A different kind of traffic jam in Los Angeles
Mar 8, 2021

A different kind of traffic jam in Los Angeles

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Dozens of massive container ships are waiting to be unloaded at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Plus, Biden has his hands full rebuilding a demoralized federal workforce.

Segments From this episode

Global rebound drives crude oil higher

Mar 8, 2021
With West Texas Intermediate selling above $60 a barrel, drilling and pumping oil is profitable in the U.S. Permian Basin.
In the fall, the global economy came out of COVID-19 hibernation, and demand for oil and gas began to outstrip supply.
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L.A.'s latest traffic jam: Dozens of container ships waiting to be unloaded

Mar 8, 2021
The longer there's a backlog, the more risk it poses to the recovering economy.
The COVID-19 pandemic has meant more people shopping online and fewer people able to work in shipping safely, resulting in today's backlogs.
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Seattle co-working business lost half of its revenue almost overnight

“Almost overnight, we essentially almost had to shut our business down,” said Audrey Hoyt, owner of The Pioneer Collective.
Audrey and Chris Hoyt, the husband and wife team behind The Pioneer Collective.
Courtesy of Audrey Hoyt

Coursera's IPO reflects the demand for online learning

Mar 8, 2021
The firm, a leader in the massive open online course sector, says its enrollment more than doubled last year.
In the early days of the pandemic, traditional universities turned to sites like Coursera for help with online learning.
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United States of Work: Still looking for a job

On this segment of our ongoing series “United States of Work,” we hear from Kate Bellino about her ongoing search for work.

The customs industry navigates port delays, tariffs and uncertainty

Mar 8, 2021
A Pennsylvania customs broker describes how business has changed due to the pandemic and is changing again under a new president
In 2020, there was “no congestion at the port. Everything was coming in early,” says Gretchen Blough. "Now it's kind of the opposite. Everything's a week to two late."
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Biden has his hands full rebuilding a demoralized federal workforce

Mar 8, 2021
There are giant holes to fill, but also a huge pool of people with experience in government who are ready to go.
President Joe Biden tried to shore up federal employees’ morale even before his inauguration. He has substantial restaffing to do, but many former appointees are willing to serve again.
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Music from the episode

So Good Pete Rock, The Soul Brothers
Murder to the Mind Tash Sultana
Blank Space Taylor Swift

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Associate Producer