MetroFocus: March 24, 2020

March 24, 2020 at 7:20 pm

ECONOMISTS COMPARE EFFECTS OF CORONAVIRUS CRISIS TO IMPACT OF NATIONAL DISASTERS, SAYS NYMAG’S JOSH BARRO 

BARRO ADDS MOST IMPORTANT THING GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR ECONOMY IS FIGHT COVID-19 SUCCESSFULLY 

SAYS PEOPLE NEED TO FEEL BAILOUTS ARE FAIR; POLICYMAKERS MUST ALSO ACT WITH SPEED AND MAKE RESPONSE LARGE ENOUGH

Millions are facing unemployment and businesses are in a steep decline. The disruption and turmoil caused by the coronavirus has impacted our personal lives, our professional lives and the future of the economy. But from the stock market to individual jobs to the world banking situation, where are we headed? What is the prognosis? And how will we get past this? New York Magazine Business Columnist Josh Barro says the government has a very important role to play in terms of making sure the safety net holds for Americans. He joins us.

PARTIAL REMEDY TO CRISIS IS TECHNOLOGY ALLOWING US TO STAY IN TOUCH, SAYS RABBI MARK WILDES 

HOPES SHARED EXPERIENCE REMINDS AMERICANS OF COMMONALITY, LEADS TO MORE RESPECT AND PROBLEM-SOLVING 

SAYS ORGANIZATION IS DOING AS MUCH AS IT CAN ONLINE TO KEEP COMMUNITY ENGAGED DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING 

Social distancing is unnatural and quickly becoming a new normal. So how do we stay connected? How do we cope? How can we help and how will we grow? Rabbi Mark Wildes of The Manhattan Jewish Experience says the Jew never asks why bad things happen to good people, but we can ask what. What can we do to connect, and what can we do to help each other? He shares how they are meeting the spiritual needs of the community while also reaching isolated urban millennials.

Aired on March 24, 2020. 

Funders

MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

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