Hard Questions, Real Answers

COVID-19 and the Economy

MPR News Host Kerri Miller returns with a live call-in economic special on COVID-19. The special will occur over two days at 2 p.m. ET. Audiences across the nation are invited to call in and ask Marketplace correspondents, personal finance professionals and economic experts their hard questions.

Each of the stand-alone midday call-in shows will shine an economic spotlight on the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Tuesday, April 14 at 2 p.m. ET: COVID-19 has brought a deluge of troubling economic news even as many Americans have only a small "rainy day" fund to see them through. We'll host a national call-in show with Marketplace Correspondent and Host Kimberly Adams and Michelle Singletary, personal finance columnist for The Washington Post. Kimberly is based in D.C. at the heart of the political decision making around COVID-19, and can discuss the resources at people’s disposal and the impacts on local economies. Alongside Kimberly, Michelle can tackle your questions about how to pay your student loans, make your mortgage payments and manage your money in a time like this.
  • Wednesday, April 15 at 2 p.m. ET: As hundreds of thousands of workers lose their jobs and companies face an uncertain future, we'll focus on the big-picture: the economy. Our guests, Marketplace Correspondent and Host Sabri Ben-Achour and Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari, and will take your questions about what this downturn means for average American families, whether Congress is doing enough, and what the economy will look like on the other side.

Listener calls will be taken as live only, not pre-recorded. Call-in number: 800-242-2828

These hour-long live call-in programs are available at no additional charge and is included in your APM affiliation fee.


Kerri Miller


One hour, Live with subsequent feed

Number of Programs/Frequency

2 live episodes at 2 p.m. ET.

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020

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Promo spots available:

  • Series Promo: Friday, April 10
  • Episode One: Monday, April 13
  • Episode Two: Tuesday, April 14

Rundown available:

  • Episode 1: April 13, 2020
  • Episode 2: April 14, 2020

Live, with subsequent feed

Broadcast Window

Episode 1:
Start Date and Time: Tuesday, April 14 at 2 p.m. ET
End Date and Time: Wednesday, April 15 at 1:59 a.m. ET

Episode 2:
Start Date and Time: Wednesday, April 15 at 2 p.m. ET
End Date and Time: Thursday, April 16 at 1:59 a.m. ET

Kerri Miller, Host

Kerri Miller is host of Minnesota Public Radio's daily news call-in program MPR News with Kerri Miller as well as the literary conversations series "Talking Volumes". She was the political reporter for KARE 11 television in Minneapolis-St. Paul before coming to MPR in 2004.

Michelle Singletary, Guest

Michelle Singletary writes the nationally syndicated personal finance column The Color of Money, which appears in The Washington Post on Wednesdays and Sundays. Her award-winning column is syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group and is carried in dozens of newspapers nationwide. She has written three personal finance books, including her latest, "The 21-Day Financial Fast: Your Path to Financial Peace and Freedom." Singletary was the financial expert for "The Revolution," a daytime program on ABC. For two years, she was host of her own national television program, "Singletary Says," on TV One. She is a frequent contributor to various NPR programs and has appeared on national talk shows and television networks, including "Oprah," NBC's "Today," "The Early Show on CBS" and CNN. In her spare time, Singletary is the director of a ministry she founded at her church, in which women and men volunteer to mentor others who are having financial challenges. As part of this ministry, she and her husband also volunteer to teach financial literacy to prison inmates. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park. She has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a master's degree in business and management.

Neel Kashkari

Initially working as an aerospace engineer, Neel Kashkari earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Akron, Ohio, native attended business school at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, becoming an investment banker, covering the information-technology security sector for Goldman Sachs. Kashkari later played a number of roles in the response to the financial crisis and the subprime-mortgage crisis. He was named the president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve in November 2015.

Kimberly Adams

Host & Correspondent, Marketplace
Kimberly Adams is a host and correspondent covering the intersection of politics and the economy for Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report, and Marketplace Tech. From the Washington, D.C. bureau, she covers money in politics, trade, tax policy, and the many other ways the work of decisionmakers in the nation's capital affect the day-to-day economic lives of Americans.


Before moving to D.C., Kimberly reported on the political, social and economic upheaval in Egypt following the Arab Spring as a freelance journalist based in Cairo. Her work aired on multiple networks in the U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland, Germany, Hong Kong and elsewhere. While reporting in Cairo, she received awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, the Religion Communicators Council, and the Association for Women in Communication. She was also competitively selected for the International Women's Media Foundation "Great Lakes" Reporting fellowship to Uganda, where she reported on environmental, economic and LGBT issues.


Kimberly serves on the Board of Governors at that National Press Club in Washington, and holds degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia as well as a graduate diploma in political science from the American University in Cairo.

Sabri Ben-Achour

Sabri Ben-Achour is senior correspondent and host at Marketplace covering the macroeconomy, demystifying the economic forces seen and unseen that influence our lives. Sabri started at Marketplace in 2009 as a freelancer—his first story was a feature about human consumption of stingrays. Prior to that, he was the environment and science reporter at public radio station WAMU in Washington DC, where he covered everything from invasive plants to toxic waste. With over a decade of experience in journalism, Sabri has covered natural disasters, insurgencies, and revolutions in Tunisia, the Congo and Haiti, among other places.

Sabri graduated with distinction from University of Virginia, and received his master’s in foreign service from Georgetown. He currently resides in New York City.

Host Kerri Miller
Kerri Miller, Host
Neel Kashkari
Kimberly Adams, Guest
Neel Kashkari
Neel Kashkari, Guest
Sabri Ben-Achour
Sabri Ben-Achour, Guest
Michelle Singletary
Michelle Singletary, Guest

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