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Feb 25, 2021

Ready to release some pent-up demand

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Also on today's show, the challenges in winterizing Texas' power grid and an update on how pandemic learning pods are working nearly one year into the pandemic.

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Consumers may be ready to release their pent-up demand

Feb 25, 2021
As the pandemic retreats, Americans who can afford to spend on things they've been deprived of may start spending.
After months of shopping online, many Americans look forward to visiting brick-and-mortar stores.
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Are New Yorkers ready to go out for dinner and a movie?

Feb 25, 2021
There is pent-up demand and cash. A lot of people who haven't lost their jobs also haven't been spending money.
Will there be a generational gap between who ventures out to dine and who be stays in and uses a delivery app?
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Agriculture is counting on pent-up demand for its recovery

Feb 25, 2021
COVID-19 killed demand for many farm products. But with vaccine rollouts and consumers venturing out again, will that turn around?
A farmer plants soybeans near Dwight, Illinois.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

We're doing shutters all wrong

Feb 25, 2021
And historic preservationist Scott Sidler is on a mission to change that.
These shutters on the home of famed French painter Henri Matisse? Functional. The shutters of so many homes in the U.S.? Dysfunctional.
Valery Hache/AFP via Getty Images

Texas governor pledges to "mandate and fund" winterization of power grid

Feb 25, 2021
While the mandate deals with the power problem, gas and water are not addressed.
The state needs to be prepared to prevent extreme cold from paralyzing the electric power system.
Matthew Busch/AFP via Getty Images

How are those pandemic learning pods doing?

Feb 25, 2021
The school year is more than half over, and what began as a widespread educational experiment may have legs.
Students follow along remotely at a learning pod in Culver City, California.
Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

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The team

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