WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Vacation Politics

D.C. can feel like a ghost town in August, with thousands of families making their annual vacation pilgrimages to the beach or mountains. But Americans receive -- and take -- far less downtime than their counterparts in other countries: The average U.S. worker gets just 10 paid days off, compared to 30 in Germany. Kojo talks with Howard Ross about the evolution of vacations in today's workplace.

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