Nov 25, 2020

Hurtling toward a fiscal cliff

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Several programs for unemployment assistance, food aid, eviction bans and paused student loan payments will end before the new year. Plus, how toy drives are navigating COVID-19.

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As the new year approaches, government relief programs are set to expire

Nov 25, 2020
And there's no additional stimulus relief aid is in sight.
A "Cancel Rent" banner hanging in New York. Key programs that helped keep people financially afloat in the pandemic, as well as the CDC's eviction ban, will end.
Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Small businesses prepare for the holidays amid the pandemic

Nov 25, 2020
Small business retailers are facing a holiday season like no other. Three owners share how they're preparing for the shopping season.
A worker decorates the Christmas tree at The Grove outdoor shopping center in Los Angeles on, Nov. 5.
Valerie Macon/AFP

Manufacturers recovering as service industry continues to suffer

Nov 25, 2020
Orders for big-ticket items are a rare economic bright spot. But many businesses that rely on in-person customers are hurting.
Workers manufacture face shields in New York. Demand is healthy for medical and cleaning supplies.
Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

Helium prices stopped soaring when COVID hit

Nov 25, 2020
Here's why: Canceled MRIs and that ballon bouquet you didn't buy for that birthday party you didn't throw, in part.
The Snoopy balloon floats down Central Park West during the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images

How toy drives are staying on track during the pandemic

Nov 25, 2020
With fewer big donations boxes at offices and retail stores, the logistics have become tricky.
Hilary Duff and Toys for Tots Marines kick off last year's campaign at a Disney store in Los Angeles.
Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Disney

Principal of Detroit technical career center tackles pandemic's challenges to training

Nov 25, 2020
Students might be learning virtually, but they're still learning a skilled trade.
A Randolph welding student before the pandemic. Now a welding student might learn via a virtual demonstration.
Courtesy of Krista McKinney-King

Music from the episode

Old Graffiti Bibio
Shells Teebs
Cuffed Nick Hakim
Still Think Chrome Sparks
1977 Ana Tijoux

The team

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