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What happened to the Postal Service?
Aug 17, 2020

What happened to the Postal Service?

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.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

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.
Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

The student debt crisis hits Black Americans the hardest

Aug 17, 2020
How systemic racism fueled the student debt crisis for Black borrowers.
ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Image

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
Daisy Palacios Senior Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer