Pandemic shopping habits, UW-Milwaukee loneliness project

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People shopping with masks on
Customers wear masks and keep social distancing guidelines as they shop at Trader Joe’s store in Los Angeles Thursday, May 14, 2020. Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo

The pandemic forced stores and shoppers to change the way they operate. We talk with a retail expert about whether any of those new habits are here to stay. We also talk with the head of a UW-Milwaukee project that’s looking to better understand loneliness and find solutions for it.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director
  • Clara Neupert Producer
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Nancy Wong Guest
  • Anne Basting Guest

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