Jul 27, 2020

A gold rush means nothing good for this economy

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We'll also look at China's live-streaming marketplace and reopened box office. Plus: How do you enforce a mask mandate?

Segments From this episode

Gold hits record amid investor skepticism of economy, stocks, bonds

Jul 27, 2020
When there’s no other good answer, people buy gold.
A woman sells gold jewelry to a shop in Bangkok. The price of the precious metal has climbed.
Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty Images

Expanded unemployment benefits help small businesses, too

Jul 27, 2020
They have been a lifeline for laid-off workers. They also boost demand and enable businesses to focus on staying afloat.
A hostess at a Miami restaurant waits for customers behind a partition. The expanded unemployment benefits helped small businesses make decisions early in the pandemic.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Retailers are requiring customers to wear masks. Who should enforce it?

Jul 27, 2020
Some confrontations with customers have turned ugly.
A restaurant employee posts a sign informing guests that face masks are required. In some instances, the rule can spark a confrontation.
Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Image

In China, livestream sales flourish in time of COVID-19

Jul 27, 2020
Struggling retailers hope livestreaming will provide a lifeline. Aspiring influencers don't always strike it rich.
Former livestreaming influencer Sam Tian says making it in the industry is largely a matter of luck.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace

Hollywood gets a little boost from China ... but it might come at a price

Jul 27, 2020
Studios are struggling to find the best way to release new movies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
People watch a movie while wearing masks in Wuhan, China, on July 20.
STR/AFP via Getty Images

As research labs reopen, scientists grapple with social distancing's effects

Jul 27, 2020
In March, many lab experiments ground to a halt. Now, researchers are figuring out how to start again.
Scientists work in the microbiology department of an Australian laboratory. Research has new constraints and costs post-lockdown.
Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Navigating the pandemic when “every decision is an individual decision”

Jul 27, 2020
With mixed messaging coming from the government, community college dean Derrick Lindstrom says acting appropriately comes down personal choices.
Community college Dean Derrick Lindstrom with his wife, Christina, kids Ella and Charles, and dog Lucie.
Courtesy Derrick Lindstrom

Music from the episode

Sundress Butcher Brown
Mad (feat. Lil Wayne) Solange, Lil Wayne
Light Cycle Yppah
Ungodly Fruit Wax Tailor
Never Catch Me Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar

The team

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

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