What do we do now?

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July 30, 2020 - Washington, DC, United States: White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows talking with the press after leaving the office of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Photo by Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA.

The US economy shrank at a record pace in the second quarter, contracting nearly ten percent. In the real world, that means tens of millions of Americans lost jobs and so many businesses were closed. We knew it wasn’t going to be good, but what’s worse is the recovery we were seeing in the late spring appears to have stalled. On top of that Congress isn’t even close to a solution for the expiring enhanced unemployment benefits that so many Americans are relying on through this crisis. So we wait. 

On today’s show Josh Barro, Dorian Warren, Megan McArdle and special guest Shai Akabas of the Bipartisan Policy Center talk about the state of the next relief package — is it a stimulus or not? — and the big missing piece of coronavirus economic policy: actually beating the virus.

Then: pro sports are back, sort of. Pablo Torre of ESPN talks about the strategies that are working and what’s definitely not working as leagues resume or begin their seasons in our new reality.

Credits

Guests:
Shai Akabas - Director of economic policy for the Bipartisan Policy Center - @ShaiAkabas, Pablo Torre - ESPN commentator and host of the ESPN Daily podcast

Hosts:
Dorian Warren, Josh Barro, Megan McArdle

Producer:
Sara Fay