Apr 29, 2020

This crisis will get worse before it gets better

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Plus: Why businesses don't see the point in applying for emergency loans, the power and limitations of OSHA, and Michael Schur on bringing back "Parks and Recreation."

Stories From this episode

GDP falls 4.8% — and it's only the beginning

Apr 29, 2020
The economy was humming in January and February. That changed drastically in mid-March as the pandemic took hold.
Activity is sparse around the Wall Street area of New York during the coronavirus lockdown.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

OSHA takes a limited role protecting workers in pandemic

Apr 29, 2020
The agency hasn't set specific safety standards to hold employers to.
President Donald Trump has declared that meat processing businesses are "critical infrastructure."
David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

For some small businesses, paycheck protection loans aren't the answer

Apr 29, 2020
The loans, designed to help businesses hurt by COVID-19, come with requirements that some don't want to take on.
Some eateries decided they couldn't hire back all of their employees.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Fed says not to worry about debt right now. But we have to, eventually.

Apr 29, 2020
Politicians never want to tell voters about the need to balance the budget through tax hikes or spending cuts.
"This is not the time" to worry about debt, Jerome Powell, chair of the Federal Reserve, said at the Federal Open Market Committee meeting on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
Federal Reserve via Getty Images

"Parks and Rec" co-creator Michael Schur on recreating Pawnee from home

Apr 29, 2020
While much of television production has been postponed, showrunner Mike Schur got the original cast of Parks and Recreation together for a remote episode.
Michael Schur with Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones and the rest of the "Parks and Recreation" cast in 2019.
JB Lacroix/Getty Images

In London's lockdown, a small honey retailer navigates online sales

Apr 29, 2020
Specialty honey isn't high on everyone's essential shopping list, but the "bit of money" coming in is helping.
Janet Nguyen/Marketplace

Music from the episode

Becoming a Tree Richard Houghten
You Know I'm No Good Amy Winehouse
Ginger on the Wind Monster Rally
Ginger on the Wind Monster Rally
Diving Woman Japanese Breakfast
Vide Noir Lord Huron
Feel Good Maribou State, Khruangbin

The team

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