Aug 18, 2020

Back-to-school makes it hard for parents to go back to work

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Plus: the changing pizza market, Walmart's big earnings report and what it's like to publish your first book during a pandemic.

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Housing starts pick up — prices too

Aug 18, 2020
Lumber prices are surging, along with prices of Chinese-made components that go into building a home.
A construction worker roofing a New York residence in May. Housing starts were up more than 22% in July.
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Walmart was prepared for how customers are shopping in the pandemic

Aug 18, 2020
The company's second quarter earnings show a big jump in e-commerce sales.
People walk past a Walmart in Washington, D.C. The company's sales surged in the second quarter.
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

This fall, back-to-school may block back-to-work for many parents

Aug 18, 2020
Working parents with schoolkids at home due to COVID-19 should be eligible for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. But that's not working out for some.
Parents with children at home due to COVID-19 are supposed to receive aid from the CARES Act. But it's not working for a lot of working parents.
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The campaign finance of women's suffrage

Jun 4, 2019
Behind the political struggle was a well-financed lobbying operation.
3rd May 1913:  Grand Marshal Inez Milholland Boissevain (1886 - 1916) leads a parade of 30,000 representives of the various Women's Suffrage associations through New York City.
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Franchisee to close up to 300 Pizza Hut locations

Aug 18, 2020
The mostly dine-in restaurants are run by NPC International. Don't worry — 6,700 locations will remain open.
A customer picks up pizzas at a Pizza Hut in Miami on Aug. 17. The chain's largest franchise operator was having financial problems even before the pandemic.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

She turned a calming hobby into a business during quarantine

Aug 18, 2020
Tally Dilbert wanted to get her mind off the difficulty of being home all day. That’s when she rediscovered painting.
Paintings by Tally Dilbert.
Courtesy Tally Dilbert

What's it like publishing your first book in a pandemic?

Aug 18, 2020
The pandemic has created “a very challenging environment” for first-time authors.
Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

Music from the episode

1977 Ana Tijoux
Ndinewe Gemma Griffiths
El Otro Chile Portavoz, Stailok
Scenic Drive Poolside
So We Won't Forget Khruangbin

The team

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

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