Jul 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic’s global ripple effects

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Plus: earnings season, marketing masks and the market for fracking sand.

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What to expect from second quarter earnings reports this year

Now that corporate earnings season is here, Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal explains what to expect from what might be the strangest corporate earnings season we're ever going to get.

Local governments and companies encourage masks in absence of federal policy

Jul 13, 2020
New York, California and Oregon have put out public service ads to get people to wear masks.
A person walks by graffiti encouraging mask wearing in April in San Francisco.
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How the virus devastated workers in a Brooklyn neighborhood

Jul 13, 2020
Brownsville, where 80% of residents are Black, had an infection rate in May that was more than twice the New York City average.
Workers at Brownsville's Collective Fare assemble donated to-go meals. Many residents of the  neighborhood are essential workers and more exposed to risk.
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An algorithm determines gig workers' pay — and they don't like it

Jul 13, 2020
Gig workers' livelihoods are increasingly ruled by mysterious — and unpredictable — software.
Drivers protest Uber and Lyft pay policies at LAX in 2019.
Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images

Energy sector woes muddying the future of sand mines

Jul 13, 2020
Sand is an important material used in fracking for oil and gas. When prices dive and oil companies cut costs, sand mines shut down.
A truck used to carry sand for fracking in Odessa, Texas. The recent oil bust has been felt in the sand mining business.
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Lifeguards, veterinary assistants and architects: a look at some of the jobs protected by PPP loans

Jul 13, 2020
About 75% of small businesses sought Paycheck Protection Program loans and about 72% of them got PPP loans, according to the Census Bureau.
Seattle Veterinary Associates is among the millions of businesses that have received loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program.
Courtesy of Seattle Veterinary Associates

For a Honduran textile factory, the pandemic means uncertainty

Jul 14, 2020
Amid the global pandemic, even supply chains get sick. The director of a polyester yarn factory in Honduras describes how COVID-19 is affecting business.
People queue at a crowded market in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The pandemic has caused problems for the Honduran textile industry, which exports goods to the United States.
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Music from the episode

Wu Punk Georgia Anne Muldrow
Som transparents El Petit De Cal Eril
To Zion (feat. Carlos Santana) Ms. Lauryn Hill, Carlos Santana
Mystik Tash Sultana
Ceremony Anchorsong

The team

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