Sep 15, 2020

The COVID-19 diet

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We're kicking off today's show with three stories up and down the food supply chain.

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The recovery for restaurants is slowing down

Sep 15, 2020
Roughly 1 in 6 U.S. restaurants are currently closed, and 100,000 may not survive the year.
Yelp reports 31,000 restaurants on its platform have closed, the majority permanently.
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"Dark stores" fulfill online grocery orders — but for how long?

Sep 15, 2020
The pandemic led to more people shopping for groceries online. But that trend may not hold.
A Whole Foods Market in Washington, D.C. Whole Foods is one company building a new type of grocery store during the pandemic.
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As wildfires continue, air quality impacts farmworkers — masks requirements vary

Sep 15, 2020
California has regulations, but it's been hard to get PPE to workers in the fields. There's no federal standard.
Cars drive below an orange sky filled with wildfire smoke in Concord, California, on Sept. 9.
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The natural gas well that changed everything

Sep 15, 2020
In this excerpt, Daniel Yergin writes about a man’s determination to extract gas from underground rock denser than concrete.
Natural gas is flared off at a plant outside of Cuero, Texas.
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Political groups spend millions to turn out new voters

Sep 15, 2020
Finding and educating previously unregistered voters — and getting them to the polls — is an expensive business.
A voter casts her ballot in Louisville  during Kentucky's primary in June.
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Months into the pandemic, dentists are finding their new normal

Sep 15, 2020
Patient loads are still down. And the cost of PPE is way up.
Dentists in protective gear treat a patient.
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With some college sports on hold, an opportunity for esports to thrive

Sep 15, 2020
Schools are trying to get esports programs started during the pandemic.
A student plays at a League of Legends College Championship match in 2017.
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Music from the episode

Milestone Smoke DZA, Pete Rock, BJ The Chicago Kid, Jadakiss, Styles P
A Little Piano DJ Mitsu The Beats
Confessions Sudan Archives
Same Ol' G Ginuwine

The team

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