Pent-up demand for a vacation
Apr 28, 2021

Pent-up demand for a vacation

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Also on today's show: Voting rights legislation prompts a flurry of political fundraising and live venues are finally able to tap into federal funding.

Segments From this episode

What consumer spending can tell us about the economic recovery

Apr 28, 2021
The numbers are a snapshot of March, when many Americans were spending freshly received stimulus checks.
This Friday's consumer spending numbers will mostly be based on the experience economy, which includes services like bars, hair salons and theaters.
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Why a rise in wholesale inventories could be a beacon of optimism

Apr 28, 2021
Wholesalers are like the middlemen of the retail supply chain, buying goods from manufacturers to sell to retailers.
Increased wholesale inventory signals expectations of strong retail demand. But for how long?
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Fast-food loyalty programs have grown during the pandemic

Apr 28, 2021
Companies are competing with one another — and delivery apps — for your data.
Starbucks costumers who signed up for the loyalty program have bolstered the company's sales in the past year.
Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Struggling venue operators can finally seize the federal government’s lifeline

Apr 28, 2021
Applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant reopened on Monday after a failed launch earlier this month.
Comedian Janee Harvey performs at xBk in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 23. Proprietor Tobi Parks is one of many small business owners applying for a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant.
Photo by Maggie Littel, courtesy of xBk

Voting rights issue sparks huge fundraising across political spectrum

Apr 28, 2021
There’s been a fight over the right to vote throughout American history, but in the last year, it's gone into overdrive.
The political right calls new voting laws "reforms." The left calls them "restrictions." Millions of dollars are being spent across the political spectrum on the issue.
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Employers brace for vaccine vacation crunch

Apr 28, 2021
Americans are notorious for not taking vacations, but with so much pent-up demand, this year could be different.
Employers might receive a wave of employee time off requests in the near future, testing companies' flexibility.
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United States of Work: Gaile Harrell

On this segment of our ongoing series "United States of Work,” we hear from Gaile Harrell, a part-time cashier at a Royal Farms convenience store in Ashburn, Virginia.

Music from the episode

Heartbeats The Knife
I Love You Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
Hands of Time Kraak & Smaak, Alxndr London
Non$Ense LOVEBROOK
1 Thing Amerie

The team

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