This week we talk about banning plastic gift cards in California, the solution to Germany’s energy crisis, the political future for organized labor, and why Americans refuse to believe they’re richer than ever. Our interview this week is with Matt Darling of the Niskanen Center. We discuss Matt’s new study on unemployment benefits and how the states and the federal government can improve outcomes for out-of-work Americans. Free the Economy is hosted by Richard Morrison. Our producers are Scooter Schaefer, Phoebe Gersten, and Ryan Kracinski.