New York Times since April 2019. She has covered economic policy since 2013, including growth data, the Treasury Department, and the European Central Bank. She has written for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek, is a regular contributor for MarketPlace radio, Wharton Business Daily, and occasionally contributes to CNN, BBC Radio, C-SPAN, and CBSN. A Pittsburgh native, Smialek splits her time between Washington, D.C., and New York City.


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