May 20, 2020

What will dining out look like post-COVID?

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Plus: How Americans spent their relief checks, the coming wave of farm bankruptcies and the fight over hazard pay.

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What is it like to reopen a restaurant right now?

May 20, 2020
The restaurant industry faces a huge challenge: not just how to reopen safely, but how to make customers feel safe.
A restaurant reopens its in-person service in Brookhaven, Georgia, on April 27.
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COVID-19 is likely leading more U.S. farmers to file for bankruptcy

May 20, 2020
American farmers were struggling because of the U.S.-China trade war long before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
A farmer walks through his soy fields in Illinois. Eighty percent of farm assets are tied up in land values, which have been declining for the past few years.
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The changing labor market could affect hazard pay

May 20, 2020
Bonuses for many essential workers is being rolled back this month. And high unemployment could push wages down, even for risky jobs.
An Amazon employee at the company's Staten Island distribution facility. The giant retailer is phasing out its hazard pay.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

What can the Federal Reserve do to help the economy?

May 20, 2020
The central bank is already buying bonds to keep money flowing, but it has a few more tools in its kit.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before Congress in 2018. Powell has been urging Congress to provide more fiscal support during the pandemic.
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How we spent our relief checks

May 20, 2020
Economists at four universities studied the spending habits of about 1,600 middle and low-income consumers who got $1,200 direct payments. The money was spent on necessities like rent and food.
People shop at a Los Angeles grocery store. Americans spent their stimulus checks on the essentials, like rent and groceries.
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What happens if you choose not to go back to work in Texas?

May 20, 2020
The executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission said they're making some allowances so people who choose not to go back to work keep receiving benefits.
Employment advertisements in a 2014 newspaper in Australia.
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The new workflow for plumbers means turning some jobs down

May 20, 2020
The owner of a plumbing company won't serve clients who are ill, and both plumbers and clients must wear face masks.
Connie DePaepe, owner of American Drain Works & Plumbing. DePaepe's rules have changed since the pandemic hit.
(Photo courtesy of Connie DePaepe)

Music from the episode

I Feel It Coming The Weeknd, Daft Punk
Sleep The Dandy Warhols
Red-Eye The Album Leaf
Different Now Chastity Belt
Soft Stud Black Belt Eagle Scout

The team

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