Jul 8, 2020

Baltimore’s deadly vacant housing problem

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Plus: How some states are starting to close the racial pay gap, what bankrupted Brooks Brothers and why Disney World is reopening as COVID-19 cases spike. 

Segments From this episode

45 states just started a new fiscal year. None are celebrating.

Jul 8, 2020
Tax revenue is down, expenditures are up and the future's uncertain.
Public health workers in Denver check in with people waiting to be tested for COVID-19 in March. The fight against the pandemic has contributed to state budget shortfalls.
Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Why Disney wants to reopen its theme parks now

Jul 8, 2020
The Walt Disney Co.'s other enterprises, including Disney+ and ESPN, may not be generating enough revenue.
You won't see crowds like this at the reopened Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Jacqueline Nell/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images

Brooks Brothers files for bankruptcy

Jul 8, 2020
The 200-year-old company has been hit hard by the pandemic. But suit sales have been on the decline for years.
A Brooks Brothers store in downtown Los Angeles in 2010. Formal menswear was struggling before the pandemic.
Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

How salary history bans can raise wages for female and Black workers

Jul 8, 2020
New research shows evidence that pay gaps are related to salary negotiations.
Salary history bans make it illegal for an employer to ask a prospective employee about their past compensation.
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Why can’t Baltimore solve its vacant housing problem?

Jul 8, 2020
Despite thousands of demolitions and rehabs, the number of empty buildings has barely budged for a decade.
A vacant house is for sale on North Payson Street in Baltimore. In 2016, an abandoned building down the block collapsed and killed a man.
Amy Scott/Marketplace

Subscription gelato may be one answer to a cool business climate

Jul 8, 2020
When impulse buys dropped, Gelateria Uli's owner had to find a new business model to keep the Los Angeles ice creamery afloat.
Courtesy of Uli Nasibova

Music from the episode

Puff Lah KAYTRANADA
Doppelganger Freddie Joachim, QSTN
Brave New World The Foreign Exchange
Lau's Lament Eric Lau
City Music Kevin Morby
Breaking Your Silence Generationals

The team

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