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Hosted by Kai Ryssdal, Marketplace is an in-depth program that focuses on everything from the latest business news both nationally and internationally, the global economy, and wider events linked to the financial markets. The only national daily business news program originating from the West Coast, Marketplace is noted for its timely, relevant and accessible coverage of business, economics and personal finance.

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests.

Wastewater: our most overlooked water source?

9 hours ago

March 22 is World Water Day, and this year’s theme is wastewater. The United Nations is hoping to shed light on the value of all the water we literally flush down the toilet. Other countries use wastewater, but the idea hasn’t taken hold in the U.S.

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03/22/17: Why wastewater is actually a commodity

11 hours ago
Marketplace

Stock index futures are down again this morning. What could be giving investors pause? Economist Jeffrey Cleveland from Payden and Rygel stopped by to explain the economic data that shows how optimistic Americans are really feeling. Next, we'll explore the tough market for reused water, and then report on the difficulties foreign men and women have in trying to obtain H-1B visas. 

03/22/17: Shattering stereotypes about programmers

11 hours ago
Marketplace

Ads on YouTube have been running next to videos with content that could be defined as hate speech. After receiving complaints from advertisers, the site is now changing its policies. We'll take a look at the new settings YouTube will provide companies with to avoid the issue in the future. Afterwards, we'll chat with Joel Spolsky, the CEO of Stack Overflow, about why some developers feel underpaid and the skills required to succeed in the profession.

 

 

Annie Baxter

This story is from our special series that explores NAFTA’s role in our economy from the perspective of workers, business owners and trade negotiators. What exactly is NAFTA? And what happens if it changes?  Join us to discuss how one of the most hotly contested issues in our society shapes the way we live.

The latest travel ban targets electronic devices

Mar 21, 2017
Reema Khrais

There’s news today of another travel-related ban from the Trump administration, but this one impacts what happens when you get on the plane. Passengers coming to the U.S. on direct flights from eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa will not be able to carry anything larger than a smartphone on the plane.

Administration officials cite security for the new travel restrictions, but they didn’t point to any specific threat. Some of the people who will be most impacted are business travelers, and it’s also not good news for airlines in the region.

Kai Ryssdal

We use a lot of words to talk about problems in the economy: inflation, CPI, GDP, the jobless rate. But LIBOR? That stands for the London Interbank Offered Rate, and it's one of the most important numbers in the world. In fact, it's an interest rate that trillions of dollars depend upon each day. During the height of the financial crisis, one London banker decided he could make a lot of money if he just fudged that number. And he did, until he was caught.

9: Everything or nothing is a crisis

Mar 21, 2017
Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood

The FBI director testified on Capitol Hill, confirmation hearings begin for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and more changes to the health care bill. And that was just Monday. We take a look at what happens when everything, or maybe nothing, is a crisis. Spoiler alert: It all depends on your point of view. 

Alyssa Mastromonaco talks to us about what it was like in the White House under President Barack Obama and her new book, "Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?" Also, she answers our Make Me Smart question, and you do, too. 

 

 

On Thursday night, the House is expected to vote on a bill to repeal Obamacare. The only hurdle is Republicans themselves. House leaders are desperate to get enough conservatives on board to get the bill to the Senate, so last night they made some changes to it. One sweetener: letting states add work requirements to Medicaid eligibility rules.

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03/21/17: GOP tweaks health care bill

Mar 21, 2017

The House GOP is out with some revisions for its Obamacare replacement, with the aim of drawing more support for the bill. We'll look at what some of these proposed changes are, which include more tax credits. Next, we'll explore Emory University's decision to call itself a "safe harbor" instead of a "sanctuary campus" over concerns that it could be defunded. And finally, we'll talk about the other competition happening amid March Madness: the shoe companies vying to be number one on the market.

03/21/2017: The unintended consequences of NAFTA

Mar 21, 2017
Annie Baxter

It's NAFTA week here, so today we're heading to the Midwest. The trade deal opened up the Mexican market to American farmers, who enjoyed billions in exports. But Mexican farmers couldn't compete, and many of them immigrated to the U.S. illegally after going out of business. Then: We'll talk with the American and Canadian architects of NAFTA about how they negotiated the agreement in the first place. Plus, we'll unpack the latest travel restriction's impact on business travelers and look ahead to the House's big health care vote.

What a baseball game has to do with the NAFTA negotiations

Mar 21, 2017
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

This story is from our special series that explores NAFTA’s role in our economy from the perspective of workers, business owners and trade negotiators. What exactly is NAFTA? And what happens if it changes?  Join us to discuss how one of the most hotly contested issues in our society shapes the way we live.

House Republicans look for more support with revised health care bill

Mar 21, 2017
D Gorenstein and Marketplace staff

Top House Republicans have released a slate of revisions for their Obamacare replacement that they hope will draw more support. The American Health Care Act has been sharply criticized by members of both parties; an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office estimated that nearly 24 million people would lose their coverage under the plan.

Nike makes a full-court press

Mar 21, 2017

March Madness is upon us and college basketball teams aren’t the only ones competing. The games are also a battleground for shoe and apparel brands like Nike, Adidas and Under Armour. Nike still rules when it comes to sponsorships, but the competition is gaining.

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Museums embrace virtual reality

Mar 21, 2017
Adrienne Hill

Between the megamouth shark, the bison diorama, and gangs of excited school kids, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has added a virtual reality exhibit called theBlu.

For an extra $10, on top of the $12 general admission fee, visitors can strap on a headset and explore the virtual ocean. A blue whale swims overhead. A school of silvery fish darts by. Visitors use virtual flashlights to explore the abyss.

Want to know when it’s a good time to go to the hospital? Seems it’s when the doctors are being watched. Every few years the accrediting agency known as the Joint Commission conducts random hospital inspections. A new study out in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine finds that mortality rates drop when the inspectors show up for their surprise visit.

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Tasnim Shamma

The word "sanctuary" is being used these days to describe cities and organizations that show support for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and one place where that word has become a sticky topic is at Emory University in Atlanta.

That’s because any private school in Georgia that adopts “sanctuary policies” could lose state funding. So Emory's president Claire Sterk is opting to call the university a “safe harbor” instead.

Marketplace

African citizens who were trying to attend an economic development conference in California were recently denied U.S. visas. We'll look at the possible reason behind the denial and its consequences. Next, we'll explore a new study that says the percentage of people dying at a hospital drops when inspectors show up, and then discuss the rise of virtual reality exhibits at museums. 

03/21/17: Warfare through tech

Mar 21, 2017
Marketplace

FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers sat in front of the House Select Intelligence Committee this week for a hearing on Russia's interference in last year's presidential election. Patrick Tucker, tech editor for Defense One, joins us to talk about the role of technology in the hacking scandal. Afterwards, we'll look at how the Nintendo Switch console is performing on the market and what its release says about the larger video game business.

 

 

Hello, goodbye: When execs make a quick exit

Mar 20, 2017
Jana Kasperkevic

On Sunday, Uber confirmed that its president Jeff Jones resigned just six months after taking the job. Jones said he decided to leave because his values no longer aligned with those of Uber.

Britain announces date for Brexit negotiations

Mar 20, 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May will start Brexit negotiations Wednesday, March 29. She will formally notify the 27 remaining European Union leaders that Britain intends to pull out of the bloc. Two years of talks are scheduled, and it could well turn out to be two years of hard bargaining.

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America's tense meeting with other top economies

Mar 20, 2017
David Brancaccio and Marketplace staff

The world’s top finance ministers have decided not to pursue an anti-protectionist agreement after resistance from the U.S.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin refused to agree to a communique that called for resisting “all forms of protectionism.” As a result, these leaders failed to renew a long-standing pledge to promote free trade, according to the BBC.

If we're going to talk about NAFTA, we need to talk about your pants

Mar 20, 2017
Kai Ryssdal, Daisy Palacios and Bridget Bodnar

This story is the first in a series that explores NAFTA’s role in our economy from the perspective of workers, business owners and trade negotiators. What exactly is NAFTA? And what happens if it changes?  Join us to discuss how one of the most hotly contested issues in our society shapes the way we live.

What will Trump’s border wall look like?

Mar 20, 2017
Marielle Segarra and Marketplace staff

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is now accepting proposals from contractors who want to help the federal government build a wall along the border with Mexico. It’s the first step in a process that would fulfill a promise President Donald Trump made while he was campaigning for the presidency.

 

 

“I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words,” he said at one point on the trail.

 

 

The president of Uber is quitting after just six months on the job. In a statement, former Target executive Jeff Jones said his approach to leadership was “inconsistent” with what he experienced at Uber. The news is just the latest in a seemingly unending stream of bad publicity for the company. After a viral video showed CEO Travis Kalanick berating an Uber driver, Kalanick acknowledged needing some leadership “help.” Uber is facing a challenge not unlike many successful startups: growing up. 

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The spring home-buying season could use more homes

Mar 20, 2017

The spring home-buying season is officially upon us, and it has the makings of a good one. Housing starts were way up in February, and consumers and homebuilders are feeling more confident about the economy than they have in years. People are in buying mood. There's just one thing missing — homes for sale. 

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03/20/2017: NAFTA, explained

Mar 20, 2017
Kai Ryssdal, Daisy Palacios and Bridget Bodnar

We're kicking off a new series today, explaining the North American Free Trade Agreement and what could happen if President Donald Trump renegotiates it. To start off, we have to talk about your pants. Where they were made and what you paid for them are essential to understanding how NAFTA works. Then, we'll talk with Jaime Serra, one of the agreement's architects in Mexico. Plus, the latest on Brexit negotiations and Uber's scandal-filled year. 

03/20/17: Nevada's focus on solar

Mar 20, 2017

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is now accepting proposals from contractors who want to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. We'll take a look at the criteria the federal government are asking for. Next, we'll talk about Nevada's push for solar energy over coal and fossil fuel, and then look at one grassroots group's efforts to help provide homeless women with feminine hygiene products. 

Mexico's NAFTA economist on why he doesn't take Trump's critiques personally

Mar 20, 2017
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

This story is the first in a series that explores NAFTA’s role in our economy from the perspective of workers, business owners and trade negotiators. What exactly is NAFTA? And what happens if it changes?  Join us to discuss how one of the most hotly contested issues in our society shapes the way we live.

Despite the Trump administration’s push for coal and other fossil energy, Nevada just went dramatically in the other way. On the day after it pulled the plug on a coal-fired power plant, it cut the ribbon on a new solar energy farm.

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