The American restaurant industry is in freefall. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 110,000 restaurants have closed nationwide. That’s one out of every six, and there are likely more to come. Those restaurants that remain open are struggling with financial sustainability, as they face an industry-wide loss of $240 billion in sales for 2020. Listen now on Can Do aswe will explore this subject with two industry pros in two very different positions.
The Cold Millions is something of a hybrid text—fiction, yes, but also history. Combining imaginative storytelling with the lives of real, historical figures, Jess Walter has written a captivating story of Spokane, Washington, a place-based history of the region’s labor movements and of the free speech riots in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the twentieth century.
Can Do: How Family Businesses Are Navigating The COVID Pandemic
According to the National Federation of Independent Businesses, more than 100,000 American businesses that have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic will never reopen. What about the millions of family-run companies? Is their plight as sobering? The situation is less clear for this sector, which accounts for more than 57 percent of the US GNP.
What are the biggest challenges facing family business? What pitfalls and opportunities are unique to them? And how do family businesses weather the storm of the pandemic? Learn more now on Can Do.
Anne Helen Petersen Talks Millennial Burnout And The Gig Economy - Part 2
In the second of their two-part conversation, host Lauren Korn and author and cultural critic Anne Helen Petersen continue their chat about Anne’s newest book, Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation, from research methodology and mutual aid to hope in the time of COVID.
This week for Honor, Hope and Healing Week, listen to host Lauren Korn read “Elegy for the Disappeared,” by Forrest Gander, which was written in collaboration with Kay Rosen (see “Phantom Limb”). The poem was originally published with the Shelter in Poems initiative on poets.org.
Courtney Lowery Cowgill On Music, Poetry And Grief
So many of the ways we traditionally grieve a loved one, or bear witness to their death, aren't possible during a global pandemic. Courtney Lowery Cowgill lost her mother to cancer just as the COVID-19 hit the U.S. Her father died eight months later, also of cancer. She and her brother were grateful that they were, unlike many others, able to be with both of their parents in their last days. Like for many, however, their deep personal losses blend into a backdrop of tremendous global loss.
This week for Honor, Hope and Healing Week, listen to host Lauren Korn read "Winter Field," by former University of Montana professor Joanna Klink. This poem was published both in the Boston Review and in her collection, Circadian, out from Penguin Poets.