First, I discuss how local businesses and economies are feeling the effects of anti-abortion laws. In the last five months, nine U.S. states--Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah--have passed laws restricting abortions, ranging from a near total ban on the procedure to bans on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy without exceptions for rape or incest. North Carolina, which suffered economic consequences after passing its controversial "bathroom bill" three years ago, can serve as an example of what's to come for these states.
Next, reporter Talib Visram discusses his profile on Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang. He's best known as the founder of Venture for America, a New York City-based non-profit that helps place recent college graduates at companies in economically depressed cities. Yang's signature policy is a version of Universal Basic Income, which would give every U.S citizen 18 years or older $1,000 a month.
Finally, our host sat down with Jenn Garbach, the head of Small Business Card Brand and customer marketing at Capital One, to discuss the company's small business growth index. Business optimism fell eight percentage points in the last six months, but more than half of owners believe business conditions are good, according to the index.
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