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Aug 17, 2020

What happened to the Postal Service?

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Plus: remote learning for disabled students, rolling blackouts in California and why you really should take a vacation.

Segments From this episode

Post office's financial woes partly Congress' doing

Aug 17, 2020
Congress passed a law in 2006 that requires the Postal Service to prepay health benefits for retirees. It's had trouble doing that.
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California blackouts reflect a complicated supply-and-demand problem

Aug 17, 2020
The load can overwhelm the electric grid during heat waves, but this summer's outages have raised new questions.
A sign in Calistoga, California, calls on PG&E to turn the electricity back on during a statewide blackout in October 2019.
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The student debt crisis hits Black Americans the hardest

Aug 17, 2020
How systemic racism fueled the student debt crisis for Black borrowers.
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Workers are putting off vacation as pandemic increases stress

Aug 17, 2020
Americans have never been great about time off. But now it's more difficult — and more crucial — than ever.
Workers are taking less time off during the pandemic. Even in normal times, Americans leave up to half their vacation days unused.
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Music from the episode

Lose My Mind The Wild Reeds
Power - Instrumental Nicholas Britell
Motivation Kelly Rowland, Lil Wayne
Still Think Chrome Sparks

The team

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