When your true-crime pod teaches you Spanish

Oct 22, 2020
Duolingo saw a 100% increase in new users in March. With growing competition, it's using bilingual stories in a bid for more ears.
People stuck at home during the pandemic are using their time on productive projects, like learning a new language.
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As the COVID-19 lockdown took hold, savings rates spiked

Jul 31, 2020
Government relief has boosted some incomes, and shutdowns have made it harder to spend.
A shuttered movie theater in Los Angeles. As people are unable to spend money on outings like movies and restaurants, the savings rate has climbed.
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How do businesses (and customers) decide what’s safe during a pandemic?

Jul 28, 2020
As States attempt reopening, and see COVID-19 cases flare, what does the science say about risky situations?
Insignia Hair Salon reopened its doors to clients for haircuts a day after California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced guidance for barbershops and hair salons to offer haircuts in an outdoor setting.
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As research labs reopen, scientists grapple with social distancing's effects

Jul 27, 2020
In March, many lab experiments ground to a halt. Now, researchers are figuring out how to start again.
Scientists work in the microbiology department of an Australian laboratory. Research has new constraints and costs post-lockdown.
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Restaurants face closings as business slows and rents go unpaid

Jul 14, 2020
Eighty percent of restaurants in New York City didn't pay full rent in June. The businesses historically have little if any reserves, one expert says.
A man waits for his lunch order at a nearly empty restaurant at Grand Central Market in Los Angeles in June.
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Will surges in COVID-19 cases mean a return to lockdowns?

Jun 16, 2020
Coronavirus cases are rising in many parts of the country, at the same time movement restrictions are lifted.
A "Now open" sign outside an indoor axe-throwing range and bar in Las Vegas, which is opening for the first time since closing in March.
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When will consumers start feeling better about the future?

May 25, 2020
As states relax lockdown rules, consumers may start to feel better about the current situation. The future might take longer.
A reopened Indiana barber shop in mid-May. Consumer confidence may be improving as people begin to return to their usual activities.
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People are adjusting to working from home for the long haul

May 22, 2020
We check in with three people adapting to their new work environments. Zen attitudes about pantsless kids in video chats helps.
After two months of working remotely, people are adjusting to the idea of working from home long-term.
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Economists are measuring the cost effectiveness of coronavirus lockdowns

Apr 23, 2020
New research shows a long lockdown could be cheaper than reopening too soon.
One economist says the way forward is "smart containment," somewhere in between total lockdown and a free-for-all.
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Wuhan returns to life after COVID-19 lockdown

Apr 9, 2020
In the city of 11 million, it is far from business as usual.
People sit outside Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan in the hope of taking one of the first trains leaving the city in China's central Hubei province on April 8.
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