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U.S. Postal Service | Travel Industry Disruption | Wedding Industry Freeze | Fans Without Sports

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Emily and Joshua Anderson planned an April mountainside wedding in Tennessee but the spread of the coronavirus forced the couple to alter their big day.

Segment 1, beginning at 3:20: One author shares the importance of the U.S. Postal Service to rural America.

Growing up in a low income, rural household, Sarah Smarsh has not forgotten the vital service provided by the post office. She addressed the implications of not bailing out the federal agency.

Segment 2, beginning at 17:19: The damage to the travel industry and how to recoup your lost travel investment.

The coronavirus has put the brakes on most people's travel plans. A travel advisors gave tips on how to navigate cancellations due to COVID-19.

Segment 3, beginning at 36:20: Cancellations and postponements are putting a strain on vendors involved with nuptials.

Months and years of wedding planning are being altered as large gatherings are banned to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Emily Anderson shared why her dream destination-wedding turned into an impromptu ceremony in Kansas City.

Segment 4, beginning at 51:05: Fans feel the void without the sporting events that unite them.

In the absence of sports, a play-by-play of a dog's breakfast is the most action some sportscasters can provide. Victor Wishna looks ahead to the day when sports fans can be safely reunited to rejoice in the love of the game.

  • Victor Wishna, contributing author and commentator for Up to Date
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