Oct 26, 2020

The outdoors aren’t so great right now

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Plus: Dunkin's potential sale, shrinking homes and COVID's ripple effect on the HVAC business.

Segments From this episode

Virus fatigue is changing people's risk tolerance

Oct 26, 2020
New COVID-19 cases are on the rise, but so is people's willingness to go out.
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Home builders see demand for bigger houses

Oct 26, 2020
After falling for several years, the average size of a new single-family home may be growing again.
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Why Dunkin' is looking to private equity, again

Oct 26, 2020
In a year of mixed fortunes, the coffee and doughnut giant may sell the business to private equity.
Dunkin’ Brands was sold to private equity firms in 2005, then it went public again in 2011.
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As restaurants reopen for indoor dining, HVAC systems get an upgrade

Oct 26, 2020
The heating, ventilation and air-conditioning industry has seen a boost as some businesses strive to improve indoor air quality to make customers feel safe.
A waiter tends to a diner at a New Jersey restaurant in September. Owners of restaurants, nail salons and other businesses are considering HVAC equipment as they reopen during COVID-19.
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Parks departments face cuts, even as people have headed outdoors during COVID-19

Oct 26, 2020
Intensive use can take a toll on green spaces, and parks need to be maintained to keep from deteriorating.
A two-person crew sprays down the playground at McIntosh Park in Dayton, Ohio. The city expects to spend $60,000 this year just on sanitizing playground equipment.
Leila Goldstein

How the television industry is getting back to work

Oct 26, 2020
"It has been a real tough puzzle for Hollywood to figure out," Hollywood Reporter's Bryn Sandberg says.
Reality TV productions got back to work before most scripted projects.
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Can plastic-eating bacteria help cut down on pollution?

Oct 26, 2020
British and American researchers have developed a “super-enzyme” to reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of recycling of plastic waste.
Municipal workers clear plastic from a canal in Bangkok in June.
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Music from the episode

That Girl Justin Timberlake
Confessions Sudan Archives
Kodiak Whale Fall
Scenic Drive Poolside
Brokenfolks Georgia Anne Muldrow

The team

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