Jun 24, 2020

As COVID-19 cases surge, reopenings could become reclosings

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Plus: The IMF's grim forecast, unemployment data as sound and "The Great Indoors."

Segments From this episode

How Asian-owned businesses are weathering the pandemic

Jun 24, 2020
While Black owned businesses were worst hit, those owned by Asian people were close behind.
A view of New York's Chinatown in 2019. A study found that Asian-owned companies have been among the hardest hit economically by the pandemic.
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As pandemic worsens, will restaurants need to pull back again?

Jun 24, 2020
Small restaurants are at the greatest risk if put under new restrictions.
A Los Angeles restaurant worker wears a face covering and gloves for handling takeout orders, accompanied by pandemic-safety instructions.
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The IMF predicts the global economy will shrink by 5% this year

Jun 24, 2020
That means fewer jobs and more debt. And the U.S. may be in for even worse.
A man passes graffiti about the coronavirus in Beirut, Lebanon. The IMF is predicting a world-wide downturn of 5% as people spend less money while stuck at home due to COVID-19.
Patrick Baz/AFP via Getty Images

Mental health spending may be up because of COVID-19

Jun 24, 2020
Some employers are adding new options related to wellness to their health care offerings.
Almost a third of workers surveyed had accessed or planned to access mental health care during the pandemic.
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Could a building extend your lifespan?

Jun 24, 2020
An excerpt from "The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape our Behavior, Health and Happiness."
The exterior of the concept design home "Reversible Destiny Lofts MITAKA: In Memory of Helen Keller" in Tokyo, Japan.
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Here's what the crescendo of unemployment sounds like

Jun 24, 2020
Jordan Wirfs-Brock "sonified" data from unemployment claims to give us another way to process historic job losses.
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Music from the episode

Tangerine Beach Fossils
Confessions Sudan Archives
Esperar Pra Ver Poolside, Fatnotronic
Un Universo Para Los Dos Oktoberklubben
Preservation Wu-Tang Clan, Del The Funky Homosapien, Aesop Rock

The team

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