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Athletes have so much more than symbolic power

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The court is empty after players strike game five between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic during the playoffs on Aug. 26.

The court is empty after players strike game five between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic during the playoffs on Aug. 26. Ashley Landis/Pool/Getty Images

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Race and Economy

Pro athletes have a platform, and they're using it

by Marielle Segarra Aug 27, 2020
By refusing to take to the court or field, players are trying to effect change. But how effective are they likely to be?
COVID-19

Restaurants struggling to hire, despite high unemployment

by Kristin Schwab Aug 27, 2020
The pandemic is worsening the labor crunch in an industry that's been short-handed for years.

Iowa farmers struggling after storms "flattened all of our crops"

by Kai Ryssdal and Andie Corban Aug 27, 2020
Iowa corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes says that for many farmers, "it's like they lost their job and their house all in one day."

Greece no longer the “sick man of Europe,” emerging almost unscathed from COVID-19

by Stephen Beard Aug 27, 2020
In spite of a recent upsurge in cases of COVID-19, heavily indebted Greece has handled the pandemic more effectively than many of its European partners.

As Nike tightens control, its swoosh may disappear from some retailers' shelves

by Erika Beras Aug 27, 2020
The athletic wear manufacturer is reportedly cutting off some brick-and-mortar and online retailers.
COVID-19

How 3 small businesses are surviving the pandemic

by Sean McHenry Aug 27, 2020
"Everything is interconnected," said Patty Delgado, CEO of Hija de tu Madre. "I think no business or no industry is totally immune to this."

Music from the episode

Return of the Mack Mark Morrison
Wind Travel Richard Houghten
Pyramid Blue Richard Houghten
Mystik Tash Sultana
U Mean I'm Not Black Sheep

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