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The landlord who stepped up in the 'hour of need'

A landlord in Kenya is helping his tenants get through the coronavirus crisis by suspending rent payments.
Tenants of this apartment complex in Kenya's Nyandarua County don't have to pay rent for four months as they navigate the coronavirus crisis.
Courtesy of Michael Munene

Ron Howard on his documentary 'Rebuilding Paradise'

Jul 30, 2020
The director trained his lens on the people of Paradise, California, whose lives were transformed after their town was ravaged by fire.
A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, California, in November 2018.
Noah Berger

Where did all the coins go?

Jul 22, 2020
The Federal Reserve is hoping a task force can solve the shortage of change in the economy.
Due to the shortage of U.S. coins, many cashiers are asking customers to use exact change.
Photo by Brad Lee/AFP via Getty Images

Lime's plan to ride the pandemic to profitability

Jul 15, 2020
Wayne Ting, the CEO of Lime, tells us how the micro-mobility company is adapting to meet riders in their new normal.
The Lime logo on a scooter. CEO Wayne Ting says users have been taking longer trips in residential neighborhoods.
Courtesy of Lime

When finding fossils pays the bills

How Schuyler Andrulat of South Carolina turned a lifelong hobby of hunting shark teeth into a job.
A secret fossil hunting location near Summerville, South Carolina.
Sabri Ben-Achour/Marketplace

Connecting consumers to businesses created by women of color is her passion

Jul 3, 2020
Janet Oganah is the founder of Janet's List, which brings awareness to businesses by women of color in the United Kingdom.
Janet Oganah, founder of Janet's List, shines a spotlight on brands created by Black women and other women of color.
Funso Foluso-Henry

"Systemic racism is around us, all the time," Atlanta Fed president says

Jun 15, 2020
Raphael Bostic discusses the challenges of the economy and racial inequality.
Raphael Bostic, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Courtesy of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

How one city provides public safety without a police department

Jun 10, 2020
As cities grapple with police budgets, Sunnyvale, California, could be a model for departments looking to change.
“Defund The Police” painted on a street near the White House. The George Floyd killing has stirred a desire for alternatives to traditional policing.
Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

"This has been going on for the entire history of this country"

Jun 5, 2020
NYT culture writer Wesley Morris finds profound meaning in song lyrics while processing this American moment.
People in New York City protest police brutality and the death of George Floyd.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Saving vs. spending during a recession

Jun 4, 2020
Having savings is important in hard times, but the paradox of thrift theory explains how that could be bad for the economy.
Neiman Marcus was the first major retailer to seek bankruptcy protection since the economic collapse brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
(Scott Olson/Getty Images)