Culture Crash 20-42: Halloween 2020

Culture Crash 20-42: Halloween 2020

This year’s spooky festivities may look a little different on October 31st – and that’s okay. We share some of our favorite frightening films for the holiday.

Culture Crash 20-41: A Solid Oscar Contender

Culture Crash 20-41: A Solid Oscar Contender

We discuss director Chloe Zhao’s upcoming film, Nomadland that’s already generating a lot of buzz ahead of its December release.

20-39 Segment 1: Inside The Grocery Industry

20-39 Segment 1: Inside The Grocery Industry

Americans spent 700 billion dollars on groceries in 2018. Across the U.S., there are more than 38,000 supermarkets, each stocking thousands and thousands of distinct products. But what is the human cost of this mass consumerism? Well, the burden largely falls on low-paid workers at each level of food production and distribution - and the pandemic has only exacerbated many of these problems.

20-24 Segment 1: The Murder Of George Floyd: A Deepening Public Health Crisis

20-24 Segment 1: The Murder Of George Floyd: A Deepening Public Health Crisis

George Floyd was 46 years old when he was murdered on the street by ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The father of five moved to the Midwest city in 2014 where he worked driving a truck and providing security at a local restaurant. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Floyd lost his security job. On May 25, Floyd was suspected of using a counterfeit $20 bill at a local store and officers were called to the scene. The question remains: how can a simple police call lead to the killing of an unarmed and unresisting man? For weeks, protests and outrage have spread across the U.S. and internationally as the killing of Floyd brings racial inequality and police brutality into focus once again. Even in the midst of a pandemic, people are showing up to say they’re fed up with the lack of equal justice, rights and opportunities for all.

20-24 Segment 2: Navigating Peak Wedding Season During A Pandemic

20-24 Segment 2: Navigating Peak Wedding Season During A Pandemic

In April, May and June of this year, 550,000 weddings across the U.S. were set to take place. As the threat of COVID-19 swept much of the U.S., many of these pre-planned weddings had to be rescheduled. Viewpoints speaks with Erika Hernandez-Fullerton, a recent bride herself and owner of a wedding planning company, to find out how couples in this predicament are making the best of this unusual situation.

20-23 Segment 1: One Country, Two Systems: The Deepening Political Crisis In Hong Kong

20-23 Segment 1: One Country, Two Systems: The Deepening Political Crisis In Hong Kong

Tensions between the people of Hong Kong and the Chinese communist government are quickly escalating in recent months. With the proposal of a new national security law in late May further tightening the grip on the semi-autonomous territory of Hong Kong, the city is a tipping point as protesters risk their lives to fight for political democracy and civil liberties.

20-19 Segment 1: An Essential Industry: Construction In The U.S.

20-19 Segment 1: An Essential Industry: Construction In The U.S.

In most states, construction is deemed an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic. With roadways fairly clear and schools temporarily closed, crews are getting to work while still adhering to social distancing rules. In effect, construction spending was up 4.7 percent in March 2020 compared to March 2019. Viewpoints speaks with two people working in the industry to get an inside view on growth and job opportunities as well as current challenges facing the sector.

The Slow-Looming, Invisible Crisis Of Climate Change

20-17 Segment 1: The Slow-Looming, Invisible Crisis of Climate Change

With billions across the world staying home right now due to coronavirus, air pollution in many major cities has cleared making way for blue skies and new views of nature. This week, Viewpoints speaks with journalist and author Thomas Kostigen about the role of geoengineering in tackling another approaching global crisis: climate change.

Deploying School Meals To Those Who Need Them Most Right Now

20-15 Segment 1: Deploying School Meals To Those Who Need Them Most Right Now

On a typical day, the National School Lunch Program serves 20.2 million free lunches to students in need, according to the USDA. With sweeping school closures across the U.S. in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of students are going hungry. Viewpoints discusses the new reality foodservice workers face and the balance between staying safe and serving meals.