Post-Pandemic Social Interaction / 4-Day Work Week Outlook, US Workforce Shortage, Women’s Job Loss / Pride Month, Challenges Facing the LGBTQ + Community

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Bartender Taylor Osorio wears a face mask as she pours drinks at Centro Cocina Mexicana restaurant in Sacramento, Calif. On Friday, May 22, 2020.

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June is Pride Month, and for Sacramento, that typically means tens of thousands of people gather for the annual Pride March and Festival. But the pandemic canceled in-person events for the second year in a row, as the LGBTQ + community continues to fight the fallout from COVID-19; we take a look at the problem, what it looks like in Sacramento, and how the community has responded to the challenges.

And as we begin to reappear in the world, what will our social interactions be like? A psychology expert joins the show with more information on what to expect and what to do with the behaviors we’re seeing right now. Additionally, with the continued evolution of the country’s workforce, we are learning more about the so-called ‘labor shortage’, the potential 4-day work weeks and the millions of women. forced out of their jobs and harming their potential future earnings.

Today’s guests

  • Contributor to Fast Company magazine, professor of psychology and marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and founding director of the Human Dimensions of Organizations program, Art Markman, discusses post-pandemic social interaction
  • Former Obama Administration Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration and Chairman of WorkingNation, Jane oates, explains the impact of a shorter / 4 day work week, how much women’s jobs suffered during COVID-19 and the current ‘labor shortage’
  • Sacramento-based activist and philanthropist and director of California TRANScends, ebony harper, on the impact of the pandemic on the LGBTQ + community, on how it has responded to challenges and on race-related factors
  • Program Manager for LGBT Sacramento Community Center Koby Rodriguez with more information on the impact COVID-19 has had on the LGBTQ + community, the work done by the Center and the Pride events this month


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