Pandemic-induced surpluses boost school-supply drives
Aug 11, 2021

Pandemic-induced surpluses boost school-supply drives

Also on today's show: digging into July's inflation numbers, a look at British higher education post-Brexit and how one travel agent is juggling changing COVID restrictions for clients.

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July consumer price index shows signs of easing inflation

Aug 11, 2021
But inflation eased on a month-to-month basis. Many economists expect price gains to moderate as the pandemic recovery progresses.
Shoppers at a Costco in Novato, California. Yearly inflation was unchanged at 5.4%, but the month-to-month and core inflation measures suggest price gains are slowing down.
Justin Sullivan via Getty Images

How the infrastructure bill aims to tackle climate change

Aug 11, 2021
Among other ways, it would upgrade the power grid and support electric cars and public transit.
The bipartisan legislation includes funding for electric vehicle charging stations and eco-friendly public transit options.
Dan Kitwood via Getty Images

EU student exodus may not hurt British universities after all

Aug 11, 2021
Fewer EU students in the U.K. may bring some financial benefits to British universities but it raises some political concerns, too.
EU applicants to U.K. schools have dropped dramatically following Brexit and a steep rise in tuition fees. Above, a student walks on the University of Glasgow campus in Scotland in September 2020.
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Retailers’ excess inventory fuels record donations to back-to-school events

Aug 11, 2021
Businesses are giving away clothes and school supplies they may not have sold when the pandemic shut them down last year.
Alexis Whitley examines school uniforms at the Get Ready 4 School Giveaway in Washington, organized by the Monumental Foundation, Martha's Table and Delivering Good.
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The dates on food labels may not mean what you think they mean

Aug 11, 2021
Vox writer Alissa Wilkinson explains the history behind food label dates, and how the "expiration date" concept is a costly misunderstanding.
A produce worker stocks shelves at a supermarket in Washington, D.C.
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

How a travel agency is bouncing back from a devastating year

Aug 11, 2021
Denver travel agent Sarah Fazendin says clients are spending more on extras than they would have before the pandemic.
Sarah Fazendin, owner of Videre Travel, a Denver-based travel agency, with her family at Machu Picchu in Peru. Her business has seen a massive uptick in travelers looking to navigate changing COVID restrictions.
Courtesy Sarah Fazendin

Music from the episode

Dangerous (feat. Joywave) Big Data, Joywave
Outer Sunset Tycho
Cariño The Marías
Harvest Moon Poolside
J-Boy Phoenix

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Producer II
Sean McHenry Director & Associate Producer II
Richard Cunningham Associate Producer I
Dylan Miettinen Associate Digital Producer