Jul 7, 2020

Who got all that PPP money, and how’d they spend it?

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Plus: Why test shortages persist, what fall holds for foreign students and the problem with the Beige Book.

Segments From this episode

Colleges worry about loss of foreign student cash and skills with visa decision

Jul 7, 2020
International students are being given the option to transfer to a university that is holding in-person classes.
Georgetown University, above, is one of the U.S. colleges planning on offering hybrid classes in the fall — some in-person and some online.
Win McNamee/Getty Images

How some of the 5.5 million businesses that got PPP loans spent the money

Jul 7, 2020
Most of it went to hiring back furloughed employees — or hiring new ones.
A bartender mixes a drink at a Maryland restaurant. PPP loans allowed some bars and restaurants to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.
Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

United States of Work: Working in the service industry during the pandemic

A dispatch from Ashley Nelson, one of the 10 people we're following in our series about the U.S. labor force.

Fed's Beige Book in focus as conversation about diversity continues

Jul 7, 2020
Many are questioning just how inclusive and diverse one of the Fed's regular reports on the economy is.
One criticism of the Federal Reserve's Beige Book is that it focuses on business owners and leaves out consumers.
Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images

How a Baltimore detective teaches about implicit bias

Jul 7, 2020
"I do feel optimistic," says Edward Gillespie, an instructor at the city's police academy. "But it's not going to be an easy fight."
Protesters in Baltimore demand better police accountability and racial equality following the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015.
Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Music from the episode

Time's A Wastin Erykah Badu
Heavy Birdtalker
Baghdad Sun Apollo Brown
Shells Teebs
Ghost in the Graveyard A Sunny Day In Glasgow

The team

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