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Apr 6, 2020

When can the economy “reopen”?

Plus: consumer spending's drop-off, what happens when retailers stop paying rent and how social distancing can lead to social media overload.

Segments From this episode

A public health strategy to reopen the economy

Apr 6, 2020
A new report sheds light on what it will take to end the pandemic and the economic crisis it created.
Medical professionals work at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site run by George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Too much virtual connection can be a bad thing

Apr 6, 2020
With millions working from home, video chats are on the rise. They can be exhausting.
A substitute teacher in Bethesda, Maryland, works from home on April 1, 2020.

Stress tests for banks aren't designed for a downturn as severe as this one

Apr 6, 2020
Today's news is worse — and coming faster — than in the scenarios the central bank tests for.
JPMorgan Chase is set to report earnings tomorrow.
Michael Nagle/Getty Images

More companies suspending earnings guidance as economy tanks

Apr 6, 2020
Guidance is a way for a company to help others assess what its stock is worth, but right now, a lot of companies just don't know.
March 9, 2020, New York City.
Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

What happens when retailers stop paying rent?

Apr 6, 2020
Stores are closed. Sales have evaporated. A lot of retailers can’t pay their rent.
Urban Outfitters announced last week that it would stop paying rent at its stores during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

What's gonna happen to the consumer economy?

Apr 6, 2020
Consumer spending accounts for 70% of U.S. GDP. Is that going to change soon?
Consumer spending has carried a lot of weight in this economy for a long time.
Hudson/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Music from the episode

Turnmills Maribou State
Suga Suga Baby Bash, Frankie J
Blue Monday Pete Rock
Fu-Gee-La Fugees
Nanjing Road East - Instrumental The Shanghai Restoration Project

The team

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