Nov 3, 2020

Anything but election news

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On today's show: A check-in on airlines and movie theaters, conversations with artists and artisans here and abroad, and ... uh, a little bit of economic context for this election.

Segments From this episode

China halts Ant Group IPO after Jack Ma blasts red tape

Nov 3, 2020
Analysts say the suspension reinforces the dominant role of the Chinese government in the private economy.
People visit a showroom of Ant Financial, now called Ant Group, in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province in 2018.
AFP via Getty Images

Can big-screen cinemas be saved?

Nov 3, 2020
AMC Theatres, reporting a brutal quarterly loss in revenues, turn to studios for a deal to stay afloat.
A worker at a reopened AMC theater in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, in August.
Tom Cooper/Getty Images

Flying soon? That middle seat might be occupied

Nov 3, 2020
More airlines are starting to sell middle seats to increase capacity on their flights.
Passengers board a flight in Lima, Peru, in July. Southwest Airlines said keeping its middle seats open cost the company $20 million in September alone.
Raul Sifuentes/Getty Images

High fashion in Italy faces "strange," uncertain times

Nov 3, 2020
The owner of a hand-embroidery business in Milan describes how the pandemic has affected her work and life.
Models are seen backstage at the Drome fashion show during the Milan Women's Fashion Week on Sept. 26.
Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

How one professional singer is managing work from home

Nov 3, 2020
With live performances canceled, artists are finding creative solutions.
"When the pandemic hit, really quickly it became apparent that we wouldn’t be able to sing again with other people."
Courtesy of Ayana Haviv

Music from the episode

Never Catch Me Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar
Cocomango Sie7e, The Islanauts
Ceremony Anchorsong
Lush Four Tet
Ride or Die (feat. Foster the People) The Knocks, Foster The People

The team

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