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A few weeks in, how are colleges doing?

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Three students wearing face masks walk on campus at the University of South Carolina on Sept. 3.

Students walk on campus at the University of South Carolina on Sept. 3. About 80% of private colleges' revenue comes from tuition and student fees — including dorms, dining and parking. Sean Rayford/Getty Images

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Retail decline continues with bankruptcies and closures sped up by pandemic

by Justin Ho Sep 29, 2020
Many retailers rely on robust holiday sales to boost the year's bottom line. Thanks to COVID-19, good luck with that.

Amtrak needs another bailout to stay afloat

by Andy Uhler Sep 29, 2020
Amtrak is planning to scale back many of its long-distance routes.

Why this CEO is having her employees tested for COVID-19 every other week

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Sep 29, 2020
"I saw how hard it was, and I don't want anybody to go through that," said Farmgirl Flowers CEO Christina Stembel.

United States of Work

On this installment of our ongoing series “United States of Work,” we hear from Rocio Montano, a construction worker in Los Angeles, about how the pandemic changed her plans to move and the day-to-day of her new project at work.


How some colleges are trying to hold off another pandemic shutdown this fall

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 29, 2020
Testing, tracing, quarantine, masks, social distancing and student compliance are prerequisites for controlling COVID-19 on campus.

Dozens of Ph.D. programs are suspending admissions

by Erika Beras Sep 29, 2020
Graduate schools are saving resources for existing students. But the temporary action could have long-lasting effects.

Consumer confidence is on the rise

Consumer confidence reached its highest level in September since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the Conference Board’s monthly index. We hear from three consumers about what they’re noticing about inflation. This time, they share some purchases that have brought them some joy in these tough times.

Music from the episode

Agrimony MF DOOM
Beat Goes On Pete Rock
Suga Suga Baby Bash, Frankie J
Wind Travel Richard Houghten
Butterflies Anchorsong
Red Bull & Hennessy Jenny Lewis

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