Apr 19, 2021

Not having paid time off can be a barrier to getting vaccinated

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Also: How businesses that have made it this far in the pandemic are doing and why lumber prices are skyrocketing.

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Lack of paid sick time could be a barrier to vaccination

Apr 19, 2021
Low-wage workers are least likely to get paid time off and often have less predictable, flexible schedules.
Some experts are concerned low-wage workers will be forced to choose between using their limited paid sick leave for another need or using it for the vaccine.
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Are the businesses that made it this far safe?

Apr 19, 2021
Mostly yes, an economist said. But that doesn't mean there won't be more hurdles, even as business conditions improve.
As the pandemic wanes, restaurants are seeing more customers. For some, staffing is a challenge.
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What part of a new house costs 4 times as much as a year ago? Lumber!

Apr 19, 2021
Demand for new U.S. homes is at a record high, and existing homes are old and need repairs.
Lumber prices had risen for a while before the pandemic spurred a renovation trend and boosted prices further.
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In Chicago, affordable housing development has bypassed wealthier neighborhoods

Apr 19, 2021
Most tax credits from a program encouraging developers to build or renovate affordable units went to majority-Black neighborhoods.
A racial equity study in Chicago found that most affordable housing wasn't going in areas that have amenities like public transportation. Above, people rally for affordable housing in Miami.
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Germany under U.S. pressure over Russian pipeline

Apr 19, 2021
The U.S is threatening further sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline linking Russia and Germany.
Workers building a section of the wall of the Nord Stream 2. German voters may decide the controversial pipeline's fate.
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Music from the episode

Easy To Get Hot Chip
Sound Is Vibration Atmosphere
Twenties Bren Joy
Brisk Freddie Joachim
Komorebi Craft Spells

The team

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