The Daily Rundown

What You Need To Know August 2, 2021


Happy Monday,

Thanks to those of you that asked, I will start sending Business Briefs via the America In Context Newsletter. Before we get to that I want to give you a little background on where the program is right now: 

WHAT IS BUSINESS BRIEF: Business Brief is a nationally syndicated daily business news update and interview program anchored by Andy Hirschfeld. From Washington to Wall Street to Main Street— if your dollar is involved. We’re talking about.

WHO HAS APPEARED ON BUSINESS BRIEF: Everyone from politicians to CEOs to activists to influencers. Recent guests have included former HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, CEO of Sesame Health David Goldhill, Paris Hilton and many others. 

WHERE AND WHEN CAN I CATCH BUSINESS BRIEF: Business Brief is a wide reaching program and can be accessed on many different platforms and at many different times. 

TV: Business Brief is carried on 52 different conventional over the air TV stations around the United States. They are owned and operated by the Michigan-based station operator NewsNet. It is carried on stations affiliated with ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NewsNet, as well as independent stations. Although not daily, notable stations that carry business brief include KTBY Fox 4 Anchorage, CW - WISH-TV Indianapolis, and WLJP/NJNN in Northern New Jersey among others. It primarily runs during evening newscasts.

STREAMING: It is available on NewsNet’s new OTT 24/7 streaming network. It airs during the Evening Edition and Overnight Newscasts starting in the 8PM hour and running every half-hour through 4A ET. It is carried over Roku, Amazon Fire, via Apple TV, as well as on NewsNet’s homepage as well as VOD format.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Parts of the program are posted daily on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook connected with the stations and platforms we work with as well as personal accounts— oh and of course right here on the America In Context newsletter. 

HOW MANY PEOPLE WATCH BUSINESS BRIEF: Quite a few actually. That number is growing daily. Depending on the day and who carries it on a given day Business Brief is viewed anywhere from 200k to well over 3 million unique viewers across all platforms every single day. Thanks to our diverse distribution strategy, it performs on par, if not better, than programming from Fox Business, CNBC, and Bloomberg on a daily basis. 

(thanks to a friend of mine in PR for snagging this screen grab on our metrics from TVEyes via one of the many local stations we work with)


A growing number of companies have announced vaccine requirements for patrons and their employees.

Walmart is one of the latest. The country's largest retailer said all employees must be vaccinated by October 4th.  In Silicon Valley, Google and Facebook have announced they will require vaccines as employees return to their campuses. Delta and United airlines have taken similar measures. Government agencies are not far behind. 

Earlier today New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new requirements for the state’s major transit systems including the MTA and Port Authority. The state will require transit workers to be vaccinated by Labor Day. This comes following the update guidance from the CDC amid the highly transmissible delta variant. In some places mask mandates have made a comeback including New Orleans. Louisiana touts one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country with only 37% of the population fully vaccinated. 

Some good news though, vaccination rates are ticking up on the heels of this troubling trend. It’s up 25% in Mobile county Alabama and New York City just surpassed 10 million shots administered. This comes amid a growing number of initiatives from both the private and public sectors. Those have included cash lotteries in states like Missouri and Ohio. In New York, the Union Square Hospitality Group, which owns some of the most prestigious restaurants in the city is now requiring patrons to show proof of vaccination. In California, the SF Bar Owner Alliance which represents more than 500 bars across the bay area is taking a similar approach. 

Meanwhile, Apple is making its own COVID-19 protections within the app store. The tech giant just removed a new dating app from the platform specifically for the unvaccinated. The app, is aptly named ‘Unjected’. Reportedly, in large part Apple removed the app because the developer purposely removed compliance measures the apps are required to uphold to be listed on the app store. According to reporting from Bloomberg, Unjected’s developers have encouraged users not certain to words to when leaving reviewing including “microchip” and “jab”. This was in an effort to avoid detection.

And a consumer alert: Sunshine Mills, has issued a recall for some of its dog food products. 

The FDA announced the recall late last week. This is because of possible elevated Aflatoxin.  That’s a harmful by-product of some species of mold which can cause illness for some pets if “consumed in significant quantities.” This recall includes some bags Triumph, Evolve, Wild Harvest, Nurture Farms, Pure Being, and Elm products. Those have best if used by dates in February 2022. For more information head on over to the FDA’s website.

(You can always watch it here) or the full broadcast at 8:20P ET (here)


  1. Ravages of COVID surge evident inside Missouri hospital (AP)

  2. Tokyo's Olympic medals were made from 78,985 tons of recycled electronic devices, including cell phones (Insider)

  3. Long Covid can cause memory problems. Does it raise Alzheimer's risk? (NBC News)

  4. One in five flight attendants endured a ‘physical incident’ as union demands action (The Guardian)

  5. Why Managers Fear a Remote-Work Future (The Atlantic)


Job training programs are surging since the pandemic. I sat down with Caren Marrick CEO of Virginia Ready, one of the most successful programs in the country now on (Business Brief)

Businesses across the country are in the process of developing their plans to return to the office but not everyone is excited about it. I sat down with one executive coach, Naz Baheshti who has advice for employers on (Business Brief)

America’s longest war is almost over. At least on paper. President Joe Biden has announced that the U.S. will complete the pullout of its troops from Afghanistan by August 31, days before the 20th anniversary of 9/11 — the cataclysmic terrorist attack on America that prompted the country’s military invasion more than 6,500 miles away. But for the thousands of U.S. soldiers who have served in Afghanistan, many of whom have returned home in recent months, a different conflict is very much alive. From hunger to homelessness, the battle for survival is real for America’s vets. Here’s my latest for (OZY)

For the Observer I wrote about What Is the Environmental Impact of the Billionaire Space Race? Experts Weigh In (Observer)

I sat down with Olivia Holt, the star of ‘Cruel Summer’ to discuss her approach to the nuances of trauma (Observer)

For TYT I wrote about How Massive Companies Sidestepped Their Vows To Uphold Democracy (TYT)

The Distraction

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By Andy Hirschfeld
Andy Hirschfeld is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. He’s a contributing writer to numerous publications including TYT, Al Jazeera English, Observer, The Daily Dot, BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, CS Monitor, OZY, Fortune, and Mic among others. He’s the anchor of Business Brief, a nationally syndicated business news update and interview program. Previously he produced for CBS and CNN.