Apr 17, 2020

China and the U.S. are growing (or not growing) apart

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China’s first quarter GDP contracts for the first time since 1992. Plus: what it’s like to run an unemployment insurance program right now.

Stories From this episode

Prospect of U.S.-China ‘decoupling’ grows amid shortages of medical goods

Apr 17, 2020
Shortages of medical goods change executives’ views of ties between giant trading partners
Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

A small Chinese business survives COVID-19 shutdown. Now what?

Apr 17, 2020
The Chinese economy virtually stopped for nearly two months. One clothier is barely hanging on while life slowly returns to normal.
Small shops shuttered in a main shopping area in Shanghai's Fengxian suburbs.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace

Supply chains are being pulled to the limit

Apr 17, 2020
Many companies are taking a hard look at their tattered supply chains.
Cranes stand idle at the Port of Los Angeles — the nation's busiest container port — as supply chains shift during COVID-19.
Mario Tama/Getty Images

What it's like to run a state unemployment office right now

Apr 17, 2020
"Nothing has been as challenging, as nerve-wracking, as stressful as this," said Ed Serna, Executive Director of the Texas Workforce Commission.
Workers at a pandemic flu service call center in London in 2009.
Richard Pohle/Getty Images

Music from the episode

Hands of Time Kraak & Smaak, Alxndr London
Night Falls Booka Shade
Passin' Me By The Pharcyde

The team

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